Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The film has not been screened for a large number of gays for a reason. Throughout the many private screenings [the filmmakers] have had, the reaction from gays has been almost uniformally one of alarm. It is not a scathing depiction of homophobia -- but a grotesque satire of homosexuality. Brüno is a sickening mixture of narcissism, fetishism and shallowness - and he is virtually the only gay representation in the movie. The 'homophobia' of the various straight men who he encounters and propositions, seems only natural when faced with such an odious sexual monster.
Why don't people understand comedy?
Listen, this is VERY EASY. Sacha Baron Cohen's characters are not intended as direct insults to minority groups. CLEARLY. They are ridiculous over-the-top caricatures designed specifically to illicit a REACTION from people who don't know better. By playing to every stupid, backwards stereotype Americans have about homosexuals (particularly European homosexuals), Cohen teases out prejudices that most bigots would not typically reveal to a movie camera.
You don't even have to have seen the "Bruno" film to know this. (I haven't seen it). This is what Cohen's characters ALWAYS DO, and it's what Bruno did on the old (ingenious) episodes of "Da Ali G Show." It's PATENTLY OBVIOUS. In fact, what makes the movies so hilarious is that the character is SO OBVIOUSLY a joke, a silly collection of quirks that could only be created by a comedian playing a prank on dumbasses.
The same thing happened when "Borat" was released in 2006...Simpletons complained that it was offensive to American immigrants or people from Central Asia. It's not. Try to get jokes, people...It makes them more funny.
Posted by Lons at 4:59 PM
In 2012, a bunch of skyscarpers will fall down and John Cusack will protect his family, just as the Mayans predicted...
Seriously, is the "end of the world" really just going to be the collapse of a bunch of high-rises? Because that's about all that happens in this trailer. Apparently, if you live in Nebraska, you're going to be totally cool.
Posted by Lons at 11:35 AM
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Not just a bad trailer for a stupid movie...A bad trailer for a stupid movie in Antarctica! (via @slashfilm)
Holy crap this looks atrocious. Surprising coming from the director of "Swordfish" and "Gone in 60 Seconds." Oh, wait, no, that's not surprising at all.
The movie does discover a new rule for horror filmmakers of the future, however...Geographical facts about Antarctica? Not scary.
Posted by Lons at 4:34 PM
It's cool that Danny Trejo wants to give you his latest, erm, blockbuster for free...but why not just let people download it or stream it from his site? Charging $6 shipping and handling kind of hurts the whole "free movie" promotion. It's only a few bucks less than I can get discount movies at a Best Buy or other store. Also, I love how the site is called:
VENGEANCE - THE MOVIE!
"Man, how did they turn that abstract concept into a movie? Seems like it would work better as an HBO miniseries or something."
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