Movies that are slightly off.
There's a bit of the beast in all of us.
Gary is a former gangster who has made a modest amount of money from his criminal career. Happy to put his life of crime behind him, he has retired with his wife Deedee to the sunny bliss of rural Spain, where he lives an idyllic life with his family and a few close friends. But Gary's contentment is ruptured by an unwelcome visitor from his past. Don.
According to IMDb:
"Ben Kingsley claims the character of Don Logan is largely based on his grandmother."
I was going to rate this four stars, but fuck it...have five. RIP Ben's Grandma.
Just when I thought I'd seen it all (just kidding, obviously I haven't, I haven't even seen The Godfather Part II, it's a rhetorical device, try to keep up), Jonathan Glazer comes out with one of the most creative crime films of the new millennium. I went into Sexy Beast knowing nothing about it except that I absolutely loved Glazer's Under the Skin, and it put me so far on the edge of my seat wondering where it was going to go that I recommend anyone with any interest in gangster movies to check it out before reading anything else.
There's no big central twist or anything like that, it's just so well executed and such a slightly shifted portrayal…
Film #2 in Driver’s December Death Penalty AKA The December Project , which is part of Cinebro's The December Challenge. 1 month, 100 movies.
"Shut up, c**t. You louse. You got some f**kin' neck ain't you. Retired? F**k off, you're revolting. Look at your suntan, it's leather, it's like leather man, your skin. We could make a f**king suitcase out of you. Like a crocodile, fat crocodile, fat bastard. You look like f**king Idi Amin, you know what I mean? Stay here? You should be ashamed of yourself. Who do you think you are? King of the castle? Cock of the walk? What you think this is, the wheel of fortune? You think you can make your dough…
Oh, bloody hell. Fockin' lunacy. Fockin' sexy.
Angry blokes swearin'.
Some crazy cunt in a stupid bunny suit, some in stupid man suits. Oh, bloody hell. Ghandi swears like a God. Ohhhh. Ridiculous. Tremendous. Fantastic. Fan-dabby-dozy ---- tastic.
Now this is a gangster film that will get under your skin.
This is the directorial debut from Jonathan Glazer, who many of you will know from this year's Under the Skin. Every quality that that makes UTS such a powerful film is present in Sexy Beast. It's just not fully developed yet. It's one of the best looking gangster films I've seen. One of the best British gangster films I've seen and something that makes sure it stands out from the crowd.
Glazer knows how to frame a shot. From the first scene onwards, every shot seems like it has been tailor made to impress the viewer. But don't get caught staring at the pretty pictures because this movie…
"You're the fucking problem you fucking Dr White honkin' jam-rag fucking spunk-bubble!" ~ Don Logan
This crime drama was director Jonathan Glazer's feature debut, and he certainly started with bang. Set mainly in Spain, it tells the story of retired safecracker Gary 'Gal' Dove (Ray Winstone), who wants nothing more in life now than to lie by the pool, soaking up sunshine and being loved by his wife DeeDee (Amanda Redman). Unfortunately, his former criminal associates want him to do a job in London and they send psychopathic enforcer Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) to recruit him and take nothing but "yes" for an answer.
Rounding out the cast are Gal's similarly retired British friends Aitch (Cavan Kendall) and Jackie (Julianne White), along with Ian McShane as criminal mastermind Teddy Bass. However, it is Kingsley who steals every scene he is in, creating a character so menacing that it got him a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Why I watched this one? I have heard about how awesome Ben Kingsley was in this movie....finally got a chance to see the movie.
What is this one about? Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.
My thoughts on this one? Kingsley is indeed very memorable in this movie. Sadly his part is way too small. Ray Winstone has the biggest part in the movie....but luckily he is pretty good too. The story line is probably the weakest part of the movie...but the performances more than make up for that. Final thought: An unusual gangster movie that has some nice twists and turns.
A perfect example of character > plot. Amazing performances by everyone included and the direction is killer.
Man, those shots with the cameras rigged to doors and some of the transitions here wow
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Easily Ben Kingsley's best perfromance
An essential British gangster film
Jonathan Glazer’s directorial debut Sexy Beast elevates a gangster flick into an ultra-cool crime film that is quite original and stylistic. The film revolves around an unexpected visitor who comes and tries to recruit a ‘retired’ former gangster for another major assignment. Glazer is a music video director before he got into the movies, and his display for style and swag are certainly seen in every stroke of the film. I love the editing and the writing in the film. The editing is flawless, quick, and makes the film so unpredictable that you can’t even imagine what’s going to happen next. The writing is sparse, but that quality makes the mystifying aspect of Sexy Beast so palpably effective.
Oh wow, what a delightfully off the wall directorial debut from Jonathan Glazer.
Featuring an ace cast that includes the much ballyhooed Ben Kingsley, everything from the visuals to the screenplay are on fire from start to finish. Basically a reverse 'Thief', Ray Winstone plays a retired gangster who is forced to do one final job by a former associate, the completely insane and unhinged Ben Kingsley.
Speaking of performances, as great as Ben Kingsley is here, it's Ian McShane who really steals the show as the terrifying mastermind.
This is a pure British gangster film and one of the best I've seen since Guy Ritchie's heyday. Crackling dialogue with enough C-Bombs to make your head spin and enough twists to do the same, Sexy Beast is a stellar piece of filmmaking.
I had no idea that Gandhi was such a dick.
Very stylish, very cool! I didn't know much about this, I watched this because I've been intrigued by Jonathan Glazer's other films after being blown away by Under The Skin. Needless to say, this was a damn good movie. It's such a creative and unique take on the crime/gangster genre. I'd recommend this film alone just for that brilliant opening credits sequence. It perfectly sets the tone for the rest of its runtime. It's also very tense and made me so uncomfortable for the entire film. The majority of that is mainly because of Ben Kingsley. His performance is phenomenal. So is Ray Winstone and including Ian McShane. I had no idea what was up with that creature thing that looked like Frank from Donnie Darko, but I loved it anyways.
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