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A beautiful write up on Loach's new film by Mudede. Its good to see good lefty reviews about this important film maker. Amazingly this film has been playing ON DEMAND at the IFC if you have Comcast. I dont agree with Charles that its Loach's best film. I think his best is Hidden Agenda about the collusion between the British forces in Northern Ireland and the protestant paramilitaries, it is also one of Frances Mc Dormant's best performances. The wind that shakes the barley is indeed a sad film, but the betrayal by the Republican Army and their abandonment of the North of Ireland to the British crown has never been more beautifully and poetically put on film. It is also about the compromises and the cruelty and the ordinary nature of war. It is about how war sometimes compromises things. It is a bit preachy a little like his film on Nicaragua Carla's song. Hell of a review bro Charles.

Posted by SeMe | April 20, 2007 4:24 PM

of course, in 2005 SIFF and Cannes both had Me and You and Everyone We Know. How they ever managed to score that is beyond me, but I'm thankful that they did.

Posted by josh | April 20, 2007 4:39 PM

Hot Fuzz is going to be the untold summer movie hit this year.

But you didn't hear it from me.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 20, 2007 5:04 PM

Fuzz is great, but yes it just needed to cut out a leeeetle bit. Would have been perfect!

Posted by Maggie | April 20, 2007 6:31 PM

I loved the Fuzz! I got to attend that premier a few weeks ago and it was great. I agree, it could've cut some parts out and been just fine. But Pegg/Frost are always such a treat to watch!

Posted by Fuax Show | April 20, 2007 8:07 PM

I just read Andrew's review of Hot Fuzz, and he really got it backwards. Shaun of the Dead was a fair-to-middling comedy and had some great moments, but petered out at the end and simple became a zombie flick. Hot Fuzz is leaner and better-written, and very hilarious throughout. It didn't bog down for me at all, and it's definitely the superior film of the two.

Posted by Gabriel | April 21, 2007 3:07 AM

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