The Longest Now


Andrew Lin is a genius
Tuesday November 07th 2006, 10:07 am
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One of these days, I need to track down Ezra Keshet and take him to see Borat with me. To the subject: Andrew Lin, web advisor to the film, is a genius. If someone can find me a photo of Mr. Lin, I will be grateful.  Please note: 20th Century Fox didn’t recognize this, and “scaled down the opening [weekend] after its market research suggested Borat wasn’t grabbing viewer interest.”  I wonder if they cared about his 300k myspace friends, and their word of mouth.

The film itself has some long minutes of complete genius, a few moments of extraordinary cameo acting,
and a few pieces with poor cameos and that are childish compared to the
best parts of the film.  Best of all, it doesn’t make the kinds of
sloppy plot, pacing, or ambient mistakes that sometimes afflict films
done by the numbers by a committee of experts.  I might have caught
some staged pieces, but there wasn’t a cue card out ofsight.

I suppose that much of the reason for the abundance of set pieces (as compared to real pieces wreaking havoc and embarrassment) is the weight and bulk
of modern film gear.  Once we have publicly available crude production
gear that can be hidden on the regular clothes of a few people in the
vicinity, without looking like a film crew, this rich and twisted art
can flourish further.  Of course Andy Kaufman and the Yes Men managed quite well without a film crew at all… but found it hard to gross $30m a weekend or get Pamela Anderson involved.  Good news for fans of the genre: there’s another one slated for next summer.

Question: what physical dimensions must one consider when making a custom wife sack?

Question:
what are Trey Parker and Matt Stone thanked for in the closing credits
— for inspiration, help with pulling off reality pieces, help with
casting?  Inquiring minds, &c., &c.

Andrew Lin is a genius …


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