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.
After a spellbinding experience with Under the Skin, I was anxious to see Jonathan Glazer’s other work and I can safely say that Sexy Beast is definitely another incredible film of his resume. The dark humor keeps you entertained throughout the entire movie but there’s also a very interesting conflict lived by Ray Winstone’s character. The actor gives one his best performances and Ben Kingsley is absolutely insane on screen. He truly shines in this unconventional role, showing how versatile he can be. His presence was always unsettling and intimidating to watch. The other segment with Ian McShane was also engaging and his interactions with Winstone were quite memorable. Jonathan Glazer adds some surreal imagery and a strangely poetic quality to the dialogues, showing glimpses of what would come later in his career with Under the Skin. He is already becoming of my favorite directors and I can hardly wait to watch Birth.
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…
this was my very first legitimate run-in with small cinema. the bridge had just opened at the howard hughes promenade & i was like 11. tickets were $14.75. s/o gunplay.
Sexy Beast is a blundering F-word bombed bundle of both beastliness and sexyness.
From the suntanned surrealism of its opening moments, to the clean lies over clean silverware, a rabbit past that tries to catch up, a millionaires orgy and an array of messed up wild brained people.
It gets pretty beastly though - and something alwas seems wrong, something seems constantly weird and not in a good way.
¿Is it the absolute lack of likeable characters?
¿Is it the "Carlito's Way" gone wrong?
¿What is it that feels wrong here?
I think, once again - we're in for the old trick of style over stubstance.
The sheer style of Sexy Beast, though, makes the film forgivable. Like Ben Kingsley's monologue in airport security, that was some brilliant writing right there.
Based everyone but Don
The fancy camera work is not enough to keep my attention. Story doesn't add up to anything. Liked the lead actor -- saved scenes.
There's been a lot of discussion about Glazer's masterpiece, Under the Skin, recently and it got me thinking about his origins. This naturally led me to return to this scorching debut, a piece of neo-noir that pays homage and transcends the genre simultaneously.
Gal, is an ex safe cracker who lives in harmony in Spain with his wife and close friends. His serenity is threatened when an old associate arrives and demands that he participate in one last job.
The setup is simple and I'd argue the weakest part of the film.
The characters however, are some of the best personalities ever brought to life. The script by Louis Mellis and David Scinto is filled with humanity, malice, and some…
GET. INTO. THE. POOL.
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.
Literally a list of sweaty films.
in no particular order