Movie Diary 10/25/2010

Four Lions (Chris Morris, 2010). This is a black comedy from Britain about Muslim blokes who aspire to be suicide bombers, and one of the most amazing movies of the year. It has some of the blackest jokes since How I Won the War. Ricky Gervais, meet Stanley Kubrick. See it. (full review 11/5)

Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010). Sure enough, five and a half hours long. Really scoots along for the first two-thirds, and Edgar Ramirez is perfect casting as the famed terrorist: he radiates such assholiness that we’re never in danger of finding Carlos glamorous or dashing. Assayas throws off entire long sequences with great moviemaking instincts – it  is frickin’ long, though.

Unstoppable (Tony Scott, 2010). More trains for Denzel Washington and Scott, this time a runaway in Pennsylvania. This one can be said to be marginally better than the Taking of Pelham 123 remake. (full review 11/5)

Made in Dagenham (Nigel Cole, 2010). From the director of Calendar Girls and Saving Grace, and yes, at that point, you should be running for the exits. (full review 12/17)

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