Sexy Beast was made alongside a glut of flashy, stylized British gangster movies. When I first saw it, it didn't set itself apart, for some reason. The performances are amazing. Ben Kingsley is completely unexpected. His character isn't tremendously unique, but Kingsley's choices make him a truly unsettling and unpredictable villain.
Wow. To quote Gene Belcher, "It's NOT subtle." Spike Lee is often on the nose, but never so clumsily as in He Got Game. Denzel's performance, as always, is amazing, but the movie is so bogged down by the writing, the symbolism and the totally out of place score by Aaron Copland. Lee's message is important, that young black athletes are the pawns in a game that they are powerless to control, however, the overt way he lays out that…