Lukes, I’m not your father

Thursday, 28 February 2008 — 7:46pm | Studentpolitik

This blog has been quoted on a Students’ Union executive candidate’s election campaign materials. I am complete.

As someone who has dipped into the deep, dark wading pool of bona fide published film criticism, I’ve been mentally prepared for this moment for some time now. I always imagined that it would go something like this:

Hoot is the kind of film that critics hate to hate, an abortive marriage of the well intentioned and the patently ridiculous.

How it sustains a façade of social importance for 90 minutes without presenting its characters with a single challenging decision is a mystery better answered by scholars of ineffective propaganda.”

— Nicholas Tam, “Film forgets to tell us why we should give a Hoot and not pollute” (4 May 2006)

“‘Challenging!’ (Vue Weekly)”

Hoot, promotional materials

Instead, it went something like this:

“Wow. I’m not sure what to say. I knew my elementary-school busmate Bryant Lukes was throwing himself on the hot coals crotch-first without any pants on, and I suspected he would deliver the standard speech about how having no SU experience is an asset because he’s a fresh face with an outside voice (there’s one every year). Fine—that kind of error is usually remedied by a crushing loss in the election followed by a disillusioning year or two on Students’ Council.

But when he started blithering about, well, virtually everything outside the VPA portfolio up to and including the survival of the human species, and did so with utter seriousness and conviction, his speech gravitated beyond the surreal and into the domain of the legendary. Identifying his primary credential as being a Dion delegate at the Liberal leadership convention was the icing on the cake. I feel sorry for the guy: The Gateway is going to eat him alive.”

— Nicholas Tam, “Vote like Nick and win: SU Elections 2007” (5 March 2007)

“‘… his (Lukes’) speech gravitated beyond the surreal and into the domain of the legendary.’ — Nick Tam blogger”

— “What others are saying”, 2008 campaign brochures, Bryant Lukes for Vice-President (Academic)

When I write about the Myer Horowitz election forum on Monday, could somebody remind me to set my ambiguity to “stun”?


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3 rejoinders to “Lukes, I’m not your father”

  1. Wow. Just wow.

    Where’s Jones when you need him?

    Friday, 29 February 2008 at 8:21am

  2. Jones

    In San Francisco, wishing he had had the foresight to set up a videoconference to Meyer.

    Tuesday, 4 March 2008 at 11:59pm

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