A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Four junkies get around stealing prescription drugs from pharmacies and hospitals to get high on. Meanwhile they try to prevent being cuffed by the police who are on their heels. It seems like a pretty conventional junkie picture, but Gus Van Sant would not be Gus Van Sant if he had not managed to make Drugstore Cowboy just slightly atypical enough to sustain a consciously intriguing plot around the squad, even though many of the traditional drugs fuelled drama tropes are nevertheless present: the police raid, the hiding of an overdosed’s dead body, the rehab programme, etcetera. The picture thanks a lot of its strength to the cast of whom Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch (the leading duo) excel especially.…
"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…
I LOVED this and it easily captures, as my very favourite Van Sant does a few years later in 'To Die For', the atmosphere and mood of the era and the anxiety/desperation that leads to the counter-productive life choices in both films. Matt Dillon's best work has always been for Van Sant. Highly recommended, and I wish they'd put it out on The Criterion Collection rather than the perversely overrated 'My Own Private Idaho'.
(6/8 is "Good")
Matt Dillon is central to his film, his performance as a cool-small-time-professional-crook-drug-addict is honest and engaging.
Beyond that this is a solid film, dealing with this group's moderately eventful adventure over the course of a week or two; it is quietly intimate, and it does what it sets out to do well.
But it is perhaps too small to make a real impact on me (personally).
The movie started off pretty good and then got weird & boring! Just a one-time watch for me!
An unappreciated cinematic gem that powerfully examines the lifestyle of a drug addict.
Pretty Solid. Almost staged like a play and a lighthearted version of Requiem For A Dream.
I'm not saying this would've been bad without Matt Dillon, but it definitely wouldn't be as good.
Fuck, I miss Matt Dillon.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I found it hard to engage with the characters with I guess is typically with drug addicts. Also typical is that you never know which way it is going to go, will he go back to his old life, not exactly a feel good movie.
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