Trainspotting, the classic Scottish film about heroin addicts, is intense and gritty and disgusting but still completely worth the watch. There is something raw about this existence that is squalor disguised in extreme ecstasy, and it is a film that is oh so alive. It does not go out of its way to be likable, but I think it manages to be in the end.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian film about four girls who go missing one day on a picnic. At first I thought it was a science fiction movie, then horror, and then I wasn't really sure any more. The plot was a little strange and aimless, like a dream really, and it was almost driftless. Still, I found it very thought provoking, even if it lacked any direction.
Renoir is a French film about the family of the famous artist, who reside in the South of France. It was very pretty, filled with flowery countryside, but lacked a certain amount of substance. Still, it was a solid romance flick if you are in the mood for some escapism.
This film is the story Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. He struggles with physical and mental health issues throughout the course of the film, which go somewhat unresolved, as he tries to balance a growing family and a skyrocketing music career. I thought this movie was artfully done, if a bit of a downer. Every shot seemed so well put together-- I would definitely recommend it.