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Sherlock Holmes – Starring Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law, Directed by Guy Ritchie

Posted by the editors on Friday, 16 December 2011

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), RocknRolla (2008)), starring Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin (1992), Zodiac (2007), Iron Man (2008)), Jude Law (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Sleuth (2007)), Rachel McAdams, and Mark Strong.  This action-mystery film, Sherlock Holmes, is an unabashedly entertaining take on the Holmes myth, mixing, as it does, some of Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Holmes with a contemporary somewhat irreverent, action-oriented take on things.  Though a bit overdone on the villain side, perhaps typically Victorian in its tone,  it’s rather sad, however, that the, equally Victorian, edgy intellectual side of Holmes, that is to say his cocaine addiction and marvelous deductive reasoning, have for all intents and purposes been left out.  On the other hand, it’s a pleasure to see Watson as something other than the rather clumsy, bumbling sort he was portrayed as in many of the earlier films, though, it’s true that, aside from looking quite the sharp dresser and being rather more active, Jude Law, true to himself, brings little more than a superficiality to the role.  Robert Downey Jr.’s  portrayal of Holmes is certainly an update as well with respect to Basil Rathbone‘s rather tight portrayals.  Downey’s Holmes though, aside from lacking the intensity of Conan Doyle’s cocaine-addicted sleuth, perhaps camps it all up a bit too much.  Nevertheless, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes isn’t trying to be Conan Doyle’s Sherlock.  Here, the myth of Sherlock Holmes is used to create an exciting, quick-paced contemporary entertainment, which Ritchie, Downey and Law succeed in doing quite well, in fact.  Though not a must-see, in the sense of profound or important, the mix of Victoriana and contemporary makes Sherlock Holmes something you really are very likely to enjoy. (PR) (Note: The sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadowsis scheduled to be released today, 16 December 2011.)

See our previous posts on the films RocknRolla, directed by Guy Ritchie, with Mark Strong, Eros, with Robert Downey Jr., and the films Repo Men and Closer, with Jude Law.

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Marathon Man – Starring Dustin Hoffman & Laurence Olivier

Posted by the editors on Monday, 12 December 2011

Marathon Man (1976)    Directed by John Schlesinger ( Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), The Day of the Locust (1975)), starring Dustin Hoffman (Midnight Cowboy (1969), Straw Dogs (1971), Straight Time (1978), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Rain Man (1988), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006))Roy Scheider (The French Connection (1971), All That Jazz (1979)) and Laurence Olivier (Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965), Sleuth (1972), The Boys from Brazil (1978), and many, many others, of course).   This classic thriller is distinguished by some very good acting on the part of Hoffman, as Babe Levy, an emotionally confused, guilt-ridden and rather annoying history graduate student, and, of course, Laurence Olivier as Dr. Szell, a politely, coldly demonic ex-Nazi, gem-smuggling sadistic dentist.  Roy Scheider, as  Hoffman’s brother Doc, secretly an agent for a clandestine government agency, is really quite good, as well.  Marathon Man is also characterised by an effective use of place: New York, Paris, and very briefly South America, and a sensitivity to lighting, all of which contribute to an overall atmosphere essential to its success.  The plot is, shall we say, a bit confused, replete with double-crossing, triple-crossing and perhaps even more, and, in the end, Marathon Man may be a bit weak on logic.  But perhaps that’s not really the point, as the tension of scene after scene is more than palpable and the acting so very good. (PR)

See our previous posts on the films Sunday Bloody Sunday directed by John Schlesinger, Straw Dogs and Straight Time starring Dustin Hoffman, and The French Connection with Roy Scheider.

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Get Carter – Starring Michael Caine

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 11 December 2011

Get Carter (1971)(DVD) – Directed by Mike Hodges (Pulp (1972), Croupier (1998), I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003)), starring Michael Caine (The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), Sleuth (1972), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Cider House Rules (1999), Children of Men (2006) and many, many other films) and others.  This excellent and iconic British crime drama in which a London gangster, a magnificent Michael Caine as coldly impassive Jack Carter, investigates his brother’s death, and released in 1971, the same year as The French Connection, another superb example of gritty, bleak and fatalistic neo-realism, is thought to be one of the best British films of all time, and certainly of its genre.  Deceptively simple in its story, and unrelenting in its depiction of virtual soullessness, Get Carter, is full of subtle complications and scathing observations on any number of social issues, from grotesque English class injustice, to hypocritical so-called liberation of women, to the oppressiveness of architecture, just to name a few.  Get Carter is undoubtedly a must-see film (though absolutely not to be confused with the abominable 2001 remake of the same name, starring the dubiously talented Sylvester Stallone).  (PR)  (Note that Caine, as Carter, is reading a Raymond Chandler novel on the train to Newcastle, among other small, sly cinematic inflections.)

See our post on the film I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, also directed by Mike Hodges, starring Clive Owen, and see our post on the excellent film The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman.

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