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…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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Revisiting…Scream (1996)

Scream was like a breath of fresh air for the horror genre.

Thanks in large part to the emergence of VHS as a widely accessible format, and buoyed by the low-budget success of John Carpenter’s Halloween, the genre would experience an explosion in popularity not witnessed since the golden age of studio monsters, one that would lead to the kind of oversaturation that would bleed the resurgence dry…

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Revisiting…Scarface (1983)

Scarface is about ambition in the wrong hands.

It is the story of Tony Montana, a self-proclaimed political refugee who claws his way from the gutters of Castro’s Cuba to conquer the American dream. But dreams are the stuff of imagination, and by their very definition unattainable. Men like Montana will always want more. It is less about having, more about taking. Without the struggle there is no purpose…

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