Friday, February 11, 2011


Snatch, 2000. Written and directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring: Benicio del Toro, Dennis Farina, Brad Pitt, Jason Statham.

"Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond." (IMDB).

This is another one of my all time favorite films; it's just busy and fun. I think the most fun thing about it is deciphering what Mickey (Brad Pitt) is saying half the time. That and all the squeaking dog antics. I think the credits (as in Run Lola Run), the way the characters are introduced are genius. I may even like the credits better than the actual film. My very, very favorite item is the Hasidic diamond heist ending with a tight shot of Franky's pistol, "WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY GUY RITCHIE."  And Goddammit, I couldn't find an image of it anywhere; just trust me on this, it's pretty much the coolest thing, ever.

It almost makes you want to direct films, doesn't it, just to put your own name on a weapon after a killer opening sequence? When (if) my day ever comes, it'll be vertically down the length of a Hanzo sword. In the meantime, check this out:


madamsvito said...

I get chills every time I see these opening credits. KICK ASS.

Another one of my favorite all time film moments is the Drinking scene in Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels.

This is how you feel when you drink, and he captured it perfectly.

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Donald said...

I guess I'm going to have to see this one.

Donald said...

The only Guy Ritchie movie that I've ever seen was that new Sherlock Holmes movie. I thought that was awesome. And I'm speaking as a movie buff and as a Sherlock Holmes buff.

These opening titles were neat.

Jess B. said...

I have never seen this movie before, but after watching that opening scene just now, I am definitely adding it to my netflix list. AWESOME!

Justin Garrett Blum said...

I put off seeing this one for a while thinking I wouldn't like it, but when I finally did, I liked it aiight. I can't say it wasn't entertaining.

That guy who plays Sol showed up as a guest star a couple of times in the Human Target tv series. I thought I knew him from somewhere.

Anna said...

and for the record, i wanted to bone Jason Statham years before he became popular and mainstream.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

It's funny to hear a woman use the expression "bone".

Anna said...

i use it quite a bit, actually. it seems donald is impartial to BANG, which I also like, but bone is my fave.