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Four lions on a shirt

From those wonderful people at Warp films about Chris Morris’s latest project:

Dear Lion

At the moment the detonator’s going off and you’re part of it but until the effect has gone exponential, your mails are being sorted by one person so bear with me.

Many people have asked us exactly what the Four Lions project is.Clearly we can’t launch the film before its been shot, but I’ve pulled together a few paragraphs from the paperwork that’s been flying around.Its shamelesshype but its accurate – unlike almost everything you will have read in the press. No one who has read the script could disagree with a word here. In three years of research, Chris Morris has spoken to terrorism experts, imams, police, secret services and hundreds of Muslims. Even those who have trained and fought jihad report the frequency of farce. At training camps young jihadis argue about honey, cry for their mums, shoot each other’s feet off, chase snakes and get thrown out for smoking. A minute into his martyrdom video, a would-be bomber looks puzzled and says “what was the question again?” On millennium eve, five jihadis set out to ram a US warship. They slipped their boat into the water and carefully stacked it with explosives. It sank.

Terrorist cells have the same group dynamics as stag parties and five a-side football teams. There is conflict, friendship, misunderstanding and rivalry. Terrorism is about ideology, but it’s also about berks. Four Lions is a funny, thrilling fictional story that illuminates modern British jihad with an insight beyond anything else in our culture. It plunges us beyond seeing these young men as unfathomably alien. It undermines the folly of just wishing them away or alienating the entire culture from which they emerge.It understands how terrorism relates to testosterone. It understands jihadis as human beings. And it understands human beings as innately ridiculous.As Spinal Tap understood heavy metal and Dr Strangelove the Cold War, Four Lions understands modern British jihadis.

As for your offer, we’re hoping to set up a one click pay scheme soon. We’ll let you know.

Hope that helps

Deirdre Steed.

PS Please pass this on to ten more people.

If you feel like assisting such a noble effort then send an email and they’ll add you to their list.

Published on 2008/10/10 at 15:52 by Toby, tags , , , , , ,

TCSOTD 2007-06-19

Shameless self promotion

Marc Andreessen’s top ten Science Fiction reads of the 00s
… I have a very similar unfinished post on these lines.

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… good, so totally ruined by political interference and mismanagement then?</sweeping generalization>

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth Poster

Franco’s Spain at the end of World War II. A young girl and her mother travel to live with her mother’s new husband; a Captain in Franco’s army, fighting Republican guerrillas in the countryside. With this simple premise Pan’s Labyrinth soon turns into something almost indescribable. I want to use words like “beautiful” and “fantastic” but it is difficult to use them for a film as dark and gratutious as this. Make no mistake, this is not a pleasant film.

As the film goes on and the life of the young girl Orphelia, played by the excellent Ivana Baquero, becomes progressively worse she retreats into a fantasy world which leads the events of the real. The special effects are wonderful and do not impinge on the mix of fantasy and reality, even though the reality is often far more unpleasant than the fantasy.

Yes, it is dark, and yes I did have to close my eyes at some of the more graphic scenes, but despite all that this adult fairy tale is also beautiful and extremely well made – despite some plot points being driven by characters’ stupidity which always annoys. You really should go and see it if you haven’t already.

Published on 2006/12/16 at 23:49 by Toby, tags ,

TCSOTD 2006-12-11

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Published on 2006/12/11 at 00:01 by Toby, tags , , , , , , , , , , ,

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