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This definitely deserves a lot more attention. I'll refrain from calling it a masterpiece until I've given it a rewatch, but I can safely say that it's a fantastic British gangster flick that deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as some of the all time greats. The performance from Ben Kingsley is a masterclass that will be studied and admired for decades to come, and alone makes the movie well worth watching, but the direction from Glazer is also exceptional, with a great sense of style and energy, as well as enough unique, often surreal, touches to differentiate the movie from its peers. Sexy Beast has all the qualities that you look for in a movie of this kind: it's darkly hilarious, fast-paced, violent, fun, and menacing; although, whatever the name will have you believe, it is decidedly and deliberately unsexy. A properly brilliant debut feature.
Ben Kingsley offers up one of the nastiest villains in cinema history, but the rest of the cast is equally excellent in what could have been a very ordinary heist movie in other circumstances. Touches of poetry and great direction. Warning on the opaque accents though.
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This movie ranks #26 in A.V. Club's The New Cult Canon
This movie ranks #96 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #270 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #597 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #758 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #771 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #795 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #980 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?