Thursday, September 08, 2005

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
directed by Guy Ritchie

This film, which came out during the late-90s film renaissance (one that will get its due in a few years), often gets derided as derivative, especially now that Ritchie is better known as the husband of Madonna than as a director. But the film is is just as wildly inventive as The Matrix or Pulp Fiction, two other films that mish-mash cultural pastiches for mind-numbing effect. Yes, LSATSB couldn't exist without Pulp Fiction, but think of all the movies that Fiction owes just as much.

It's a funny, funny film with a laticework plot and plenty of sharp dialog. It also marks the debut of Jason Statham, who is on his way to becoming a star right now with Transporter 2.

Discussion Question: Am I just nostalgic for the time I came of age, or was there not a real bump in the quality of thrillers in the mid-to-late 90s?


Blogger Trench said...

Tarantion did raise the bar for these kind of movies with Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. LSATSB was a great movie.

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