Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
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…
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.
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.
Jonathan Glazer has been back in the spotlight in recent months after the success and ingenuity of his indecipherable film,Under The Skin. This debut effort from 2000 however features one of the most menacing and most unforgettable performances in the last twenty years. Sir Ben Kingsley is one of those actors that can turn his hand to anything. A polished performer, he has a chameleon-like quality where he can switch between wonderful English accents and any other nationality with elegant ease. A man of many talents, he may have won an Oscar in 1982 for Gandhi, but this is without a doubt his most memorable role.
Opening on a sun-kissed Spanish Villa where Ray Winstone is lobster red, the tone…
After only one viewing (and now, over two months later), I'm not sure what to say about this, except that I loved it. A kissing cousin to one of my favorites, 44-Inch Chest, Sexy Beast is a blistering, stunning thrill. Give me these swings on the gangster genre any day. Give me darkness, or give me bright blues and golds, blood and dirt, sunburns and white leather. Give me Ray Winstone, always, with his voice and his ferocity and his tenderness. Give me Ben Kingsley as a fucking psychopath. Give me stylized, stylish violence, and tense, lyrical sequences. I want it all, and this movie has it.
soo tasty. I wanna eat up this movie.
At first I was like "ho-hum, another guy pulled out of retirement to do one last job" but then the guy keeps saying no to Ben Kingsley (his old boss) and Ben Kingsley just loses his shit for about 20 minutes or so. It's absolutely magnificent how Ben Kingsley just shouts at this guy for so long. Kingsley just shouts and shouts until the guy's wife finally shoots him.
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.
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'll say it without Don Logan this movie is just another caper, so thankfully we have this charismatic sociopathic Brit
So the Glazer project "Gangster No.1" became this "Sexy Beast". Leaving the No.1 - film to another brit director.
To me, "SB" is very much Harold Pinter. With an aroma of Shakespeare. Introducing characters who thinks out loud, subjected to controlled anger and a clear pecking order. It is just as uncomfortable as in real life. Deserted, distressed and predestined. And sexy and erected.
Ray Winstone's "Gal" - sizzling redness in the scorching sun. Ben Kingsley's "Don" - total lack of impulse control, finesse and compassion. And "Jackie" (Julianne White) - silent, stinging, attractive and streamlined character. To name a few.
And yes it is theatre. Entertaining and intriguing. Jonathan Glazer has brilliance, courage and vision. "I must be cruel, only to be kind."
what even is this
When I was 8 years old I remember taping "Karma Police" off rage and I would watch it often. (oh pre internet) I couldn't understand the music too well back then but I liked the clip for whatever reason.
The point of that random fact is that it was cool for me to learn that the director of that clip also directed a pretty cool first feature with this one. I'd never enjoyed watching Ben Kingsley that much, the editing was noticeable (in a good way) and the third act was tense in a sort of unpredictable way.
Cheers friend who recommended this, seems like I'll continue to respect your opinion....FOR NOW!!!!
Glazer is an absolutely wild filmmaker I swear. Not a bad film yet.
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