The Queen's Gambit Book Comparison

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how Netflix’s limited series The Queen’s Gambit compares to the novel that it’s based on. Plus, learn about the tricky process of writing the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. And finally, listen as director Joe Penna breaks down the opening launch sequence for the Netflix original movie Stowaway. Read More »

Borat 2 Review

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, listen as Sacha Baron Cohen breaks down one of the many raucously hilarious scenes from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Plus, let Patrick (H) Willems explain why Batman: The Movie from 1966 is actually fantastic. And finally, check out 16 minutes of Netflix’s biggest and best comedians doing crowd work off the cuff during their stand-up specials. Read More »

Borat Responds to Borat 2 Rudy Giuliani Scene

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm made headlines (even before its Amazon Prime Video release) with its most harrowing scene: the aftermath of an interview between former New York City mayor and Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Borat’s (Sacha Baron Cohen) daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova). In the film, Baron Cohen’s Borat arrives to stop the scene unfolding as one would fear it would, but the star revealed that he was genuinely “scared that it would veer into an even more ugly situation.”

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Borat 2 Extended Cut

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is full of shocking, hilarious scenes where the titular reporter from Kazakhstan interacts with real, unsuspecting people. The results range from unbelievable patience to unfathomable stupidity and even the spouting of casual racism and conspiracy theories. But with a movie like this, there’s plenty of footage that we didn’t get to see. Thankfully, it sounds like we might get a chance to see it some day.

Director Jason Woliner recently mentioned that there have been talks about possibly releasing a Borat 2 extended cut. Not only that, but he provided details on some deleted scenes and extended sequences that could potentially be put back into the movie, including a couple scenes that were teased in the trailer but didn’t make the final cut of the movie at all. Read More »

Borat's Daughter

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a comedic triumph that builds upon the insanity of the first mockumentary, but takes it to a new level thanks to the heightened ridiculousness of our current political and social climate. A big part of that success comes from the surprisingly touching story that develops between Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his teenage daughter, played phenomenally by Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova. But how did director Jason Woliner find such a finely tuned comedic talent who could keep up with Sacha Baron Cohen and trick unsuspecting subjects, including the bridge troll with a law degree known as Rudy Giuliani? Read More »

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Rossif Sutherland has joined the cast of the Orphan prequel.
  • Andrew Koji talks about playing Storm Shadow in Snake Eyes.
  • Angela Bassett is returning for more Mission: Impossible movies.
  • The Kazakh American Association is not happy about Borat 2.
  • Will Killer Klowns From Outer Space 2 ever happen? Maybe.
  • Pauly Shore wants Encino Man 2, probably because he has nothing else going on right now.

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Borat Voting Video

It’s Election Day in the United States, and even though it’s meant to be the day where we do our civic duty and vote for the leaders who will represent us in government, it’s somehow still not a national holiday. Thankfully, it sounds like this will be a record year for voter turnout, the biggest in a long time, but Borat Sagdiyev has a special message for the ladies before they go out to the polls today.

And the Borat shenanigans don’t stop there, because Sacha Baron Cohen is still making the publicity rounds for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which is only in its second week of release on Amazon Prime (even though it feels like it’s been a month). During a recent interview, Cohen explained how the stunt where he’s dressed as Donald Trump during Vice President Mike Pence‘s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this year almost went wrong.

Watch the Borat voting video and learn some more behind-the-scenes details about Borat 2 below. Read More »

Borat 2 Title

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was originally intended to be released in theaters by Universal — then the pandemic hit. Theatrical plans for Borat 2 had to be scrapped, and Amazon swooped in to release the film on its streaming platform, earning the company its biggest zeitgeist-capturing hit. But it turns out Amazon shelled out a lot to earn those headlines — the company reportedly paid a whopping $80 million for the rights of Borat 2.

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borat 2 viewers

Amazon Studios has released some very nice viewership figures for Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Borat sequel. The predictably polarizing mockumentary sequel to Cohen’s 2006 comedy hit, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm may be getting embroiled in many controversies, but it’s got the viewing numbers to match: Amazon Studios claims that “tens of millions” of customers viewed Borat 2 on its first weekend.

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Borat 2 Controversy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm hasn’t even been out for an entire week, and it’s already been making waves in a variety of ways. Obviously, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has felt the biggest impact from the mockumentary sequel, but since he’s Donald Trump‘s lawyer, the increasingly unstable president has been inundated with questions about the scandal in question. So of course it’s prompted some verbal sparring between the petty world leader and Borat star and creator Sacha Baron Cohen. But that’s not all.

In the wake of the release of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, there’s also been a lawsuit dismissed that was filed by a family member of one of the film’s most pivotal subjects. Plus, the Kazakhstan tourism board is officially embracing one of Borat’s catchphrases as part of their marketing campaign. And finally, Sacha Baron Cohen himself has released some unseen footage in which his life was put at risk during a key sequence. Get the lowdown on all of the Borat 2 controversy and aftermath below. Read More »