We saw a couple of movies on DVD. One was Borat, which was extremely bizarre and very funny. The anti-Semitism was really bothersome, though. I realize that the Sacha Baron Cohen is Jewish, and that it must have been irresistible to him to surface anti-Semitism in his travels by having his character be rabidly anti-Jew. But it adds such a flavor of ugliness to the humor that I really wish he'd left it out.
And you have to understand, all the anti-women jokes didn't especially bother me.
My husband was hooked at "Commence movie-film" as one of the DVD menu choices, and the rest just kept getting stranger. Borat's journey from his village (made almost entirely of mud) to various Americana stopping points was unpredictable and hilarious. I was so far out of the loop that I didn't realize at first that it really was a mockumentary, full of real people who were not in on the joke. The driving instructor near the beginning of the film was amazingly level-headed (he just kept grabbing the wheel again and again). The Frat Boys in their RV-- yuck. What an ugly bunch. Kind of hard to sue someone for broadcasting you being yourselves, though-- it didn't look like Borat elicited the asshole comments those guys came up with; they managed that on their own.
I'm kind of sorry the "Policings" was left out of the actual movie, not to mention the Doctor's visit. "High Five!" "Making the sexy time!"
I've got the fake Kazakhstan national anthem stuck in my head now...
We also saw Open Season (animated kids' film), which was pretty funny though rife with bathroom humor. This is where the mini-rant comes in:
Although Ashton Kutcher did a great job as the comic sidekick-- and I wouldn't know his voice from Adam-- in general, it's really dismaying to see so many actors doing animated films simply because they are "Names" rather than because they're good at it. Mike Meyers and Eddie Murphy do the Shrek films for obvious reasons, and you'd have to be a fool to pass up Robin Williams as a voice actor. But why Cameron Diaz? Why Julie Andrews? Anybody could do their voice parts-- they don't appear to be bringing anything special to the roles.
For "Open Season," Patrick Warburton has a small voice part in the movie... but he would have been perfect as the lead voice of Boog the Bear. Martin Lawrence did that part, but it was an "okay" performance. Patrick Warburton is a voice master. He has nuance in the ranges of his humor, and god, does he ever have the gift of timing.
My point here is, if we applied today's casting standards to the past, Mel Blanc would have never gotten work, because he was just some "nobody" who didn't have Box Office buzz like, say, Cary Grant. Of course, back then, regular actors deigned to do voice work such as this. Now, it's all about the money.
Bring back the voice-actors! Cast on vocal talent, not on "names."
How's everyone else?