Bankier Van Het Verzet AKA The Resistance Banker
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.
THOUSANDS OF ‘EM!
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.
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.
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.