One of the rare 90s popular films, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting still holds up today with it’s irreverent humor and colorful characters. I remember seeing Trainspotting in the summer of 1996 and was immediately blown away by the black comedy. I became an instant fan of Ewen McGregor and Boyle and still look forward to their modern works.
Miramax was a cinematic powerhouse in the 90s. I’m hard-pressed to even think of a stinker that they made. You may hate Shakespeare in Love for any number of reasons but I dare you to admit that it’s a bad movie. Sure, Saving Private Ryan should’ve won best picture by a long mile but that’s the Oscars folly, not Shakespeare in Love’s. But I’m going off topic. But for certain, even the history books can’t argue that the Weinstein’s made fantastic movies in the 90s.
Ah, I just remembered they did make some duds, like The Crow 2. Funny story about The Crow 2—the movie theatre I was working was lucky enough to have the premiere for The Crow 2 that happened to have the Weinstein’s in attendance. I don’t recall any of the actors at my theatre though just Bob and Harvey Weinstein. And they looked miserable to be in some rinky-dink 8-screen movie house in central New Jersey. They were somewhat rude and just couldn’t be bothered by the circumstances of their being there. My manager was over-joyed though and tried to make this premiere a big-to-do for the theatre even though it was a horrible movie. Ah good times.
Anyway, where was I? Oh right Trainspotting. Great flick. Streaming now on Netflix.
But one of the better aspects of the film was it’s mix of old glam rock like Iggy Pop and Lou Reed as well as Blondie, the more modern at the time electronic music of Underground and Leftfield and the Brit-pop of the 90s like Blur, Pulp and Elastica. All great stuff blended together. Most of it was new to me but it also introduced me to other Lou Reed and Iggy Pop stuff.
Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life” for instance was a great choice for a memorable opening scene. More or less a spoof of The Beatle’s A Hard Day’s Night with the characters running from someone in Great Britain. Add to the fact that they are heroin addicts running from the police after robbing a shop thus giving the song an ironic twist. Plus it’s just a cool tune to boot.