I haven't done this in a while, but it's raining out and I feel like procrastinating on other things I should be doing, so here's another edition of the Sunday Afternoon Movie Review at ComedyandPolitics!
Put simply, In The Loop, a new political comedy from Armando Iannucci, is one of the finest films I've seen in a long time. Excuse the profanity, but, honestly, it's so fucking good. And while we're on the subject of swearing, let me say that In The Loop transforms foul language from the comedic crutch that it often is into a kind of poetry. The movie is so filthy, and so, so funny.
The plot centers around Simon (Tom Hollander)--a mid-level aid to the (unnamed) British PM--who speaks off message, the communications director, Malcolm (perfectly played by Peter Capaldi), who tries to fix the problem, and a handful of other British and American politicos, all of whom are looking out for number 1. The film is set vaguely in the run-up to the Iraq war, but it doesn't feel dated, because the criticisms it levels are more structural than topical.
And it's funny. I can't repeat that enough. As proof, here's a clip featuring Malcolm telling Simon just how much he fucked up when he said that "war is unforeseeable."
"We've got enough Pentegon goons here to stage a fuckin' coup d'etat."
If you have fancy TV, you can watch In The Loop on demand by clicking here.
As long as we're here, I'll pass along another movie recommendation, because why not. Yesterday, Molly and I saw Flame and Citron, a film about the Danish resistance in 1943 and 1944. Holy hell it was awesome! So badass. It's about these two guys, Flame and Citron, who go around killing Nazis one by one. There just two guys, with guns, and a few friends, and the sack it takes to kill Nazis at their door. Do you have that sack?! Do you?!?!?!?!
Here's the trailer.
I highly recommend seeing both of these movies if you get a chance. Movie review time over.