Tag Archives: Drugs

Manchild in the Promised Land (1965, Claude Brown)

I haven’t read very much black literature or drug-culture literature or ghetto-life literature but I’ve never read anything that delves as deeply and as unpretentiously into such topics as this book, whose title and author I’d never heard of before … Continue reading

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Another Love in the Time of Cholera

15 Oct 2013: The Painted Veil (DVD, 2006, John Curran) Like W. Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge this story tells of an idealistic young white upper-class man and an (at least eventually) admiring woman who meet at a ritzy dinner … Continue reading

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Disaster Chef

10 Oct 2013: Pusher III: I’m the Angel of Death (DVD, 2005, Nicolas Winding Refn) By far the dullest of the trilogy, probably by design, but like the second, its slight distinctions from the norm don’t elevate it any further … Continue reading

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Danish Idiot

6 Oct 2013: Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands (DVD, 2004, Nicolas Winding Refn) More technically proficient than the first in the series (or at least more technologically advanced – crisper image quality, etc.), this sequel follows most of … Continue reading

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Something Misbegotten in the City of Copenhagen

2 Oct 2013: Pusher (DVD, 1996, Nicolas Winding Refn) The milieux and the characters and the storyline are all pretty familiar, even if this time they’re located in Denmark, but there’s enough of a visual flair and a sense of … Continue reading

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Stupor

22 Sep 2013: Looper (DVD, 2012, Rian Johnson) Back in Depeche Mode’s day people may have been people, but nowadays – if cinematic character is any indication – people are semiotic commercial models designed to appeal to as broad a … Continue reading

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Writer’s Bone of Contention, or, Viewer’s Bane

18 Sep 2013: Winter’s Bone (DVD, 2010, Debra Granik) The Sundance Film Festival, I become more and more convinced every time I see its recent products and prize-winners, is a place where mise-en-scène goes to die, where not only all … Continue reading

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