Tagged with satire

Review: In the Loop, 2009, dir. Armando Iannucci

Review: In the Loop, 2009, dir. Armando Iannucci


If one word describes In the Loop, Armando Iannucci’s 2009 political satire, it’s almost certainly “scathing”. If two, that and “unforgiving”. Going further would only yield an entire novella of words meant to convey intense discontent or outright anger, and indeed the only declarative statement I can make about the film in the positive is … Continue reading

TV Review: Veep, 1.1: Fundraiser

TV Review: Veep, 1.1: Fundraiser


By now it’s indisputable that Armando Iannucci has the market cornered on fly-on-the-wall, documentary-style political satire. The man behind not only 2009′s outstanding In the Loop as well as 2005′s BBC Four program The Thick of It, Iannucci has essentially built a career on both the style and content that characterize the vast majority of his output– … Continue reading

Review: Cabin in the Woods, 2012, dir. Drew Goddard

Review: Cabin in the Woods, 2012, dir. Drew Goddard


With Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon have crafted the new yardstick by which all horror films released in its wake will be judged. That analogy’s somewhat mild and unseasoned. More accurately, they’ve saturation bombed the genre with barb-filled ordnance wrapped up in one enormous love letter, launching a payload containing their affections … Continue reading

Review: Four Lions, 2010, dir. Chris Morris

Review: Four Lions, 2010, dir. Chris Morris


Who knew radical fundamentalist terrorism could be so hilarious? Chris Morris, the twisted and brilliant mind behind 2010′s Four Lions, came to that exact realization himself and put his ideas to celluloid with a tale of utterly incompetent homegrown Jihadists conspiring to carry out an attack in London. If at a glance the film’s premise … Continue reading