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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-05 05:58 PM
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1. A Tale of Two Wal-Mart Movies
A Tale of Two Wal-Mart Movies
Posted by Raven on November 15, 2005 - 11:30pm
The San Francisco screening of Robert Greenwald's Wal-Mart the Movie: The High Cost of Low Price was this evening and as an added bonus The Roxie Cinema somehow obtained the movie being trumpeted as the counter-movie called Why Wal-Mart Works: And Why That Makes Some People C-r-a-z-y. According to the USA Today Wal-Mart has been promoting this competing film. It premiered in Bentonville, AR tonight, so I guess I was amongst the first to see it.

I'm here to report that there is no competition folks. I thought the competing film might be a well put together propaganda reel, but in reality the only thing it might convince you to do is sleep. I'm sure it did just that for 10's of people in Bentonville, AR tonight.

I'll start with the good news. Greenwald has managed to put together another good documentary that hits all of the arguments against Wal-Mart and backs them with unimpeachable facts from news agencies, government reports and university research. They show you stories of how this company has negatively effected the lives of people from all walks of life, particularly those which Wal-Mart claims it serves. The common thread throughout the film is the juxtaposition of reality with the statements of Wal-Mart's CEO Lee Scott and Wal-Mart commercials. At the end the film shows you some of the many communities that have united to keep Wal-Mart out and tries to inspire you to join the fight yourself.
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