Written by Joan Dion and John Gregory Dunne; based on the book by James Mills
Directed by Jerry Schatzberg
Al Pacino gives a riveting performance as Bobby, an energetic street hustler and heroin addict who forms a bizarre, yet accepting relationship with a homeless woman, Helen, played by Kitty Winn. The Panic in Needle Park is a gut-wrenching expose into the drug culture in New York City. American films of the late sixties, such as Easy Rider, Performance and The Trip, portrayed the edgy glamour and counter-culture boom of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll revolution, but after the release of The Panic in Needle Park, filmmakers forecast the downward spiral of addiction. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll transgressed into heroin, prostitution and jail. To this day, no other film has topped the realistic portrayal of the drug culture. Shot in a documentary-like fashion,
Requiem for a Dream, 2000.
Written and Directed Darren Aronofksy.
Starring Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans and Jennifer Connelly.
Today’s film to see before you die is based upon the novel of the same name written by Hubert Selby Jr. Requiem for a Dream is a dark tale of drug addiction, delusion, desperation and destruction with some visceral images and an unnerving soundtrack.
The story follows Sara (Burstyn), her son Harry (Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Connelly) and their friend Tyrone (Wayans) over a period that sees each of them addicted to drugs and becoming desperately dependant upon them until their lives are destroyed.
Sara becomes addicted to weight-loss amphetamines after being accepted onto her favourite game show and wanting to fit into her favourite red dress. After upping her dosage, Sara suffers
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Studio: Summit Entertainment
Jennifer Jason Leigh takes on the borough's meanest streets in Last Exit to Brooklyn.
Based on the controversial 1964 novel by Hubert Selby Jr. about the underbelly of the working class in Brooklyn in the 1950s, the gritty 1989 drama Last Exit to Brooklyn makes its Blu-ray debut, along with being re-issued on DVD for the first time in more than a decade.
Directed by Uli Edel (Body of Evidence), the film follows a group of disillusioned characters as they play out their dead-end existences of drugs, crime and violence in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Set against a backdrop of union corruption, they must overcome or be defeated by their surroundings and, ultimately, themselves.
The movie features an ensemble cast that includes with Jennifer Jason Leigh (Greenberg), Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Sam Rockwell (Moon), Jerry Orbach (Dirty Dancing
As many have cited, it is not Aronofsky’s first trip to the fest, it will be more of a journey come full circle as Black Swan premiered there last year as the opening film in competition. Another one of the director’s Oscar-winning films, The Wrestler, brought him to Venice in 2008 which led to it winning the fest’s coveted prize . Now on the other side of it, Aronofsky will be a working part of the festival that runs from August 31 to September 10, 2011. Skim the full press release from
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Curtis Jackson, Rory Culkin, Kiefer Sutherland
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Due Out: December 28, 2010
Plot: An intersecting tale mainly focused on drug dealer White Mike as he is torn between the mean streets of New York and the fabulous party lifestyle of the upper East side. Things start to change for White Mike with the introduction of a new drug, twelve.
Who’S It For? Fans of Gossip Girl are probably used to the crap that Chace Crawford puts out so they might not hate it, but this movie is mainly for fans of the cast more than anything else.
Twelve is an interesting kind of movie. It doesn’t seem to have much to say other than a Mr. Garrison’s “Drugs are bad, mmkay?” occasionally and even that is a bit of a stretch.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Written by Hubert Selby Jr.
The apotheosis of Add. MTV-era filmmaking, Requiem for a Dream is designed to divide. Its mathematically precise editing and histrionic message-driving makes it perhaps the shrillest anti-drug movie of any age, yet its hyperbolic sense of terror and frenetic rhythms manage not to obscure its less obvious gifts. It announces its creator as a force to be reckoned with, even if some will rightly take issue with the film’s combustible content.
Presenting the addict’s progression as a seasonal process, Requiem is divided into “Spring,” “Summer,” “Fall,” and “Winter,” with each segment more perilous than the last. Our victims are young, handsome Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto); his jittery mother Sara (a devastating Ellen Burstyn); his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans in a rare dramatic role) and his loving girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly). Harry and Tyrone
Darren Aronofsky – he may look like an accountant, but you couldn’t call his career boring. First he unveils his debut picture, Pi, a sci-fi thriller made for sixty grand, and launches his career in auspicious style. He follows it up with one of 2000′s most hotly debated films, the Hubert Selby Jr. adaptation Requiem for a Dream, a hyper-stylized and brutally frank exploration of the power of addiction, which earns Ellen Burstyn a Best Actress nomination. Then things go slightly awry: he plans to get really ambitious with his tripartite sci-fi romance The Fountain, which was to star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as star-crossed lovers across three different planes of existence – until Pitt pulled out at the last minute to star in Troy instead, leaving frehsly built sets and a large crew in Australian dust. Undaunted, Aronofsky rewrote the film into a more modest
Excerpts from the earlier press release:
Black Swan Directed By Darren Aronofsky
Starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel And Mila Kunis
Opening Film Of The 67Th Venice International Film Festival
.Black Swan, the highly anticipated new feature film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Golden Lion recipient in 2008 at the 65th Venice Film Festival for The Wrestler), will be the opening film . in competition – of the 67th Venice International Film Festival. A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the
Here’s the official press release:
Black Swan Directed By Darren Aronofsky Starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel And Mila Kunis Opening Film Of The 67Th Venice International Film Festival
“Black Swan, the highly anticipated new feature film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Golden Lion recipient in 2008 at the 65th Venice Film Festival for The Wrestler), will be
At its simplest, the film is the story of four good people whose lives are destroyed by addiction. But rather than offer a catchy Trainspotting look at drug use, or make his characters so loathsome that we don't care what happens to them, Aronofsky makes us feel the experience on every level. He pulls us into
Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:
2009 – 11
2008 – 11
2007 – 7
2006 – 14
2005 – 12
2004 – 8
2003 – 7
2002 – 12
2001 – 10
2000 – 8
100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood
99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman
98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig
97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi
96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg
95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson
94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon
93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus
92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith
91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma
90. Tasogare Seibei
Brooklyn-born auteur Darren Aronofsky turned mathematical patterns and theories into a brooding thriller (1998's "Pi"), injected us with a bravura adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.'s reckless-addiction novel (2000's Oscar-nominated "Requiem for a Dream"), and raced against the clock of mortality in an ambitious love story spanning ten centuries (2006's unfairly maligned "The Fountain"). So what's a filmmaker's next move, having already zoomed a 26th century Hugh Jackman around the galaxy in an oversized soap bubble containing the Tree of Life?
Curiously, you resurrect Mickey Rourke's career. One of the most wildly anticipated films of 2008, Aronofsky's humanist drama "The Wrestler" will close this year's New York Film Festival. But even before it officially opens in December, the Oscar buzz for Rourke as past-his-prime wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is already starting to be deafening (and rightly so). Shot with handheld verité techniques that put you right up in Rourke's fascinating mug,
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