December 8, 2007 |
Writer-director Guy Ritchie is as well known for his cockney-accented crime capers as he is for being Mr. Madonna. But for the last four years, he's been immersed in the esoteric mechanics of the human mind, attempting to shoehorn heady concepts about the ego -- what modern psychiatrists call "the conceptualized self" -- and its often malevolent influence into his latest crime drama, "Revolver."
January 23, 1999 |
Guy Ritchie thinks his film is too long. Never mind that "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" was a whopping hit in its native Britain ($19.3 million at the U.K. box office on a tight indie budget of $1.6 million). Never mind that its upcoming British video release will be the biggest one that distributor PolyGram has ever done. Never mind that the film so impressed Sony that the studio committed to the writer-director's next picture, "Diamonds," without reading a script.
September 7, 2008 |
Like many English pubs, the Punch Bowl carries quite a history. The Mayfair drinking establishment first started serving ale in the middle of the 18th century, when King George II ruled. Like some pockets of London, though, the two-story tavern turned into a grimy relic of a forgotten era -- the janitor did the pub's cooking and the beer was as uninspiring as the ambience. And then filmmaker Guy Ritchie bought the place. The pub's scary meat pies have since been pushed aside by organic smoked salmon, and authentic, hand-pulled British pints have replaced the modern, soulless lagers.
December 28, 2009 |
Any die-hard Sherlockian will tell you: Sure, Sherlock Holmes is quick to uncover clues and unmask subterfuge, even stand up to overwhelming evil. But when push comes to shove, he also can be counted on to bust out with some mucho macho action-hero moves. Those in search of proof need look no further than the opening sequence of director Guy Ritchie's movie reboot "Sherlock Holmes," which opened Friday and has taken in an estimated $65.4 million at the box office. Producers for the $90-million action potboiler even came up with a pet name for the shooting style Ritchie used to capture the venerable Brit sleuth's cerebral yet wince-inducing fisticuffs: "Holmes-o-vision."
December 8, 2011 |
The signature action scene in the soon-to-be-released "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," unfolds in a fusillade in a forest, as high-speed cameras zooming at 70 mph capture ammunition ripping through trees and flesh in real time. It's the type of mayhem, initially so intense that the film faced an R rating, that you would find only in a movie directed by Guy Ritchie. Until two years ago, Ritchie was known only to a select cinema buff crowd for his stylish, low-budget British gangster movies -- "Snatch," "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," "Revolver" and "RockNRolla.
February 20, 2014 |
There's an endemic problem in the world of dark crime comedies: filmmakers getting stuck in a self-reflexive loop, more interested in quoting the genre's movie-quoting movies than in telling a story. Between the inevitable nods to Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie, fresh riffs are hard to come by. Dutch director Arne Toonen doesn't invent any in "Black Out," but he does corral the requisite collection of "colorful" characters, from the dumb to the deranged, in the desperate adventures of a reformed hood who gets dragged back into the criminal underbelly on the eve of his wedding.