The Invention of Lying

The Invention of Lying takes place in a world not unlike our own. Except for one huge difference: People cannot lie. They are blunt and truthful all the time, which is not fun at all.

Then one person discovers that he can tell lies. He, of course, proceeds to take advantage of this ability which no one suspects.

The movie was funny. However, the main romantic plot was a bit underwhelming. The most fun was observing what little differences the writers have put in the movie’s world where no one can tell lies as compared to real life.

I would rate the movie 8/10.


Juno is a high school girl who becomes pregnant. This is a comedy about that and is a fun watch.

Juno is a comedy about a young girl who gets pregnant and her travails during that time while she and her parents try to arrange an adoption.

It’s a fun film with the girl Juno, played by Ellen Page, and her dad, played by J. K. Simmons, doing great work and providing good comedic moments.

I would rate it 8/10.

Life of Brian

Monty Python are great in this comedy about Brian, whose life follows that of Jesus in some ways.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian is a great comedy about Brian who’s born at the same time as Jesus and is mistaken as the Messiah. There are lots of fun moments in the movie and I loved the religious satire.

Amber had some problem with the accent/speaking style especially since we were watching it late at night with the volume really low to avoid waking up Michelle.

I loved the movie and would rate it 8/10 only because the DVD production wasn’t so good.

Annie Hall

Annie Hall is a bittersweet romantic comedy with a neurotic Woody Allen. It is a good, fun movie. I rate it 7/10.

Annie Hall is probably Woody Allen’s best movie. He is at his neurotic best here in a romantic comedy. His monologues are funny mostly. Overall the movie has a bittersweet which should probably be more common in this genre than the saccharine stories one usually sees.

I liked Annie Hall well enough, but I won’t say it is great. And so I rate it 7/10.


Borat is a comedy which includes all sorts of crass humor. It’s good and funny if you enjoy such jokes. I liked it and rate it 7/10.

Since Borat seemed like my kind of comedy, off I went to the theater with a friend one weekend to watch it. However, in keeping with the tagline for the blog — The art of keeping up with yesterday’s blogging — you are reading about it now about 7 weeks later.

Borat – Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is good if you like crass humor and don’t mind ethnic jokes or potty humor.

Sacha Baron Cohen has his own style which he perfected in Da Ali G Show. I like such humor and so laughed during most of the movie.

While those people in the movie who didn’t know that all this was an act brought the laughs on themselves, I can imagine Kazakhs might be miffed at Borat’s portrayal of their society.

I rate the movie 7/10.