Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
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Matthew Vaughn has a superb track record as far as I'm concerned. And with Layer Cake he has done something quite extraordinary. He has made a gangster movie I enjoyed a lot. And that just doesn't happen very often.
Guy Ritchie headed the renaissance of the British gangster film with Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels. He gave the genre a face and that's it. While that style was interesting in the beginning, it was just that, there was not much else to it. Copied in many other films (most often in Richie's own), to me it quickly became repetitive and boring. My mistake, which turned out to be a blessing…
Matthew Vaughn is not a name that comes to our mind when we are arguing about the best contemporary directors, but that should change, immediately. After Bruges, I spent two nights in the Dutch city of Amesterdam, so I thought I should watch a film that had that city as its background and Layer Cake seemed to be the best option of the small range of choices, even though it didn't really show the city that much because the film was not even located in Netherlands, but in England. I actually liked the film, but my experience with it was strange, to say the least.
Layer Cake is one of the most acclaimed British crime films, a "genre" that hardly…
Easter Sunday saw the family go out for a lovely lunch and after a few beers and a nap it was time to sit down last night to consider the movie watching treat for the night. My wife however had one of those looks on her face that suggested it was Daniel Craig or nothing and as she perused the Blu Ray shelves, I feared it would be Skyfall for the 100th time.
Layer Cake as everyone knows is the Mathew Vaughn directed gangster flick that cemented Daniel Craig as a bona fide star. It has some great performances among a cast with some real class and although it does have a slight nudge and a wink towards Guy Ritchie's…
It's a shame that Matthew Vaughn hasn't directed anything since this, his debut, that has even slightly interested me because on the basis of this, I'm sure the films he has made are probably very good. Layer Cake certainly was.
The British gangster movie genre is one that quickly became derided after the release of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, and with some justification. It has given way to a raft of truly dreadful films, all trying to ape the success of Guy Ritchie's breakout film. How bizarre it is, then, that it took one of his collaborators on Lock, Stock And Two Smoking…
Film 27 of The December Project
Twenty minutes into Layer Cake, there's a magic moment when some hyper, moustachioed muppet is jabbering in Daniel Craig's ear, talking about the Duke, slobsome shell-suit wearer extraordinaire: “Charisma, he's fuckin' got it...you can't deny it...” Craig sits still and pinstriped, silently ruling the space with his arm stretched along the back of the sofa, gazing straight at the camera with those blue crystal eyes. We know the director means those words about Craig, and, yes, this guy looks like the next fucking Bond alright.
He is the guy who can sort it all out. At every blasted Murphy's law twist of the plot, for a few minutes he's exactly fazed enough to be…
Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake helped cement Daniel Craig as a proper leading man after some useful support roles in the likes of Road To Perdition and Elizabeth. Showing a style that would obviously attract attention from Barbara Broccoli, his performance here probably nailed the 007 role.
British crime films had been dominated by Guy Ritchie's gangster films in the late nineties and early noughties. Vaughn however would provide us with some proper villains and a cleverly complex plot that came together due to a sharp script and some impressive casting. Backing up Craig were British stalwarts Kenneth Cranham and Michael Gambon as well as familiar faces Colm Meaney and George Harris. There were good names further down the pecking order…
A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.
Second time watch of this British film from 2004, and I still like it a lot. There's nothing here that reinvents the wheel but as a piece of entertainment it's just a lot of fun. I'm not really a fan of Daniel Craig and in this he isn't amazing but he does have a laid back charm that is affable.
As with the most recent Matthew Vaughn film Kingsman, it makes no concessions for an American audience which I'm always happy to see in British films.
Filme com um roteiro inteligente e com reviravoltas aceitáveis, sem serem absurdas.
Daniel Craig encarna o protagonista como um sujeito carismático, assim como os demais coadjuvantes. Os personagens possuem desenvolvimento ao decorrer da história, o que é admirável.
O filme dosa bem seu ritmo e tom, alternando entre ação, humor e drama de maneira inteligentíssima, apoiado pela estilosa direção de Matthew Vaughn e a montagem de Jon Harris.
A trilha sonora não-original, passando por diversos hits pops e de rock, é ótima, assim como a própria trilha original.
O mise-en-scène e muito bom, combinando estilo/irreverência à uma boa condução da narrativa e seus planos. Sua fotografia, aliada ao design de produção, combinam a gélida Londres com seus cenários e objetos em cena vibrantes.
Uma grata surpresa.
Cinematography was absolutely groundbreaking. What a well shot film.
Nice cast, good pace, shaky plot, indifferent to what was at stake. You never get under the skin, you never taste the blood, you never smell the cold sweat. The last scene felt like an easy cop-out, too self aware of its own formula.
Pretty standard British crime flick. Entertaining enough but nothing really made it stand out for me in particular.
This is the best performance of Craig's I've seen, but while Vaughn has a good eye and ear, his story-telling style is a bit of a mess.
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