We see A Good Day To Die Hard so you don’t have to! Then we talk about elevator scenes in movies for this week’s 3×3, which starts at the 50-minute mark.
Next week: Dark Skies
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The elevator scene in Rock ‘n Rolla was great! I loved that movie. I’ve always thought Rock ‘n Rolla was Guy Ritchie’s best film, but it suffered from the fact that it perfected his formula instead of inventing it, which is why Lock Stock, and Snatch get a lot more attention.
You say perfected, I say wore into the ground. Rock n’ Rolla felt like a clammy, desperate attempt to save his career after he torched it with Swept Away and Revolver. The botched robbery is basically the only time the movie comes alive.
And I love me some Mark Strong, but even he can’t save that asinine opening monologue.
Sorry for being so oblique about the Sympathy for Mr Vengeance scene, but when I tried to explain the context and geography of that scene I wound up giving away half the last act, and since most people haven’t seen Park Chan-wook’s pre-Oldboy movies, it’d be a pity to spoil that much.
How did it feel clammy? I’m not sure what that means in reference to movies.
I’ll agree that the robbery was the best part of the movie, and that Revolver was on the lower end of Ritchie’s quality movies (never saw Swept Away), but you can’t discount one of his movies just because of an asinine monologue. Asinine monologues are one of his trademarks.
And what got us on this discussion was the elevator scene at the end. That didn’t do anything for you?
Rock n’ Rolla did introduce me to the song “Bankrobber,” so maybe I’m looking at it all through rose colored lenses.
Michael Jai Courtney’s eyeline is so weird in that picture. What is he looking at? It reminds me of Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson trying to figure out where to fix their eyes as they talked to Jar Jar in Phantom. What is going on here?
Completely forgot the elevator scene in North by Northwest. That is a great scene!
No, I was so looking forward to a Side Effects discussion!
Nothing in Snatch or Lock, Stock is as trite and awful as the “This is what a Rock n’ Rolla is” bit. And in those two movies, the monologues are delivered by characters to other characters, serving some kind of story or character purpose, while Strong’s opening bit is addressed directly to the audience, and all it reveals is that the movie takes that nonsense seriously. Which for me, was a terrible note to get started on.
I’m afraid that by the time the elevator scene came around, I had given up on the movie and was just waiting for it to be over, so it didn’t really register.
You’re being awfully generous towards Revolver; I’d say it’s on the lower end of movies.