SYDNEY LUMET’S LAST MOVIE MIGHT BE HIS BEST
Director Sydney Lumet died this weekend, making this the perfect opportunity to revisit one of his greatest films – one that hardly anybody saw. Lumet started his career with “12 Angry Men” and “Dog Day Afternoon” but his LAST movie “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead” filmed in 2007, is a criminally ignored masterpiece of storytelling, and just as good as any of his early work. We’re reprinting our comments on the film after it was passed over by the Academy:
One of the Academy’s biggest mistakes this year was ignoring the movie “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.” It’s an amazing roller coaster ride of a movie with unexpected twists around every corner. The story is absolutely brilliant and SO much fun to watch. Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman have never been better. If Academy members had SEEN this film they would certainly have nominated Hoffman for this movie and not Charlie Wilson’s War. Easily one of the most entertaining movies of the year and well worth the price of admittance. Make an effort to find it and see it.