Saturday, November 4th, 2006


Going to see Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan on opening night is probably the sort of thing you’d expect a hardened Sascha Baron Cohen/Ali G/Borat fan to do, not someone who would have to confess to never having seen Da Ali G Show and whose only experience with Cohen was Talladega Nights (which I thought he was great in). And yet, there I was last night at a midnight screening no less (as the earlier ones were all sold out).

But with all the press around the film and the almost frighteningly positive reviews, I was pretty well briefed on the schtick and on what to expect. And that was a pretty funny movie. While I’m sure the filmmakers would like you to believe that the film is entirely built on Borat’s interactions with unsuspecting Americans, I find it highly unbelievable that significant portions of the film – in particular the ones that actually drive the narrative along – were not scripted. This doesn’t take much away from the movie and I doubt that total suspension of disbelief is very high on their list of priorities. Instead, they concentrate on the funny and outrageous and there, they succeed. Borat is still uproarious and more than offensive enough to those looking to be offended. And even the offensiveness isn’t that over the top – Borat takes many sideways swipes at things but rarely is there a full-on frontal assault on anyone or anything (unless you’re Kazakh). In fact, many of the funniest scenes have nothing to do with satire, but are instead lowbrow gross-out humour. And that’s okay.

Is Borat, as some are claiming, the funniest movie ever made? No, probably not, but it is damned funny and I cannot believe you could see it and now leave with at least a few stitches in your side. And it’s okay if you feel guilty about it.

And a contest: Courtesy of Atlantic Records, I’ve got three Borat prize packs to give away consisting of a copy of the film’s soundtrack and the promotional poster for said soundtrack. The CD contains much of the actual music from the film as well as some songs that weren’t (“Throw The Jew Down The Well”, “You Be My Wife”) as well as some clips of dialogue and some video clips and unreleased stuff from the film. Whether this is something you’ll actually listen to more than once… well, that’s between you and the people you live with. The poster is either dull or grotesque depending on what side you have facing out, but I’m sure more than a few of you would love to have that second image pinned up in your cubicle at work. Hey, that’s okay. I’m not judging.

Anyway, to win said Borat goodness, leave me a comment with your favourite line of Borat dialogue. That’s it, that’s all. The contest closes at midnight, November 11.

Video: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan soundtrack commercial (MOV)

Radio Free Canuckistan offers the complete version of his interview with Devastations which appeared in this week’s eye. And if you missed the item directly below this one, the show at the El Mocambo for tonight has been canceled.

Exclaim! recounts the long and storied history of REM, timeline-style.

Stylus has completed their countdown of their 50 best live albums of all time. Live At Leeds and Live Rust are both represented, I am satisfied.

Grizzly Bear recently stopped in at AOL’s Interface to record a session. And maul an intern.

What Would Jesus Blog offers some tips on how to make a mix tape to impress Chuck Klosterman. I am currently reading Klosterman’s latest, IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas. It amuses me.

np – Johan / THX JHN

By : Frank Yang at 10:47 am
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  1. Fred says:

    "Don’t shrink me gypsy lady"

    Had to be the best line. (Among hundereds to choose from)

  2. Mike says:

    "my moustache still tastes of your testes"

  3. David says:

    Gotta go with "In my country, they would go crazy for these two…this one not so much."

  4. steve says:

    from Borat’s guide to wine tasting,
    After about 20 glasses of wine:

    " My mother, she never loved me, she never loved me, she tell me sometimes she wished she were raped by someone else"

  5. dave dyment says:

    This is my fave Borat line. Even better because he snuck it into prime time, on the MTV awards. "You are very pretty Jessica (Simpson). I would pay you seven dollars. Nine, for the small hole"

  6. Joe says:

    "We support your war of terror. … May George Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq."

  7. Harry says:

    Don’t know if it’s in the movie or not, but this line he’s been using in interviews is classic:

    "By age 15, her vagine began to hang loose like sleeve of wizard."

  8. Walter says:

    This line killed me : "My country send me to United States to make movie-film. Please, come and see my film. If it not success, I will be execute."

  9. Jeff says:

    "Yes, children. Crush that Jew chick before it hatches!"

  10. Justin says:

    "Are you saying my wife is dead?……………"

    "Well……um……yes, it looks like….I’m very sorry to say."
    "HIGH FIVE!!!!!"

  11. WillyB says:

    Not to change directions, (’cause that Borat movie is a hoot!) but the REM timeline is great. This section is so typically Stipe: "Back on the road, Stipe’s behaviour becomes erratic; he begins to toy with his image, shaving his head and sometimes appearing on stage blindfolded, something he later claims was caused by improper use of his contact lenses." (!)

    Great find.

  12. Cubilas says:

    From Borat’s guide to Jobs:
    "…if you give me this job, can I put a camera in the lady toilet, please?"

  13. Ryan97ou says:

    "when my wife got older, at 15…her vagin become loose like sleeve of wizard"

  14. Tnagedirtbag says:

    Mine is, "Which gun would be best to defend from the Jews?"
    to which the gunowner promplty responds "9mm or a .45."

  15. Mike Adams says:

    This from Ali G…

    Why you use canines? Why don’t you use dogs?

  16. hemal says:

    Borat: "My sister, a she is a prostitute!"

    Old Lady at dinner party: "That’s terrible!"

    Borat" A but she make a lot of money! High Five!"

  17. MLK and the Dreamers says:

    my favorite part is the whole section where he is in the historic reanactment museum and he says,
    "I like you, do you like me?"
    and then the guys replies,
    "im not sure"

  18. Chrissy boi says:

    Pamela i dont love u anymore …… NOT!!!!
    deffinetly one of the best lines

  19. BoratFan says:

    She is my sisther (sister) Nathaliya, and she number por (four) Prosthithuthe (Prostitute) in the cuntry (country)