Friday, December 17, 2010

Dead Man's Shoes- Dir. Shane Meadows (2004) MP3 & FLAC

"God will forgive them. He'll forgive them and allow them into Heaven. I can't live with that."

Here's a film recommendation: Dead Man's Shoes (2004).  A fine, gritty piece of British Cinema directed by Shane Meadows and starring Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, and Toby Kebbell. Lots of jittery hand-held camera stuff, which I'll admit, I'm a sucker for. Considine plays Richard, who has returned, after a stint in the military, to his small Midlands village to exact revenge on a group of small time drug dealers and thugs who (as revealed in a series of flashback sequences) abused and exploited Richard's mentally impaired younger brother Anthony (Kebbell in his first film role) while Richard was away.

Throughout most of the film, Richard's brand of revenge seems obsessive, hyper-violent and exceedingly cruel; however, this is all complicated by what is revealed toward the end of the film. It reminded me in many ways of Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, but with more emotional depth and insight, and as a bonus, a lot of dark humor. Great acting all around, especially Considine, Kebbell, and Stuart Wolfenden as Herbie; mind you, however, this is dark stuff! The film also has a great soundtrack featuring Calexico, Smog, Richard Hawley, Aphex Twin, M. Ward, and others, though they somehow didn't include the amazing song by Bonnie "Prince" Billy on the soundtrack album.

Dead Man's Shoes Soundtrack
 1. Smog- Vessel in Vain  (4:18)
 2. Calexico- Untitled II  (2:38)
 3. Calexico- Untitled III  (4:08)
 4. Adem- Statued  (4:37)
 5. Calexico- Ritual Road Map  (1:16)
 6. Laurent Garnier- Forgotten Thoughts  (6:40)
 7. The Earlies- Morning Wonder  (5:34)
 8. Richard Hawley- Steel 2  (0:53)
 9. Clayhill- Afterlight  (4:12)
10. Calexico- Crooked Road and the Briar  (4:26)
11. Lucky Dragons- Heartbreaker  (2:08)
12. Gravenhurst- The Diver  (5:29)
13. Cul de Sac- I Remember Nothing More  (5:36)
14. PG Six- The Fallen Leaves That Jewel the Ground  (4:49)
15. ABBC- Pluie Sans Nuages  (1:18)
16. Aphex Twin- Nanou 2  (3:24)
17. M. Ward- Dead Man  (12:56)
18. DM & Jemini- The Only One  (3:20)

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