counting down the best films of 2006: No. 2, ‘Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan’

WHY IS THIS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR?: Even moreso than the TV version of Borat pushed TV boundaries, this film challenges our perceptions of what a film can do, what a film should do. In an arena in which art is necessarily secondary to commerce, Sacha Baron Cohen proved that making … more…

The Dukes of Hazzard (review)

‘I felt for a moment that the whole Duke family was a fraud, just a wall of lawlessness and motor-cars and moonshine, and that if it fell I should find nothing behind it but panic and emptiness.’–E.M. Forster