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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 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…
although it is the debut of Matthew, it's already a highly complished work, except in story level, it gets too self indulgent and confuses me a lot. to compare this with Guy Ritche's debut, you'll find they are equally complicated, except this one is far more confusing that the other. since this film tries to tell a good story(i guess), then this is really a huge mistake. on the other aspects, they are very appealing, there are many meomorable scenes that will still be funny every time you think about it. that basically sums up the film, a beautiful layer cake with content that is not so tasteful.
It's basically Daniel Craig's audition tape for James Bond, but one that happens to be extremely energetic, sleek, and just plain cool. I dig it quite a bit.
Also, I feel like this film is partly rated R for "Really Goddamn British".
"I'm not a gangster, just a businessman. And my commodity happens to be cocaine."
What I love most about Layer Cake is the fact that it takes place in England and everything they say is funny in one way or another. While the movie looks beautiful and is directed very well (Matthew Vaugn's debut movie), the problem i have is that it confuses it self in a over polluted plot that is somewhat hard to follow if you get any more simpler than he has to find a girl. The jokes are great and the fact that you never now his name is superb, Layer Cake is a movie I just don't see my self watching, or understanding, for awhile. But enjoyed for the time.
Day 199 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 29: Drugs
There's a 420 as the end of this week so why not?
As much style before substance as the Guy Ritchie films it seems to be inspired by, Layer Cake adds a much-needed dose of grit and menace that makes the British gangster film so damned good.
Our unnamed antihero XXXX (Daniel Craig) plays it safe and smart when it comes to the London underworld. Thinking of himself more as a businessman than a drug dealer, XXXX is looking to quit while he's ahead. As with all looking to get out, XXXX is given one last job by underworld power player Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham). Not…
A strong debut and modern classic take on the British gangster flick from the film who established Bond and director of many '10 favourites. As much as I enjoyed the film the first time I saw it, there's a forgettable quality to many of it's twisting events. For every quotable moment or memorable twist, there's two expository scenes to get there, which sapped the film of flow and sophisticated design. There's a complex plot, SO many fantastic actors getting appreciable screen time (minus Hardy who would later emerge) and enough direction to let moments be still or to be violent or humorous without fear. It didn't sit as well this time around, but for a debut it's hard to get picky.
When it comes to Matthew Vaughn flicks , you always know what to expect. Tons of style and fun , but little to none substance.
Layer Cake is a constantly entertaining , silly and energetic film that's constantly self aware of these things. Similar to the recent John Wick , there is a feeling of a deeper world to be explored here , with various groups of gangsters and criminals with signature styles . Daniel Craig is just fine , nothing special but he did the job of playing a charismatic leading man.
When I think 'British gangster films' I immediately think about Guy Ritchie. So it comes as no surprise that one of the best British crime films should come from the producer of arguably Guy Ritchie's best works. It features an engaging style which shows Matthew Vaughn talent as a new director. This is also notable for helping Daniel Craig earn his 007 status.
Layer Cake represents the point where Matthew Vaughn transitioned to directing and making the films that he was previously producing. Unfortunately, he stuck so close to that formula that he wasn't able to fully capitalize on the promise and the talent that he has on a director to create something that really feels like his. This feels a lot like a Guy Ritchie film. But Vaughn is not Ritchie and, therefore, this film doesn't feel fresh and vibrant as it probably should. While there are some things to like about the film and is able to find some interesting ideas to explore, it never reaches the heights that his later films eventually will.
Layer Cake tells the story of a…
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An incomplete list of films ZMF has decreed "NOT OPTIONAL." If I missed anything, lemme know.