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 rather strange, to say the least.
Layer Cake is one of the most acclaimed british crime comedies, a genre that…
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…
"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"
I really can't find much wrong with this film at all. Sure, on paper it might sound like your average Guy Ritchie film, but this is probably one of the sharpest, darkly funny, smartest films I've seen.
The cast is pretty much spot on. Daniel Craig absolutely nails the lead role down, whilst showing exactly why he was chosen to play Bond. George Harris and Colm Meaney almost steal the film from him…
One of the best crime films I've seen in quite a while. A professional drug hustler (Craig, pre-Bond) gets sucked into one last job by his shifty boss-man, but what follows is a litany of double-crosses, shifting allegiances, and shady characters who may not be who they seem.
It all takes place in the fascinating English criminal underground (or at least a facsimile of it). All the characters are introduced on a need-to-know basis, and all backstory is filled in, not necessarily for plot, but adding a richness to the universe the criminals inhabit.
There are NO good guys, only bad guys who happen to be the protagonists; they are the bad guys you root for, in classic noir tradition.…
take Ace Rothstein and Mush Tony Montana and you've PRETTY much got Craigs Character in this film.
The story is about a man named XXXX,who is un-named till the end of the film, who tells his story of how he has massed a fortune buying,cutting and selling Cocaine and plans to retire from his businesses(Similar to how Tony Montana got his money)While at the same time avoiding the whole Gang life.(Similar to How Sam Rothstein tells his story in Casino)
During the film X is eventually sent by his supplier,Jimmy Prince,to track down a woman named Charlie,Who is the daughter of Price's associate named Eddie, because she had fled to a drug rehab. In reality though,Unbeknownst to X though he…
It took me a long time to finally see this film, and I regret that, because it's a really good movie. I just can't explain what makes this movie so good and different. The thing that hit me the most, was the excellent directing by Matthew Vaughn. I never saw any director use so many camera angels. Great directing style. I also really loved the atmosphere of the film, It gave me a really calm feeling. The movie itself had a really profound and fun story line that is really cool to follow. Now the actors. Literally every actor in this film did a good work, specially Daniel Craig. He showed me once again that he can do a lot more than just being 007. Thumps up for Daniel. In brief, Great film.
For some reason I waited too long in finally checking out this British gangster thriller. I'm glad I did. Thanks free trial of Amazon Prime! In perusing Matthew Vaughn's resume, I discovered that he has not made a film that I totally dislike. Stardust is likely the worst of his efforts thus far but even that is enjoyable to a certain extent. What makes Vaughn such an entertaining director is that he not only knows how to evoke the best from his cast, but he conveys a slick, fun, and brisk style as well. He has a knack for visuals and pacing too. He knows balance. All of those qualities are on display in Layer Cake.
The cast is phenomenal.…
I liked this once I figured out the names-to-faces, and then, in the end there's still a face missing a name.
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