This was an acclaimed film by some and was highly reccommended due to a good acting performance by Ben Kingsley. He plays a sociopathic London gangster who is sent to Spain to recruit Ray Winstone's character (War Zone, 44 inch chest, Nil by Mouth) to join up in a bank heist.
The film is not plot based, and is more of a drama that points out differences (and suggests similarities) in the psyches of both men; a bit of a two sides of the same coin theme. Winstone plays a happy fat, content gangster who wants nothing to do with the heist.
It contains some interesting cinematography/color choices/ and some bizzairre dream like sequences suggest a "monster within". Also contains a wierd role by Ian McShane (Al Swearingen of Deadwood), who again plays a gay/deeply dark/calculating gangster (as he did in 44 inch chest).
This film had promise, but really falls apart at the end. Winstone's character is interesting for about 15 minutes, and the conversations between him and the palpably furious Kingley character are interesting, but not enough to make me want to rewatch any aspects of this film.
2.5/5. Save yourself the pain and merely watch the first 30 minutes. Skip the heist and conclusion.
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Interesting doc that follows a French immigrant to LA who has a fetish for videotaping street art icons like Banksey. He winds up having his own art show after he reinvents himself as "Mr. Brainwash" and making $$. In showing us this transformation from poser video artist to overnight smash art success, the doc makes comments on the qualities of art itself, and of hype and marketing and social trends/gullibility; all of which are factors in Mr Brainwash's success.
An enjoyable and quick doc. 3/5.