“Is that a tea cozy on his head?”
The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, sound mixer Michael B. Koff joins us to talk about one of his favorite films, Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy thriller from the year 2000, “Snatch!”
We talk about Guy Ritchie’s style, why it works for us, and why some people complained at the time that it felt like “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” redux. We discuss the incredible talent on screen here – from Jason Statham and Brad Pitt to Dennis Farina and Alan Ford – and what they all bring to the table, not to mention how much balance there is with all of their parts. We chat about the blending of the two storylines throughout the film and why it’s so effective in the ‘hyperlink cinema’ style. And we look at the technical aspects of the film – the sound, the cinematography and the editing in particular – and how it ties in to the storytelling style overall.
It’s a raucous ride of a film that’s not talked about enough, so check it out then grab a drink and join us in the Speakeasy!