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Keaton - Oscar?
His performance is one of the greatest, yet under rated, ever to grace the screen -
a Scene stealing, manically energetic, wonderfully over the top performance - a startling mix of German Expressionism and a bloated pervert at a porn expo.
The great thing about Keaton here is that though playing the villain, he is characteristically slimy, however, incredibly lovable. Keaton creates a character that is incredibly mad, and attractive because of this.
His performance is the truest epitome of what Tim Burton has been trying to capture on screen ever since. This Burton's best film and Keaton's most awe inspiring performance.
Even though it was made in the late 80's, the performance still manages to thrill.
Sexy Beast (2000)
Long Good Friday and Lock, Stock had some great British villains that were as scary as American gangsters
Then Glazer, Melles, Scinto and Kingsley took one better and created one of Cinema's greatest villains and British Cinema's greatest (even bettering McKellen's Richard III.)
But having said that the rest of the crew enhance his performance as well. Glazer, with his music video background, cuts Kingsley and the cast in sharp focus and loud visual, dizzingly back and forth, as if he were directing a scary Goth Emo music video. And it bloody works.
UNKLE's Soundtrack is pumping top notch techno stuff, working each scene as if it were a climax at a Rave party.
Winstone and the rest of the cast are also spectacular. Winstone, especially, taking the straight man role of this memorable on screen duo, and with that, showing incredible stamina against Kingsley's vicious performance.
And lastly Melles & Scinto's script with its simple premise - Don wants him to say yes, but Gal is saying No. Simple premise that's not as confusing as Snatch.
There have been critics who have stated the use of the word, C**T, as extremely unnecessary and just over indulgent. But as I watched this film, I realised thats the irony of it: Don Logan IS the biggest C**T in Cinema History.
And with that, lets talk about Kingsley performance. The great thing about Don is that he is all ANIMAL - He waits to shut down Gal's verbal retorts quickly like a pouncing tiger and he NEVER moves his eyes (only slightly) - like a Shark. There are times, like Joe Pesci in Goodfellas, where I don't know when to laugh or dirtbike my underwear. It is a great performance and showcases a man in battle with his HUMAN instincts for love and companionship. He is a tragic figure.
All in all, a rip roaring film.
(And if you think the rabbit in Donnie Darko was scary - check this one out.)