I felt that Billy Wilders The Lost Weekend tackled the topic of immense alcoholism in a realistic fashion. Ray Milland plays a writer named (Don Birnam), a man with many ideas but without the mental ability to finish a book due to his urges for the bottle. It is a devastating and heart breaking film which you don't watch for a fun time but more of something you watch for the importance of this topic that has become more and…
Days of Wine and Roses 1962
I saw this about a week ago and I wished I reviewed it earlier but then again it really was a experience that was hard to put into words. I also only mean that in the best of ways, it's just my second Blake Edwards film and i'm very impressed with how he captured this film regarding such a damaged couple. Dealing with the effects of chronic Alcoholism, the way it affects the individuals and the people around them, especially…
The Metamorphosis of Birds 2020
Deeply meditative with beautiful poetic imagery throughout, this is simply pure cinema.
“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”
"It's hatred. It's the only thing that lasts."
"Anybody can be a non-drunk. It takes a special talent to be a drunk. It takes endurance. Endurance is more important than truth."
Based on poet/novelist Charles Bukowski - Barbet Schroeder's Barfly is brilliantly written and has two impressive performances from Mickey Rourke (Henry) and Faye Dunaway (Wanda) as two believable alcoholics who are always interesting throughout. Robby Muller's cinematography…
Raging Bull 1980
Martin Scorsese had suffered a near fatal cocaine overdose just before this was made and the biography of Jake LaMotta was shown to Scorsese by De Niro during a hospital visit and that's how we eventually got this masterpiece. Scorsese is said to have felt this could have been his last film and it's intensity and rawness can actually be hard to stomach at times but it feels so personal and you just can't look away. The beautiful black and…
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
This film is Based on of the life of T. E. Lawrence who was most famous for leading armies of Arabian tribes in military campaigns going against the Ottoman Empire in World War I. The film was directed by renowned filmaker David Lean and Peter O'Toole starred as Lawrence in one of the greatest performances I've ever seen in a film and I'll go into more detail with that soon. So it was beautifully shot in 70mm with such care…