Movies that are slightly off.
Sid & 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…
Gary oldman is great, and there's a few moments of surrealistic brilliance but my biggest issue is with Nancy. I didn't really believe anything she did, and when Courtney love makes a cameo halfway through I couldn't help but wonder why they wouldn't use her. I absolutely loved the first half or so of the movie, but it does get boring/annoying after a while. Might check out repo man after this.
I'm gonna be a rude boy like my dad.
This year has seen a revival of the punk era. Exhibitions at the British Library, ICA and The Photographer’s Gallery in London have charted the period while the Resolution Festival in January at The 100 Club had contemporary punk artists take to the stage. 40 years prior, The Sex Pistols performed at the 100 Club and 1976 became the date-of-birth for the punk movement. Directed by Alex Cox, Sid and Nancy takes us back to the movement, kicking and screaming, with the tragic, drug-addled story of Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
Bookended by that fateful day in the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, we’re then transported back in time to Sid (Gary Oldman) and Johnny Rotten (Andrew…
A film of two halves: the first about Sid Vicious having fun in the Sex Pistols and meeting Nancy Spungen, the second about their decline into junkie squalor and death. Actually, it's all repellingly squalid: the Sex Pistol are obnoxious, Nancy is worse, there's filth everywhere, most of the people are fucked and degraded for most of the time. It's grimmer than I remembered it — No Fun indeed. At least the soundtrack is a joy, with a varied selection of punk and other contemporary songs and lots of great incidental music by Joe Strummer and The Pogues, with Glen Matlock helping on the Sex Pistol song recreations.
So yeah, the first half is often unpleasant but riveting — it…
Riveting and repulsive, with a claustrophobic perspective that mirrors its subjects: all id, all in the moment. But it’s also shallow, all on the surface.
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Despite being visibly too old for the role and bearing little physical resemblance to Vicious beyond a skinny frame and spiky hair, Oldman is enthralling here in a performance that announced him as an instant star.
Pretty good, and great cinematography from Roger Deakins, although some of the early scenes of Punks are a bit "Gizzard Puke" - John and Sid are so Punk they can't eat Baked Beans without them falling out of their mouths - and the ending is unnecessarily twee.
Gary Oldman more like Gary youngman in this flick. His performance was amazing!!! Nancy on the other hand was annoying. I'm sure that was the point but ugh. Same chick who plays Monica in Shameless. Now I know who she got that role. Anarchy in the UK!
Holy shit Gary Oldman's best work
UPDATED: September 11, 2016
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