I'll chuck in the films of Guy Ritchie, which seem to be pretty much hated by any one who likes 'good' films.
Is it just Kermode who hated Ritchie up to Sherlock Holmes? Or is it I have only seen his 2 best films? Was it a case of the Madonna/Ritchie marriage colouring it.
Yeh, Kermode was a big hater up until Sherlock Holmes
I definitely believe the celebrity marriage didn't garner him any new fans, but I think a lot of people disliked the fact that some middle class toff was writing and making cockney gangster movies. I say so what? Scorsese wasn't a boxer, Spielberg wasn't an adventuring archeologist, Kubrock wasn't an astronaut, etc.
I agree with you about that scene in Lock, Stock...
where Eddy comes out of that card game is a corker. Love the way that the camera is attached to his body and is in his face (reminds me of the sorely overlooked Angst
by Gerald Kargl who uses that technique a lot, albeit in 1983!).
If you can bothered I'd recommend Snatch
, which I prefer to Lock, Stock...
, saying that though they're pretty similar.