Friday, November 17, 2006

Seriously...

Has there been even one good James Bond movie? I mean genuinely good, not just a couple of campily effective set-pieces surrounded by lead-footed, B-movie plotting and direction that only holds together as a romp in one's own nostalgic memories?



Bonus crank: Borat is just a combination of Andy Kaufman's Foreign Man and Tom Green! (Says one who hasn't seen the thing yet, and probably won't until the inevitably bonus-laden DVD comes out.)

5 comments:

Steven W. Beattie said...

1. From Russia with Love.

2. Borat does owe a debt to Andy Kaufman, but he has more in common with Lenny Bruce or Jonathan Swift than Tom Green. To start with, Borat's funny.

GarButnwldr said...

A GLOBE article this week suggested Borat was a combination of Charlie Chaplin and Chris Rock. I like that.

nathan said...

What I've seen of Tom Green's original no-budget Ottawa cable-access show looks hilarious. Absurdist humour that is %100 free of any deeper subtext, granted, and thus the kind of stuff that has a limited lifespan, and that really only works as, say, a no-budget Ottawa cable-access show. Inject any amount of money or hype into something (or someone) like that and it (he) dies instantly. Or at least its/his charm does.

I'm actually looking forward to seeing Borat. I just wanted to be contrary. Plus the "deeper cultural relevance of Borat" articles need to go away for a while. At least until the inevitable Bruno movie comes out.

ognir.rrats said...

Peter Sellers + lots of water = Borat

randwich said...

I saw Borat, and though pretty fuckin' funny, it didn't live up to the hype.

That Globe article was by my friend Jesse Brown, and says that prankster comedy is the only kind of comedy that really works today. I kind of agree with the premise, but he failed to mention Colbert's roast to Bush,

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-869183917758574879,

the ultimate in prankster comedy that will never be equalled by Sasha Baron Cohen or anyone else.