Guy Ritchie on ‘esoteric marmalade’

Posted by · 5:53 am · October 9th, 2009

Cheers to my friend Paul for pointing me to the quote of the week from Guy Ritchie, featured in a recent Esquire interview. It’s the same piece that has already attained a measure of press attention for his description of Madonna as “retarded,” but this metaphor for his filmmaking oeuvre (handily condensed by the Guardian) […]

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‘Sherlock Holmes’ trailer

Posted by · 4:56 pm · May 18th, 2009

I have to say, this looks sillier than I anticipated.  It’s comical (not in the way intended) and leans a bit too heavy on the farce throttle.  When the title screen came up, I chuckled.  It’s not to say that the film doesn’t look fun, because clearly it does.  But it has a rather unwelcome […]

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Why the public should never be allowed to vote for anything

Posted by · 8:07 am · March 31st, 2009

Except maybe the occasional president. And, okay, a reality-TV contest or two. But film awards — no. As spectacularly wrong as organizations like the Academy, and the odd critics’ groups, can get it sometimes, nobody can rival the collective movie-going public for sheer cluelessness when it comes to determining the best of the art form. […]

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Oceans apart

Posted by · 1:08 am · September 5th, 2008

One of the great things about getting to review a film before the general press has had their say is having no idea where your views will stand in the tide of critical opinion. With only gut expectations to live up (or down) to, one can respond to nothing but the work at hand. So […]

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REVIEW: “RocknRolla” (*1/2)

Posted by · 8:12 am · August 29th, 2008

Short of seeking or citing any legitimate critical opinion, the marketing team behind “RocknRolla,” the fifth feature from Guy Ritchie, have gone to much effort to portray it as a creative comeback for the much-maligned filmmaker. Here in the UK, the words “return to form” are splashed prominently across billboards for the film (set to […]

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