Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Limey


The Limey, Steven Soderbergh's follow up to Out of Sight, with Terrence Stamp and Peter Fonda deserves to get a run through your cerebral cortex. It's a splintered little crime tale that showcases Soderbergh's greatest strengths, (his knack for finely crafted popular entertainment that you don't hate yourself for enjoying and editing - for once the splicing of footage from an older film into a new one doesn't feel gimmicky or showy - just cool). I've also come to the conclusion that Nicky Katt is never going to be a big movie star and that's okay, but damn how many little movies does he have to steal before he gets his own star vehicle? Check him out in The Limey, Way of the Gun, Full Frontal, Suburbia, Snow Angels - it goes on - and get back to me. Speaking of Limeys, Gordon Harries, Brit freelance wunderkind, has got a new gig or two or three. Look out for his regular contributions to The Hub and Crime Scene as well as his blog Needle Scratch Static, where you'll get the skinny on the way they do it across the pond. New issue of The Hub, Harries profiles Dashiell Hammet in the first of hopefully many author profiles for those of us with a taste for crime.

5 comments:

Paul Brazill said...

I love the limey too. i like the clash between the naturalistic american actors and stamp's almost mockney mannerism. Goo posy my china!

jedidiah ayres said...

Stamp's great. Nice to see him not the villian of a piece too. Did you see Full Frontal? - he's got a cameo as either himself or his character from The Limey, it's a bit unclear.

Gordon Harries said...

According to one of Soderbugh’s commentaries (I forget which and it’s late/early here) it’s supposed to be the same character.

And cor blimey guv’nor, thanks for the linkage to me minor column in the Hub, wunderkind indeed!

I am now trying to decide whether or not to go to bed or watch this unspeakably bad looking film entitled ’The Detonator.’

Bob Randisi said...

Couldn't agree more about this. It was a little gem. Also enjoyed Stamp's small turn in Wanted.

RJR

jedidiah ayres said...

Good to hear from you, Bob. We St. Louisans need to stick together.