In 1996, Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s wildly popular novel chronicling the lives of Scottish heroin addicts quickly became one of the highest grossing British films of all-time and an international hit. Trainspotting was accused by many who did not see it of glamorizing drug use. While it was incredibly entertaining and often very funny, its style unflinchingly showed the horrors of heroin addiction without taking a heavy-handed stance about it. If you can watch a character dig into the “worst toilet in Scotland” on his hands and knees, another wake up in a pile of his own excrement, and another dying in squalor of AIDS and come away from that film believing that being a heroin addict is an exciting and glamorous lifestyle then your critical thinking skills are almost certainly broken. While Boyle didn’t back away from the horrors he also didn’t back away from what it is about heroin that creates addicts in the first place. Still, I would imagine that for a teenager, watching Trainspotting would make a far more effective anti-drug teaching tool than anything he or she could learn from D.A.R.E.
In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One and Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.
00:00:50 – Intro, The Devils, Salty Cinema, The Fear of God, Beauty and the Beast
00:02:45 – Kickstarter campaign
00:05:30 – Rogue One
00:56:15 – Saving Private Ryan
01:12:20 – Episode wrap-up
For decades, a notorious film by director Ken Russell provoked debate, controversy, and sometimes disgust in audiences who had the rare privilege to see it. Banned in several countries around the world, and lacking formal distribution in any others, The Devils was one of film connoisseurs’ most heavily sought lost treasures. Warner Brothers began a rocky distribution in the early 2000s, releasing the film in limited printings, with sub-par video quality, on DVD. It appeared on iTunes in 2010, only to be removed again without explanation after only 3 days. Even these few releases removed the more severely controversial moments of the film, and a complete version remains extremely elusive, if not entirely lost.
On the short list of candidates for the proverbial title of “definitive fairy tale”, you might find Snow White, Cinderella, and – of course – Beauty and the Beast. For countless audiences, both young and old, this “tale as old as time” is framed almost exclusively around the images, the events, and the unforgettable songs of the 1991 Disney animated masterpiece. So, needless to say, a live action reimagining has some immense expectations to meet along with its baked-in good will.