&t skeet on mischa: The Prelude

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Nov 13, 2006

The Prelude


Hopefully, this will be the last mention of Borat until the DVD comes out. It’s amazing to see how well the film continues to perform. It’s playing well and hopefully, people are digging it. Or has the Little Miss Sunshine esque backlash already started? That’s besides the point any ways, what’s important is the amount of money they’re going to make off DVD sales. I don’t know why I remember this, but I was at the physical, real life version of DVD Planet and a couple of people walk in and out of the store, visibly frustrated because the store had just sold out of Napoleon Dynamite and the DVD had only been out a couple of days. The thing is going to move fairly quickly, but what’s the worst part about it, is that undoubtly Fox will release a couple editions of the film on DVD. There’ll be a regular version that’ll be labeled as uncut & uncensored with maybe a couple more minutes added back in, a couple of deleted scenes and a behind the scenes feature. Then around Christmas time 2007, there’ll be the deluxe two disc “Wow Wow Wee Waa!!” edition with even more deleted scenes and best of Borat’s appearances around the world. Maybe even a whole other film cut together from deleted footage; probably enough to do that. Either way, I’ll probably be a sucker and buy however many editions that they release of the film onto DVD.

Also, Borat’s success is just setting up the enviable failure of the Bruno film. Not sure if the rest of America is ready to laugh at their homophobia just yet. Then again, it can be an “Ich don't think so” moment.

In case you aren’t hip to leaked material and what not, but the new Bloc Party album is out there. Good, but not great. Needs another listen or two, but there’s no song on there that’ll commands your attention the way “Banquet” did all those years ago.

Also, that new Jay record is out there. While I haven’t heard the whole thing; just little bits of each song, but I can safely assume that it’s a shitty comeback. Remember how after the brilliance of “The Blueprint,” Jay-Z released that really shitty double album, “The Blueprint: The Gift & The Curse,” with way too many guest appearances and just as shitty production save for “Excuse Me Miss”. Then the next year, Jay released “The Black Album,” and I don’t believe I need to say anything else. With “Kingdom Come,” it’s “The Gift & The Curse,” all over again in spite of having most of the album produced by Dr. Dre & Just Blaze. Too many kids singing the hooks or something. Although it should be noted that the album’s opener, “The Prelude” reminded me of one of my favorite Madlib tracks: “Axes Puzzles” off of “The Unseen”.

Sidebar will be updated later.

9 Comments:

At 11:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally saw Borat. It's great, and it's success is a great indictment of the state of mainstream comedy.

One of my pet obsessions is to try to define a taxonomy of humor so that I can talk about comedy in a more analytical way -- not in the sense of the structure of a joke, but more like in terms of the motivations or origins for a particular style of humor. (The comments are not an appropriate place for the full treatise.) And in contrast to most comedies these days, which off one or sometimes two humor "tracks" geared towards particular types of viewers, Borat is all over the map. This both broadens its appeal by letting more viewers in on the joke, but also keeps things fresher for everyone. The conventional wisdom for comedies these days seems to be that you need to narrow your focus and tailor your jokes for a particular type of moviegoer who has already been identified as being "into comedy"; this is why most conventional comedies are exactly the same. Borat, which is largely conceived by a single comedic mind as opposed to a team of screenwriters, rejects this assumption. You can see the payoff in the fact that the film is playing unexpectedly well among older viewers -- people for whom most mainstream comedies hold little interest.

The optimist might look at this and see the potential for a revitalized Hollywood comedy industry; the pessimist sees only knock-off fish-out-of-water films about people from Central Asia (and/or, apparently, further exploitation of impoverished villages in eastern Europe).

Also, hooray for updating the sidebar. Looking at the Johnny Benson screencap reminds me that Mr. Robin Brown has been posting his whole film in 10-minute increments over at his blog, and I was watching it a few days ago and it's not bad.

On preview, sorry for posting a freaking essay.

 
At 2:16 AM , Blogger Robin Brown said...

Thanks man. In a sleepless weekend I managed to cause some spinal damage to myself and sit in front of my computer for hours upon end editing something new. Part of that was spent crisping up the final installment of Johnny Benson's Adventures in the Blogosphere (although final in the series of four 10 min segments of my film I would like to note that I am completely open to this not being the last we see of Johnny Benson... Johnny B MTV drama ala My So Called Life anybody? Any takers?)... the second and more painstaking part was spent finishing my experimental editing piece simply titled "Mustache Movie." Skeeter himself is the star of my backbreaking keyframing adventure. Be on the lookout for both this week.

As for Borat... this thing is bigger than I knew. Every main stream kid I'm friends with on myspace has clips of borat now embeded on their profile and I even heard a "NICE!" borat impression amongst casual conversation on The Big Show on ESPN Radio. Borat is "Allllllrightythen" steez.

 
At 8:19 AM , Blogger christa t said...

what was the lil miss sunshine backlash?

 
At 9:17 AM , Blogger Douglas Reinhardt said...

There was a wave of people who thought Little Miss Sunshine wasn't as good as the first wave of people who saw the film was.

 
At 9:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

little miss sunshine was good but not great.

 
At 10:01 AM , Anonymous BlamoBoy said...

Just curious: Has Sacha Baron Cohen done an interview since the movie was released where he's not in character as Borat? (You know, where he's just.. Sacha Baron Cohen.)

 
At 10:13 AM , Blogger Douglas Reinhardt said...

Najork: The Johnny Benson related photo isn't from the film, but it was from the last day I worked on the movie. After a morning shoot, we all went to eat pancakes. Also, if I ever quit this buisness, you're going to have to take over or at least provide a counter point to everything; an intelligent perspective on the matter.

BlammoBoy: So far, Sacha Baron Cohen has not done in an interview out of character in the promotion for Borat. In America, he's only done a couple of interviews as himself: Stern, Letterman, Daily Show and I want to believe Conan.

 
At 10:34 AM , Blogger Passion of the Weiss said...

Those Bloc Party and Jay-Z albums are so disappointing...particularly the Jay-Z...I think its the worst album of his entire career...I'm gonna take it on tomorrow...good call with the Blueprint 2 analogue.

 
At 4:56 PM , Blogger Chuck Reinhardt said...

Gee, I thought this blog posting was about your other favorite car.

 

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