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06 Apr 2002

Colm Feore in THE INSIDER

"Are you saying that everything Canadian is boring?"

I love it when a film has a bit of CanCon. Sometimes it's the only thing worth watching it for. And now that you've read it from me, you could go on and do something else with two long hours of your life. Read a book. Take a bath. Hell -- watch TV, because that's all this movie is about anyway, despite aspirations to being about idealism and journalism.

Al Pacino plays a producer from the "60 Minutes" television show (tick tick tick tick tick tick). He links up with a former tobacco industry insider who has something explosive he wants to tell. Something too hot to handle. Something for which the Tobacco Lords would sue CBS into the stone age if they aired it. Now if you're going to see the movie, and don't want the secret to be revealed, squint right now, and skip over the next line which contains the Big Story for all to see.

Tobacco companies realize that nicotine is addictive. They use additive to increase the nicotine's effectiveness. They testified to the contrary in court.

Phew! It'll be a miracle if The Front Page doesn't get shut down for daring to even quote someone else's accusations about the good folks who wrap up dried leaves in thin paper for people to burn in their mouths.

But wait! There's more explosive news:

News outlets are corporations. Corporations are businesses. Journalism's interests are not necessarily those of businesses, and so compromises are made.

No doubt you'll need a moment to cool off after this revelation. Pick up a newspaper. Cut out the ads. How much is left? If you don't know, try it yourself. Use the front section of your favourite paper, and if you're a parent, do it with your kids. They deserve to know too.

Russell Crowe plays the whistle blower. Colm Feore (more CanCon) plays a lawyer (or something). While I'm really glad to see both of them getting work, I've seen them do better, in films with smaller budgets. Which leads me to my last shocking exposť:

Acting is a job. Actors work because they need money.

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