South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...The movies of Abel Ferrara (Ms. 45, King of New York, Bad Lieutenant) are not meant to go down easily, and The Addiction is surely his most uncompromising effort yet..."
"...It's the first signal post of trouble ahead of – and behind – Brandon, a cipher of a man in an enigma of a city, with one hell of an intimacy problem. He is, we discover, being devoured from within by a mammoth addiction to sex..."
"...In 2014, Charlene deGuzman was already an indie-cool YouTube and social media star (she describes her route to fame as "telling sad-girl Twitter jokes") when she hit rock bottom in her sex and love addiction journey. She sought help, entered a 12-step program, and forced herself through a difficult period of abstinence...."
"...Louis, Remind me to box your ears next time I see you. Just because I said addiction is a disease not a lifestyle choice [“Postmarks,” May 13] doesn't mean I want to ban smoking, prohibit liquor, or further criminalize drugs, etc..."
"...Dear AC, Please tell me you don't think addiction is a lifestyle choice. That's like saying bipolar disorder is a lifestyle choice..."
"...Louis Black, Michael King, and now Daniel Mottola have in the course of arguing the pros and cons of smoking bans, called smoking a “lifestyle choice.” No one can claim ignorance of the truth that smoking is not a lifestyle choice. It is a devastating addiction that kills 1,000% more people per year than all other drugs combined..."
"...They have disposable income, but they use it to pursue spiritual growth and to manifest health in both themselves and their community. They help people to break hurtful addictions..."
"...Here Barton is arguing with Tony Shalhoub's producer character, Ben Geisler, about Mayhew. It's a funny exchange, but also, I think goes to the heart of my argument – that block can be creatively freeing (à la "I'm going to write myself into the script I'm adapting!"), while addiction is a creative dead-end – the writer as defined by addiction alone...."
"...Despite their role in kick-starting the Nineties alt-rock revolution, Jane’s Addiction had nothing to do with the anti-rock star aesthetic that delineated the era...."
"...Unlike heroin users, however, all of his habits are legal, socially acceptable, and even expected from a single, middle-aged man whose life has fallen apart. There’s nothing a junkie can say to someone that justifies his/her addiction to heroin, no explanation beyond the main one: that heroin is their lifeblood..."
"...Dear Editor, This is a reminder to all bicyclists that the last Friday of the month is Critical Mass. As cyclists, we need to unite with our brothers and sisters around the world in saying no to the addiction of the automobile..."
"...This is a complicated question, HABIT, and we're not addiction scientists. But we do know that research is out there – and readily available online, if you dare to click – demonstrating that Internet addiction can indeed share psychological and neural mechanisms with drug addiction..."
"...All humans have habits, some of them bad. Brandon Sullivan's (Fassbender) bad habits have curdled into full-bore addiction..."
"...As America continues to fail to tackle not just the opioid epidemic, but addiction in general, it feels like what's needed is a plucked-from-the-headlines afterschool special. Which, in many ways, is exactly what true-life addiction drama Beautiful Boy is..."
"...In Keep the Lights On, a spare domestic drama about addiction, filmmaker Ira Sachs makes regular use of a 1986 Arthur Russell song, “Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun/Let’s See” – a title that perfectly evokes the playful beginnings of a love affair but, notably, hardly pauses for breath before announcing uncertainty. The love affair here is between a Danish emigré documentary maker, Erik (Lindhardt), and Paul (Booth), who is climbing the rungs at a New York publishing house..."
"...Directed by: Perry Farrell and Casey Niccoli. Starring: Perry Farrell, Casey Niccoli, Teri Nunn and Jane'S Addiction..."
"...Zahedi stars in and narrates his film directly to the audience from an alcove in the chapel where the ceremony for his third marriage is about to take place. He relates the history of his sex addiction and uses re-enactments to depict the ways in which his addiction to prostitutes ruined the three most important relationships he’s had with women prior to his impending nuptials..."
"..."The stories have all been told before," Norah Jones – the singer – croons in the opening and closing of Wong's English-language debut. Indeed, the stories told within – of heartbreak and addiction and addiction to heartbreak – uniformly have an also-ran feel to them, something I never would have accused the Hong Kong filmmaker of before..."
"...Starring: Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Martha Henry, James Johnston, Béatrice Dalle, James Dennis, Jeanne Balibar and Don McKellar. AFS@Dobie Clean is one of the most emotionally honest movies about drug addiction ever made..."
