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…
Un dealer de coke voudrait quitter le milieu juste avant son patron lui demande de lui rendre un service …
Première constatation c’est un film difficile à suivre : les protagonistes parlent un anglais très argot et pas toujours très évident à comprendre, de plus l’intrigue n’est pas toujours clair et on se perd facilement entre les différents personnages. Une fois qu’on est bien rentré dedans, cela s’améliore et on passe plutôt un bon moment.
On est dans le classique film de gangster avec ses codes et sa narration et avec un Daniel Craig (qui n’a pas l’air de vieillir) parfait dans le rôle de XXXX. On peut également apercevoir un jeune Tom Hardy qui ne fait pas de vagues.
Un honnête film de gangster avec un twist final qui fait remonter la note.
Con un estilo similar al de aquel Guy Ritchie que todos recordamos pero con nociones muy reconocibles del cine de Vaughn, Layer Cake destaca como una de las obras más interesantes del director inglés. Algo que no es de extrañar ya que fueron compañeros durante algunos años.
Una historia de crook de enredos entre miembros de los bajos fondos, pero con un estilo mucho menos sucio y callejero. Divertida e inteligente, aunque no por ello novedosa.
Daniel Craig está estupendo en su papel aunque también lo acompaña un cast solvente encabezado por Colm Meaney.
Mención también a la gran edición y puesta en escena que nos va lanzando pistas constantes a la vez que nos engaña para tenernos enganchados.
Un clásico moderno que pasó muy desapercibido.
The story of mid-level gangster XXXX (Daniel Craig) is a twisted, cautionary tale about the difficult life of a modern criminal.
It's a grittier Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) or Snatch (2000). This makes perfect sense when you learn director Mathew Vaughn produced the earlier films.
Life often refuses to conform to the best of plans. For the majority of us this means running ten minutes late to work, but for violent criminals, it means death.
Aloof, inscrutable, and charming, Daniel Craig is a modern-day Lee Marvin. These qualities have served him well as the 21st century James Bond.
I'm a Colm Meaney fan, primarily because I loved his work as Miles O'Brien. XXXX's fellow criminal Gene is…
Whatever it is this film thinks it is, it isn't it.
Matthew Vaughn produced Guy Ritchie's mockney masterpieces Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, and in 2004 he had a go at the genre himself. How did it turn out?
Let me explain myself; the whole deal with Daniel Craig as a "businessman, not a drug dealer" is a heap of pants. You really just don't get people like that (no, not even in England). In fact, all of the characters are rubbish! From the ridiculous wannabe gangsters (Colm Meaney and the obligatory Guy Ritchie style tough black bloke) to Michael Gambon's phoned-in performance as the obligatory Guy Ritchie style Brick Top character to Jamie Foreman as a very short tempered muppet, they're all just as over the…
A solid directorial debut from Matthew Vaughn, Layer Cake is a stylish British crime film made with a unique narrative, interesting characters, terrific performances, cool set pieces and great dialogue exchanges that keep the story flowing very nicely.
It's a stylish flick, nything more than a but its hard to watch it as anything more than a James Bond audition tape.
Layer Cake is an elegant, stylish and clever British gangster film that is the directorial debut of the excellent Matthew Vaughn, someone that learned from Guy Ritchie's crime movies but decided to take a much serious way into a narrative that could work as a Guy Ritchie film but that manages to take only the good aspects of such and mix them with the best of Vaughn to make what I think is one of the definitive British organized crime movies. ( also one of the most underrated )
The movie starts off with different standard drug related narratives that, at first, seem to be totally disconnected apart from the main protagonist involvement but that slowly start to fusion into…
The other day after watching The Water Diviner I ranted about the many actors/actresses now tacking direction and how most come out on the wrong side of amateurish.
This début by director Matthew Vaughn is everything most actor's directing attempts aren't. Well paced, confident, visually inventive and extremely competent.
He would of course, go on to greater things.
After looking through my Recommendations For A Novice Film Viewer list, I have thought for some time to make a…
'1000 Films to Change your Life' is a book with excerpts from many highly regarded critics, actors, directors and writers,…