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.
Film #69 of Project 90
”Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?”
Trainspotting is the definition of the word crazy, like its protagonists Danny Boyle’s wild, uproarious and super-dynamic film is shooting heroine all the time. With a central character who can’t control his juvenile impulsiveness, a screenplay full of unforgettable little moments (“My pleasure in other people's leisure!”), a soundtrack to die for and Danny Boyle’s reckless visual style Trainspotting is one of those culturally significant films that changes the medium forever and manages to modify the way we approach movies, it is a movie that captures the spirit of a specific time and place perfectly, a cult, or a modern classic if you like.
Danny Boyle’s film is…
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…
I wish they would show this movie in health classes or at a D.A.R.E. meeting. I think it would be the most effective weapon against drug abuse ever conceived. You watch this film and say to yourself "wow, so Heroin is bad......right? Guess I won't do that". Trainspotting so effectively encapsulates the drug trip and what it does to the human body, and psyche. Best of all, this film balances such visceral horrors with great comedy, great interplay between characters and a rockin soundtrack. Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle are standouts.
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…
Very cool this movie... I loved!
An ok film with a great soundtrack, took me back to the 90's.
"I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you have heroin?"
Iggy Pop playing over a montage of junkies doing junkie things. Is there a better opening ever?
A review here erroneously referred to trainspotting's title coming from how a heroin addict's arms are littered with tracks. (I assume those easy-to-connect-dots have stricken a lot of reviews.) Trainspotting is a hobby, and it's exactly as it sounds (watching trains): boring and incomprehensible to outsiders. That's the life of an addict. Normal people don't understand how someone could live like they do, but to them it's part of who they are. It's hard to escape the addiction when it becomes your life.
Don't see it for the frenetic pace and the gross-out scenes where fecal matter is sprayed about or the sex or the drugs or Danny Boyle or the Scottish accents. See it for the struggle for life in the bowels of hell, in the furthest reaches of degradation, and the journey to the surface above. Through all the pain and the cloud of addiction, there's still life.
Choose Pepsi. Er, I mean life.
The craziest and most sympathetic group of junkies imaginable are the characters around whom the plot of Trainspotting revolves and, though it features such a unique take on dark humor that made it creepily and disturbingly hilarious, yet shocking at the same time, this is one of the most compelling and extraordinarily realistic portraits of drug addiction ever seen on the screen.
Ewan McGregor plays Mark Renton, our "hero" and the main character. This was his breakthrough role and although he has built himself a reputation over the years as a remarkably versatile actor, this remains arguably the role he is most often associated with and, in my opinion, he has hardly ever topped the extraordinary performance he gives in…
Wonderfully kinetic and full of some great performances from folks that would become very recognizable over the years. Even after almost twenty years the film is still darkly DARKLY funny (and just plain dark in some places), but it manages the humor and the horror perfectly. I remember people talking (when it first came out) about how this film glorified heroin use and I can pretty emphatically say that it does not. I've seen this movie quite a few times over the years and it's always just as good as I remember it.
If you have already healed from the scars this film's most horrifying sequences inflicted on you upon first viewing, you can appreciate it as pure entertainment
From the opening second (the triumphant drum beat of "Lust for Life" ) Trainspotting moves from one brilliant, hallucinatory, despicable, hilarious, despairing sequence to the next.
This film makes me wanna try heroin.... just once....
FUCKING LOVED IT!
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