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'Trainspotting' Oral History: Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor Reflect on Cult '90s Brit Hit

9 February 2017 10:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The United Kingdom, January 1996. Britpop is in full swing. Oasis’ seminal sophomore album What’s The Story (Morning Glory), released the previous October, has returned to the top of the U.K. charts and is helping cement the band’s status in the U.S. Elsewhere, an all-girl group is preparing to launch their debut single, a song that would introduce the world to the concept of “zigazig-ha.” While the current British Prime Minister John Major is commonly regarded as a rather drab, grey-suited politician, a wide-eyed 42-year-old whippersnapper by the name of Tony Blair has 10 Downing Street in his sights. There’s »

- Alex Ritman

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T2 Trainspotting Review

27 January 2017 9:05 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been twenty years since Ewan McGregor’s Mark Renton strolled across Waterloo Bridge, £16,000 stolen from his best friends slung over his shoulder, explaining that he was going to “choose life.” Now, he’s back and it’s time to see if he lived up to his words in the awkwardly named T2 Trainspotting.

Danny Boyle’s 1996 Trainspotting was one of those rare films that perfectly encapsulated its time and place. It arrived just as John Major’s Conservative government was gasping its last fart and Tony Blair was promising us that “things could only get better,” as Britpop exploded into a frantic burst of coke-fuelled creativity and people started excitedly blathering on about ‘cool Britannia.’

Renton returns to a very different Scotland, one reverberating from its failed bid for independence from the UK, paranoid about the impact of Brexit and gradually crumbling under economic austerity. The country isn »

- David James

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