Revisiting…Sexy Beast (2000)

The opening scene of Sexy Beast is one of great comical foreboding.

Retired safe-cracker Gal, played with subtle potency by the wonderful Ray Winstone, is your typical Brit abroad, a red lobster baking in the Spanish heat and loving every minute of it. His dysfunctional family consists of his beloved partner Dee Dee, an ex porn star with just as much reason to escape her homeland, another gangland couple with a similarly unfortunate past, and a young Spanish boy who performs chores around Gal’s villa with the adoring smile of an adulating son…

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Revisiting…The Naked Gun Trilogy

Airplane will always be the original Zucker/Abrahams benchmark, and there were a few other notable efforts in-between, but for me The Naked Gun is the pinnacle of their deadpan genius, and there is nothing you can suggest that will ever change my mind.

There are perhaps a number of reasons for my particular bias, but the most telling is the fact that I saw The Naked Gun long before I did its puerile predecessor, and by the time I got around to finally seeing Airplane – of which I had acquired lofty expectations – the comedy seemed just a little watered down by comparison…

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Revisiting…Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Upon its release, Dawn of the Dead was dismissed by many as a mindless exercise in gore and violence, and it’s easy to see why.

In many respects, that’s exactly what the movie is: a fun, comic book-style splatterfest, which relishes in a plethora of creative kills at a time when the manner of a character’s death was somewhat peripheral. Since ‘Dawn’, horror has waded through so much blood and viscera that even the most prudish of movie goers have developed at least some level of a desensitisation, while others have become so numbed out that they are drawn to explicit violence the way Romero’s zombies are drawn to living flesh…

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Revisiting…Weird Science (1985)

Weird Science may not be as memorable as Planes, Trains and Automobiles, or as iconic as The Breakfast Club, but it is still one of filmmaker John Hughes’ finest.

Hughes has a knack of appealing to teenagers and seems to understand what makes them tick, a fact that is prevalent in the dialogue he writes, which is both crudely accurate and consistently hilarious…

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Revisiting…Gangs of New York (2002)

It is no secret that world history is documented by the victors.

Not only do they tell us how they won and for what reasons, they are able to bend and embellish those facts as their intentions dictate. Systems of power create heroes and villains. They tell us what lessons we should learn, and how best to live our lives if we are to avoid the mistakes of the past…

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