Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Future films...

Last night S and I invited probably the biggest movie buff we know round for dinner. He's a really amazing chap and has plenty to talk about but rather predictably a good few hours was spent digesting all the films we have seen recently. For S and I this amounted to a handful of new ones along with a sprinkling of old favourites. For him this involved, I think, every film currently on release in Portugal. He obviously had something of an advantage over us.

What this conversation really inspired however (as these sort of things tend to naturally evolve towards) was a discussion of what's about to come out and what we'd really like to see. We of course mentioned the (obligatory) Where The Wild Things Are (2009) Spike Jonze (released in Portugal on 26th November) and (500) Days of Summer (2009) Marc Webb (no Portuguese release date yet). Two must-sees of the global indie film appreciation society. What we (and shockingly I) forgot to mention was Armando Iannucci's In The Loop (no Portuguese release date) - the movie-length follow up to the hilarious political comedy The Thick Of It. The Thick Of It, it has been said many many times, is the Yes, Minister for the New Labour government. Whilst many of the institutions it satirises are distinctly British I do think there are plenty of universal political truths for people from many countries to find something amusing in this. Perhaps you may not immediately associate the angry Scottish spin doctor with Alister Campbell but his infamous put downs are always going to be funny.

Here are some clips and the trailer for In The Loop...

Tucker's Law <- A good introduction

iPod Rant <- A classic

Tucker Unbound

In The Loop (2009) - Armando Iannucci

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