There's a couple of genuinely brilliant scenes in that film. Two that stand out are the Cunt scene that is pictured below and the confrontation with Richard and Sonny at the side of the road.Dead Man's Shoes
Great low budget revenge film about a soldier who murders the gang of drug dealers who bullied his mentally handicapped brother to suicide.
What I love about this film is the quaint English midlands setting as opposed to a gritty inner city setting these types of films usually have. It has a terrific and disturbing performance from Paddy Considine as the vengeful and fearless Richard. Former British Light Middleweight Champion Gary Stretch appears as gang leader Sonny.
I just love the sense of dread that fills the various members of the gang whenever the words "Richard, Anthony's brother" are uttered, it's almost like a "oh shit, now we are fucked"There's a couple of genuinely brilliant scenes in that film. Two that stand out are the Cunt scene that is pictured below and the confrontation with Richard and Sonny at the side of the road.
You can feel the anger and fearlessness in Richard in those scenes.
Oh good shout, haven't seen it and looks like it's about time.
Saw it the other night. Great film and loved the visuals and characters. Reminded me of of the book 'Notes From Underground' and a decent into madness from extreme isolation.The Lighthouse (2019)
Following up The Witch was never going to be an easy task, but Eggers has done it again with this brilliantly mad, delirious tale of maritime horror. I absolutely loved it. The bare outline of the story is that of two men - one older, one younger - who become trapped on a remote island outpost in the 1890s. This at least is actually inspired by a real incident known as the Smalls Lighthouse Tragedy, which happened off the coast of Wales at the beginning of the 19th century. Eggers takes some of the ideas suggested by such a tale - the psychological impact of this remote setting - and develops it into something much, much weirder. The Lighthouse follows the two men as they struggle to contend with the island, with the profound isolation and with themselves. Tom Wake (Dafoe) is a craggy auld former seaman with a gammy leg, and the the man in charge of his junior 'wickie', Ephraim Winslow (Pattinson). For his part, Winslow is a hard-working, straight-faced ex-logger with an ambiguous past. Wake spends much of the film giving orders to Winslow, who toils away at all the manual tasks which need attended to on the island. All the while Wake warily guards The Light itself. Within this bleak and claustrophobic space, the relations between the two men are already strained, but it soon becomes clear that something mysterious is going on. As the film goes on Wake and Winslow slip further and further into madness....
Eggers is a master of mood and atmosphere and The Lighthouse perfectly captures the salty, windswept earthiness of this remote Nova Scotian outpost. This is greatly helped by the cinematography. Shot in black and white on old analog cameras and making use of a 1.19:1 aspect ratio, it feels old and primitive. The aspect ratio and nautical setting made me think of Bait (2019) which is an interesting crossover, clearly both directors were aiming for a similarly aged effect. Of course, it also deliberately harks back to older black and white films as a result...I am particularly thinking of the likes of Bergman's Persona (1966) (there are certainly some interesting thematic/psychological parallels there too), or other Bergman films, as well as early horror films like Nosferatu (1921) and Vampyr (1932). The cinematography also serves to emphasise and enhance the claustrophobia of the plot. It was a very effective and inspired choice in my opinion. At this point the incredibly creepy and unsettling score should also be praised as well.
Thematically there is a lot to unpack in The Lighthouse, although it is extremely ambiguous. Naturally this will be off putting to a lot of people, but I was thoroughly engaged with it. It is a strange, wonderful film which is equally dense in old maritime folklore, Jungian archetypes, psychology, and ancient mythology. Indeed, it has a very elemental, folkloric vibe in general - something which fascinates me. In this respect it is definitely a fitting follow-up to The Witch. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the spectacular performances from both Dafoe and Pattinson.
One of the best gangster films ever made in my humble opinion.Goodfellas
Brilliant film based on a true story with some great performances though I've always found it runs out of steam with half an hour to go which prevents it from being a truly great film but still it's definitely a film any film fan and anybody who's interested in the mob must see.
Have never got round to that book actually, big Dostoevsky fan of course though. Not difficult to see thematic parallels with all kinds of literature, such a brilliant film.Saw it the other night. Great film and loved the visuals and characters. Reminded me of of the book 'Notes From Underground' and a decent into madness from extreme isolation.