Oh I spelt Requiem wrong. Bleh.
I need to rewatch this, I got the DVD a while back after all the hype I heard about it and finally watched it with my mum last year - and even she liked it. Very tough, experimental film, and I did ask if she wanted me to switch it off.
She normally likes stuff like Erin Brokovich. But by god, what a performance from La Burstyn and Jennifer Connelly. Never liked that douche Jared Leto, but he's good here.
Oh I spelt Requiem wrong. Bleh.
All four leads are perfectly pitched, even Marlon Wayans. It's probably the defining performance in any movie for all four of them. Burstyn's performance is completely emotionally draining.
It's the best HORROR movie I've ever seen and isn't even defined as one. But it's absolutely TERRIFYING.
Saw it tonight again and still love this, though the effect wears off slightly having seen it as many times as I have. RB didn't like it so much.
It really is one of the messiest films I have ever seen. Really stayed with me for a while. Ellen Burstyn was particuarly immense, and her scenes were the ones that really were like "woah... bad trip!"
i can barely watch this. it's so utterly brilliant but by the end i feel completely destroyed. ellen burstyn's speech about getting old in particular never fails to make me cry and i've seen it so many times. did you know that at the end of that scene the camera sidetracks to the left, though it wasn't supposed to. turns out the cameraman himself had begun to cry and had moved the camera away from him so he wouldn't fog up the lense,
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I think I'd have loved this if I'd seen it when it was made and I was 18, but it just feels really dated and obvious now. I think I've seen too many drugs movies and plays.
Ellen Burstyn really was immense though - such a heartbreaking character - and her scene with Harry when he realises she's on amphetamines is really devastating. She does marvelously with the more fucked up stuff later on. The rest of the cast were all good, but I wouldn't say they were anything to get too excited about. I also thought the other characters weren't that well developed. They were just junkie losers so I didn't really care. Her stuff was FAR more interesting.
Much like Black Swan, the final 20 minutes were very frantic but I did think it was too unsubtle in places. It felt a bit like getting hit round the head with a brick. We get it - drugs are bad mmm'kay? I particularly disliked Jennifer Connolly getting fucked arse to arse with a massive double ended dildo at the orgy. It felt a bit like the sort of thing a student filmmaker shoehorns into a script to shock everyone.
Not bad at all, just very of its time.
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Oh I found that bit in spoiler particularly shocking and horrible yes, so it worked on me!
I know you think it's 'of its time', but I would argue that it's still relevant to the world today and probably always will be. I imagine (without having seen it for a long time) that Trainspotting would feel more dated and 'of its time' than Requiem.
I'm very glad to have had a couple of other people stick 10s on tonight! I was disappointed that I was the only one!
Oh I completely agree - I think I'd hate Trainspotting if I saw it at the time, but as a kid it was all so shocking and eye-opening that it was immense. This would have been the same for me back then, for sure.
I've just seen that this is on later, on bbc2. I think i shall watch it
Obviously what with it being friday night i'll then be going to some rave in a warehouse somewhere really random and cool and exclusive. YEAH
The first time I watched this I bawled my eyes out when it finished, and it stuck with me for days. Performances from Ellen Burstyn and Marlon Wayans stand out.
I've only just seen this. Amazing film, the theme of rhythmic repetition really makes it edgy.
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As I said way back when... It had the edge of messy trips.
I watched this a while ago but I didnt get it. Jared Leto is a cutie
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