sid & nancy

This is one crazy-ass movie.

That sounds simplistic, and it is. But it's really hard to start writing about Sid & Nancy in any other way.

In truth, it's a crazy-ass movie because Sid and Nancy lived crazy-ass lives. For those of you who don't know, Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen were lovers, losers, junkies, and geniuses. Nowadays I'm sure they'd both go to rehab, get clean, and start living quasi-productive lives sometime in their forties. Heroin addiction just isn't as cool as it used to be.

A few decades ago, though, you'd be hard-pressed to find the successful musical prodigy that didn't have some mind-altering chemical or another polluting his veins. That's, unfortunately, what deprived us of more amazing talent than I really want to think about: Presley, Hendrix, Joplin... and Vicious, I guess.

It's depressing stuff. Not really that fun to watch. What kept me watching Sid & Nancy, though, was this: in spite of being completely drugged out and fucked up, these people managed to actually love each other. The whole story is a downward spiral... genius being diluted by smack... lost opportunities... lost lives... but through it all, the two of them never let go of one another. Now of course you could say that Sid and Nancy stayed together because of the drugs; that they were co-dependent and the relationship was part of the addiction. But there's a puny, struggling remnant of romanticism within me that just wants to believe love can conquer all.

Oh, yeah... and Gary Oldman can act.
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the alphabet meme

It's not that I don't like memes... it's just that (like everything else lately) it seems like it takes me forever to get around to them. So, fellow bloggy peeps, continue to tag me. And once in a while, though it may be really, really late... I'll do it. Here goes. (Fletch tagged me on this one, by the way.)

The Rules

1. Pick one film to represent each letter of the alphabet.

2. The letter "A" and the word "The" do not count as the beginning of a film's title, unless the film is simply titled A or The, and I don't know of any films with those titles.

3. Return of the Jedi belongs under "R," not "S" as in Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi. This rule applies to all films in the original Star Wars trilogy; all that followed start with "S." Similarly, Raiders of the Lost Ark belongs under "R," not "I" as in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Conversely, all films in the LOTR series belong under "L" and all films in the Chronicles of Narnia series belong under "C," as that's what those filmmakers called their films from the start. In other words, movies are stuck with the titles their owners gave them at the time of their theatrical release. Use your better judgment to apply the above rule to any series/films not mentioned.

4. Films that start with a number are filed under the first letter of their number's word. 12 Monkeys would be filed under "T."

5. Link back to Blog Cabins in your post so that I can eventually type "alphabet meme" into Google and come up #1, then make a post where I declare that I am the King of Google.

6. If you're selected, you have to then select 5 more people (I didn't do this. Everyone I love seems to have been tagged already. If you haven't been tagged, and you're now weeping on the floor because you think I don't love you... get over it and post your own. I do love you. Really. --Nayana).

Now, Fletch didn't specifically say it had to be our favorite film starting with that letter... but I'm going to try to do that anyway.

So.... My list.

Across the Universe
Before Sunrise
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The
Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Garden State
High Fidelity
Into the Wild
Knocked Up
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Moulin Rouge!
No Country for Old Men
Quick and the Dead, The
Rain Man
Schindler's List
Taxi to the Dark Side
Untamed Heart
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
Y tu mamá también
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postlet #19

So Captain Crash is off living with his mommy in Arizona. Greg is doing who knows what somewhere with a high school girl*. And Nathaniel and I broke up on Wednesday**. So it's back to just me and Zoe the putty tat. Ah, well. Maybe now I'll have time to catch a movie here and there.

*Don't really know, don't care to know.
**I hold him in the highest respect; we just couldn't agree on a deal-breaking issue.
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