I have to tell you, I’m a huge fan of Danny Boyle and his films. Trainspotting is quite literally a classic. Ewan McGregor is brilliant in the film. I also say Sunshine one day, and I’ll admit this now, but I found a stream online and then thought, “Oh, I’ll watch a few minutes!” 2 hours later, I was fascinated, freaked out and disturbed all at the same time.
Danny Boyle is one of my favorite filmmakers, Shallow Grave, Slumdog Millionaire, The Beach, everything he does is amazing!
For this weeks Cult Classic Corner, Jack is talking about his love of Trainspotting and meeting Mr. Danny Boyle!
Check it out after the jump!
I love when a beloved filmmaker releases a new movie because it makes you reflect on one of their older films you haven’t watched in forever. Such is the case with Danny Boyle’s “Trainspotting.” Last week I saw an early screening of “Trance” and absolutely adored the film. It was a great throwback to his earlier films, “Shallow Grave” and “Trainspotting, which is why I wanted to focus on the latter film.
Recently, several friends kept inquiring about “Trainspotting” and continually asked to borrow it. However, once I mentioned it was on Netflix streaming they all decided to finally check it out. Regardless of your background, “Trainspotting” is one of the most fascinating, yet disturbing dark comedies of the past 20 years.
“Trainspotting” takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the 1980s and tells the story of several heroin addicts struggling with addiction, poverty and life. Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller), Tommy (Kevin McKidd) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) are all good friends constantly getting into trouble. Sick Boy, Spud and Renton are all heroin addicts, who spend most of their time “shooting up” at their drug dealer’s flat.
One day, Renton decides to quit heroin and hold himself up in a cheap hotel room while he goes into withdrawal. Before his “rehab,” Renton decides he needs one last hit and buys opium rectal suppositories. After overcoming those few epic days, he winds up visiting “The Worst Toilet in Scotland” to relieve his constipation and this sequence endures as one the most infamous scene of the entire film. Despite his best efforts, Renton eventually relapses and continues a life of petty crimes and additions. Still, he hopes things will get better for him and his mates.
Sorry, I’m being a little secretive about certain aspects of the film, but this movie is worth discovering if you love any of the following 1) Danny Boyle films, 2) Ewan McGregor, 3) Stories about addiction and/or 4) Entertaining critically acclaimed films. Just trust me, the film is worth discovering if you’ve never seen it.
On April Fool’s Day I finally met one of my favorite filmmakers, Danny Boyle. For the longest time I have always wanted to meet him, but could never find the right opportunity. Earlier this year, Danny Boyle did a career retrospective with LA Times writer Mark Olsen in Santa Monica, but it took place on the same night as a Paleyfest event.
Boyle was out promoting his film “Trance” and couldn’t have been nicer. As soon as the Q&A ended, he actually leaned down signing multiple autographs for people and answering various questions for almost 5 to 10 minutes. At one point, he was practically sitting on the stage talking with people and I managed to get two DVDs signed. After he signed my first DVD, someone asked him a question and then I finally got my turn. Now normally when I ask questions I love to ask obscure ones that are 100% genuine because I always get cool answers back. This was one such occasion.
“Mr. Boyle, I read somewhere you wanted to make a musical and was curious is that true? If so, what kind? An original or well-known musical?”
Everyone surrounding me (most of whom were middle-aged) all literally laughed except for Danny Boyle. He honestly made me feel like I was the only one there and took me seriously. Mr. Boyle proceeded to tell me he would “Love to do a musical, but it would have to be purely original.” He wouldn’t want something well known or less popular. Ideally, it would have to be written specifically for the screen and hopes someone would give him the opportunity. He thanked me for my question and I thanked him for “Being a Genius.”
Excuse me if that seems overboard, but his films are brilliant! Danny Boyle is one of the very few to literally make a film in almost every genre and they’re all high quality. Who else can say that? If I wasn’t already a fan, Danny Boyle made me an even bigger fan that night. Danny Boyle deserves to be in the Autograph Hall Of Fame, not only for being super friendly and accommodating autograph requests, but he also possesses a gorgeous graph that’s clearly legible! How many well-known and Academy Award winners fall into that category? I wish more filmmakers were so down to earth and relaxed like him. Until the next time, happy autograph hunting!
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