Interesting topic. Few things disturb me as much as addiction to drugs does. If you've ever seen it up close and personal and have been powerless to do anything about it you'll know what I mean. Its like sharing a universe with a bright sun flaring out spikes of bright highs and then watching it transform into an angry red unpredictable orb of destruction and chaos. The trail of tears left behind is a rutted path that you can still see etched across the landscape of relationships long after the addiction ends.
I couldnt watch any clips. Especially the one from Traffic
where the girls boyfriend has her freebase heroin and then takes advantage of her; the scene in Pulp Fiction
where uma thurman mistakes heroin for coke and has the mother of all confused freak outs (yes I found it more disturbing than the needle in the heart thing). Other memorable moments are the cemetery scene in Easy Rider
and Ellen Byrnsten's "diet pill" addiction in Requiem for a Dream
Truth is, I avoid movies with drug scenes like the plague. I have enough anxiety as it is with just regular ol' basic life.
I looked through a few lists on the internet but didnt see the one clip I thought of that is tame and even sort of sweet in the context of these other movies.
Its the scene in Animal House
where Pinto, Boone and Katie go over to the professor's house and smoke pot. I love love love the scene where the prof (played by donald sutherland) asks if anybody wants to smoke some pot, and then when they agree, the scene, as seen from Pintos eyes, when the Prof locks the door, pulls down the shades and sets the stage of apprehension and clandestine wonder. Its a sweet scene and about all I can take.
But then I saw Boxer chose the same thing which didn't surprise me. So then I thought I would take a different route and choose a drug scene as in drugged. Two that I like are the ones where in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
he is drugged by Lao Che and has to find the antidote in a crazy swirling room of ice and white balloons, show girls, while being fired upon with machine guns. I also like the scene in Casino Royale
where Bond is drugged and has to make it to his car to get to defib paddles to live, and then returns to the poker game to the horror of his nemesis. Good stuff.
Best Drinking / Drunk scenes:
- Karen Allen outdrinking the locals in Nepal in the first Indiana Jones movie
- The guys in Jaws drinking and comparing scars.
- Liz Taylor as Virginia Wolf ripping into her husband and challenging the integrity of her dress seams
- Bad Santa drunk at work
- Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday pretty much through the entire movie Tombstone.
Happy MCW everyone! I will be around later to see all the entries.