A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Qué increíblemente bueno es Glazer. Podría tirarme toda mi vida escribiendo aquí lo bueno que es, y aún así no le haría justicia. Es simplemente que es muy bueno.
Library DVD's have the unfortunate habit of being handled horribly. So I missed about three fairly key scenes within the first hour because I had to skip past them....
Still! Really, really good stuff. As great as Kingsley is, I don't think I've ever seen Ray Winstone show this much restraint. Thought he was just as excellent, communicated so much just through body language. Will definitely be revisiting this one plenty in the future.
So you're a retired criminal and an old, psychotic, associate of yours approaches you to do another job and he won't take "no" for an answer, so what do you do?
A wonderful, film with an humour as black as it comes and a cast of characters that are extremely easy to get attached to, even the less savoury ones.
Film #1. Task #4: A movie listed on my favorite movies list
Not this time, Gal. Not this time. Not this fucking time.
No! No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!
No! No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!
No! Not this fucking time!
No fucking way!
No fucking way!
No fucking way!
No fucking way!
You made me look a right cunt!
This is some noisy shit. I don't know what to get out of this. How the fuck do you do a review of this movie? It will be (just) like expressing bollocks. Ben Kingsley was scarily hilarious.
"No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!!"
Glazer can't seem to put a foot wrong in my book and Sir Ben Kingsley's Don Logan is the kind of motherfucker nightmares are sculpted out of. An empathetic look at the cost of guilt and the price of disloyalty between family and business. Sexy Beast is fucking powerful alternative cinema!
I love Jonathan Glazer
Aw man, Jonathan Glazer is hands down one of the most underrated directors working today.
Between his signature (Birth, Under the Skin) sense of hyper-perception and his way of heightening the piercing performances from the cast collectively with his visual tone & style, I wholeheartedly get why he's been referred to as Kubrick's heir/successor.
Man this is such by product of 90s alternative cinema
"You made me look a right cunt, like a right fucking Mr Confused whats he doing!"
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…