Movies that are slightly off.
Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Now Dianne, you haven't gone and hid the drugs in some stupid place like the frosted flakes again have you?"
Bob (Matt Dillon) is the leader of a group of drugstore-robbing drug addicts: his wife Dianne (Kelly Lynch), Rick and his girlfriend Nadine. When they don't rob drugstores, they spend their time laying around, taking drugs, waiting for the next score. They don't care about tomorrow, they just want to get high and away from their miserable lives by losing themselves in short-lasting perfect worlds full of floating things. Like houses, spoons, hats. Especially hats. But pretty soon things start to go downhill faster than you can say overdose, prompting Bob to make a change.
The relationship between Bob and…
A perfectly executed film centered on an outlaw 'family' and a simple reason for drug abuse: You feel crappy, drugs make you feel better. The family is governed by a strange array of superstitions that can crop up at any time. Matt Dillon gives a fantastic and complex performance, unequalled in his career. The same can be said for director Gus Van Sant as well. The rest of the cast performs admirably as well, even Heather Graham who plays naive and vacant very well.(shocking) One of the better depictions of drug highs you'll see in a film. Still my pick for best film of 1989.
Gus Van Sant and I have have a troubled relationship. For every movie I like he turns me off with something a little bit out there. Drugstore Cowboy has had rave reviews and with an interesting premise that doesn't involve gay rent-boys and reclusive rock-stars, I was hooked (pardon the pun).
Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch are the married junkies, who don't convey any of the tell-tale signs of usage. No tortured souls here going through cold-turkey and the itch for a fix. It almost makes drug addiction look cool, almost. It is a fascinating insight into the drug scene of the early seventies but it all looks rather clean and squalor free. The way however the crew interacts with…
"There's nothing more life affirming than getting the shit kicked out of you." ~ Bob
In director Gus Van Sant's sophomore feature, we are taken deep into the world of drug addiction, but not the expected domain of heroin junkies, meth heads or cocaine users. Instead, it's the reality of prescription drug thieves getting high on meds stolen from pharmacies and hospitals.
Bob (Matt Dillon) is the ringleader of four Portland-area pill poppers who rip off drug stores for a living. His accomplices are his hot wife Diane (Kelly Lynch), muscle man Rick (James Le Gros) and Rick's naive girlfriend Nadine (Heather Graham). They are the targets of an investigation by Police Detective Gentry (James Remar), and when the heat…
Gonna let my Scenic Routes column do the heavy lifting here, because this film's awesomeness is rooted in minutiae and thus very hard to articulate in a drive-by format. Everything's in flawless sync: the quartet of pitch-perfect performances (especially Kelly Lynch, who makes Diane the epitome of empathetic self-interest); Fogle's episodic, non-judgmental, enthrallingly detailed portrait of the junkie life; Van Sant's blend of the ethereal and the mundane, featuring inventive use of double exposure alongside blunt, unforgiving inserts; superbly evocative Portland locations; Robert Yeoman's ability to make even interiors look overcast; Max Perlich's rat face; William S. Burroughs' stentorian death drawl. Even the color of the opening titles is perfect*. I always deflate a little when Bob decides to…
"Most people don't know how they're gonna feel from one moment to the next. But a dope fiend has a pretty good idea. All you gotta do is look at the labels on the little bottles."
Some quick thoughts: Matt Dillon's best performance of his career. An early look at Van Sant's directing, which is very stylized and smart here. It's a dark, funny, original and true look at drug addiction and the consequences that follow. Highly recommended.
a family of superstitious drug addicts falls apart. it has a strange hypnotic quality that drew me in. I also appreciated the fact that it spelled out the very uncomplicated reason why people do drugs: it feels good.
Half a star for William S. Burroughs.
Got to see what Portland looked like in the 80's. Cool.
Matt Dillon should be in more things. Van Sant should direct more intelligible movies.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A daily dose of Gus Van Sant: Brilliant. One thing that choked me up is when we met Tom, an elderly ex-priest who is a drug addict. A priest? An elder priest?! What the heck. But that's what probably happen in real life.
You know when you have a hope that Bob will be a sober regular man with a regular room and a regular job, and then the 'thieves' came in and shot him? It's all sad and heartbreaking. I secretly wished, please don't die. And he wished that too, so he can do a big-major dope fiend in a large hospital and full of sympathy (even from a cop) from people.
Bob you're a twisted little shit.
Drugstore Cowboy is a movie I have enjoyed more each time I've watched it. It is not an easy movie to sit through, the main characters are drug addicts often doing desperate things to get drugs and some characters often have bleak ends. The performances in this film is what really stands out, Matt Dillion especially. He among the others have charisma, charm and you want things to go well for them. This movie doesn't glorify addiction nor does it have a preachy tons to it, it simply shows the lives of people affected by addiction and those trying to break it. If you are a fan of Gus Van Sant and Matt Dillion this is a must see.
Burroughs voice <3
Not quite what I thought it would be but, it was pretty good.
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