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'Borat' sequel somehow still manages to serve up audacious surprises

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I saw the original film and enjoyed it, but have yet to see this sequel. I've heard Rudolph Giuliani made a fool of himself with Borat's "daughter..."

"Setting the logistics aside, Cohen (part of a credited team of eight writers) and director Jason Woliner have managed to concoct a clever premise explaining Borat's belated return to America, on a mission to deliver a gift to Vice President Mike Pence in order to curry favor with the Trump administration and avoid a death sentence in his native Kazakhstan. (Hence the latest unwieldy subtitle, "Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.")

As fans of the original will remember, the fictionalized version of Kazakhstan isn't a particularly enlightened spot, with such backward attitudes toward women that Borat refers to his daughter as his "non-male son." Still, through a series of odd circumstances the teenage Tutar (newcomer Maria Bakalova) comes along for the ride, offering an old-fashioned father-daughter bonding experience as the spine for all the over-the-top shenanigans and exploits."

 
MONSTERS OF MAN Official Trailer (2020) Sci-Fi, Action Movie

This looks like good scary fun... I hope ground combat robots like these are banned by international treaty. Aerial drones that shoot missiles are bad enough...

 

tothepoint

Woodpecker
Extremely slow pacing, lots of silly headscratchers, the plot was overall pretty weak, the antagonists acted like typical 80s villains (complete with making weird noises and shouting jibberish for no reason), also the film had a very distinct "80s vibe" which I found very annoying since it was supposed to be set in the future. The cinematography was gorgeous though and it was good to look at.

The villains were androids that just discovered emotions. The weird noises and gibberish fits in that context because they are essentially a bunch of children in an adult's body. Their bodies were not designed to process emotions so their mental capacity is limited and decaying with time. Rachael, who is a new model of android, is more human-like.
When I first watched the movie I also felt that it's too slow and boring but that's because Harrison Ford looks like someone who doesn't want to be there. This also makes sense in the context of the movie. The guy is a loner who hates his job and wants to be left alone. Going around in a flying car would not be very exciting for someone from the future.

They got some of the technology wrong, no cellphones and the flying cars while cool would not be very practical but I love how the movie takes a subtle jab at climate change, capitalism and immigration. The city is so polluted you can't even see the sun, there's constant rain, animals have gone extinct, the streets are full of garbage and looters, the buildings are empty and abandoned yet from a distance it looks quite pretty with all the neon lights and advertisements. The Tyrell HQ is a monolith that stands above everything else and one of the police officers uses "cityspeak", a mix of several languages. All of this background stuff sells the idea of a city that looks nice from the outside but is rotten inside.
2049 took this further by showing more of the world but didn't introduce any new themes. It's also lacking the love story from the first one which is very important to the whole dilemma of whether Deckard is human or not. Without Rachael it doesn't really matter.
Next to Alien, Bladerunner remains one of the best science fiction movies out there.
 
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GodfatherPartTwo

Woodpecker
My younger brother showed me The Devil All the Time. Decent film I suppose even if one dimensional. Robert Pattinson did well for extending his range. I told my brother that Hollywood has a problem with depicting Christians: they're always portrayed as weak, bumbling, out of touch, if not outright malicious and psychopathic. This film is a good example.

In return, I showed my brother Cape Fear and Rambo 2.
 

barrythecyborg

Kingfisher
Am I late to the party on this one?...

I watched this movie last night, and it's pretty funny, but the flagrant bullshit...

- portray 'conspiracy theorists' as morons
- get 'morons' to openly talk about 'wild' 'conspiracy theories'
- discredit all.
- sit back whilst normies lap it up.

Praying all these c... cooks get what's coming.
 

Jünger

Pelican
Just watched this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday_in_New_York

Virginal Jane Fonda's protective brother has a line early on: "Men marry decent girls. Always have, always will."

From a 2019 interview:
Q: Are there any of your movies that make you cringe?

A: There’s enough other stuff going on in the world that makes you want to cringe. But I’m surprised how many people say they love “Sunday in New York.” Why?
Partly because it depicts a New York people wanted to live in, not the dystopic hellhole they flee now.
Q: What film’s success surprised you the most?

A: When we did “Cat Ballou,” neither Lee [Marvin] nor I thought it was going to be any good.

Right about that, though.
 

Justin C

Pigeon
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Some predictive programming, civil unrest, military infrastructure and FEMA stuff.
Generic family story, good masculine protagonist. Nothing too subversive. A couple helpful blacks.
6/10
 

Don Quixote

Woodpecker
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Some predictive programming, civil unrest, military infrastructure and FEMA stuff.
Generic family story, good masculine protagonist. Nothing too subversive. A couple helpful blacks.
6/10
This movie is also about an asteroid hitting Earth and the news has been full of asteroid stories. That's probably next after Covid hoax, or possibly aliens :boring:
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
Watched this last night..... solid flick for the genre. Not a lot of wokeness in there... it is kind of like a modern day Falling Down. If you don't like spoilers don't watch much more then a minute of the trailer bellow. (I despise any spoilers)
 

Justin C

Pigeon
I hate how trailers now are basically the whole movie abridged. No need to see the dang movie. I know theyre mostly predictable arcs anyway but c'mon man...at least pretend you have something worth seeing
Yeah that's the worst. It's easy to just show the really interesting parts of the movie, much harder to create a little suspenseful narrative.
I never watch trailers, I just read the synopsis. But even those sometimes spoil too much!
 

GodfatherPartTwo

Woodpecker
Watched Karate Kid 4 last week on Netflix after never having seen it. Not as bad as its rep and Hillary Swank... what a smokeshow. I'll take prom night Hillary Swank over Daniel san any day. Ok I'll stop now. Check it out though.

Moved on to E.T (what's up with (((Spielberg))) and aliens?) and got put off by the psuedo-spiritual/religious undertones and imagery. Read into the background of that and wasn't too fond with what I found. I'm sure this movie will eventually come up in the JQ thread. Might finish it just to say I did but had to put it down.

Saw an ad for a Netflix movie called Mank starring the great Gary Oldman, who I haven't seen since Darkest Hour. Apparently a true story. He plays as the (((writer))) who helped Orson Welles write Citizen Kane. Keeping an eye out for anything shifty but I like the black and white style so far.
 
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Watched this last night..... solid flick for the genre. Not a lot of wokeness in there... it is kind of like a modern day Falling Down. If you don't like spoilers don't watch much more then a minute of the trailer bellow. (I despise any spoilers)

It was way too violent for my tastes but watching it will definitely cure you of any road rage proclivities.
 
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