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Ratcatcher, Shallow Grave, Snatch, Wasp etc... Recommend me your favourites. Much obliged :)
The daddy of grit
but I thought Wild Bill was superb.
The story of one man's desperate struggle to provide for his extended family. A tale of poverty, imperialism, child kidnap, unrequited love. And musical sweets.
still scares the shit out of me.
well, my interpretation of it anyway.
One of those early videos you picked because the cover promised to deliver some behind-bars girl/girl action. Then you find out Kathy Burke is in it.
You're right tbf - it is an OK watch
grim, grim ending
LET IT BE KNOWN!!
really worth a look
Wow. Exactly what I was after.
believe it as a true representation of football violence. I still maintain that there's never been a decent film on the subject - all of them are flawed, and some (Green Street) are utter shite.
this is the best of the bunch. Gary Oldman and Phil Davies are really good. Still flawed though, I'd say.
unknown to most people.
Fishtank is alright too
Dead Mans Shoes?
44 Inch Chest?
Nil by Mouth
it's fucking horrible
I mean, it's well-directed, well-acted and all, but it's fucking horrible shit, and I say that as someone who once upon a time was a fan of Irreversible (before I realised that was fucking horrible as well)
OH BUT ITS SO POWERFUL
but no, Nil By Mouth is brilliant.
yeah I mean
few films I've seen have such a hatred of the impoverished
but Ray Winstone is fucking brilliant and well worth the ordeal IMO
British film is so, so, so, so, so fucking shit for what it could be
was my way of protesting against the way the British movie industry perceives itself - it's one of a VERY few magic-realist movies that portrays British smalltown society in an honest but positive (but non-twee and unpatronising) way that I can think of in the post-Ealing era
...is bloody terrible! The "rise" is actually just the progression of a bit of a scumbag from football hooligan to.....club bouncer
Straw Dogs count? (the 1971 Hoffman one)
. . . . . Gritty isn't one of them
mike leighs films
saturday night sunday morning
a taste of honey
this is england
away days :D
That was a great British film. I loved the way it showed the seedy side of the West End, that feeling you get in London that you're only a wrong turn away from a really unpleasant under-belly.
and even 'alfie' (despite it being told in a theatrical to the camera way)
better-scripted, better acted and more vividly evocative of working-class England than pretty much every film in this thread
it does contain the following rhyming couplets:
This morning at four-fifty, I took her rather nifty
Down to an incubator, where thirty minutes later
She gave birth to a daughter, within a year a walker.
behind the humour and upbeat feel in the end, it is bourne out of desperation
this sporting life
see above (puttnam/forsyth centric)
grimness in a cartoon form. with rabid dogs. christ the 80s sucked.
I also need to see When The Wind Blows and Threads, which I guess qualify for this thread (more 'utterly tragic' than 'gritty' maybe - too elegant, not gangstery enough)
is totally devastating. Bad times.
what a debut.
Utterly grim. At one point Ray Winstone (in full-on cockernee dodgy geezer mode) anally rapes his daughter whilst his son watches. A somewhat mis-cast Tilda Swinton gives birth in the back of a car shortly after it hits a tree. Colin Farrell pops up at one point. Still a pretty good, if somewhat gut-wrenching film. Probably best not to watch it with your Mum.
I should have learned how to reply on here by now >_<
in one pithy synopsis
i like the pull quotes
"TWO THUMBS UP! A GREAT MOVIE"/"unforgettably frank in it's depiction of human evil"
and it dredged up a whole load of childhood-abuse-from-her-father shit that she'd successfully kept buried until now.
Worst thing was that I'd already seen it once and dragged her along saying "Oh you have to see this film, it's so great".
underrated Shane Meadows vehicle.
Very gritty, very Scottish and a great lead performance
My Name is Joe
Although there's a film from the 80s of his which is incredibly rare called Looks and Smiles, about a group of unemployed young people in Sheffield. It's quietly devastating. Really devastating.