December 16, 2011 |
IN 2009, Sherlock Holmes made a boffo transition to the 21st century as a wise-cracking action hero, cracking as many heads as cases. Some purists were offended on behalf of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but my guess is that Doyle would be thrilled to have invented a character this durable and elastic. Never out of print, inhabited by dozens of different actors in multiple decades, re-imagined for each new generation. The 2009 Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) was one-half of a buddy comedy team filled out by a smarter, tougher Dr. Watson (Jude Law)
December 21, 2000 |
Say what you will about Madonna Louise Ciccone, but give her this: She's always been a trendsetter. Whether she was writhing on the stage floor in a tattered bustier to "Like a Virgin," donning high-gloss PVC for the Erotica album, swapping spit with Vanilla Ice for her Sex book, or having a child out of wedlock via her hunky personal trainer, Madonna has always been . . . out there. Her wedding, which will take place in the Scottish highlands tomorrow, is no exception. For those of you non-tabloid readers, here's the short course in the singer/actress/object of pop-culture fascination's second trip down the aisle.
October 11, 2002 |
Some people were born to be in the movies. Madonna, despite her persistence in pursuing said art form, is not one of them. The latest, and perhaps definitive, proof: Swept Away. Together with her husband, the British director Guy Ritchie (Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), the onetime Material Girl had the ill-advised idea to redo Swept Away - Lina Wertmuller's 1974 arthouse hit about an arrogant millionairess stranded on a desert island with a lowly (but hunky) lug. Madonna is the insufferable Amber, a hard, haughty queen of the jet set who has embarked on a Mediterranean cruise with her drug-magnate husband (Bruce Greenwood)
December 7, 2007 |
There are many things wrong with "Revolver," and one is that Jason Statham needs a haircut. Statham, the erstwhile Transporter, lets his hair go long and stringy in "Revolver" and is thoroughly dull for the first time in his buzz-cut, butt-kicking career. His listlessness is doubly bizarre, given that "Revolver" is written and directed by Guy Ritchie, who specializes in funny, uptempo crime thrillers. He did "Snatch" and "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," movies distinguished by Runyunesque gangland characters and a supercharged pace.
December 27, 2002 |
With the way Hollywood is currently structured, you're never sure what you're going to get. Will the new Leo DiCaprio film be "Titanic" or a "Beach" bust? Will Guy Ritchie make a spiffy "Snatch" or will his talents be "Swept Away"? There remains one actor/director/producer who's a most welcome throwback to the reliable studio system of old Hollywood. Clint Eastwood has been firmly entrenched at Warner Bros. for decades, making consistently intriguing dramas, westerns and thrillers.
July 6, 2001 |
Tough-talking gangsters, dangerous gunplay and frenetic camera work highlight "Snatch" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $27.99), Guy Ritchie's follow-up to his indie hit "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. " Similar in tone but with a bigger cast and larger palette, "Snatch" follows a fight-fixing ring and a bag of pilfered diamonds from one hoodlum to another. Our narrator is the likable thug Turkish (Ritchie regular Jason Statham), who recruits a mush-mouthed Gypsy boxer (played hilariously by Brad Pitt)
January 19, 2001 |
"Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity," cautions Turkish (Jason Statham), the philosopher-dimwit at the hub of Guy Ritchie's freewheeling comedy Snatch. Though he's describing the clocklike moronism of the wisecracking wiseguys, pugnacious pugs and broke pawnbrokers whose fates collide in this Tarantino-comes-to-London effort, he might well be commenting upon the film itself. So be warned. Snatch is a movie whose how-low-can-your-IQ-go characters are designed to make the audience feel smart.
October 31, 2008 |
Guy Ritchie makes movies that zoom. The gangland Britspeak is pumped up, profane. The action flashes forward, then roars into reverse. All parties concerned appear to be having a gas - even as bullets fly, bad guys (and good) are beaten to a pulp, and suckers get taken for every cent. The problem with Ritchie - recently exed from a certain one-named pop diva - is that he keeps making the same movie. Like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels , Ritchie's RocknRolla is set in the London underworld.
April 11, 2003 |
One's tempted to lay the blame for 9 Dead Gay Guys at the feet of Guy Ritchie - Madonna's man and director of the fast, furious, flip London gangster pics Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. With its ziggy cameras, zaggy soundtrack, and snicker-snicker title cards, this aggressively un-p.c. trip though the gay quadrants of London town is Ritchie-esque without being particularly rich. There is a lot of raunch, though, and shameless equal-opportunity lampooning that targets every ethnic type and sexual persuasion, not to mention a dwarf and a draq queen, to boot.
November 1, 2008 |
Mackenzie Phillips' guilty plea One Day At a Time star Mackenzie Phillips yesterday pled guilty to felony cocaine possession in a deal that will have her enter an 18-month drug deferment program. If the 48-year-old actress successfuly completes the program, the charges will disappear. Phillips thanked the cops who busted her Aug. 27 "for stopping me, and probably saving my life. " The Boss and his Jersey Devil Bruce Springsteen celebrated Halloween this year with a new song about a Jersey homeboy, "A Night With the Jersey Devil.