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…
En sjov lille britisk gangsterfilm med bla. Daniel Craig og Tom Hardy før de gik hen og blev megastjerner.
Filmen føles dejlig let skønt der sker nogle ret alvorlige ting ind i mellem. Den er faktisk ret sjov, og skønt den bliver kategoriseret som en "crime/drama/thriller" officielt, synes jeg mere den virker som en kulsort komedie film i bedste engelske stil.
Den er helt speciel i den forstand at hele filmen er meget "flad". Altså der er ikke instrueret eller spillet med særlig meget bravur, men den har en meget intetsigende og stille stil i forhold til hvad der egentlig sker i historien. Som ikke er små ting, skulle jeg lige hilse at sige. Det lyder lidt negativt at kalde en film flad, men i denne film virker det faktisk godt, og skaber en sjov og overraskende kontrast.
En sjov lille film, kan sagtens anbefales. Så længe man ikke har de store forventninger til så meget.
Well, I've gone and done it.
I've seen all Matthew Vaughn films in existence.
It's been awhile since I've seen this movie. It's very Snatch-esque in terms of story and characters but more subtle in scale. I'm a big Daniel Craig fan and it's still a very enjoyable film.
Dat ending tho...
Layer Cake, was a real favourite of my youth. Regrettably, I don't think it holds up half as well as I remember. I wish it did...
James Bond snorts coke and beats people to death
A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. - IMDB
Layer Cake is a film that I have been waiting a long time to see. It happened to one of many that I've been saving for a rainy day. A day that I throw on a movie that I know that I'll like in some way or another, and be pleased that I watched it.
It didn't quite hit the heights that I wanted it to, but it was a decent film that probably deserved the time it took me to watch it.
Although in the same vein, I don't think it holds the same weight as a Lock,…
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.
After looking through my Recommendations For A Novice Film Viewer list, I have thought for some time to make a…
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