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Yes, I watched it, but I was struggling to think of something to say that seemed worthwhile. Ivwri's comment mostly summed up everything that I wanted to say. That one particular scene with the mother and Joshua was - in my opinion - the most affecting in the film. I liked the way the relationship between the two brothers was portrayed; it seemed like Joshua wanted to "protect" Reuben, but he also seemed resigned to the fact that his brother was destined to walk a path similar to his own (and a lot of the conflict seemed to stem from Joshua helplessly struggling against this current).
EDIT: Also, I'm going to upload my film tonight, as I don't know if I'll get a chance to do so tomorrow.
He only made three other films so far so it's pretty easy. The order doesn't really matter although you could say that the first three films form a very loosely based trilogy of sorts. My favorite is the second one, The Yards (the first one I saw), I just love how Gray takes a subject matter that sounds so absolutely boring (I won't go into it but just check it out) and manages to deliver a film that feels (atmosphere is everything here) like a distant parent of The Godfather . It's one of the most beautifully shot film of the 2000s and the score (and more generally the sound design) featuring the last 3 minutes of Gustav Holst's Saturn movement is just enthralling. Make sure to pick the director's cut version though (it's actually a bit shorter and doesn't include the lame ending pushed by the producers for the theatrical release). /fanboy
I overall enjoyed the movie. Tim Roth handles his character extremelly well, looking menacing and calm at the same time. I didn´t care much for the brother, mainly because, as Shah pointed out, the actor didn´t do much with it. I know he´s a kind of stereotipical character (young boy who ideolizes his big brother, shortcomings and all), but as one of the protagonists who gets more screen time than most, he didn´t convey anything more than the basics you´d expect from his character.
I fell like I´m repeating many have said already, but my favorite things were the abundance of long, wide shots. My favorite part is probably when they go get the jeweler (?) at this appartment. There´s no need for music to enter to build up tension or anything like that, and it carries on from there ´till when they shoot the guy, which is beautifuly shot, with the back light providing just mere shapes of the characters; the perfect setting for an execution.
I was gonna write how the ending was a little bit like in "American History X" and I realized Furlong is also on that one, and that his fate is the same one because of his big brother, though in this movie it all happens in a much more fucked up way and said brother doesn´t have any redeeming qualities. One of the coldest endings I´ve seen.
As the town is introduced there's the feeling that it's citizens are prisoners of sort, helplessly a product of their environment. It reminded me of Camus' The Plague, and how similar the coldness and banality of these two towns were.
"Perhaps the easiest way of making a towns acquaintance is to ascertain how the people in it work, how they love, and how they die."
I think Gray did a good job painting that picture for us, even with the minimal amount of dialogue used.
Roth's character was likeable. You could feel for him, even understand why he does the things he does. It almost justifies his impulsive violent behaviors. The other characters in the film felt a little cliche and didn't make much of an impact for me aside from the mother.
The ending felt especially cold and definitely wasn't typical of how I'd expect an American film to end. That's not to say I didn't like how it ended, because I thought that it was very fitting.
That way, those of us with bursting at the seams Dropbox accounts (like me ) could now selectively unlink ourselves from folders containing the films we have seen already without deleting them for everybody else.
I am on the verge of just paying for a pro account tbh (as I am using it more and more for work), but thought this could work for anyone who needs to manage their space.