Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This weekend sees the release of The Brothers Grimsby, the latest comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen. And here’s the thing about Mr. Cohen – even when I don’t love his movies, I find him fascinating. From his early career as a television prankster who roped real people into interacting with his fictional characters, to his Hollywood career, where he worked with directors like Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, he has never shown us a half-measure. Cohen is a performer who commits to his characters and his concepts like no one else.
And since his new movie is on the horizon, this certainly feels like the perfect opportunity to run down his finest moments on screen.
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Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Next to the $1B+ grosses for The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, Project X‘s respectable $100M worldwide take seems like spare change. But there is one arena in which the Todd Phillips-produced raunchfest is king: illegal downloads.
Project X has emerged as the single most pirated film of 2012 — as well as the lowest grossing of the top 10, which also includes both of the aforementioned box office smashes. Read the full list after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
At their core, all narrative features are lies. We can will ourselves to believe we’re watching superheroes save Manhattan, but we know deep down that what we’re really seeing is costumed actors zipping around on wires and jumping in front of green screens. And like all great, big whoppers, the more moving parts there are, the more difficult it gets to keep everything straight.
The folks at MovieMistakes.com delight in pointing out the tiny mistakes that slip through, whether it’s a costume that’s been sloppily rearranged between takes or an anachronistic prop that’s been dropped into a period piece. Just as they did in 2011, they’ve just released a list of their favorite goofs of the year, as well as a tally of the most error-prone films of the year. Read them both after the jump.
[UPDATE: One of the filmmakers mentioned, Rian Johnson, has since responded to Looper‘s inclusion at #8 on the list. Hit the jump to see his tweet.]
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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam report from the Seattle International Film Festival, discuss Jack Black and Richard Linklater’s latest collaboration, mourn the end of Community as we know it, and review Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest scripted comedy.
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A sense of humor is like a fingerprint; no two are alike. What one person finds hilarious another doesn’t, and everyone has their own catalog of things that make them falls into hysterics. Sacha Baron Cohen‘s latest vehicle, The Dictator, tries to cover every single kind of humor imaginable. Do you like super offensive, evil humor? It’s got that. Potty humor? That’s there too. Social satire? Sure, why not. This wild unevenness is the film’s distinguishing factor and it leads to moments of genius, outbursts of offensive hilarity, and others of awkward, silent stupidity.
Structured around a boring, run-of-the-mill mistaken identity narrative, the main thing that keeps The Dictator from dying is an incredible level of unpredictability. At any moment, seemingly anything can happen in the name of a joke. This begets huge hits and big misses. Once again directed by Borat and Bruno helmer Larry Charles, The Dictator entertains but is deeply flawed and anything but subtle. Read More »
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Earlier this week we heard that a teaser trailer for Anchorman 2 might be in front of The Dictator when it opens next week. Now there are a few different things flying around that look like confirmations of that report — one even comes from Anchorman director Adam McKay. Check out the info below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
Because nothing works up the appetite quite like traveling back in time and fighting aliens, Baskin-Robbins is introducing a limited-edition line of Men in Black 3-inspired menu items. Also after the jump:
- Will Scary Movie 5 be a Black Swan spoof?
- Piranha 3DD soundtrack listing revealed
- Anchorman 2 teaser to debut before The Dictator?
- Vin Diesel drops another Riddick photo
- Expendables 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation get new posters
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If even Martin Scorsese can’t convince people to watch Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator, I don’t know what can. But Paramount, of course, continues to try their hardest. Their latest effort is a red-band trailer that offers several fresh jokes, including bits on childbirth and 9/11.
It also finally, helpfully, offers an explanation of exactly how Admiral General Aladeen (Cohen) goes from being the all-powerful ruler of the Republic of Wadiya to being a grubby-looking cashier at a grocery store. Watch the trailer after the jump — and as usual, be warned that red-band means NSFW, in this case mostly for language.
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Playing a role in Hugo has paid off in an unexpected way for Sacha Baron Cohen. The actor had a big role in Martin Scorsese‘s most recent film, playing the over-enthusiastic watchman who patrolled the Paris train station in which Hugo was hiding. And now Cohen has his own movie, The Dictator, opening next week. To promote the picture, Cohen enlisted his Hugo director to round out a skit on SNL. The results are… weird. Check out the Weekend Update interview segment below. Read More »