Posts Tagged ‘Chris Morris’

The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: Headliners

March 10, 2010

Why not wait until 48 hours before the SXSW Film Festival kicks off to post our preview? That’s a question that will haunt Squally until we crawl into our premature grave. While nobler movie bloggers pack their bags for Austin–visions of Harry Knowles smeared with BBQ dancing in their heads—here’s a humble look at what’s screening over the next nine days. First up: a rattle bag of marquee fodder which includes the Duplasses’ venture into the mainstream, Robert Duvall facing off against Bill Murray, Rhys Ifans as a stoner hero and the triumphant return of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Click on the titles to watch trailers.

Read the first part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read the second part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.

Cyrus

The Duplass Brothers do a David Gordon Green, moving to a bigger budget and familiar faces, while mining a familiar seam of discomfort that doesn’t seem so radical in hindsight. Things look like they’re turning around for loser John C. Reilly when he meets the hot Marisa Tomei. The problem is she has a stay-at-home son played by Jonah Hill. That means he’s going to be plenty gross and creepy.

Four Lions

Fresh from Sundance, where it failed to raise hackles, comes British satirist Chris Morris’s terrorist comedy. A quartet of hapless Sheffield Muslims cook up a suicide bomber plot that, in the best tradition of Anglo-cringe comedy, comes undone through their own stupidity. The point is that while fundamentalism and dimwittedness go hand-in-hand, the results are no laughing matter. Feel-badness all ‘round, then.

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Western Union: Chris Morris

January 27, 2010

“What we don’t grasp too well is that there may be people who have extremely conservative views about the world, the separation of women, and the West, but who also abhor acts of violence. We see a connection or a progression from Salafism to Wahhabism to, you know, Osama bin Laden, and while that exists, it’s simply not true that they’re all the same.”

Chris Morris discusses his new movie Four Lions at Sundance (via Salon)

Work in Progress: Four Lions

January 22, 2010

Chris Morris’s satire has been neatly pitched as a “jihadist comedy.” A group of English Muslims prepare a terrorist attack in a manner that makes Dad’s Army look like G.I. Joe. The funny clip puts us firmly in the gang of idiots territory that’s been mined by Stiller, Ferrell, et al. Still, there are some other interesting things going on. Take the head honcho’s spot-on Ray Winstone accent, which calls into question the curious status of the British immigrant. The use of a video camera to film their exploits implies that the eventual attack is as much about spectacle as it is about furthering al Qaeda’s cause.

Sundance 2010 Preview: International Dramatic Competition

January 12, 2010

The enclave of American independent cinema is also a welcome haven for waifs and strays from around the world. Almost all the films in this year’s international competition have a scrappy air about them, whether it’s Greenland making its first foray into feature production or an award-winning performance from an actor with Down’s Syndrome. Other films of note include a punk take on Poland’s last quarter century, an Argentine pissing match that gets out of control, and Chris Morris’s eagerly anticipated Four Lions.

Click here to read our U.S. Dramatic Competition Preview
Click here to read our U.S. Documentary Competition Preview
Click here to read our International Documentary Preview

All That I Love (Wszystko co kocham)

Where’s this from then? Poland. It’s about the country’s changing political fortunes, as seen through a young punk band.
I love a good musical. Well, this looks like it’s heavy on the interpersonal relationships. The four members of the band cross class lines. A pair of brothers are the sons of a navy man, while another is a member of the country’s upper class.
Wonder who the Pete Shelley of the group is. Any Nazis? There might be a few swastikas, but only in the ironic sense.
See also: DiG!

Animal Kingdom

Strewth, mate! You’ve obviously heard that this is from Australia.
Any sharks on the barbie? You might not recognize this part of down under if all you know about Australia is Kylie and Mental as Anything. It’s about a Melbourne teen torn between his family’s criminal involvement and the straight and narrow. Detective Guy Pearce reaches out to help him.
Mike from Neighbours! And one of our best actors, having given sterling performances in L.A. Confidential, Memento, and even Bedtime Stories.
See also: How to Recognize Your Saints

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