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12/14/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

They've got a Lust for Life

In my opinion 3 films released in the '90's defined the next generation of moviemaking. Clerks and Pulp Fiction (both 1994) and Trainspotting. I believe every movie made after these 3, with the exception of sci-fi films, could be traced back to one of these three films.

The influence of Clerks can be seen in films like The Blair Witch Project (1999) and any other found footage ad low-budget movie.

Pulp Fiction still resonates today. Basically every director who made his first film after 1994 wanted to be the next Tarantino. These films had lots of over-the-top violence and wordy dialogue that usually didn't work because the master, Tarantino didn't write it.

But what about Trainspotting, it's a little bit harder to describe. It's more a stylistic or visual thing. Requiem fo...

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03/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Trainspotting" by Yojimbo

A group of Scottish junkies and misfits try to make their way in 90s Britain. Trainspotting is a true zeitgeist movie, and sums up perfectly the time in which it was made. Irvine Walsh's story is well observed and full of amusing tirades against 90s society with drug references that are non-judgmental, trying to show both the cheese in the mousetrap of addiction as well as its terrible consequences. Despite the grim subject matter, there are a lot of laughs to be had cleverly counterpointed with the horror and degradation that a drug habit can cause. This is the film that rightly catapulted Ewan McGregor to international stardom with Robert Carlyle deserving an honourable mention as the hateful and clearly psychotic Begby. The plot is slightly flimsy but the film has a lot of energy and a...

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10/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Trainspotting review

A group of friends Mark Renton's (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), clean living health buff Tommy (Kevin McKidd) and the war freak Francis Begbie (Robert Carlyle) encounter various escapades. Renton chooses to be a heroin addict, Tommy dies of toxoplasmosis (The parasite infects most genera of warm-blooded animals, including humans, but the primary host is the felid (cat) family.), Spud goes to prison (instead of Renton who was with him when they were caught stealing), Sick Boy loses a baby and makes a deal for a bag of heroin and Begbie become violently infuriated after losing £16,000 in the end of the deal. I suggest using subtitles for the thick accents and to not miss the amazing dialogues.

A film that stresses maturation, effects of drug abuse,...

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10/03/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Action: 2/3 + Comedy: 2/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 1/1 + Special Effects: 0.5/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 1/1 = 8.5/10 or 85%.

Trainspotting begs the viewer to choose life and a car, the normal hum-drum ways of game show viewing on a big television, rather than the life of a heroin addict. And after encountering the gang Boyle puts together in this movie one will not want to do drugs or encounter their particularly odd ways: shoplifting, a never ending evaluation of James Bond per facts and quotes, snipping unsuspecting pit-bulls, stealing a friends sex tape, watching trains with an outright hatred towards exercise, dead babies and halluciantions thereof, and always one final hit.

Sadly, these characters aren't unlikeable and the raw humor keeps the viewer glued. These are all add...

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