Category Archives: Crime

SNATCH (2000): More Of The Witty, Fast And Clever

Brad Pitt isn’t the only big name star in Snatch (2000), Guy Ritchies follow up to Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Benicio Del Toro and Dennis Farina make two more very welcome stateside additions.

Snatch (2000), Brad Pitt, Jason Flemyng
Snatch (2000), Brad Pitt, Jason Flemyng

Snatch is a fun British gangster film with fast, witty dialogue delivered by engaging characters. To reference just three, a ‘dodgy Russian’, loud Jewish American and a bunch of well organised Irish Gypsies. You can expect plenty including clever antics, a few not so clever, but very entertaining antics and some ‘healthy’ double crossing for good measure.

Snatch and Lock Stock have been criticised for being all surface and no substance. That may be true to a degree, but sometimes surface is exactly what you need. What ever you decide, I’ll promise you this, you won’t feel anywhere near as cheated as you probably did after watching the last two instalments of the Hangover (2009) trilogy. Believe me!

Snatch (2000), Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Stephen Graham
Snatch (2000), Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Stephen Graham

Watch it if only to see Brad Pitt’s interpretation of a version of the Irish accent and Benicio Del Toro being brilliant and as effortlessly cool as always. Did I already say that the last 20 minutes is super?

Happy ‘surface and no substance’ 🙂

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LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998): Brilliant British Film

Lock Stock And Two Smoking  Barrels (1998), Nick Moran
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Nick Moran

‘Brother, mother, any other sucker!’

Super wordplay. Just one of the the things I love about this movie.

Set in London’s East End, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is very entertaining – thanks to the excellent dialogue and incessantly funny male banter.

Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Flemyng
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Flemyng

From Writer / Director Guy Ritchie, the film fits comfortably into the comedy / crime genre. There’s no shortage of well crafted characters, some of whom you’d count yourself very lucky to never encounter.

If you’re a seasoned film fan, It may be hard to not have Quentin Tarantino pop into your mind, for reasons including but not limited to the highly quotable dialogue and brilliant soundtrack.

Watch it!

Lock Stock And Two Smoking  Barrels (1998), Vas Blackwood
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Vas Blackwood

‘Because if you don’t I’ll kill ya.’

Happy Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels 🙂

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THE GAMBLER (2015): Trailer Of The Week

The Gambler (2015), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman
The Gambler (2015), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman

I really do enjoy the art of a great trailer. Sometimes even more so than the films they’re for. I haven’t seen many good ones in the last few months. Here’s one I love.

Such super editing must always be highlighted.

Happy The Gambler trailer:-)

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A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (2005): So Good!

A History of Violence (2005), Viggo Mortensen
A History of Violence (2005), Viggo Mortensen

A small town, suddenly sprinkled with a few non local visitors can only mean trouble, and trouble does come. Especially for Tom Stall, a well regarded local coffee shop owner with a wife and two children.

Directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello and Ed Harris, there’s much to love and little else left to be desired here.

For those familiar with Cronenberg’s trademark visceral style, this drama/ crime/ thriller definitely has scenes and moments that remind you perfectly of who the director is.

A well written story, that’s brilliantly delivered is the reason A History Of Violence (2005) is one of my favourite films of all time.

What’s brought to mind each time I’m reminded of it, besides the fact that it entertained me like crazy?

Push someone far enough and you’ll be awakened to the truth of who they really are. Chances are, however small, you won’t like what you find.

Happy A History Of Violence 🙂

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