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A Week In Film #527: Strong

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Excellent wartime drama about the Dutch resistance and its meticulously-organised financial underwriting operation run by loose cannon banker Wally van Hall (fine, twinkly-eyed performance by Barry Atsma). Tense, interesting stuff from Joram Lürsen.

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Haven’t seen it since first watching it, and boy is it powerful – stupid, silly, nonsensical, gut-wrenching, angry, confused… Chris Morris’ (Armstrong/Bain-assisted) suicide bomber comedy spews up a rainbow of different feelings. Top cast – Riz Ahmed, Preeya Kalidas, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay, Arsher Ali and Adeel Akhtar, plus great little turns and cameos from the likes of Craig Parkinson, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon, Darren Boyd and, um, Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Infiltrator
Interesting subject (US Customs officer goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s organisation), less than interesting treatment. Strong cast (Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt), and the direction by Brad Furman is hardly amateurish. Just doesn’t gel.

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FUCKING. HELL. Not the original documentary-style nuclear armageddon horror-drama (that’d be Peter Watkins’ long-banned The War Game), but definitely the best. The most powerful. The most affecting. Written by Barry Kes Hines, directed by Mick The Ascent Of Man.

A Week In Film #101: FFS

An American Werewolf In London
I could watch this over and over, but it was the first time the LLF had seen John Landis’ classic horror-comedy. She stayed till the end, which is pretty good for her.

The Village
Probably my favourite M Night Shyamalan film. Some very good performances. I think the twist obsession (both of the director and the director’s critics) undermines what is a pretty taut mystery picture. Beautifully photographed, with excellent sound design.

A Room For Romeo Brass
Shane Meadows’ first stone cold classic, with some incredibly powerful scenes (Morell and the boy who talked to Ladine; Morell and Ladine; Morell and Joe Brass; that ending) and knockout performances from (to name but two) Frank Harper and Paddy Considine. Vicky McClure definitely hints at how good an actress she will become.

16 Blocks
Malformed Richard Donner cop flick, with booze-soaked, past it old hand Bruce Willis given the job of delivering a prisoner (Mos Def) whom a bunch of renegade police want dead.

Premise-wise no complaints, and a good core cast (David Morse always gives great value), it’s just it has no pace, quickly gets bogged down, and just lurches from one all-too-static set piece to the next, giving the feeling of an expensive audition piece.

Four Lions
Chris Morris’ jihad comedy, sublime.

15 Minutes
John Herzfeld (2 Days In The Valley) fumbles the ball here – something approaching a satire on the nature of the news media, played out through some cops and robbers action, with seasoned, media-savvy cop Robert De Niro teaming up with grumpy fire investigator Edward Burns to get on the trail of a pair of murderous East Europeans. But it loses the momentum halfway through and never really recovers.

Karel Roden (Blade II, The Bourne Supremacy, Running Scared) and Oleg Taktarov (44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out, Bad Boys II) are good fun as the scary Tartars though.

Guy X
Buffalo Soldiers meets MASH!’ claimed the cover. Well, we know that the cover always lies. A rather dull tale about a soldier (Jason Biggs) deposited by mistake at a US military base on Greenland in 1979. Hilarity ensues. No! NO! Hilarity DOES NOT ensue.

Corrupt aka Copkiller
Bizarre Italian film about corrupt New York cops (including Harvey Keitel) targeted by a police-hating nutter (John Lydon).

Yes, John Lydon. Johnny motherfucking Rotten. Killing cops in NYC.

Not great, but solidly built, and worth catching for curiosity’s sake at the very least.