This week Zach learns a little bit about directorial typecasting, films that look a lot a like, Guy Ritchie, Jason Statham, and how to buy a dag, in the 2000 film, Snatch.

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Snatch is a 2000 crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast. Set in the London criminal underworld, the film contains two intertwined plots: one dealing with the search for a stolen diamond, the other with a small-time boxing promoter (Jason Statham) who finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster (Alan Ford).

The film features an assortment of characters, including Irish Traveller Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt), arms-dealer Boris “the Blade” Yurinov (Rade Šerbedžija), professional thief and gambling addict Franky “Four-Fingers” (Benicio del Toro), American gangster-jeweller “Cousin Avi” (Dennis Farina), and bounty hunter Bullet-Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones). It is also distinguished by a kinetic direction and editing style, a circular plot featuring numerous ironic twists of chance and causality, and a fast pace.

The film shares themes, ideas and motifs with Ritchie’s first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It is also filmed in the same visual style and features many of the same actors, including Jones, Statham, and Ford.

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  1. Hello Stephen, there was absolutely no reason to give an `excuse` for this weeks episode in the intro.
    In my eyes Snatch is a modern classic that solidified all the edit technics you guys talked about.
    Here in Europe we all loved Lock Stock … (remember, at that time the studios still made a fortune on rental) And we knew that Snatch would be his new Lock Stock but made with some of that sweet Hollywood money.
    Here we clearly saw the movie as the `polished diamond` version of Lock Stock. And as a big fan of both movies I clearly like snatch the most.

    You guys really didn’t talk much about the music in the film. The music is such an integral part of the story from the heist to the end.

    On you talk about directors repeating them self to much, I think we need to blame that on the studios. A director today need to brand himself (or herself) so the very conservative studios know what they get and can direct the movie on a specific marked share.

    As allways I loved your show – please, please keep up the great work.

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