Guy Ritchie is perhaps the most influential filmmaker to come out of Britain in the past 10 years. He's got a style that's borrows heavily, yet is all his own, and was responsible for bringing us Jason Statham and Vinny Jones. While his first two films, Lock Stock and Snatch were two of my favorite films (I fucking hate Pikies!) when they were released, he made a bit of a misstep with the Madonna film, Swept Away. I'm not sure if he was trying to flex some unused muscles or win the heart of his future wife, but it's considered by most to be unwatchable. He soon returned to Jason Statham and made the film Revolver, which was also panned. (I didn't think it was so bad.) He rebounded with new star Gerard Butler in the film RocknRolla before going on to make the incredibly fun Sherlock Holmes. It was his most successfull film to date, and he should begin work on a sequel soon.
In 2000, Ritchie won an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.
Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels
Rock N Rolla