February 9, 2010

In the Loop - 2009

Director: Armando Ianucci
Writers: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci, & Tony Roche
Starring: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Chriss Addison

"Linton has set up a secret war committee. I just know it. I mean, Linton is an absolute lunatic, Liza. He is dangerous. The voices in his head are now singing barbershop together." In a way only the British can deliver, In the Loop is a send-up of the behind-the-scenes events between the British and American governments leading up to the Iraq War.

I'll keep this one short and sweet: the cinematography and writing strikes me as an uncensored British Arrested Development, it's the best political/war satire since Dr. Strangelove, and a strong contender against Up in the Air for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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