Unbeknownst to me, Bill Maher and Larry Charles have been hard at work on a documentary called Religulous.The title is quite clearly a fusion of the words religion, ridiculous and credulous. Larry Charles, of course, is well known as the director of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. But, as fans such as myself are aware, he was also a contributing writer/director on "Seinfeld." In fact, one of my favorite episodes, "The Library," sprung solely from Charles’ unique mindscape. He’s also listed as executive or co-producer of a great many "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episodes. Just don’t mistake him for that other Larry.
But back to the documentary. Religulous aims to examine the phenomenon of belief, or the curious behavior of simply accepting what one is told. Most stories have an element of make-believe, but the world’s religious fictions take the cake. The reason these fairy tales are considered more spiritually valid than, say, "Jack & the Beanstock," is because adult believers pass their delusions to their children using fear tactics.
From what I have gathered, the film is peppered with interviews featuring a wide-range of faithful and non-faithful folk alike. The topic of religion will finally be placed under the scrutiny of a
big medium-budget scope, in a deservedly absurd context.
I expect it to be an excellent exposé on the arrogance of the world’s religious communities — I use that word because to claim infallible knowledge of the supernatural is, to me, the epitome of arrogance. This little picture definitely has the potential to piss off a lot of people. And I’m sure it presents views that many are too afraid of getting killed to openly exclaim. I only wish I could’ve offered my opinions. [EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll send you to the Iranian premiere].
Looks like Religulous will "rise" on Easter 2008. Anticipation.
While we’re on the topic of films, I finally saw Hot Fuzz. The creators of Shaun of the Dead (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) have made another over-the-top movie with the finest finale I’ve encountered all year. The highlight was seeing Timothy Dalton getting the "living daylights" splattered out of him after being granted a "license to be killed." Sweet Juice of Mary, I’ve been waiting 18 years to make that joke.