Friday, February 16, 2007

Sexy Beast (2001)

Ben Kingsley’s fearsome gangster is given one of the great entrances in film: he’s absent from the picture the first twenty minutes, but the very mention of his name repeatedly causes conversations to stop dead, culminating in a scene where news of his imminent arrival ruins a dinner party, the guests pushing their plates of untouched food away and sitting in silent dread – then a jump cut, set to jarring techno, to a dolly shot fixed on the back of Kingsley’s bald head as he walks through the airport.

Released in Japan as Savage Garden.

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