Monday, August 3, 2009

Love...Kills .... And Don't Become a Heroin Addict

Punk rock is epitomized in the life of Sid and Nancy. The Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious is the quirkiest character, and Nancy Spungen only contributes to the chaos.

This is the kind of "living on the edge" that I don't want to get messed up in. Its great to see on film, but certainly would have been nuts to actually live through. Dying, whether it be through drug overdose or getting stabbed in the stomach, is not really my cup of tea.

However, this is the stuff of legends. You don't make news unless you stab your girlfriend while you're jacked up on heroin, and wake up to blood-soaked sheets and your dead girlfriend in the bathroom, and on top of it all, you don't remember what happened.

I guess this film exposes the gory behind-the-scenes of the 1970's punk rock scene, though it seems like this is the most extreme of the cases. It's also a film about the deleterious effects of drug abuse, which just happens to be one of my favorite genres.

Gary Oldman was epic in this film. Epic. The film was mediocre at best, but the performances wer excellent. And of course, the music rocked. Duh.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sex and Drugs on Melrose at Thirteen

Anyone who was ever a thirteen year old can certainly relate to several aspects of this film. Even I, the antithesis of the main character of Thirteen, Tracy, can understand the frustrations and difficulties depicted in the movie.

Incredibly moving. It made me cringe and look away, yet engrossed me to the point where I needed to see the salvation of the good girl gone bad. The struggles of an American teenager with divorced parents, a mother who is a recovering addict, and the peer pressures of sex, drugs and materialism are all touched upon and delved into so deeply in this film that it makes you want to turn it off before you see too much. And yet you cannot. The issues are split open like a bad cut, and though it is painful to see, it is important to understand.

Excellent, excellent film. So well written. So well made. It opens up a can of worms that needs to be opened.