Martin McDonagh's In Bruges was one of my favorite films of 2008 – which is impressive because I knew next to nothing about it before seeing it. It's a tale of two gangsters, Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell) exiled to Bruges. Ray's a brazen hitman whose latest job went south. Ken is his mentor and as such is responsible for babysitting him in the tranquil town while their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) decides the best course of action.
The film is a whimsical and surprisingly funny tale, populated with an assortment of interesting characters, few more compelling than Ray and Ken. Watching the cocky young assassin interact with the older and more world-weary Ken provides countless moments of entertainment. However, psychopathic crime boss Harry gives both actors a run for their money, and he has a fraction of the screentime. I've selected one clip with two scenes that highlights Harry's penchant for hilarious violence to discuss. Be warned, there are some spoilers ahead.
In the first part of the clip, Ken has just put Ray on a train out of Bruges in order to save his life. He calls Harry to tell him not only what he's done, but that he'll be at the hotel awaiting his punishment. The scene then cuts to Harry's house, where the gangster seethes and then smashes the phone repeatedly. His wife comes in from the next room and tells him "It's an inanimate f***ing object." Harry stops for a second and then screams "You're an inanimate f***ing object!" and then tosses the phone one more time for good measure.