Friday, November 10, 2006

Movies and movies...

I have just returned from the theater where I've just watched my third movie in as many weeks. This has got to be an all time record for me, probably I didn't see three movies in theaters in all of last year. But it seems that there have been quite a few movies coming out lately that I actually feel willing to pay 12 dollars to see... and with the dreary, icy world outside, any type of indoor activity is looking pretty good. Since I got a request for a Borat review, and I love movie reviews, I thought I'd try to share my thoughts with you.


First there is Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kahzakstan. See it. It is brilliant. I don't want to say that if you don't like it, that means there is something wrong with you and that we can't be friends anymore, but...

You have probably heard a lot about the movie, and you may be wondering just how offensive it is. The answer to that question is that it is offensive to everyone, and everything. Any decent person will find plenty to be offended at. The anti-semitism alone should make you ashamed at enjoying it. But Borat is created by a very intelligent man, and all the prejudice is so over exaggerated that it really is pointing at the underlying stupidity of the beliefs in the first place. Actually, what everyone I've talked to seems to find the most horrifying in the movie is not Borat, but the things he gets other people to say. Like how quickly sales people will come up with answers to questions like "Which gun is the best to shoot a Jew", or "How fast would I have be driving to kill a Gypsy with this car".

There are some unfortunate scenes with very unattractive naked men, but they too are hilarious. If you can make yourself watch, which quite frankly, I had a hard time doing. All in all, I loved it. I may have built it up a little too much before I went, because I don't think it changed my life like I expected to it to, but it is the funniest movie I've seen in a while, and it did make me think a lot more than your run of the mill comedy. "Great success, high five!"

Also, did anyone catch Borat on Leno trying to make a 'sexy time' with Martha? Check it out on YouTube if you missed it, and thanks to my friend Eric who showed it to me today.



Will Farrell has tried a non-frat pack movie before, but from the way that everyone is making a big deal about him being in this movie you would think they had all forgotten Melinda and Melinda. I wish that I could forget Melinda and Melinda, I did not like that movie at all... but for that I blame Woody Allen (nobody talks like that in real life). So when I heard how good Will is in Stranger than Fiction, I was very excited to see it for myself. This is another one of those reality and fiction intersecting movies a la Adaptation. Now, it's really not fair to compare movies to Adaptation too much, since that is one of my favorite movies of all time. But I have to say that Stranger than Fiction does pretty well for itself.

First off, it's funny. Dustin Hoffman is so great in this kind of role... reminds me of his character in I Heart Huckabees a bit...and Will did a great job of reining himself in to play the straight man. The story itself becomes a bit problematic if you think too hard about it, but I'm trying this new thing where I don't pick movies apart too much, and just try to go with the premise I've been given. It's definitely fun, and it's really enjoyable watching those actors do their thing. I left the theater feeling happy and content in my choice of film, and really, what more can you ask for?

Now the count down has begun for the next Bond... Casino Royal? Has anyone else seen the trailer? Total loin quiveration (that one is for you Rach).

6 comments:

Bec Shulba said...

wow! great reviews! i'm am now inclined to go see borat AND i just saw stranger than fiction on friday night and loved it. and let me tell you, it was a little difficult to concentrate when the loudest laugher in the world was sitting two seats away from me and laughing SO loud. and then sometimes repeating what just happened in the movie and looking around to see if any of us were nodding at him. which we weren't. still, liked the movie a lot and am always pleased when i find a movie that you appreciate and i also liked. it makes me feel smarter. haha.

ang said...

quiveration- I'm so glad you guys share my infliction. It's hard to bring up, but there is just something about a violent, mysterious, and non-commital man, that makes you want to be his next conquest. It's really everything about him, and it is a character obviously more than an specific actor but they bottled sex appeal when they created James Bond. You are so lucky to marry a guy named James! It's a super hot name. I'm sure he is just as sexy in a less violent and more commital way :)

ang said...

so in case you were thinking of seeing Babel, don't. The barista at starbucks today said it was awful. She wanted her money back. Just boring I guess, and really there wasn't much Brad. Save your $12 for Bond.

rachel s. said...

helloooooo...where are you alyssa?

ang said...

these movies are practically on video now, you should really update.

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