Our film this time is Guy Ritchie’s 1998 break-out film, which spawned a host of not-always-successful imitators — even among the work of Ritchie himself! We talk about whether a film sometimes has to do no more than just look cool, what changed in pop culture around the time of the Millennium, and where the heist even is in this film.
The penultimate film in our heist movie season is 2004’s THE PERFECT SCORE.
CRITTERS I-IV (1986-1992): Stephen Herek, Mick Garris, Kristine Peterson
THE AMERICAN BARBECUE SHOWDOWN (2020): Kevin Bludso, Melissa Cookston, Rutledge Wood
ROUNDERS (1998): John Dahl, Matt Damon, Edward Norton
THE MECHANIC (2011): Simon West, Jason Statham, Ben Foster
REV. (2010-14): Peter Cattaneo, Tom Hollander, Olivia Coleman
EDDIE THE EAGLE (2015): Dexter Fletcher, Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman
GONE IN 60 SECONDS (2000): Dominic Sena, Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie
A couple of articles about the film, first of all: https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/jason-flemyng-lifelong-friendships-lock-stock-two-smoking-barrels-060159681.html?guccounter=1 and https://ttliquor.co.uk/tt-cinema-king-of-soho-gin-lock-stock-review.
Oh, and there are some movie posters here: https://www.cinematerial.com/movies/lock-stock-and-two-smoking-barrels-i120735. Rob talks about dramatic irony; more on that, here: https://www.britannica.com/art/dramatic-irony.
Here’s the music video that Sam mentions, also from 1998: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va6nPu-1auE. Finally, as we end up referring to this film a fair bit, here’s our THE ITALIAN JOB episode, also part of our heist mini-season: https://www.kaiju.fm/prestige/4-34-the-italian-job-1969-nationalism.