"...I’m not so sure about the idea that drug addiction is a “disease”; I’ve always viewed it as a symptom of despair. It’s recklessness running rampant in the mind of someone who doesn’t care what the outcome is between living and dying..."
"...You don’t find too many straight dramas on Reiner’s CV; they don’t play to his greatest strength, his comic touch. Surely the personal element is what drew him to this latest project, an addiction drama about hitting bottom, written by Reiner’s son Nick and Matt Elisofon (they met in rehab) and loosely based on Nick’s struggles to get clean..."
"...Joe Albany (Hawkes) was a talented jazz pianist who played with the likes of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis and helped usher in the bebop style of jazz in the Forties, but by the time we meet him at the beginning of Low Down, it’s 1974 and jazz has fallen out of favor. He’s living in a seedy Hollywood flophouse with his 11-year-old daughter, Amy-Jo (Fanning), struggling with a heroin addiction and scraping by on any gig he can find, which means run-down Italian restaurants and dive bars..."
"...Starring: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt, Dane Cook, Marg Helgenberger, Danielle Panabaker, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jason Lewis, Aisha Hinds and Lindsay Ann Crouse. Serial killers are a dime a dozen in this often beguiling but essentially ludicrous movie that flirts with the idea that the urge to kill is just another one of the pesky addiction problems that plagues modern society..."
"...Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Maury Chaykin, John Hurt and Sonja Smits. Part cautionary tale, part psychological study, Owning Mahowny tells the 1982-set story of Dan Mahowny, a rising Toronto bank executive with a gambling addiction, who siphoned $10.2 million from his bank to feed his habit before he was inadvertently discovered through a wiretap set for his bookie..."
"...The movie allows more paths of entry – we see Lee in the movie's opening shot literally working as an exterminator, it gives us a heterosexual love story hook not present in the novel, there are also fewer insect images per cubic inch and less emphasis on the totalitarian control aspects. Heroin addiction is transposed into the safer fiction of “bug powder” junkiedom and the homosexual thematics are virtually erased..."
"...As he proves again, few directors have Jarecki's skill for pulling a massive stack of disparate themes – race, celebrity, power, wealth, drug addiction, poverty, militarism – into one coherent narrative. The road trip process helps, allowing him to weave together an extraordinary and broad array of voices, from Memphis Mafia buddy Jerry Schilling talking about sneaking into black clubs on Beale Street, or Emmylou Harris in awe of the legend, or the always surprisingly astute Ashton Kutcher discussing the caustic nature of fame, or the King's maid Nancy Rooks, her heart still pierced by watching him die..."
"...This film is more probing than conspiracy-seeker Broomfield’s, although neither study fully explains how her life (not to mention that of her only child Bobbi Kristina) ended so piteously. Drug addiction and bad choices are the obvious answers to what caused Houston’s notorious downward spiral..."
"...Furthermore, the house manages to rake in a ridiculous half-million dollars from their suburban friends in a matter of weeks. Complications ensue in the form of a slimy councilman (Kroll), Kate’s reignited pot addiction, and Scott’s transformation into the operation’s enforcer..."
"...The investigation is dull, the jokes dispiritingly flat-footed, with Ponch’s sex addiction and squirminess over male intimacy supplying most of the setups for CHIPS’s puerile humor. The film mainly seems to exist to show off the depth of Shepard’s Rolodex (Maya Rudolph has a fruitless cameo) and his ardor for fast machines..."
"...Directed by Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader, which also starred Lyonne) and written by Karey Dornetto (producer and writer for numerous TV series, most recently Portlandia), Addicted to Fresno is a dark comedy about twisted sisters, but it lacks bite. Older sister Shannon (Greer) is just out of rehab for sex addiction, her most recent conquest being her therapist (Livingston)..."
"...Which is to say: When it comes to sex we all have our weird ways. And yet, despite making sex addiction its topic, Thanks for Sharing isn’t interested in exploring those idiosyncratic erotic preferences that sometimes explode into obsessions...."
"...If much of the hackneyed dialogue here has the ring of lyrics scribbled on a bar napkin to the saddest song ever writ, well, that’s sort of the point – and even the pleasure – of Country Strong. No country cliché is left unturned in writer/director Shana Feste’s four-part-(dis)harmony ditty about a multiplatinum artist battling addiction and three Nashville players snared in her devastating orbit..."
"...Chief among them is Dicky, his crackhead brother and trainer. Bale’s performance is a thing of brilliance, capturing the physical contradictions of the character’s residual athleticism and corrosive addiction..."
