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.
Don "Malky" Logan: "I love you, Gal. You're lovable. Big lovable bloke."
The story is about 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 (Amanda 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 -- Don (Ben Kingsley), a former associate who has been hired to assemble a team of criminals to rob a heavily guarded bank. Don wants Gary in on the job, and is less than pleased by Gary's unwillingness…
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…
British gangster films are always the most fun for some reason.
This is a slimmed-down recapitulation of the crime/heist film, eight years after the trend was set off by RESERVOIR DOGS in 1992.
SEXY BEAST mainlines a suppressed tension, personified in the struggle between the savage, spittle-hurling Ben Kingsley and a surprisingly contemplative Ray Winstone. The two are at odds about a job Winstone's character solemnly refuses when he isn't given an option to do so.
For a crime film especially, SEXY BEAST is succinct and astute, almost poetic. You feel the hazy warmth of a Spanish summer, the relaxed sense of ease earned by a life of crime. Characters are straightforward in speech and demeanor, yet there's a richness when they interact, the result of an impeccable cast of character actors.
Saw this when it was originally released at my local arthouse. I'd seen the reviews and was prepared to have my mind blown. What I saw was interesting but nothing spectacular. Had I missed something? Last night I decided that after 15 years it was time for a re-visit. So how did it fare this time? Slightly better. Not hindered by expectations I was better to take this movie for what it actually is, a highly stylized heist film. Lots of cool shots and moments and of course Kingsley's performance is awesome. Personally it drags a little in the middle...and then there's that insane end. I just wish it came together for me a little bit more.
U fucking wot m8?
That Gandhi is a real jerk in this one. "Sexy Beast" is pure madness and it is another film that reminds us how our past will always find us. Always.
Such a great film. Love the surreal touch Glazer puts on this, it is a match made in heaven.
(apologies for the laziness in my writing lately [/lazier than usual]).
Given the high praise for Under the Skin and my affinity for Birth, I decided to go back and view Glazer's first film.
Unfortunately, I'm an outlier on this film. Ben Kingsley is handed the entire film and takes full advantage of that to chew the entire scenery and play to the rafters. Outside of great camera work to capture visuals, locations, and color, I was never invested in the storyline, mood, or resolutions.
"Right, well, I've fucked you now haven't I?"
Jonathan Glazer is one of those rare directors who you can immediately recognize their work by their distinct style. If you're not completely transfixed by that opening scene then this isn't the film for you. Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone both deliver incredible performances here, career highlights in fact thick British accents be damned. A wonderfully tense, atmospheric film that immediately captures your attention and then enraptures your emotions. Powerhouse performances from everyone involved from the main parts to the bit players. The best part? You expect nothing but doom and gloom, and what you get is a happy fuck yeah-feel good ending. Not without a bit of black comedy of course. Incredible stuff, Glazer is an auteur.
I also pee with my hands on my hips like Ben Kingsley in this film. Because like him, I'm a fucking boss.
Very cool edited sequences that build up the film's tension, and some slick cinematography, this is a cool movie with many well done sequences and great acting, but the ending came up a little underwhelming for me.
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