In 2010, filmmaker Chris Morris came out the gate running with his first feature, Four Lions, a film that satirized Islamic terrorism through a group of inept British radicals. For his second long-awaited film, it seems like he’ll stick with that same brand of envelope-pushing comedy. The Day Shall Come takes aim at U.S. extremism, or rather, the farce at the heart of real life FBI sting operations. Watch The Day Shall Come trailer below.
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Tonight the award ceremony took place in London to honor recipients of the British Academy Film Awards, in a show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The BAFTA winners won’t have any particular effect on the Oscar race, but the lineup for winners looks very much like that which has been ratified many times over by various film awards in the US over the past few months, and which is likely to be set in stone by the Oscars.
The basic breakdown is that The King’s Speech was the big winner with seven awards in total, taking the Best Film and Outstanding British Film categories as well as acting nods for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. David Fincher won Best Director for The Social Network, and Inception took quite a few technical awards. All the details are after the break. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010 by David Chen
One of the most audacious films to come out of Sundance this year was Chris Morris’ Four Lions. A comedic genius who hails from the UK, Morris has previously skewered the nightly newscast and the investigative documentary in the TV series The Day Today and Brass Eye, respectively. In Four Lions, Morris turns his satirical eye towards a group of would-be terrorists from Sheffield, England. While their desire for jihad is strong, they are far from the sharpest knives in the drawer. The result is a film that’s both hilarious and dark, farcical yet true-to-life.
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave speaks with Morris about Four Lions (his first feature film). Chris discusses why terrorists really can sometimes be hilarious, how we aren’t getting the full story from the media, his appreciation of the documentary film format, and why he chose to shoot part of his film using night vision. Four Lions is out in limited release today. Thanks to Brattle Theater and BUFF for helping me put this interview together!
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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 »