All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
Renton is living the dream and that dream is Heroin. As Renton struggles with the agony and ecstasy of his life we follow him and his increasingly unstable mates. Drinking, fighting, drugs, sex and the most disgusting toilet in Scotland. Choose Trainspotting.
The word "trainspotting" can mean alot of things.
It literally translates to the phyisical act of watching trains, whether it be for a hobby or for recreation.
It's also commonly used as a term for shooting up heroin because the substance moves through your veins like a train on a track.
In the context of Danny Boyle's masterpiece, the word means all of the above. The life of a heroin addict could be summed up as the act of watching trains. You are watching hundreds of lives pass you by as the train speeds past. There are people going many different places. There are people coming from heartbreaks and there are people heading towards a new life. The addict isn't…
This film makes me relieved I'm more of an alcohol man than a druggie...
The first time I saw this film some years back (like middle school), the only thing I took away from this is that it was that it was...weird. I didn't quite "get it".
Now after years of learning shit and experiencing shit, I think I finally "get it" and from what I get or think I get, I'm starting to love this.
This gives you an understanding of drug addiction and why drugs are bad without coming off as a PSA. It comes off as a very honest portrayal. It shows us the ins and outs of the drug; what makes it beautiful, ugly, mesmerizing, and…
Danny Boyle's Trainspotting is a disturbingly comedic view on the lives of a group of heroin users in Scotland. The plot revolves mostly around Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his attempt to stop using heroin while watching his buddies continue using. The ups and downs that go with finding what in life is missing, without using. This film had the ability to make sad situations funny, while keeping the seriousness of the story line. I cannot believe I waited this long to see this, but better late than never!
Film 17 of The June Challenge
"We would have injected vitamin C if only they had made it illegal."
You know those films which deal with undeniably bleak subject matter and somehow manage to seamlessly blend that with some (very) black comedy? I think I may have just found the perfect example.
Because in addition to what I just mentioned, this film contains one of the best group of characters I've seen. There's the unhinged psychopath Begbie, terrifyingly brought to life by Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller's amoral Sick Boy and Ewan McGregor's relatively sane (compared to the rest of the group anyway) Mark Renton, whose efforts to kick his heroin habit end up putting most of the plot into…
Trainspotting was released in the U.S. in July of 1996, one month after my 13th birthday. I was obsessed with this movie back then, I had posters on my bedroom wall, the soundtrack (both discs) and my hair was cut just like Diane's.
In revisiting Trainspotting last night for the first time since the late 1990s/early 2000s, the movie has lost some of its appeal. What once felt cool, fresh and rebellious now comes off as somewhat disengaging and almost rather pointless. Maybe I just watched it far too many times as a teenager?
The soundtrack is still one of my absolute favorites though. In a way, the music overshadows the story, with the events unfolding on screen never reaching the same heights as the music.
Trainspotting uses dark comedy to perfection in outlining the world of heroin addiction. The approach is different than something like Requiem for a Dream but it’s in no way less effective. The writing ranges from surprisingly funny to unsurprisingly dark and walks the line between the two masterfully. One of the 90s best films.
Rich treatment of Marxism. Dynamic structure has peaks and valleys.[B-]
I don't know, I didn't really like it much. Kinda boring and lost me a bit.
" It's SHITE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the fucking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We're ruled by effete assholes. It's a SHITE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won't make any fucking difference."
Great movie. That is all.
Miseryfest that launched a bunch of careers.
"So why did I do it? I could offer a million answers, all false. The truth is that I'm a bad person, but that's going to change, I'm going to change. This is the last of this sort of thing. I'm cleaning up and I'm moving on, going straight and choosing life. I'm looking forward to it already. I'm going to be just like you: the job, the family, the fucking big television, the washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electrical tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisurewear, luggage, three-piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing the gutters, getting by, looking ahead, to the day you die."
I've been waiting a while to watch this film and goddamn.
As if I need more reasons to never mess with drugs, this film gave me many more.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Godfather
- The Godfather: Part II
- Pulp Fiction
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Some love it, some hate it, but I figured we might as well have the IMDb list here. Since it's…