There are great things going on down in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse. Founder Tim League has created one of the country’s more popular film festivals in Fantastic Fest, which kicks off soon, and he’s planning to expand the Drafthouse to other cities. But first he’ll be bringing films to the entire country through the formation of a new distribution company called Drafthouse Films. The debut release from Drafthouse will be the ‘Jihadist comedy’ Four Lions, which premiered to good notice at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

In mid-October, Four Lions will go on a ten-city roadshow in advance of a limited New York, LA and Austin opening, after which the film will expand to other cities. Start your guesses now as to what films League will go for after Four Lions. Regardless, best of luck to him and the company. The full press release is after the break. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Four Lions

After In The Loop, Bruno and Borat,  here comes another Brit-spawned comedy set to punch a few red buttons and play hacky sack with your political hot potatoes. Four Lions is the first feature film directed by Chris Morris, creator of the astonishing Brass Eye, Jam and Blue Jam and the significantly less successful Nathan Barley. In a nutshell, it’s a funny story about a group of would-be suicide bombers and their attempt to, frankly, blow themselves in the most “effective” way possible.

You can see the trailer below the break. By my reckoning, this looks like an important film and also a genuinely hilarious one, though I’m sure a number of you won’t agree.

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Some of the films at this year’s Sundance are obviously ones to pay attention to, but that doesn’t make them any less interesting. Four Lions, the ‘Jihadist comedy’ that is also the directorial debut of Chris Morris (more of a name in the UK than in the States) has been one of the must-sees. It’s a comedy about four British would-be suicide bombers who plot a path of destruction, and it’s already being compared to classic Ealing comedies like Kind Hearts & Coronets and The Ladykillers, as well as to recent stuff like In the Loop.

There’s now a great clip showing the hapless terrorists as they prepare for an attack. Check out the clip after the break, then read some of the review buzz. Read More »