The Death Of Stalin
Armando Iannucci’s third full length feature, and it’s certainly interesting – the jockeying for position by various Party hacks in the Kremlin in the wake of Stalin’s sudden death in 1953 – though not perfect. The Ray Cooney farce of the first half is sublimely tasteless black humour; but then the pace is dropped, and there’s a fuzzy transition in time that detracts from the zippiness initially promised. Can’t fault the cast – Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Paul Whitehouse, Paul Chahidi, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Paddy Considine et al.
Asterix: The Mansions Of The Gods
Pretty damn good animated adaptation of one of the very best Asterix books, about a Roman plot to conquer the indomitable Gauls through lifestyle aspiration, cultural commodification and gentrification. Don’t know anything about the production, but it was written and directed by actor Alexandre Astier, an apparent Asterix fan.