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.
Unleashing a literal boulder on the tired swank of the British crime subgenre, Glazer builds his debut feature not on flashy con jobs marked by the coolness with which they're executed, but the anxiety with which these jobs and the people associated with them bear down and haunt weak and insecure ex-criminals.
Gary (Winstone) 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 (Redman) 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…
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…
I like the scenes with Winstone and Kingsley, and the setup to Kingsley's character where you have no idea what the guy's gonna do is great. But once he leaves the picture and we move on to the robbery, I lost interest quickly.
Kingsley and McShane are great. Some cool editing. A pretty sexy beast, I must admit.
A brutal gangster recruits a "retired" safecracker for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.
Basically this is an offbeat psychological drama, but Ben Kingsley makes it quite an unusual experience.
I didn't find this the least bit compelling. The opening was like the middle of a gangster movie with the schmaltzy music which is a really bizarre choice when you don't care about any of the characters yet, but turned out to not be as bizarre as all that given that the rest of the film doesn't exactly go out of the way to make you care about them, either. Kingsley's performance was unsurprisingly eccentric and interesting, but with nothing else in the film to anchor the audience it just ends up being for naught.
"Sexy Beast" is not your average One Last Job heist film. Gal (Winstone) is a retired, leather-skinned former heist-man who lives in Spain with his trophy wife and equally leathery-skinned friends.
One day, the idyllic bliss of these people is turned inside out with a call from Don Logan (Kingsley), a walking timebomb with a filthy mouth and a hair-trigger temper.
The heist itself is the McGuffin, absolutely secondary to the primary thrust of Logan's ever-increasing violence while insisting Gal come along for that last big score.
Kingsley's performance is superb, terrifying; though his actual screen time is short. (Then again, so is the entire movie.) The characters' Cockney British accents are indecipherable at first, but like reading Shakespeare, make…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Didn't quite get to see it in the ol' big house, but it would've looked real good there. It's the story about a bloke who used to do some questionable things living with his wife who use to do some questionable things trying to live a non-questionable life, then Ben Kingsley shows up twice and flips out, and then gets fucked up, dude. Then the bloke does a job for Teddy (aka Mr. Big Man) and Teddy says "Do I look like I give a fuck bro? Think you're better than me? I'll fuckin' kill you, bro". Then he zooms off in his sporty little two-seater to sit in front o' the ol' tellie and sip some tea while watching croquet. Looks like it's back to Spain for old Jack, or whatever his name was. Stay tuned for part two: "Donnie Darko's hallucination and Ben Kingsley tear up the town".
Such an amazing performance from Ben Kingsley.
Not what I was expecting but still a pretty good movie, Ben Kinsley was fantastic.
An empty and vapid exercise in style - quite disappointing in reference to Glazer's other films.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
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- Hard Boiled
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