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…
Styled like the narrator story telling format similar to Scorsese's Goodfellas or Casino, innovative and smooth dynamic flow. The film pills out it's character's and setting in less then ten minutes by Daniel Craig's narration, lays it's cards on the table.
The screenwriter (J. J Connoly, who adapted the screenplay from his book of the same name) is such average Joe, some one who grew up around my part of England, South-east writing dialogue that talk exactly like my fellow Britons.
Craig's last day on the job as a petty middle man for the drug network of suburban England is put out to dry before it had time to wash. While he was thinking he was sending in his retirement…
One of the best crime films I've ever seen, layer cake is a great movie on all levels. The plot leaves you constantly guessing what will happen next. It's intense and fast paced. The directing and cinematography are both fantastic and the soundtrack works perfectly for this picture.
Daniel Craig does a great job portraying the nameless protagonist, a mid level drug dealer who always sticks to his plans. That is until everything goes to hell. It's a delight seeing him in the movie that got him the James Bond role.
When I was having second thoughts about getting into film I watched this movie when it came out and it was so refreshing. This was my inspiration for getting back into becoming a filmmaker. I love the story, shots, music and the acting. I love the use of lighting in this film. Here's a little about it. A successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings. The title "LAYER CAKE" refers to the layers or levels anyone in business goes through in rising to the top.
"Fucking females is for poofs."
Usually I'm big fan of Matthew Vaughn but this film disappoint me every time I see it. It wants to be so bad Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Έβλεπα μονίμως το ρόλο του Κρεγκ ως κλείσιμο ματιού στον Τέιμς Μποντ (με αποκορύφωμα το φοβερό τέλος), μέχρι που συνειδητοποίησα πως στην πραγματικότητα πήρε το ρόλο του Μποντ ένα χρόνο αργότερα. :|
Reeks of class and style
I wasn't really feeling it. Ah, I might try again.
After looking through my Recommendations For A Novice Film Viewer list, I have thought for some time to make a…