Layer Cake

Layer Cake (2004) movie poster

(2004) dir. Matthew Vaughn
viewed: 09/2005/2005

Pretty entertaining English gangster film directed by the producer of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch. (2000). It seemingly turns out the Guy Ritchie was the one who brought the comedic element to those films, since this flick is much in the same style with a multitude of characters and complicated rolls of betrayals and plot twists, but sans the humor of the other films. Daniel Craig is good and it’s quite an admirable genre flick, though it doesn’t really break any new ground. I enjoyed it.

Constantine

Constantine (2005) movie poster

(2005) dir. Francis Lawrence
viewed: 09/04/2005

This film didn’t make much of an impression. I guess it’s based on a comic book. Catholic-heavy religious fantasy/horror stuff, with Keanu Reeves playing the anti-action-hero. I am sure that this will be one of those films that years from now I will wonder if I actually saw it or not.

The Brown Bunny

The Brown Bunny (2003) movie poster

(2003) dir. Vincent Gallo
viewed: 09/01/2005

Ever wonder what it would be like to ride around in a pick-up truck with a moody, mostly silent Vincent Gallo? Now is your chance to find out. He spends much of the film driving around on a cross-country trip, searching, in ways for his lost love, Daisy. On his way, he encounters many other flower-named women, none of which satisfy his search.

It’s very slow and somewhat frustrating, until the plot shifts and the audience realizes the story in a new light. And then, it’s sort of haunting.

I liked Gallo’s Buffalo ’66 (1998), and in the end, I think I liked this film. It’s very depressing, so I don’t know if “liked” is what I am going for here, but it has a great visual aesthetic and is in some ways, quite moving.