Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies about Addiction



 Don't forget to check out where it all started on Wandering Through the Shelves.

Thank You For Sharing
 
 I think I saw this film at a ‘blogger event’. It actually turned out to be an industry preview event where journalists saw previews of films. It was amazing. This was one of them. Film about three men who are at different stages recovering from sex addiction. It’s labelled a comedy but it is a serious subject. There isn’t a crystal clear happy ending but there is a sense these guys will get through their issues and hopefully be better.
Trainspotting
 My guess is that this will be popular. A drug fuelled hell storm adapted from the pages of Irvine Welsh and brought to the screen by Danny Boyle. It is a cult classic 90s film about a group of heroin addicts living and shooting up in squalor in Edinburgh. There are some memorable scenes, as who can forget ‘the worst toilet in the world’ and Spud’s morning accident. Both vile but apart from these scenes, the film is iconic so it almost seems a shame it has a sequel coming out.

Trees Lounge
 I do love Steve Buscemi but my gad this film is depressing. Buscemi directs, writes and acts as Tommy, an alcoholic who doesn’t do much apart from sit at his local bar, along with the other regulars. He drives an ice cream truck around for a while, then has a weird relationship with a 17 year old then gets beaten up and gives up. Tommy is down trodden and continues this way throughout. There isn’t really an uplifting moment.

12 comments:

  1. I've never seen Trees Lounge, I also love Buscemi and I did mean to see it. Thank You For Sharing I've had in my Netflix queue for ages. Trainspotting I also went with. I think that'll be popular today.

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    1. Thank You For Sharing was better than I expected and had a great performance from Pink too alongside Josh Gad.

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  2. I've only seen two of these and didn't really care for either, and Trainspotting is one I particularly loathed but they fit well. Haven't seen Thank You for Sharing or heard of it before actually.

    I did a mix of different addictions, sex, drugs and alcohol, since there were so many to chose from for the theme.

    A Rage to Live (1965)-Soap opera pure and simple based on a John O’Hara novel about a woman who in more enlightened times would have been viewed as a person with a crippling disorder, nymphomania, that would require treatment but for our purposes here is a wanton slut. The great Suzanne Pleshette’s character Grace Caldwell Tate is ruled by urges she cannot control and nothing she attempts, marriage, a child etc., can stop them. There are minor attempts at some insight into her problem but they are quickly tossed away in favor of sensationalism. Good supporting cast including Peter Graves and in a rare on screen role Brett Somers Klugman from Match Game. If you enjoy trashy cinema with quality actors enacting silly situations with earnest professionalism this is right up your alley.

    Drugstore Cowboy (1989)-A “family” of junkies consisting of two couples (Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, Heather Graham and James Le Gros) drift around the country subsisting and feeding their habit by robbing drug stores. They float along in a perpetual haze until a tragedy opens the eyes of the leader Bob (Dillon) and he determines to go straight. It’s a struggle and only gets more difficult when someone from his past shows up and tries to force him into scoring drugs. Gus Van Sant directed film is relentlessly downbeat with one of Dillon’s best performances.

    The Doors (1991)-The story of the rise and fall of the 60’s rock band and its infamous leader Jim Morrison whose freewheeling lifestyle and many addictions lead to much acrimony within the band as well as his early death in Paris. Val Kilmer is terrific as The Lizard King, Meg Ryan less so as his wild child wife.

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    1. Of course, oh of courses shes a slut not a woman who needs help, oh the 60s. If a story was made like that now, it could be a thought provoking but then again, I haven't seen Lars Von Tier's two parter. Drugstore Cowboy has been a film floating around when I was reading about American indies, but the story never appealed to me. The Doors on the other hand was a biopic of sorts I did want to see.

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  3. Trainspotting is extremely popular today, as it should be. Such a wonderful movie, that is.

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  4. Trainspotting is the film this week. Those 2 scenes are so gross even if funny. I don't think they should have a sequal. I haven't seen the other 2 and the last one looks too depressing

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    1. It's popular but I'm not surprised especially with T2 coming out. There was a sequel (novel) called Porno but I'm not sure if the new film will follow it completely. THey had been planning it for years but wanted the actors to age first. I wasn't sure about it either but I'm excited to see what they will come up with.

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  5. I've only seen Trainspotting and I loved it. I also love Buscemi, so I don't care if it's depressing, sooner or later I'll watch Trees Lounge.

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    1. In The Soup is another depressing film with Buscemi. These films are good of you're a fan, but once was enough for me.

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  6. I would really like to see Trees Lounge. I am a huge Buscemi fan and may put myself through it just to see him.

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    1. He is good but this was just a depressing going nowhere character. But if you like Buscemi its worth just the once.

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