Saturday, 27 September 2008

Paul Newman 1925 - 2008

The movie legend passed away yesterday it was announced to the world today. Paul Newman was 83 and had a long and illustrious career. I will post a few pieces about him over the next few days as he was my favourite actor.

Here is a link to his obituary

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

After my Mrs Ritchie post, and with the release of RockNRolla this Friday I felt it was time to give the lads a viewing on fashion and film.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) is of a genre that fitted with a certain London look and it has a certain nostalgic feel aka the Krays. Essentially four London working class stiffs pool their money to put one in a high stakes card game, but things go wrong and they end up owing half a million pounds and having one week to come up with the cash. The essence of the film with its twists and turns and a sort of sting/heist which preceded the glam Hollywood version of Oceans Eleven.

What you get with Lock Stock is a lads film during a time in the UK where lads and ladettes ruled. The sharp suits and coats, the location setting including Borough market, with some classic cars thrown in and the movie sold style and chance to a nation.