Sacha Baron Cohen
Martin Scorsese approaches Hugo, his delightfully inventive adaptation of Brian Selznick’s elaborately illustrated children’s novel, with a profound sense of wonder, and the feeling is contagious.
Here, in the bittersweet saga of a clockmaker’s orphaned son who reconnects with his father through the earliest machinery of cinema, we find one of the director’s most personal stories to date, a love letter not only to his craft, but also to one of its earliest innovators, Georges Méliès.
Winner of the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Thirst was largely overlooked at the time of its American theatrical release, even amid the biggest vampire craze in recent memory. That's a shame, because Chan-wook Park's latest, about a deeply devoted Roman Catholic priest (Kang-ho Song, of The Host) who turns into a reluctant Nosferatu after an ill-fated transfusion leaves him hungry for blood, is one of the year's most chilling fantasies – gory, funny and thoroughly entertaining.
Sacha Baron Cohen, the spectacularly uninhibited gonzo master of put-ons, has been called “the pure, untamed id of movie comedy” and “a genuine comic guerrilla charging right to the front lines of the war against prejudice and sanctimony.” The term “genius” has been applied liberally since Baron Cohen’s Borat (2006) skillfully skewered racism, anti-Semitism and America’s over-developed sense of national pride. Yet his second feature, Brüno, leaves me cold. As social satire, it is boorish and scattershot; as farce, it is obvious and erratic.
Last month, we told you about Digg.com’s exclusive interview with the one and only Austrian television sensation, Bruno (AKA Sascha Baron Cohen in his most hilarious post-Borat persona to date). Andrew Bancroft sat down with the over-the-top fashion icon on June 30, and fired off questions sent in from Digg.com users. Check it out below – if only to watch Bruno reprimand Bancroft midway through the sit-down: “Stop looking at my crotch, okay?”
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We're sure this movie tops your list of summer flicks to watch, so we're giving away 10 (admit two) passes* to next week's BRÜNO screening. Be one of the first 10 to correctly answer the question below and win tickets:
Name two celebrities BRÜNO has interviewed.
BRÜNO Screening, Monday, 7/6 at 7:30 p.m., AMC Metreon, 101 Fourth St., 3rd floor. Get there early.
BRÜNO IS IN THEATERS JULY 10. To check out what it’s all about, visit the BRÜNO website.
BRÜNO has been rated R (Restricted – Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
With festival attendance topping 60,000 and ticket sales up from the last two years despite a sluggish economy, Frameline 33, the oldest and largest celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films and filmmakers in the world, reached its conclusion Sunday with the world premiere of Wendy Jo Carlton’s Hannah Free. Now, there’s only one thing left to do: announce the winners.
Those who can’t get enough of Sacha Baron Cohen’s colorfully outlandish publicity stunts in support of Brüno’s July 10 release can watch the movie’s red-carpet Hollywood premiere live tonight at 6:45 p.m. PST.
Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego (well, alter-alter ego, considering Borat), is ready to cause more of a stir. Though his movie doesn't premiere until July 10, Bruno has been making headlines by disrupting fashion shows, crashing crotch-first into Eminem's face at the MTV Movie Awards, and posing nude on the cover of this month's GQ. And now's your chance to get inside the faux-Austrian television host's mind. On June 30, Baron Cohen will appear in all his Bruno glory on Digg.com's Digg Dialogg.