All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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.
I'm a picky bastard when it comes to comedy, but I can safely say that Four Lions was tailor made for me. It is absolutely hilarious. It's In the Loop with terrorists.
Whenever I watch a comedy I always hope the makers are not afraid to search for and sometimes cross over boundaries. And whenever that happens I hope they go about it smartly. Four Lions' satirical comedy should perhaps not be labelled as smart, but it sure as hell is street smart. It seems to know and understand its subject really well, making the human connection so often missing in comedies feel palpable and real despite the ludicrous…
"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…
By the middle of the 2000s, it had been established that Islamist terror was the Defining Theme of Our Time, and any novelist, film-maker, playwright, poet or TV dramatist worthy of the title had to tackle it. Most artistic efforts of the time tended to concentrate on the radicalisation process, perhaps because the political classes' efforts to address it were so glib and lacking, perhaps because it offered the most obvious window to explaining terrorism.
Just about all of the works of art about radicalisation went something like this: young Muslim man from Afghanistan or Palestine sees their friends or family killed, goes to radical mosque, comes out convinced that suicide bombing is the only way to redress the balance,…
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,…
I completely lost it when a bunch of Jihadist were communicating with each other through an internet puffin party. ‘Four Lions’ is a British black comedy about a group of Islamic friends who plan to suicide bomb an UK target to earn their place in heaven as a martyr. These people are, however, as suitable as Jihadist as a four years old is for university: not. Christopher Morris, who earned himself a BAFTA Film Award for his outstanding debut, hilariously mocks the terror organisation, without attempting to insult the religion; rather, we get to laugh at a bunch of miscasts and the equally mismatching environment in which they plan to realise their plans. The funniness meanders a bit, but at…
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…
crying cause Dancing In The Moonlight is my go-to pick-me-up song since forever.
Also, I'm rather certain I wasn't supposed to laugh at 90% of the things here but I did.
All of the jokes and satire are there, but something about the execution/direction/timing/something causes the humour to lack the punch I was hoping for. Don't get me wrong, I laughed. Just not as often or as heartily as I would have liked.
One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Great comedy, if your type of humour is terrorist attacks gone horribly wrong. It keeps you going from start to finish, and don't take this movie seriously, just enjoy it for what it is!
"Can I have twelve bottles of bleach, please?"
A clever, comic look at a dark, heavy topic is aided by sharp dialogue, excellent comic timing from the actors and a tight script by Chris Morris and the two guys who write 'Peep Show'. Some oddly touching moments between the simple-minded Waj and the group's leader-of-sorts Omar as well. The bumbling suicide bombers operate sort of like the Spinal Tap of terrorism.
I guess my American sensibilities in this time and age fail to see the humor during most of this movie... Yet, I can appreciate the effort from the director to ridicule all sides of the modern day Jihad and I am not one to censor or discourage anybody's freedom of speech. The actors did a good job sounding stupid and there were some good lines throughput the movie. All in all though, I did not laugh one bit.
I have no problems with a comedy about islamic terrorists. I do have a problem with one that isn't actually funny. Instead of black comedy with a satiric streak we get moments of broad physical comedy (when was the last time someone firing a rocket launcher backwards actually delivered the intended hilarity?) interspersed with... I don't know, really. Kudos, I guess, for being brave enough to tackle the subject... but I'll save my applause for someone doing a better job of it.
The camerawork gets quite irritating at points, but this film is incredibly ballsy with its story, themes and humour! Speaking of which, this film is also pretty hilarious! Check it out!
Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.
Well-intentioned black comedy, but only ocassionally funny.
Maybe my expectations were too high, but this felt like a pilot for a TV series that the BBC didn’t bother to pick up.
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.