Movies that are slightly off.
Sid and Nancy
A lacerating love story, 'Sid & Nancy' chronicles the brief, intense attachment of two of punk's most notorious poster children, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
But Sidney's more than a mere bass player. He's a fabulous disaster. He's a symbol, a metaphor, he embodies the dementia of a nihilistic generation. He's a fuckin' star.
A lot of people bring baggage with them when watching this film. What they think of The Sex Pistols or Sid Vicious in particular tends to effect what they think of the movie. If you can leave that behind you and watch this movie as simply a movie you'll find an extremely well crafted film with surprisingly hidden complexities under the chaos and violence to discover if you choose to do so.
It's not a Sid Vicious biopic either. The film is called Sid & Nancy for a reason. The Sex…
this film is noteworthy in particular for gary oldman's first feature film performance; it foretells all that was to come in terms of his talent. in sid and nancy, he conjures a stunningly honest, no-holds-barred, portrayal of "sid vicious," the punk rock persona.
the rest of the film is good-to-average. there are some wonderful cinematographic moments - on the boat, shot from above, sid and nancy in the slo-mo trash storm - and the soundtrack is fabulous. however, these positives are counter-balanced by poor writing, especially characterization. the people who were part of the rise and fall of the sex pistols are depicted as caricatures, above all nancy spungen. i know chloe webb has been largely praised for her performance,…
I wish I could say this film has held up for me over the years but I can't. When I saw this as a young teen, I really loved it. Why? Probably because I went through a phase in my life where I listened to "punk" and had the "Never Mind the Bollocks.." poster on my wall. To the kid me, it was gritty, it had good music, etc. To the adult me, wow, this film looks really shoddily made. Not as in made on the cheap, as in 'I'm not really sure what the fuck I'm doing and I don't care".
Back then it didn't bother me but maybe someone can help me out what the fuck was up…
Why the hell is Gary Oldman so damn hot in almost everything he does? Even when he's depicting the junkie Sid Vicious.
It's sort of hard to believe I've never watched this movie until now. I've known all about the Sid & Nancy "love" story for years and years and while watching the film really didn't shed any new light on the situation it was interesting to see the story play out in front of me, especially when re-enacted by two fine actors.
I'm sure you can find one hundred tumblers dedicated to the movie or the actual tumultuous duo and while these young fans are sporting their Hot Topic threads and black eye shadow they're doing nothing more than glamorizing a couple of talentless drug addicts, one who was possibly schizophrenic and the other, a horrible bass player who got by on his punk "style" alone.
"You guys aren't going anywhere, are you?" - Bowery Snax, who went on to get off drugs and become a high-ranking official with the US government's Counter-Terrorism Unit, never losing his acerbic wit along the way.
There's a heightened reality here, almost like Raging Bull but goofier, more baroque, more surreal and comedic, that it took me 30 or 40 minutes to get acclimated to, at least up to the point that it was possible for me to do so. Nothing funny about the climax though, a haunting blend of mutual psychosis and unfulfilled suicide pact, where both the silliness and the poetry (ah, raining garbage) are muted and we're left with two very seriously fucked up people eating each other alive.
A bit of a mixed bag of a movie. But considering the chaotic life that the lead characters lived, perhaps the unevenness of the film is poetic, and probably intentional.
Gary Oldman is amazing as Sid Vicious. He truly inhabits the character and provides insight into the life of the man. He plays him without pity or reverence.
Chole Webb is also committed as Nancy, but I have to say that I found the character so annoying and toxic, that I struggled not to put that on the actress. To be honest, she reminded me of the woman in David Lynch's Eraserhead. I supposed that could be an insult or a complement.
Lynch is s good point of comparison. He…
I fell hard for this breakneck cocktail of great performances, bad decisions, punk music, incredible cinematography and most of all, tainted love...I'm ready to start it over again..
Ohhhh, this was gooood, good. Didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Gary Oldman in this film was better than I have ever seen him in recent years.
Besides the occasionally good cinematography Sid and Nancy is a complete waste of time. At the very least I was expecting to learn something interesting about Sid or Nancy... but no. Apparently they were just crazy punks with a really bad drug problem.
This is just another reminder that the 'Punk Movement' was one of the worst things that happened in the UK.
It wasn't long before I got the feeling that it wasn't gonna end well for these two kids.
Rewatching this after having seen it for the first time last year, I think a lot of my original thoughts still ring true. There are small moments here that really work, such as the image in the poster, where Sid and Nancy kiss next to a trash can as garbage falls around them, or the "I Did It My Way" sequence. It's weird that my favorite parts of this film are the more surrealist moments, since I sort of wish this was a bit more straightforward? I don't know, I sort of want it both ways - which this film is - but there's some level I can't quite figure out that makes this a hard film for me to…
Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder.
This film certainly has things going for it: Gary Oldman, I mean, seriously, Gary Oldman. Chloe Webb is no slouch either. Beyond their performances however, Sid n' Nance has the feel of a movie that was almost great. Yeah, the film nailed the junky lifestyle of the titular characters, but the emotional center was nowhere to be found underneath the drugs and self destruction. It's worth a view, but how much you get out of it will depend on how much punk interests you.
Somewhat adhering to the confines of the biopic form makes this less interesting than Repo Man, though Gary Oldman's dynamic, lived-in performance is better than anything in the earlier film. Come for the raw punk rock lifestyle, stay for the abstract Romeo & Juliet metaphors.
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