As a non-UK viewer very interested in the culture o'er there, this list highlights British films which capture more modern UK cultures. Originally designed to include all of the UK, I will be pruning this list to be specific to British sensibilities, and as my knowledge of UK films grows, I will start new lists for each region. Still, I'm sure there will be some overlapping.
Very new list, and very much in need of suggestions. Special thanks to McKittrick for his input.
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Play for Today: Nuts in May (TV SHOW) 1976, Unrated)
I'm American but I have a very strong interest in UK pop culture and British comedy to the exclusion of most American work. Because I have some increased familiarity with Britishry, I still got much of this movie that would be lost on non-Englanders. Specifically, this is character-based comedy wherein the primary moments of humor are awkward everyday situations.
This Is England 2007, Unrated)
A fantastic film that deftly juggles several themes, and delivers stunning well developed characters. The acting is great especially for the young ages of some talent, the scenes have an undeniable realism to them, and the human drama is portrayed at the perfect level of ambiguity which exactly mirrors emotions and conflict in real life.
Shaun of the Dead 2004, R)
Hot Fuzz 2007, R)
The Zombie Diaries 2006, R)
A completely handheld zombie movie that I like. How often does someone who so much hates the handheld horror style and is so critical of anything zombie movie remotely like a movie done this way? Not since "Diary of the Dead". [REC] did NOT meet my standards by any means. I might get accused of bias towards slow zombies and non-linear storytelling, but both of those things, done right, makes for a better film than a decent linear verite with fast zombies. Leave full real-time verite for serial killer movies, and fast zombies for cheap-o apocalyptic scifi thrillers or horror genre parodies.
Match Point 2005, R)
Withnail and I 1987, R)
Last Orders 2002, R)
Sexy Beast 2000, R)
A Very British Gangster 2008, Unrated)
This is one of the best filmed documentaries I've seen since Winged Migration. The shots here make the film appear as a narrative piece, and the film-maker interjects himself just enough to remind us that this is the "cameras allowed" side of these people's lives.
Eden Lake 2008, R)
The introductory car scene is cinematically identical to Funny Games.
Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) 2009, R)
I CANNOT believe I've forgotten/delayed this review for this long. I four star it because it is just such a fun movie. I was tempted to slice half a star off because the central character's story is uncompelling and executed to produce no emotional effect on the viewer. Instead all of the supporting characters' stories are far more intriguing and actually garner our interest for the short spots each character gets. Obviously a fantastic soundtrack, a beyond amazing cast that any lover of Brit-com will find beyond delightful, and great use of montage makes for a truly positive viewing experience. Expect many repeat views as this has enough drama worth retreading many times over for its emotional effects.