Played Out Like Zodiac Signs on Sweatshirts
Yeah, I know that you're all tired of all the incessant Borat hype. At this point, it's pretty much inescapable. So I'll understand if you don't want to click over to my Stylus review of the film. However, before you don't, I'd just like to point out that the review is specifically written with your perspective in mind (being the Internet savvy soul that you inevitably are). Meaning no redundant plot summaries or rehashes of the film's funniest moments. Rather the review mainly addresses what sort of meaning can be gleaned from the film, which I believe to be the most insightful look into the American condition in a long time (or at least since Idiocracy). Either way, I guarantee that I'm one of the few reviewers to call Borat the comedic Easy Rider for this generation.
Even if you don't read the review. Download these two tracks from the Borat soundtrack. Predictably, they're hilarious.
Borat: "You Be My Wife" (right-click, save as)
Borat: "Born to Be Wild" (right-click, save as)
John Kerry Off the Hook For His Iraq Comment, Still Not Off the Hook for This PhotoSo it turns out that John Kerry's Iraq gaffe didn't actually cost the Dems the mid-term elections, as they took back both houses of Congress. Not a big surprise. But if I were the Democrats (and the media), I'd think twice before freaking out the way that they did over his fairly innocuous remark. Do they honestly have such disdain for the intelligence of the average voter that they think that one off-hand slip of the tongue could swing the balance of millions of votes? Someone probably owes him an apology, even though Kerry might be biggest doofus known to man. See the above photo.
At any rate, for the first time in six years I can honestly say that maybe just maybe things might be looking up for the country. After all, to quote Bill and Ted: Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K. It's not just that the Dems control congress and miraculously have stolen the balance of power from the corrupt and completely discredited Bush administration. It's not even that California's Prop. 86 mercifully failed, saving cig smokers a fascist $2.60 increase per pack. Hell, it's not even that Donald Rumsfeld turned in a resignation letter, which for all practical purposes shoud've been dated April 29, 2004, the day after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke. No, there are deeper things at work in the cosmos, as even the world of pop culture is turning back from the abyss. Borat, the most subversive blockbuster comedy ever is #1 at the box office and even Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are getting a divorce. Apparently, there is a Santa Claus.
Reel Fanatic Drops His List of the Top 10 Funniest Films of All Time
This NY Magazine article on the Aoki family, the founders of the Benihana chain, might be the most interesting thing I've read in recent memory. If you read one link, make it this. It's truly fascinating.
A friend and former colleague of mine, All Hip-Hop.com writer Slav Kandyba has begun writing a column for Pro Hip Hip.com. Check it out.
Surprise, surprise...Kanye West is still obnoxious.
Oh Word lists the 5 worst labels in hip-hop.
Dallas Penn takes a look at the sheer awesomeness of Dwight Gooden, one of the greatest pitchers to ever take the mound. Crack habit or not. No word if he's guesting on the Young Jeezy album.
Lastly, the Assimilated Negro drops an epic post about how Morgan Freeman "deserves some ass." Need I say more?