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…
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…
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.
"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.
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.
I overlooked logging this Jonathan Glazer on Letterboxd and I can see why I made that mistake. The story here is pretty conventional crime movie stuff and it doesn't really go anywhere, but the film is elevated by some key elements. Glazer's experimental style certainly keeps things interesting and I like the soundtrack. However the real treat here is Ben Kingsley, who gives an absolutely awesome performance as a vicious and ill-tempered gangster. Real fun stuff. I wouldn't call Sexy Beast a good film on the whole, but there are certainly good things in it.
Why can’t anyone rip Tarentino off correctly? No one ever correctly steals his energy, his penchant for creative references, his structural fearlessness, or even his dialogue (at least not beyond his liberal use of the work “fuck”). No. All anyone ever tries to steal is his stylized and unrealistic version of organized crime. And while this isn’t as laughable as the work of Guy Richie, it’s still a rather obnoxious movie in which a bunch of Cockneys yell at each other for extended periods in the service of a pointless movie that sometimes goes out of its way to tell its story inefficiently. Yes, Ben Kingsley does give a pretty good performance here, but his work is wasted on a silly character in a silly movie.
So, I've seen this film about 5 times this year. I have no clear motivation as to why, but I did anyways. My verdict on the first viewing was not so enthusiastic. Many reviews have sold this film as a Ben Kingsley vehicle, so imagine my disappointment when I found out that he wasn't in this for long. It was because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews, I've decided to give this another chance. Needless to say, my verdict changed drastically.
Sexy Beast is about Gal (Ray Winstone), a retired British gangster who takes comfort in spending the rest of his life in Spain with his wife and friends. It's too bad then when Gal's old companion Don Logan (Sir Ben…
Perfectly surrealistic when Ray Winstone dreams of being confronted by Black Mambo (exceptionally played in BlackFuRce by THE GRINCH) who ends up revealing himself as an Uzi clad cowboy.
So weird how there's half an hour of hilarious character comedy plonked in the middle of what is otherwise a taut, dark crime thriller. But that's what makes this film stand out.
I think Glazer's vice-like grip on the material loosens in the final ten minutes, but that's the only flaw in an otherwise perfect movie.
To me the film felt like how it was about the push and pull between wanting a nice quiet life, and the things from the outside that can intrude on that, and how destructive that can be. I really felt for Gal, if I was having a big relax, I wouldn't want to be disturbed either.
This is the first-time viewing that I desperately needed today, and few experiences following this in the immediate (and probably extended) future will live up to it. A sleek and stylish and visually dynamic genre effort? Sure, why not. And how, screenwriters Louis Mellis and David Scinto ask, about we throw in one of the most complex studies of the attitude and power dynamics of crime you'll ever see? That's where this film is elevated far above the potentially paper-thin premise (a bruised, broken, brilliant Ray Winstone as a former criminal who rejects the offer for a new job by the cold, calculating, creepy Ben Kingsley as his old boss). Unbelievably profane in a way that never once feels artificially…
Apart from seeing Jonathan Glazer's most current project Under the Skin I practically went into this film blind. Nevertheless, I can confidently say that the gangster flick/crime flick Sexy Beast is another extraordinary piece of Glazer's ever growing resume.
This movie's plot is pretty straightforward Gal is a retired safecracker, who lives in the scorching hot bliss of rural Spain, with his wive and is content with chilling by the poolside of his villa. However, the unexpected arrival of the formidable gangster Don, (Kingsley) ruffles Gal's lifestyle as he recruited for one last job.
At the core of this film, there's a couple of strong key points that make Sexy Beast stand out from its over redundant genre. One is…
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