In the Loop

Now Playing: David Lynch is WILD AT HEART, Scorsese revisits the mob in CASINO

Now Playing: David Lynch is WILD AT HEART, Scorsese revisits the mob in CASINO

This week’s assortment of celluloid delights begins tonight with Liev Schreiber’s directorial debut and continues with the seminal David Lynch road movie, a foul-mouthed British political parody, a profile of a sexy French coed, and Martin Scorsese doing what he does best. Sit back and enjoy the ride, because this road’s gonna take you anywhere you want to go.

Legal Download: Political satire on demand

Legal Download: Political satire on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape of online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, elect to explore the political satires available on demand.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Political Satire

Do you, Legal Download reader, solemnly swear that you will faithfully execute my recommendations and will, to the best of your ability, watch these blistering satires of our government and its elections, legally and without consideration of possible pirated copies, so help you God? Good, then let’s get to the movies.

Buzz, like swine flu is something you can pick up at a party

Buzz, like swine flu is something you can pick up at a party

Image from THE OATH, the story of Salim Hamdan

That ephemeral Sundance commodity known as buzz used to be something you picked up at parties, on shuttles, waiting in line at screenings — now it’s quantified before the festival even begins, with films ranked on the Sundance site according to page views (and, once the screenings actually get under way, star ratings). Based on the track records of the parties involved (and on totally unscientific early word of mouth), here are the four movies — one from each of the competitive sections — I have the highest hopes for…

In The Loop – Lost in translation

In The Loop – Lost in translation

I have no doubt that the days before the US declared war on Afghanistan in 2001 were hectic and that accusations and insults were flung about prolifically amongst various government offices. Such is the setting of the political farce IN THE LOOP, which plays out during the final, clamorous days of a war-free United States – from the British perspective. Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) is a bumbling British Secretary of something-or-other who inadvertently gets involved in the war planning after a gaffe during an interview and spends the rest of the film trying to stay afloat amidst a sea of war-hungry American politicians.