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…
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.
I'm not gonna lie, I watched this based on the poster and title combo alone. Sexy beast (or lobster), indeed! This film is much more serious in tone than I expected, even though I had a fair number of laughs throughout. The relatively small story is about a retired thief/gangster named Gal who has settled into his new Spanish villa and is enjoying the hell out of life. When his former boss/mentor wants to bring him in for one last job, he resists, but the guy is so scary he doesn't really have a choice but to say yes.
Ben Kingsley as Don Logan is the baddest ass in the history of badasses. He's…
Film #22 of The Damned December Project
This was my first time watching Sexy Beast, and oh buddy is it a sexy beast. Never has Ray Winstone looked so gold and young! Never has Sir Ben Kingsley been so fucking amazing. Never has a heist scene been so original. Never has a British Crime Drama been so different and beautiful.
The confidence of the direction is hard to dispute. There are amazing scenes with amazing shots. The acting is inspired, the editing is really cutting edge. But the thing that strcuk me the most about the directing was the transition shots. A jet engine, the sound of an elevator, a huge furry bunny rabbit man, filling a pool with water.…
1. One of the great films about love.
2. a) The first time around I was, predictably, knocked out by the production qualities. This time I found myself much more deeply attuned to what I think is its rich emotional dimension, and in particular to its articulation of Don as the manifestation of former trauma encroaching on the present and disrupting the harmony of domestic happiness. He works as a sustained metaphor and I find that sophisticated rather than broad.
2. b) “And the book says: ‘We may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us'.”
One of the most underrated films of this century. Ray Winstone is absolutely sublime. Ben Kingsley is a force of fucking nature. Glazer's direction is beyond exquisite. This is unlike any "gangster" film you've ever seen. The overwhelming majority of the first half of the film is just incredibly tense dialogue between Winstone's quiet yet distressed "Gal" and Kingsley's ultra-intimidating and infinitely foul-mouthed "Don". And Kingsley is totally on fire the entire time. I've never seen him this locked-in. It's uncanny. His dialogue is vicious [skip to bottom of page]. His stare is invasive. I didn't see Iris, but I have an impossibly hard time believing that Jim Broadbent was better in that than Kingsley is in this. The guy…
Easy to see why Sexy Beast is praised by most critics/movie lovers: a typical ‘final heist’ movie, but with a very original approach and fresh script, outstanding acting (Kingsley shines as a manic, filthy-languaged villain, although sometimes slightly over the top), some wonderful black humor and great, sun-drenched settings.
Why I didn’t rate it higher then?
I haven’t got a f*cking clue.
Umm wow. Why have I slept on this for sooooo many years.
I don't know what this was. That is not to say that the movie is bad, it's just confusing. At it's core its a fairly simplistic story about a retired gangster who gets roped into doing one last job. But on top of that there is a layer of symbolism, faux-symbolism, and just plain weird imagery. Ben Kingsley's Don Logan is easily the most appealing part of the film and Kingsley steals every scene he's in. For the most part the film is funny, and very well aware of this, but after 90 minutes I could not help myself but ask "What did I just watch?"
ITS FUC%^NG MAGIC YOU CU*T
Clearly directed by a music video/commercial director (not that there's anything wrong with that), this features a great performance by Sir Ben Kingsley. Really cool and stylish crime film.
Mob movie reduced down to bare essentials and one insane, psychopathic, perfect performance by Ben Kingsley. A little sparse in terms of actual plotting, but every little scene is so detail-rich and so interesting that it hardly matters. Visual and sound style are basically about as fantastic as you could want.
Jonathan Glazer's "Reservoir Dogs".
Though not without its flaws, "Sexy Beast" is an all-around richly conceptualized, dutifully executed Lynchian neo-noir. Not having yet seen "Birth" or next year's "Under the Skin" (2013 freaking flew by) judging from "Beast" Glazer seems to brazenly partner metaphor with materialization, Ray Winstone's gangster grief from a golden life of hustling taking the retributive form of Ben Kingsley's psychopathic kingpin seeking Winstone's ex-recruit for a bank heist. Only instead of haunted, and if it doesn't run quite as flawlessly as the well-oiled machine of "Reservoir Dogs", "Sexy Beast" is a debut feature all the more memorable and promising for its pulpy, narrow, even arrogant precision.
Wow. What a performance from Ben Kingsley. Wow. Hand on heart this is probably the single greatest performance from an actor I've ever seen. Mr Kingsley depicts a mentally unbalanced - bordering on schizophrenic psychopath called "Don" who is the definition of dangerous and callas.
It's a surreal, slow paced, funny, atmospheric, delicately balanced story of a retired hitman who get's visited by his former employer wanting him to do another job. Problem is Ray Winstone - Gall is happy with his life and partner and wants no part.
A simple concept, executed excellently. My only qualm is that the film isn't long enough and felt there could be more of the other stellar cast of actors and actresses on show. Paul McShane is nearly as menacing as Ben Kingsley's character as another dishonorable criminal.
Now this was a pleasant surprise. I only watched it because it was expiring from Netflix, and all I knew about this film before hand was that Ben Kingsley's performance was considered to be a great one. That did turn to be true, and Kingsley is the highlight of the movie with a hint of psychopathic rage seemingly boiling just underneath the surface every moment he's on screen. Don Logan is a fascinating psychopath. His mood swings violently and without warning, he does things seemingly without reason, and it's never quite clear whether he's going to laugh or murder someone from moment to moment.
What I wasn't expecting was for the rest of this film to be as great as…