Almost forgot

In the Loop

I also saw this this weekend. Freaking amazingly hillarious! This completely flew under my radar at the beginning of last year when it breifly made it to theaters in my city (I think.) This was, without a doubt, the second best political satire I’ve ever seen (first, of course, is Dr. Strangelove.) It’s got a real faux-documentary, Christopher Guest kinda feel to it and the comedy is similar as well. The actors that really make this film are Tom Hollander and Peter Capaldi as the ineffectual and gaffe-prone British Minister of International Development and the Prime Minister’s press secretary Director of Communications respectively. Hollander plays the low-level politician thrown completely out of his depth after diving head first into the issues during the run up to the Iraq War. All of the world leaders, deciding upon what may be the greatest and most important issue of their careers, are shown to be completely bumbling and inept at every turn. The film, however, is completely made by the incredibly creative, biting and hillarious insults the spew forth from the Scottish-brougued mouth of Capaldi (and, to a lesser extent only in his short amount of screen time, his similarly Scottish second.) The 2nd best film of the year – I’m so glad I finally caught it.

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4 Comments on “Almost forgot”

  1. John Says:

    Wow, high praise! I really wanted to see this, though I heard a number of very mixed reviews.

  2. Jeff Says:

    There will always be people out there who have no taste trying to turn us all away from the pure, unadulterated pleasures of life, John. Just ignore them.

  3. Maura Says:

    I haven’t seen this yet, but I’m looking forward to it – it’s a hollywood distillation of the stories and characters on the tv show THE THICK OF IT – which is apparently awesome but I’ve not seen because I can’t. Speaking of people who try to turn others toward the pure, unadulterated pleasures of life, I should point out that Armando Ianucci co-wrote I’M ALAN PARTRIDGE, and that Peter Capaldi was on PEEP SHOW.

    • Jeff Says:

      Some choice quotes I cannot get out of my head:

      Let them eat cock!

      I’m here. I’m there. I’m fucking everywhere. I’m the eggman.

      In the words of the late, great Nat King fucking Cole, “Unforseeable, that’s what you are.”

      “Climb the mountain of conflict?” You sound like a Nazi Julie Andrews.

      How far would you go with Linton, you freaky little stalker? Downtown? Or all the way up Brokeback Mountain?


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