Weekend Movie Guide: Funkyzeit mit Bruno
While reviews have been strong for Bruno, a few outliers have raised objections to the very narrow range the film straddles between exposing homophobia and promoting it. On the old Da Ali G Show, I never thought Bruno was as strong a character as Borat, but I expect to laugh for a solid 90 minutes at the sheer verve of Sacha Baron Cohen. The cute Hayden Panettiere from the first season of Heroes is quickly morphing into the annoying girl of I Love You, Beth Cooper. This adaptation of the superb book is being rightly savaged.
The premise of Blood: The Last Vampire sounds intriguing enough: a half-vampire girl born to a human father and vampire mother works for the government on a mission to rid the world of vampires. There's even some samurai-fu thrown in for good measure. Sadly, reviews have been vicious. As is often the case, the best film of the week is a documentary. Soul Power covers the legendary 1974 soul concert that took place in Zaire in advance of The Rumble in the Jungle. If you're not a James Brown fan now, you will be once this film is over.