Neil Jordan's finest film, I believe. At once a pitch black comedy, and genuine tragedy, 'The Butcher Boy', is the best film about a sociopath told in the first person. Our protagonist, although a monster, is undeniably sympathetic, which is a feet that many master filmmakers have attempted, Kubrick and Scorcese included, and from my point of view fallen short. I'm sorry but Francis Brady is a far more interesting than Travis Bickle or 'Alex', or fucking Jordan Belfort, and not to mention immensely more human in his portrayal. I saw this the same year as Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Celebration', and my perception of storytelling via the movies was forever turned on it's head. Deeply disturbing, deeply funny, and deeply honest about mental illness in a way that few films ever come within a country mile of. Probably my favorite film.