Friday, January 20, 2012

Favorite Scene Friday! In The Loop: The Crossest Man in Scotland

The U.S. is gearing up for a presidential election in November and we are being bombarded constantly with campaign commercials, ads, news articles, etc.  We're haunted by the rhetoric of each candidate...they are always with us.  At home.  At work.  In the car on the drive to work.  In the shower.  In bed at night.  Well...the shower and the bed may be taking it a bit too far, but you get my point.  We are essentially so harassed by this process that by the time November finally rolls around, most of the general public will just feel sick and tired of it all.  Any candidate you may have liked you don't like anymore.  You actually end up hating his face.  Because you see it ALL of the time!

Given this predicament we're all suffering, I decided to provide some political comedy on this Favorite Scene Friday.  This is a scene from what I hold to be the best movie about politics.  Ever.  In The Loop is vile, hilarious, outrageous and lots of other things, all at once.  But what it is more than anything is pretty damn honest.  The fact that Armando Ianucci takes that level of honesty and makes it nothing short of hilarious is what makes this British film, well...brilliant!

In The Loop is all about communication - using your words, and using them wisely.  It shows the crisis that can result from one seemingly innocuous, fairly ambiguous comment.  "War is....unforseeable."  Let the chaos and hilarity ensue.  And if there is anyone in this awesome movie who uses his words well, it's Jamie MacDonald, the Crossest Man in Scotland.  In this scene we have Malcolm Tucker, who raises the meaning of "grumpy" into the stratosphere, taking new government drone Toby in to meet Jamie.  Now...on with the "Oxbridge pleasantries..."

In the words of Malcolm Tucker...fuckety bye!!!


  1. I need to see this one, it's been recommended by you guys a lot. Good scene, I agree with Pat - "hole punch" is the funniest line.