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PostPosted: 11.03.2006 5:25 am    Post subject: Borat is the best-reviewed movie of the year... Reply with quote

I'm dying to see it.



I just saw Borat snub Jon Stewart on The Daily Show after Stewart revealed that he was Jewish.
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PostPosted: 11.03.2006 5:27 am    Post subject: Re: Borat is the best-reviewed movie of the year... Reply with quote

Michael Scrutchin wrote:
I'm dying to see it.


Same here.
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PostPosted: 11.03.2006 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too. Last month, I thought the media-buzz was at its peak, but boy was I wrong.



It has already sold out four prime showings at AMC Empire in Times Square, three at the Bridge in Philadelphia, two at the AMC River East in Chicago, one at Pacific's the Grove in LA, and one at AMC Century City in LA.



And it's 9:30 PST the day before. Even the 800-theatre-count won't hurt the guy. I think it might be in for a per-theatre-average on par with Fahrenheit 9/11.



I thought I was definitely shorting the thing on Hollywood Stock Exchange, but I don't think Sacha Baron Cohen can do any wrong now.



His Conan appearance last night was priceless: "There was much controversy over my movie-film in Kazahkstan due to the anti-semitism. But, after awhile, the censors viewed it again and decided there was just enough anti-semitism in it for it to show."



I can't wait. Heck, if it's on the verge of a sell-out, I may even pay to see it rather than waiting and getting in for free.
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PostPosted: 11.03.2006 5:33 am    Post subject: Re: Borat is the best-reviewed movie of the year... Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Same here.




Are you familiar with Da Ali G Show? I've never seen it.
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PostPosted: 11.03.2006 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree aswell. There has been a ton of funny short clips on college humor to get publicity for the movie, and everything I have seen about it so far looks golden.
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PostPosted: 11.03.2006 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Borat is the best-reviewed movie of the year... Reply with quote

Michael Scrutchin wrote:
Are you familiar with Da Ali G Show? I've never seen it.


I'm familiar with it to the degree that I've read a lot about it, and seen brief passages here and there over the years. I never really cared for the Ali G persona--to my eyes, the Borat persona has greater satirical potential.
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PostPosted: 11.04.2006 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got back. I expected sharper satire and less general silliness, but I still laughed a lot.
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PostPosted: 11.04.2006 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Just got back. I expected sharper satire and less general silliness, but I still laughed a lot.


I'm bummed that my dad took my car to the airport and my mom's not going to drive the 40 minutes it would take to get to a theatre that's playing it to drop me off.



I should've thought about it earlier in the day when I still could've gotten out in time to take the train back from the show.



Looks like it's either Santa Clause 3 or Flushed Away for me.
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PostPosted: 11.05.2006 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Just got back. I expected sharper satire and less general silliness, but I still laughed a lot.




So you liked it? Then according to Armond White you must be either a self-loathing ass-kisser or a 13-year-old. Smile
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PostPosted: 11.05.2006 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just as the self-involved Borat scoffs at politics, braying his own sense of privilege and superiority to his fellow Kazakhstani, the current cult of polarization is little more than mean, snarky and juvenile... Borat?s cruelty is not surprising; it begins and ends by demolishing the people of Kazakhstan.


Unlike some critics, at least Armond White engages with the issues central to Borat... but I think he improperly weighs them. For example, he correctly identifies the satirical intentions of the film, and correctly identifies the cruelties of the film, but then fails to perceive how those two facets are intertwined: The extreme cruelties are exaggerated only to expose how smaller prejudices, intolerance, and ignorance finally exist as folly. Anybody who thinks Kazakhstan is the butt of the joke has missed the point--and my assumption that Americans everywhere can discern Cohen's point conflicts with White's assertion that only those interested in polarization would approve of his satire.



That said, I am indeed a self-loathing ass-kisser.
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PostPosted: 11.06.2006 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox has greenlit the next Sacha-Baron-Cohen-character film, Bruno.



Clips of Bruno on "Ali G" are here and here.



It looks like a much tougher sell than Borat to me.
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PostPosted: 11.06.2006 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All 12 "Ali G" seasons 1&2 episodes will also air on HBO tomorrow (the 6th) from 6pm-10pm and the 7th from 8pm-10pm.
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PostPosted: 11.10.2006 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The drunken frat boys are angry.
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PostPosted: 11.10.2006 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a stunning moment lacking inebriation, one screamed "We could make some money off of this!" The other seemed to miss the point of the movie and was perhaps still a little tipsy: "Let's take this Jew!"



That said, I should be seeing it after work today.
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PostPosted: 11.14.2006 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=415871&in_page_id=1770
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