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Once, big film stars fought to turn their personal obsessions in to earnest, uncommercial movies that made them look good and bored everyone else. Now they’re less set on playing the world-changing hero. What’s with the sudden modesty?
It used to be easy to spot a vanity project. If Steven Seagal is playing a heroic spirit-warrior who slaughters a rigful of oil workers to defend Inuit tribes, that’s a vanity project (1994’s On Deadly Ground, if you were wondering). If Mariah Carey is playing a hard-knock orphan whose vocal talents turn her into a superstar … Yep: vanity project (Glitter). If Madonna is … well, if Madonna is in it at all, it’s probably a vanity project.
- Steve Rose
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Guy Ritchie as director.
Guy Ritchie didn’t attend a prestigious film school, or become an understudy of a famous filmmaker to home his craft. Instead, he has worked his way up from the bottom, literally. He dropped out of secondary school and took a low paying job for a film studio. Over time he made commercials and short films. People liked what they saw, and when he came up with the idea for a feature length film, he was able to raise the money he needed for production. That film became Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), which was well received, and eventually became an international hit. His follow-up was Snatch, which followed a similar premise, »
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To coincide with the release Guy Ritchie’s latest comedy spy caper The Man from U.N.C.L.E., we’re looking back on his prior films to see how they stand today. Let’s see if time has been either kind, or harsh, towards his back catalogue. Sometimes retrospect can add further appreciation to a film once met with critical derision, sometimes nostalgia can blur one’s opinion, and retrospect in a neutral light can allow a clearer and a more honest opinion of a film to come forward.
For a more optimistic ranking approach of Ritchie’s films, it is only appropriate to start with the worst and to make our way to his best.
7 – Swept Away
Is this really the worst film Guy Ritchie ever committed to? Is this where we begin this list? Yes and yes.
This remake »
- Matthew Lee
Directors including Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Matthew Vaughn once circled the project, as did stars like George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum. However, the hoped-for bigscreen adaptation didn’t get real traction at Warner Bros. until Guy Ritchie, the director who reimagined the studio’s 2009 blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” and its sequel two years later, pitched his take.
“There were several screenplays along the way, but it never got to the starting line before Guy,” says Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros. Pictures. “It needed a direction, it needed someone who had a point of view and a real voice. It’s very particularly Guy Ritchie’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ ”
That said, “U.N.C.L.E.,” which cost $75 million to produce, and tens of millions more to market and release, poses a sizable risk for the Burbank studio. »
- Jenelle Riley
Whatever tough-guy notion of 1960s masculinity Robert Vaughn and David McCallum once embodied as reluctantly paired Cold War rivals has clearly gone the way of the Berlin Wall in the otherwise retro-flavored “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a PG-13-rated loose-nukes caper whose target audience is too young to remember the classic spy show that inspired it — much less the once-frosty deadlock between American capitalism and Soviet communism that pits its distractingly handsome leading men against one another. Starring Henry Cavill as American art thief Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as Kgb operative Illya Kuryakin, Guy Ritchie’s latest feels more suave and restrained than his typically hyperkinetic fare, trading rough-and-tumble attitude for pretty-boy posturing. And though the pic is solidly made, its elegant vintage flavor simply doesn’t feel modern enough to cut through the tough summer competition. Those seeking stylish spies will surely wait for “Spectre” or that promised “Kingsman” sequel instead. »
- Peter Debruge
There's not much time left to watch Ever After, Jack Reacher, and a handful of other movies on Netflix! While you may still be chugging along trying to catch up with Grace and Frankie and the rest of May's new releases, the clock is ticking on these titles. Take a look below, and figure out what you need to watch tonight before it's gone! Expiring on June 1 Drugs, Inc.: Seasons 2 and 3 Ever After G.I. Jane Ink Master: Season 1 Rain Man Silence of the Lambs Bram Stoker's Dracula City of Ghosts Dance With Me Deep Blue Sea Dream Lover Frankie and Johnny Last Action Hero Picture Perfect Reign Over Me Snatch Swept Away Syriana The Triplets of Belleville Waking Life Expiring on June 6 Crash Expiring on June 20 Amadeus Practical Magic Collateral Damage The Guilt Trip Expiring on June 28 Stand-Up Guys Expiring on June 29 Texas Chainsaw Expiring on June »
While we recently shared the list of titles that are coming to Netflix Instant Watch in June, now’s the time to take a look at the movies and TV shows that will be departing the streaming service next month. Your last chance (at least for a while) to watch Rain Man, The Silence of the Lambs, The Rocketeer, Taxi Driver, and the somewhat underrated Syriana. If you haven’t it, I highly suggest checking out the excellent Jack Reacher. And if for some reason you want to watch Crash again, now’s the time. Check out the full list of titles departing Netflix in June below. Leaving June 1st Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) City of Ghosts (2003) Dance with Me (1998) Deep Blue Sea (1999) DeRay Davis: Power Play (2010) Dream Lover (1994) Drugs, Inc.: Season 23 Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) Frankie and Johnny (1991) I. Jane (1997) Garfield and Friends: Vol. 12 Hatchet II »
- Adam Chitwood
It's last call for a lot of great movies that are leaving Netflix in June, including "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Donnie Brasco" (1997), "Rain Man" (1988) and "The Rocketeer" (1991). Also, say goodbye to Best Picture Oscar winners "Amadeus" (1984), "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), and "Crash" (2004). And take a bow, Madonna: Your films "Swept Away" (2002) and "Madonna: The Mdna Tour" (2013) are also being yanked in June, as is ex Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" (2000).
Here's a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in June 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)
Leaving June 1
"Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)
"City of Ghosts" (2003)
"Dance with Me" (1998)
"DeRay Davis: Power Play" (2010)
"Dream Lover" (1994)
"Drugs, Inc.": Season 2- 3 (2010 series)
"Ever After: A Cinderella Story" (1998)
"Frankie and Johnny" (1991)
"G.I. Jane" (1997)
"Garfield and Friends": Vol. »
- Sharon Knolle
But instead of kicking back and lapping up the sun, sea, sand and excessive amounts of cava, the girls managed to weather their own stormy and tumultuous few days. As Lydia Bright recently admitted: "There's never been so many arguments on one holiday!"
And we've already practically seen what Bobby had for breakfast in one Tenerife spoiler...
1. You ain't ever going to get This candy
How much of a The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fan am I?
Need I add, this is in my wallet?
So when I heard Guy Ritchie got the nod to bring us a new film, I was ready to believe. But of course, this is not only the man who brought us Snatch and the Sherlock Holmes movies, but the remake of Swept Away.
When I first heard that Tom Cruise had been cast as Napoleon Solo, I was not happy. Not because of any lack of talent on the couch-jumper, but because he was already connected to the Mission Impossible franchise, and I thought it was a bit much all for him.
- Vinnie Bartilucci
10 items from 2015
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