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The Yes Men Review


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The thinking man's comedy, The Yes Men is a brainy offshoot of MTV's Punk'd that's hatched from the team behind the shrewd American Movie. Using guerilla-style filmmaking tactics, directors Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, and Sarah Price use their subversive documentary to follow the acts of two merry political pranksters attending global conferences and posing as representatives from the World Trade Organization.

Where we see spam mail, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano see potential. In the late '90s, the tech savvy activists launched a satirical website that mirrored George W. Bush's official site. One good prank earned them the right to pull another, and the team was asked to dress up www.gatt.org, which was made to look like the WTO's actual site. Surprisingly, Bichlbaum and Bonnano started receiving e-mail invitations from oblivious groups to speak at assorted conventions.

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American Movie Review


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Got a serious appetite for life? Prepare to gorge yourself on American Movie's all-u-can-eat buffet of reality. This documentary's menu: Destiny, Failure, Family, Friendship, and enough Humor to warrant bringing a pack of Rolaids for that warm feeling that will invariably creep up from your gut straight into your heart.

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin - Mark Borchardt (himself) is a man possessed by a desire to make movies, budget black & white horror flicks, to be precise. After facing the reality that his current project won't get done before he gets funding, Mark shifts his focus to making money by finishing his previous film. Titled Coven, it's about a substance-abusing writer whose spiral leads him to a self-help group that is less than supportive. As Borchardt struggles through continuous and severe setbacks, the audience comes to understand and care deeply about his passion. He is so charismatic that there may be a temptation to attribute the power of this story to his charm. Greater than this, however, is his tenacious determination at what he says is the critical juncture in his voyage. With the financial backing of his 82 year-old Uncle, seemingly inexhaustible loyalty of his friends and mother, and (quite) a few beers, Mark's core of pure energy just might be enough to fuel a victorious journey - it's certainly sufficient to infuse the audience with inspiration.

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