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Tuesday
Apr 03 2018

Streaming Roulette,April 2018

Can you believe it's April already!If only the weather here in NYC would commit to springtime (Sigh).A new month means new availabilty of streaming titles which means it's time for our streaming roulette.We spin (figuratively...it's really scrolling) and wherever the cursor lands we share that moment of the film.Do any of these screengrabs make you want to see the picture (or see it again)?

Drugstore Cowboy (1989) on Amazon Prime


Holy shit!

Holy shit is right.This is the first moment of aquadrupledissolve with a really strange comic tone.Gus Van Sant just can't help his inner cinema geek sometimes (See alsoPsycho,1998).I don't remember this well (only saw it once) but was absolutely convinced at the time that Matt Dillon should have landed his first Oscar-nomination with ease.He had to make do with that year's Best Actor prize at the Independent Spirit Awards and wait another 17 years for the Oscar nomination (viaCrash).Kelly Lynch is also excellent as his girlfriend (she had a brief heyday in the late 80s and early 90s but was never properly appreciated despite more than one strong performance).

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Wednesday
Feb 05 2014

William S Burroughs Centennial

Today is the centennial of the infamous Beat era writer William S Burroughs and I've been thinking about him lately due toPhilip Seymour Hoffman's deathvia heroin (why is it that I always start stringing the celebrity junkies together when they die?Is it because there are so damn tragic many of them?) but mostly because I was really gripped by Ben Foster's portrayal of him inKill Your Darlings,a problematic movie about guys thatweren't nearly as palatable in real life(despite the movie being about murder) that had a great moment here and there.Of course the movie wasn't really about Burroughs but about Lucien Carr's (Dane Dehaan) murder of his lover (Michael C Hall).From time to time I have wondered why we've had no straight up biopic about Burroughs (Keifer Sutherland is the only other actor I can think of that's played him),given that he's a very famous white guy genius and that's the kind of biopic Hollywood likes best.But I guess it couldn't be done;The MPAA and most moviegoers and possibly even myself would just never be able to deal what with the sex,the drugs,the finger-chopping,the wife-shooting,and what not.

So let's move over toactualmovies.Burroughs appeared in a small role in Gus Van Sant's terrificDrugstore Cowboy(1989) which I highly recommend to any of you wondering why Matt Dillon was a "you owe him"Oscar nominee for Crash (2005) and then of course there was David Cronenberg'sNaked Lunch(1991),a film version of Burrough's,ummmm,unfilmable novel.(Incidentally our friendNick,who you know from Nick's Flick Picks and the podcast,writes extensively on this film in his first book "The Desiring Image") Whether or not any cinematic interpretation of Naked Lunch could be considered definitive if we didn't have it we would never have seen Julian Sands buggered by a towering insect monster or Judy Davis injecting bug powder into her breasts.

Have you seenNaked Lunchor read any of Burroughs work?

Burroughs with Cronenberg during the filming of Naked Lunch

Some Centennial Celebrations
Time Magazine"Rebel,Junkie,Exile,Genius"
NPR"Possessed by Genius"
The New Statesman"To say it country simple,most folks enjoy junk"- Burroughs in 1966 on kicking his heroin addiction
Dreg StudiosBrandt Hardin celebrates the history of Burroughs with a portrait