Is an Italian movie that really shocked me and I am tossing up whether to write about it or not.
On “remember to watch” list.
Starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine
I need to stop watching Apocalypse Now by myself. Also, I need to stop watching it before bed because it gives me Zombie apocalypse nightmares.Also, Lance on LSD gets me every time. He is so at one with the universe.
I’ve recently watched and re-watched some films dear to me. Candy (2006) and The Panic in Needle Park (1971) are films that are dear to me. The one I recently viewed was Requiem for a Dream (2000).
They are heroin induced love stories for the ages and I thought I would share my picks with you.
I’d actually seen this film quite late, years late. I ended up seeing it right at the beginning of this year.
This is probably one of the best Australian films I have ever seen, along with Kotcheff’s Wake In Fright (1971). What I love about this heroin induced love story is that the characters are not only fuelled by their love for each other and the drug, but they try to better their lives for the sake of their unborn child.
They try their hardest to get clean. Something I’ve only ever seen in Trainspotting (1996), which was also a book to film adaptation like Candy (2006). This film is bitter sweet and it has a respectable soundtrack too.
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
This is a film I happened upon. Stars Al Pacino and his brother in the film stars with Al in the God Father as one of his goons. Jim Morrison from the doors was considered for Al Pacino’s role as the heroin addict and dealer. I love Al Pacino’s work in this film and his boyish features give this film a real intensity. Something that Al could only do.
A realistic portrayal of love and the panic in the early 70’s about the crack down on dope.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
A few friends who swear by this film starring Jarred Leto, Jennifer Connelly and
Marlon Wayans . Although, I can see its charm but it doesn’t work on me. Fantastic montage sequences. This film leaves you feeling confused and sad. The point is to be realistic but its plot holes leave you thinking “why?” It is so realistic it is clichéd, one of those “well what did you expect when you became a heroin addict?”
But if you look past that it is an aesthetically repulsive film designed to make you feel helpless, like a heroin addict. Otherwise a film you have to see whether you like it or not.
Marlon Wayans will impress you in this film as he does his own thing away from his brothers. You can’t help but yell “Shorty” during the film. I didn’t appreciate my childhood idol from the Labyrinth (1986) doing ass to ass in this film, talk about traumatic. Ellen Burstyn is a revelation as the mother.