"...The title’s town isn’t blue-blood Cambridge or scrappy South Boston, but rather Charlestown, a kill-or-be-killed stretch of land notorious for hatching bank robbers like chickens do eggs. Ingrained violence and OxyContin addiction are casual facts in Charlestown, but Doug MacRay (Affleck) is trying to leave both behind..."
"...Finkelstein, a seasoned TV writer on numerous police procedurals, is its own beast (iguana, to be exact). Finkelstein’s “bad lieutenant” is bad in many of the same ways as Ferrara’s (rampant cocaine and narcotics use, gambling addiction, and flagrant abuse of the badge), but gone are the Catholic guilt, the New York City streets, and the naked, howling Keitel..."
"...Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer features excerpts – often frustratingly brief – from interviews O'Day gave everywhere from Dick Cavett's talk show to NPR's Fresh Air. Often, the subject is her nearly two decades of drug addiction and other personal troubles, and the film attempts to be clear-eyed about this material..."
"...Starring: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson and Megan Fox. When it was published in 2001, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Toby Young’s memoir of his brief stint as a writer and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, was celebrated as a snarky, pitch-perfect, borderline insufferable tonic for a world gone mad on celebrity addiction..."
"...It's the formula that counts: the rise-and-fall trajectory that drives every Behind the Music-style docudrama. Unfortunately, there's little more than formula in Ichaso's El Cantante, a biopic about the singer known as Lavoe – or "the voice." His rise from the beaches of Puerto Rico to the pinnacle of New York's rising salsa movement and Nuyorican community is shown as meteoric and trouble-free, his descent into drug addiction and unreliability appears endless and endlessly enabled, the love of his wife Puchi is instant and eternal..."
"...Phil drives a Prius and owns a vitamin store (Buck, on the other hand, runs a wildly successful sporting goods chain) but has never, according to the story, sampled coffee in his life. Not until he hires his dad’s next-door neighbor, Mike Ditka (yes, that Mike Ditka), as assistant coach, does he take his first sip of victory and ends up drawing as close to meth addiction as a PG film can go..."
"...So too, here. Woman Thou Art Loosed seethes with the rage and anger of modern black women, who are fed up with the legacy of abuse, neglect, addiction, and poor self-esteem that have grown into a self-perpetuating cycle of damage..."
"...Starring: Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, Chris Isaak, Mink Stole, Patricia Hearst and Suzanne Sheperd. America’s self-proclaimed king of trash cinema returns to form in this NC-17 tale of sex addiction, fetishes, and mad, bad, lascivious squirrel sexin’..."
"..."All these rules and shit," smirks Metallica drummer Ulrich in the studio. "This is a rock & roll band." But when addiction and animosity threaten to rend the group during their recording of the St..."
"...The film's depiction of Piñero begins as a grimy, drugged-up poet genius and continues as such, like a flat line. For all its honesty about the artist's addiction and general unhingedness, the film still romanticizes him..."
"...She stood by her man through his scandal over the affair with Jessica Hahn and his imprisonment for financial irregularities at Heritage USA. Also part of this portrait of a survivor is Tammy Faye's subsequent divorce from Jim, her marriage to Heritage USA's master builder Roe Messner, Messner's imprisonment for bankruptcy fraud, her addiction to the sedative Ativan, her bout with colon cancer, and her estrangement from and reconciliation with her children..."
"...My Life, adapted from dubiously accurate diaries by poet manqué and Artaud butt-kisser Jacques Prevel, is so drenched with ennui that at times you almost detect the sly wink of the parodist. Unfortunately, this chronicle of Artaud's last days, which saw him living as an outpatient from an nuthouse near Paris and battling addiction to prescription opiates, is about as amusing as the Black Death..."
"...Director Ferrara (King of New York, Bad Lieutenant) is on familiar ground in this stylized, modern-day vampire film starring Lili Taylor as the NYU grad student literally sucked into the philosophy of evil after an undead Sciorra bites her on the neck. The Addiction takes a more cerebral approach to the eternal concept, the dark side being something inherent to which we give ourselves in moments of weakness; its taste, once acquired, rouses the desperate hunger of a junkie craving a fix..."
"...The movie is an amazing, bracing, funny, audacious, tender, and sobering piece of filmmaking. Few movies have ever dared to be this remorseless in their portraits of addiction -- in this case, alcoholism..."