RARA-AVIS: Re: Brit Films

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@colba.net)
Date: 10 Aug 2000

Speaking of Brit films, honourable mention should go to THE LIMEY. Not great, and not really British even (it's directed by Steven Soderbergh, I think) but it has a wonderful downbeat Brit-noir vibe to it, and stars Terrence Stamp and some clips from his old movies, cleverly used as flashbacks.

Stamp plays the hard, surly Brit ex-con, just out, who comes to shiny, happy California to avenge his daughter's death. He matches wits with slimy slick Peter Fonda as a wealthy record producer. With all the references to the sixties, this is sorta like THE BIG CHILL for criminals.

Oh, and anyone looking for a North American entry into the world of lad culture should just check out the American editions of mags like Details, Maxim, Stuff, etc. In fact, it was the much racier British version of GQ that kick-started the whole "lad" thing, wasn't it? Duane, if he's still out there, would probably know.

But who's gonna put them down for making their own noise? One of the boys?

Kevin Burton Smith The Thrilling Detective Web Site http://www.colba.net/~kvnsmith/thrillingdetective/

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