Wednesday, November 01, 2006

november movies

like a lot of people, i am totally geeking out about the borat movie. i've been a fan of da ali g show for a couple years, and borat is possibly sasha baron-cohen's best character. originally i wanted to see the movie on opening night, but virago has other obligations friday evening, so we'll probably have to wait until saturday or sunday.

the borat movie isn't going to be another snakes on a plane, with tons of internet hype but poor box office returns and worse reviews. keep in mind: the people who are hyping the borat movie have actually seen the film.

but i'm also psyched about darren aronofsky's the fountain... i've been waiting years for the fountain and a scanner darkly to come out. scanner was finally released this summer, and now i learn that the fountain is due out nov. 22!

wired has an interesting article about aronofsky's quest to make "a film that would reinvent space without using CGI" and the monumental challenges he faced. reading about the technique they used instead of cgi—image quest 3-d's microphotography—has only gotten me more excited.

the only problem is... once i've seen these movies, what will i have to look forward to? other than new episodes of serialized tv dramas, that is. (my favorites this season are battlestar galactica and heroes. it's a good year to be a science fiction fan... unless you're a conservative looking to battlestar to reinforce your worldview, in which case you're probably feeling disillusioned.)


Anonymous said...

I have a gleeful, half-written blog post about conservative disillusionment with Battlestar Galactica, discussing one of my conservative co-worker's naive love-affair with the show until this season, when the writers made the their political affiliations more pronounced. He, too, had associated the Cylons with the Muslims, when it's been pretty clear all along that the more apt comparison is with Christianity. Strangely, he has the same weird misunderstanding with the George R.R. Martin sci-fi/political dram books "A Song of Ice and Fire." I so want to point out his mistake, but now that he's realized the Cylons are his people, I don't have the heart.

Anonymous said...

I am wondering if the writer of the Galactica piece has really watched the show? Why can it not be both ways or neither? Humans were the powerful top dogs and acted one way, now that they are underdogs is it logical they would change their behavior to survive. Same would go for the Cylons, the show lets us in on very little of their "culture" but it seems something has changed them since they tried to destory the humans. Why one would assume a modern tv show would take a resistance lesson from history instead of the nightly news seems a tad odd ot me as well.
Perhaps the French never thought of suicide bombings in WWII, of course now would anyone have blamed them if they had?