Here are the films Daniel highlighted on his show today.
Borat – Daniel called it a very funny and strange movie. He said if you haven’t seen it, check it out.
Fans of the HBO comedy series “Da Ali G Show” will be delighted to join one of their favorite characters — the Kazakhstani reporter Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen, in a Golden Globe-winning role) — as he travels to America to report on the “greatest country in the world.” Camera in tow, the boorish journalist sets off on his cross-country road trip, but his original purpose is soon subsumed by a much greater quest — finding and marrying actress Pamela Anderson.
Man of the Year – Daniel gave it a B- or C+ rating. He said it’s alright, you won’t regret spending a couple of bucks to rent it. He said it’s not great but it’s a fun little movie.
Directed by Barry Levinson, this comedy stars Robin Williams as the irreverent host of a political satire talk show who runs for president. But his stunt to expose Washington corruption goes further than he expects when he actually wins the election. Meanwhile, a software engineer (Laura Linney) suspects that a computer glitch is responsible for the surprising victory, but will she speak up? Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken co-star.
Deliverance – Daniel said if your a budding movie buff and have never seen it, this is one you have to notch on your belt. He said it is a very scary movie and a terrific thriller.
In this 1970s existential action epic, four suburban friends (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty) take a canoeing trip down a Georgia river. But what begins as a lighthearted adventure becomes a voyage into the heart of darkness when redneck locals descend on the foursome and force them to kill or be killed. A masterpiece of grace and power, Deliverance still terrifies and enthralls today.
Passion of the Christ – Daniel called it one of the worst movies of 2004, and he hated it. He also said it was one of the most gratuitously violent movies that has ever been made. He called it violence and cruelty for the sake of violence and cruelty. He referred it as Reservoir Dogs meets the New Testament.
Oscar-winning actor-director Mel Gibson helms this controversial epic film that focuses on the last 12 hours of Jesus’s life — from the betrayal, trial and death of Jesus to his brutal Crucifixion and resurrection from the tomb. Starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Maia Morgenstern as Jesus’s mother and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, The Passion is spoken entirely in Latin and Aramaic, and the violent Crucifixion scenes are incredibly graphic.