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Monday, January 2, 2012

In the Loop

In the Loop (2009)
Writer: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci, Tony Roche
Director:  Armando Ianucci
Starring: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Chris Addison

I didn't pay enough attention to this one, to the point where I forgot about Gandolfini until I was looking for posters.  It's about the interaction between various government agencies and the posturing both within and between those organizations.  We view it largely from the perspective of fairly junior people and are asked to sympathize with the British.

The Woman
ok. we watched this one awhile ago and forgot to write about it. this is one of those movies where it's comedy, while you're laughing, you say to yourself this is totally not funny because it's probably incredibly true. i laughed out loud more than once. it's british. it's about government, and uk government relations with america. it's got "my girl" in it. if any of those things appeals to you you should check it out. but like i said, i totally believe this to be a nonfictional portrait of the ego and ridiculousness in high levels of bureaucratic government.

While I should have paid more attention to this one, the film didn't do a very good job of hooking me.  I can talk about the story but not the technical shit.

Given the political environments I've been asked to inhabit recently, the way the characters behaved rang true to me.  The ambition at every level is a real thing, as is the need to feel important and a member of something bigger than one's self.  I can totally see international politics working this way and in a way reminiscent of Judge that's both compelling and depressing.

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