November 22, 2006
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
This brilliantly staged 'documentary' has caught the fancy of the public, and it is very funny indeed. We fear, however, that the incessant anti-Semetic and anti-women banter is being laughed at for all the wrong reasons by a lot of the ticket buyers. Now that's funny — in a sad kind of way. (Note: star Sacha Cohen is an observant Jew — not a woman, though).
Coming This Week
A remake retelling James Bond's first mission, wherein he must stop a banker from winning a casino tournament and using the prize money to fund terrorist activities. Daniel Craig takes on the leading role, and Judi Dench slums as "M." This is a fresh take on the legend — he hadn't even earned his Double-OH murder license to kill, though he quickly proves himself up to the task. And though the young Bond hasn't mastered the suaveness inherent in the later models, there is enough action here to keep your eyes focused on the screen.
For Your Consideration
Christopher Guest and his roving band of improv actors abandon the mockumentary genre to take a look inward — at thespians. Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Eugene Levy et al all have their moments, but it is Catherine O'Hara, so brilliant in Mighty Wind, who steals the show and possibly an Oscar nod.
Deck The Halls
Danny DeVito, Mathew Broderick and Kristen Davis run through this holiday offering about neighbors who tangle over excessive Christmas decorations.