My 10 Favourite Films Dealing with Drugs

In no particular order:

1)      Requiem for a Dream (2000)

2)      Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

3)      Candy (2005)

4)      Traffic (2000)

5)      Basketball Diaries (1995)

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“The Raven” Review

The Raven (2012) 

Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;
Tis the wind and nothing more” (Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven”).

Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) comes back to Baltimore to find the town in a disarray as a result of a series of brutal murders. Detective Fields (Luke Evans), in charge of the murder investigations, notices that the murders resemble those in Poe’s stories. Detective Fields then “recruits” Poe to help him make sense of the strange happenings. However, it becomes apparent that Poe is in town for “business”: to ask the hand of his beloved Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), the daughter of Captain Hamilton (Brendan Gleeson), a prominent town figure. However, when Emily becomes the subject of the murderer’s attention, Poe must use all his powers of imagination and play a deadly game devised by the murderer to save her.

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“Miller’s Crossing” Review

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Loosely based on Dashiell Hamett’s ‘Red Harvest’, ‘Miller’s Crossing’ is an intelligent gangster film shot in the style of a film noir, directed by Joel Coen, and produced by Ethan Coen and Mark Silverman. The film centres on Tom Regan (Gabriel Byrne), who is the “right hand” of Leo O’Bannon (Albert Finney), an Irish-American political boss, running a Prohibition-era city somewhere in the US. Leo has a “beef” with Johnny Casper, a gangster and his Italian rival. Leo’s girlfriend is Verna, whose brother Bernie Bernbaum has a contract on his life and is wanted dead by Casper. The idea here is that by “giving” Bernie to Casper to kill, Leo and Casper can come to a peaceful understanding and agreement. However, Leo is reluctant to do so because of his girlfriend, who wants to see her brother alive. Tom thinks that Leo is making a mistake. However, Tom also has an affair with Verna, seemingly being in love, and therefore is also, at least “deep inside”, is trying to protect her. When Tom starts to “play” both sides, some unexpected events start to take place.

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