Movies that are slightly off.
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…
The only Glazer I hadn't seen and frankly I think he's gotten better with each film. Interestingly enough I think this would have played much better for me had I seen it upon release as a counterpoint to the cooler-than-thou UK gangster films of Ritchie and Vaughn. There is nothing cool or elegant about the work that the leads in this film do. They're bad men who do bad things and go about it badly.
My favorite British gangster flick.
Film # 13 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 16" Challenge
Task # 20: A movie mentioned in the book "The Film Club" by David Gilmour
Some movies have a villain you will remember fort he rest of your life. “Star Wars” had Darth Vader, “Batman” had the Joker and “The Silence of the Lambs” had Hannibal Lecter. Well, “Sexy Beast" also has a villain like that: Don Logan, brilliantly portrayed by Ben Kingsley. Don is from England and travels to Spain to visit Gal. Gal is a retired gangster, who is now enjoying the sun, his wife and Spanish food. In the first scene we see Gal baking in the sun, at the edge of his pool. When…
This is the first film that I’ve seen all year, and it wasn’t bad at all! I found it a very interesting story, and the actors were all very good, especially Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, who were very convincing.
I enjoyed especially how brutal Ben Kingsley’s character: Don Logan was, and I found it almost hilarious how many swear words he managed to squeeze into a few short lines of dialogue, and the twist at the end of the film involving Logan was both confusing and exciting.
Overall, I’m giving this a 7.8 because it was very entertaining, and it has classic potentials, however there was perhaps not enough action and a bit too much chat in this to be seen as a true gangster film.
It's just a lot off stuff mashed together trying to make a plot. It's everywhere and at the same time, nowhere.
La sonrisa de Ian McShane es aterradora.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
On this viewing, I was less focused on the film's extraordinary first hour (basically an extended "negotiation'' between Kingsley's feral mobster and Winstone's schlubby ex-safecracker) than on its singular use of the swimming pool as a psychic space that organizes (and ultimately resolves) the film's central conflict. This shimmering pool which becomes Don Logan's final resting place (though it's implied he will never truly "rest'') is mirrored by the London Turkish bath where Gal is forced to rescue his own life. It's interesting to note how the underwater site of the heist is itself figured as a kind of tomb or watery grave, as the safety deposit boxes open up to reveal buried treasures, photos of the dead, and even…
this was my very first legitimate run-in with small cinema. the bridge had just opened at the howard hughes promenade & i was like 11. tickets were $14.75. s/o gunplay.
Sexy Beast is a blundering F-word bombed bundle of both beastliness and sexyness.
From the suntanned surrealism of its opening moments, to the clean lies over clean silverware, a rabbit past that tries to catch up, a millionaires orgy and an array of messed up wild brained people.
It gets pretty beastly though - and something alwas seems wrong, something seems constantly weird and not in a good way.
¿Is it the absolute lack of likeable characters?
¿Is it the "Carlito's Way" gone wrong?
¿What is it that feels wrong here?
I think, once again - we're in for the old trick of style over stubstance.
The sheer style of Sexy Beast, though, makes the film forgivable. Like Ben Kingsley's monologue in airport security, that was some brilliant writing right there.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
Complete list. :-(