"Stupid punters. Watch the telly all week, screw the wife on Saturdays."
"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Frankenstein
We don't really do gangster films because we are a very law-abiding nation, but a few have crept under the net.
A class ahead of anything else are Get Carter (1971) dir: Mike Hodges and The Long Good Friday (1980) dir: John Mackenzie, both recently discussed on this board, so I will not say more other than to note that the main appeal of both films is that they are set against a background of social change in the UK (redevelopment of Newcastle and London Docklands respectively), an ongoing process which has left the traditional working-class disorientated and betrayed, and culminated in the recent General Election. Also both could be described as neo-noirs, in that the protagonists both arrogantly assume that they can handle anything thrown at them, but do not understand the forces with which they are contending, so hurry to their own destruction.
Also worth a look are Layer Cake (2004) dir: Matthew Vaughn, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) both directed by Guy Ritchie before he went mad and married Madonna. "Layer Cake" attempts the same themes as the two best movies, while the two Ritchies are laddish (though violent) comedy-capers with lots of misunderstandings as numerous factions compete for the McGuffins. I have a weakness for mistaken identity comedies, from Shakespeare thru Alan Ayckbourn.
Also watch Sexy Beast (2000) dir: Jonathan Glazer for a terrifying performance by Ben Kingsley as a psycho criminal in an otherwise forgettable movie.
Post by hitchcockthelegend on Jan 17, 2020 0:27:05 GMT
Get Carter (1971) Brighton Rock (1948) Hell Is a City (1960) Robbery (1967) The Criminal (1960) Night and the City (1950) Eastern Promises (2007) Never Let Go (1960) Violent Playground (1958) Love, Honour and Obey (2000) McVicar (1980) The Long Good Friday (1980) Mona Lisa (1986) Legend (2015) The Long Haul (1957) Villain (1971) The Krays (1990) Sexy Beast (2000) Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998) Layer Cake (2004) Rocknrolla (2008) Snatch (2000) In Bruges (2008)
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