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…
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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 brilliant crime film must surely have been the catalyst for Daniel Craig's succession to becoming Bond. He's as cool as a penguin's knackers here as a clever drug supplier and manufacturer who effortlessly goes about his business in anonymity. He has gangland associates, but operates outside of the limelight with a plan to make a certain amount of money and retire. A film full of colourful characters with a touch of a nod to Guy Ritchie, but without most of the humour, this has violence, betrayal, and some great dialogue courtesy of J.J. Connolly. A cast to die for that includes Colm Meaney, Tom Hardy, Michael Gambon, George Harris, and the criminally underrated Jamie Foreman, it springs to…
Another one of my favorites i recommend this one. Ill definitely watch this again.
Unfortunately I did not like this film as much as I could have because I was very high at the time.
"I'm not a gangster, just a businessman. And my commodity happens to be cocaine."- XXXX
I saw Layer Cake once a few years back, but have been meaning to rewatch it for a while now. The film is Matthew Vaughn's directorial debut and though it's definitely not his best it is a solid start for him. The film feels a lot like a Guy Ritchie film (apparently he was originally going to direct it) especially like Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The plot isn't exactly easy to follow (or maybe I'm just a dumbass), but it is entertaing throughout. It also has a strong cast. Daniel Craig is great in the lead role and it was his…
"You're born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere and you've forgotten what shit even looks like. Welcome to the layer cake son."
Very solid film. Has all the typical elements of a gangster film, but the characters make it. Matthew Vaughn impressed here and still continues to impress today with his direction.
Daniel Craig as a drugs dealer who wants to quit but finds himself deeper and deeper into trouble. Classic British crime movie with action and typical British undertone in scenes as well as dialogues.
Roger Moore said James Bond can never be gay, but Layer Cake proves it's within the realm of possibility.
A film I'm not quite sure I get as of now and will have to watch again but a very enjoyably stylised and artfully made piece of classic British crime drama.
After looking through my Recommendations For A Novice Film Viewer list, I have thought for some time to make a…
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