A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

  • Directors: Dito Montiel
  • Producers: Clara Markowicz, Charlie Corwin, Trudie Styler, Travis Swords, Robert Downey Jr, Sting
  • Writers: Screenplay Novel, Dito Montiel
  • Genres: Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Shia LaBeouf, Rosario Dawson, Melonie Diaz, Chazz Palminteri, Dianne Wiest, Channing Tatum

Dito (Downey) is a successful writer in Los Angeles. One day, after being urged by his mother and his friend Nerf, Dito visits his childhood home, Astoria, New York because his father has suddenly become very ill. The film switches back and forth between the present and flashbacks with Dito’s memories in the summer of 1986.

Dito meets Nerf (Peter Anthony Tambakis), and talks with him in a parked car, where they can talk undisturbed, which would not have been possible at Nerf’s house.

Dito then visits Laurie (Rosario Dawson), his childhood sweetheart, who is now a mother. They only talk through the open window; she does not let him in.

Dito finally visits his parents. His father used to ignore Dito’s feelings, and he didn’t want Dito to travel. He is angry at Dito for leaving, and for not returning sooner to visit; he then sends Dito away. Dito does leave but returns later, to insist that he take his father to the hospital.

Dito remembers Giuseppe (Adam Scarimbolo), reckless, destructive, and possibly insane: In the 1980s Giuseppe stood on the subway track; in spite of urgent warnings from his brother Antonio (Channing Tatum) and from Nerf that a train was coming, he failed to get back on the platform and was killed.

One interpretation of the title is that Dito begins to believe that he has been saved from his friends’ fate by his saints. Alternatively, he comes to realize that his saints were his friends and family – Antonio, Laurie, Mike, his mother, and even his estranged father.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

  • Directors: Guy Ritchie
  • Producers: Matthew Vaughn
  • Writers: Guy Ritchie
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, Sting

Long-time friends; Bacon, Soap, Tom and Eddie decide to put together ВЈ100,000 to play 3 card brag against “Hatchet” Harry Lonsdale – a porn king of notorious disposition – in a high-stakes card game in the hopes of winning easy money. Aided by Barry “the Baptist”, Harry’s personal bodyguard and trusted counsel, the game is fixed so that Eddie, the card shark representing the group, loses to Harry and is forced to pay a ВЈ500,000 debt within one week, citing the loss of fingers and Eddie’s father’s bar if he fails to pay. To Eddie’s fortune, and the dismay of his friends, all four of the group are tasked with honouring this debt, as they were all responsible for fronting the stake money. Harry’s loyal and violent debt collector, Big Chris – who often brings his son and apprentice, Little Chris, to his work – is assigned to collect the payment on the due date.

After several days and no ideas to come up with the money, Eddie returns home and overhears his neighbours, a gang of thieves known for robbing drug dealers, planning a heist on some marijuana growers supposedly loaded with cash and drugs. Eddie relays this information to the group, intending for all of them to rob the neighbours as they come back from their heist, therefore solving the debt. Tom uses his connection with an underground dealer, known as Nick “the Greek”, to provide them with guns for the job, and to find someone to help them move the drugs. Nick then manages to acquire a pair of antique shotguns, and arrange a deal with Rory Breaker, a gangster and sociopath, to purchase the stolen weed.

The remaining friends were arrested, but were declared innocent after the traffic warden from earlier identified the neighbours’ bodies as the prime suspects. The four reunite at Eddie’s father’s bar, and decide to have Tom get rid of the only evidence linking them to all the bloodshed – the shotguns. After Tom leaves, Big Chris arrives to bid them farewell, and gives them a catalogue on antique guns. Big Chris then leaves, having kept the debt money for himself and his son. A quick perusal of the book reveals that the shotguns the four had bought for the job were each worth a fortune, more than the debt money kept by Big Chris, and so they desperately try to call Tom. The film ends in a cliffhanger when Tom’s cell phone, stuffed in his mouth, starts ringing as he hangs over the side of a bridge, preparing to drop the shotguns into the River Thames.