Revisiting Sexy Beast

In the British heist film Sexy Beast, the buildup to the arrival of a feared English crook is almost as terrifying as his presence. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 20 years ago this month, begins as the story of the carefree Gal Dove, who lives peacefully in a remote Spanish villa with his gorgeous wife after retiring from lowdown criminal work. But it all comes crashing down for Gal, his wife, and their two best friends when the very mention of a man named Don Logan sends the quartet into an emotional spiral, as if they’ve all been told of the death of a relative. They don’t quite know how to proceed, knowing that he’s heading for their deserted location. And when he arrives, he’s played by Ben Kingsley, playing a role unlike any he had played before. 

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sexy beast tv series

Bad news: the Sexy Beast TV series isn’t so sexy anymore. The series, which was meant to be a prequel to the 2000 film of the same name, was given a 10-episode straight-to-series order by the Paramount Network last year, but now it looks like Paramount is giving up on the idea due to budget cuts. The show hadn’t started filming yet and was still in the scripting phase, so it was easier to kill it now rather than later.

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sexy beast prequel

Jonathan Glazer‘s Sexy Beast is a wild, crazy, unconventional and highly entertaining crime pic. The film follows an ex-criminal who gets pulled into one more job by a volatile old associate. It was ultimately a story about old criminal pals being reunited for one last job. Now, a Sexy Beast prequel TV series will take us back to the early days of these respective crooks. But will it be able to capture the manic energy of the movie?

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VOTD: The Movie Alphabet

YouTube user TheToaster2006 has created a supercut of film characters reciting the alphabet, one movie for each letter of the alphabet. Hit the jump to watch the video now.
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VOTD: 15 Years of Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight released their first film, The Brothers McMullen, in 1995. This year the minimajor is celebrating their 15th anniversary. Anyone who reads /Film knows that I tend to love the type of films that Searchlight picks up at Sundance, and more recently, the films Searchlight has been producing in house (Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Boyle’s 127 Hours, Romanke’s Never Let Me Go to name a few). /Film reader Kees van Dijkhuizen put together a short video showcasing some of the great films Searchlight has brought up over the last 15 years. You might remember that Kees created some of the video montages we’ve posted in VOTD in past years including Cinema 2009: 1 Year, 342 Movies, 12 Months of Production, 7 Minutes and the movies of Cinema 2008. It looks like someone at Fox saw his work and commissioned the video editor to create this video for Fox Searchlight 15th anniversary. Here is Kees description:

15 Years of Drama, Compassion, Icons, Romance and Challenges. Some of the best indie flicks came were brought to us by Fox Searchlight, and to celebrate their 15 year anniversary, here’s a quick recap of what they have brought us. Some of the movies featured include Juno, The Darjeeling Limited, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer, Napoleon Dynamite, The Last King of Scotland, Crazy Heart, Sexy Beast, One Hour Photo and Thirteen.

Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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VOTD: The 100 Greatest Movie Insults

Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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