Saturday, September 09, 2006


Well, Thursday at 11:59 PM was the Midnight Madness screening of Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan at the Ryerson theatre, and apparently it didn't go too well.

It started off great from all accounts, with Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) entering on a peasant-drawn carriage, and the crowd went nuts. But then the projector broke about twenty minutes into the movie!

It turned out Michael Moore was in the house and he was called upon to help try and fix the projector--- and then when it became clear the delay was taking longer than expected, there was an impromptu Q-and-A session involving Cohen, Moore, and director Larry Charles.

Finally, they announced that the whole screening was cancelled and the ticked-off crowd booed. The whole thing got rescheduled for the Elgin the next night and everyone got passes to that. Catch an account of what went down here at Movie City News, where they mentioned that Cohen, I mean Borat, blamed what happened on the Jews. Funny stuff.

Boy, you'd hate to be working the cinema at an event like that! Who wants to deal with an angry mob? I guess that by having that Q-and-A session they made the best of a bad situation, but still, you went to watch a movie! I would have booed, too.

I saw this movie during the press screening the next day and all I gotta say about this movie was that it was really funny but pretty vulgar stuff--- too much even for me. I didn't know whether I enjoyed this movie or not--- it seemed to be both a brilliant comedic cinematic achievement and a piece of garbage, all at the same time. I guess you'll find it funny--- unless you're a Jew. Or a Kazakh--- boy, did that country end up looking bad. Anyway, the projector didn't break down for the press--- very important.

UPDATE: Here's another account of what happened at Cinematical, complete with pictures. Apparently Michael Moore was asking the crowd what the heck happened in Canada, why did they elect a Conservative government.

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