All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
We are 4 Lions.
Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots.
"What are we going to blow up, Waj?
The Internet! We will blow up the Internet for brother Faisal!"
Oh gosh... Four Lions is one of the most hilarious/disturbing movies I have ever seen. I never in my life thought I would be watching a buddy comedy about radical terrorists. I wasn't sure about what I was getting myself into upon starting this movie, but by the end I loved the film. It's darkly comedic, and bitingly satirical. It takes a subject like terrorism and somehow makes it humorous and human. It definitely makes you feel guilty for liking the film.
This movie is gut bustingly funny but also very intense with its subject matter. It's funny, yes, but you…
30 Countries, 30 Days.
Day 14, Film 14
Time Period: present
Theme: Satire of terrorism
Style of Subtitle: Pretty thin yellow font, typically two lines at a time on screen
Funniest / Oddest Subtitle: James Fuck Bond
What did I learn about the country:
Coincidental relation to last country I watched: Canada's Muslim population increased by 82% in last decade.
I heard there's an American remake planned: Starring Aasif Mandvi, Ahmed Ahmed, Dev Patel, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Armano Iannucci.
Why the hell did I wait so long to watch this?
I knew I would like it, thinking it would be something like methadone to get me through in between the comedy highs of The Thick of It…
Once Four Lions gets into a rhythm, it's off the charts hilarious. It's also supposed to be a satire, but I don't think this aspect of the film was as well-done. I'm not really sure what point they were trying to make about terrorists or terrorism in general. There are hints of great commentary and satire, but overall it just comes off as a comedy of errors and a fun adventure with a bunch of lovable dumb-asses. I'd watch this many more times for the one-liners alone.
This is only my second Riz Ahmed film and it certainly won't be my last. He plays Omar, the straight man/head idiot in a group of idiot wannabe terrorists. Whenever he's on screen,…
"We are the four lions"
Chris Morris's Four Lions is in my opinion the funniest British film of the last decade (sorry Wright and Pegg, I loved your work, but this was just hilarious). Morris took a huge risk by deciding to make a comedy about a group of terrorist friends that are planning their attack somewhere in the city, and it really payed off because this dark slapstick comedy worked extremely well. In papers you would never think this sort of comedy could work because it is just too dark of a subject matter, but somehow Morris manages to create a buddy comedy around this group of incompetent terrorists. Morris, who also co-wrote the script with Sam Bain and…
Third time watch and it has lost none of its potency. It combines a rare balance of hilarity and humanity which is what makes it such an enjoyable film.
Chris Morris, please allow us more of your genius.
"Ay up, yer unbelievin' kuffar bastards! I'm gonna turn you to baked beans! - Waj
This must have been the most difficult movie to get right. Suicide bombing is possibly the most touchy subject since the Holocaust. Within the boundaries of good taste, you don't joke about it. Yet Four Lions is one of the funniest films since the turn of the decade. Its satire is so well aimed and its commentary so well thought out that it's difficult not to laugh along with it. As yet another masterful satire once said, "There's such a fine line between stupid and clever."
The main marvel is that it's consistently hilarious. From the opening mujaheed outtakes to the manically dark last-ditch attempt…
Once the jokes in this are made... you giggle a bit... but then they repeat them and repeat them and repeat them. Yeah funny a few times. Fell alseep. No doubt there are genius and simpleton terrorists alike, but sheesh.
'Hey, do you know what would be a good idea? Let's make a film about terrorists! Oh, and yeah, let's make it a comedy!'
On paper, that is a genuinely terrible idea. In reality, it's exceptionally brilliant and incredibly witty. The performances of the four leads is comedically spot on and yet the film itself is not preachy nor is it a condemnation of the Islamic culture. Chris Morris approaches a sensitive and touchy issue with black, twisted humour that interlaces with some tender moments of friendship. A brilliant depiction of British film making.
Solide Komödie um vier talentfreie Selbstmordattentäter mit schwarzem Humor von stark schwankender Qualität. Irritierend: Sich ewig wiederholende Establishing-Shots geben dem Film ein Aura von Soap und Fernsehproduktion. Manchmal erweckt der Film einen etwas nihilistischen Eindruck, in der Summe gelingt jedoch eine sympathische Reflektion über unser Bild des Islams, der Spott trifft die Richtigen und regt zum Nachdenken an. Die arme Krähe, das arme Schaf.
"A real warrior isn't fighting for fuckin' Rubber Dinghy Rapids brother!"
"I've got hostages and everything! like XBox Counter Strike!"
This might just be the funniest movie I've ever seen.
Terrorists who communicate with each other through Club fucking Penguin. Suicide bombers belting out all the lyrics to Dancing in the Moonlight on the way to blow themselves up. Snipers arguing with mission control over whether a wookie counts as a bear. A "martyr" rapping Tupac as he's loaded up with fake bombs.
The scariest thing is that this movie predicted a marathon bombing. What if this is what terrorists are really like? Idiots raving about going straight to heaven so that they can skip the queue lines at theme parks and get straight to Rubber Dinghy Rapids?
Cuando uno se enfrenta a lo que parece ser, la nueva resurrección del humor político marca british, parece estar intentando para un iceberg con la punta de la mano.
Una de las cabezas pensantes de este nuevo resurgir parece ser Armando Ianucci. Ianucci, que retoma las esencias de una serie-tótem para entender este nuevo fenómeno que fue 'Yes, Minister', filtra toda la pulpa que ha podido extraer de su jugo principal, y prepara un caldo de combate que resulta ser gas pimienta en los ojos para la realidad contemporánea británica. Prueba de ello son series tan políticamente heterodoxas como 'The Thick of It', 'Alan Partridge', la muy reciente 'Veep' o el largometraje 'In the Loop'.
Por otra parte, la cabeza…
Not a total dislike but I just didn't get the same laughs I have from Chris Morris' other work. That probably has a lot to do with his absence as a player. More Chris Morris with Chris Morris in it please. Speaking to any controversy this might have stirred, I don't think anyone paid enough attention to it to care nor should they have.
"Joking is a weakness"
Two films weaving in and out of each other. Full on sight gags; the suicide belt packing party poppers, Waj firing his AK47 screaming "Paki Rambo!", running daintily with high explosives. People trying to be serious and being goons as the film shows a deadly serious image; loading explosive with metal bolts designed to be shrapnel- one bolt named for each infidel until he runs out of names and says "Gynaecologists.....Leonard Cohen". The absolutely shocking; watching Jihad videos with your wife and son, as if they were holiday videos.
Never in a million years are you going to feel sorry for a group of terrorists. The only proper response if one appeared in front of you…
What an original comedy! One of the best screenplays of the last decade. Never thought there would be a movie about incompetent terrorists.
Possibly the finest political satire since Dr. Strangelove.
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