Sid and Nancy (1986)

Alex Cox’s film about the turbulent relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, gets released on DVD & Blu-ray today as part of its 30th anniversary

Alex Cox’s film about the turbulent relationship between Sid Vicious and partner Nancy Spungen, is out now on DVD & Blu-ray as part of its 30th anniversary.

Although initially praised by critics on its release in 1986, the film badly underperformed at the box office and was further tarnished by a stinging condemnation from John Lydon.

Furious at both his and Sid’s portrayal, he wrote in his 1994 autobiography:

“To me this movie is the lowest form of life. I honestly believe that it celebrates heroin addiction…”

Yet, although one can understand Lydon’s discomfort at the film, the fact is that it is a convincing portrait of addiction and a fateful, doomed love affair.

This is in large part down to the two lead performances from Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, who manage to come across as soul mates as their relationship spiralled out of control into alcohol and heroin addiction.

Cox’s direction and screenplay (co-written by Abbe Wool) is solid and greatly enhanced by Roger Deakins’ cinematography, which are given an extra lift on the restored Blu-ray edition.

Although your appreciation may depend on how much you like the music and brief career of The Sex Pistols, time has been kind to it.

For many it remains a cult classic and an imaginative reconstruction of a significant chapter of rock history.

Sid and Nancy is out today on Blu-ray and DVD

> Find out more about Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen at Wikipedia
> Buy the Blu-ray or DVD at Amazon UK

The Hollywood Reporter’s Actor’s Roundtable 2011

This year’s Hollywood Reporter round table chat with George Clooney, Christopher Plummer, Gary Oldman, Christoph Waltz, Albert Brooks and Nick Nolte

The Hollywood Reporter have posted the full video of their awards season round table with various actors in this year’s Oscar race.

It includes George Clooney (The Descendants and The Ides of March), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Christoph Waltz (Carnage), Albert Brooks (Drive) and Nick Nolte (Warrior).

As you can imagine this kind of gathering makes for a pretty fascinating discussion, especially as it lasts just over an hour:

It zig and zags across various issues but here’s a mini-breakdown of the highlights:

  • Oldman on being asked to play Charles Manson, the influence of his mother and the Bryan Forbes film that inspired a
  • Plummer on playing King Lear on stage, the most challenging role he’s played, being 80 and what makes actors great.
  • Clooney on becoming an actor, the career of his aunt Rosemary Clooney and making challenging films.
  • Nolte on getting old, 48 Hours, not finding work, repertory theatre companies and a great story about Barry Lyndon.
  • Brooks on the psychology of stardom, why Jack Benny was his idol and the overall social value of acting.
  • Waltz on finding success relatively late in his career, his roles after Inglourious Basterds and the nature of acting.

The Hollywood Reporter
> Latest on the awards season at Awardsdaily and In Contention

Tip Toes

An unbelievable trailer for Tip Toes – a straight-to-DVD film starring Kate Beckinsale, Matthew McConaughey and Gary Oldman.

When films go straight-to-DVD, you might be forgiven for thinking they are cheesy Steven Seagal thrillers or low budget nonsense featuring actors you’ve never heard of.

But then there are films like Tip Toes.

This is a feature starring Gary OldmanKate BeckinsaleMatthew McConaughey and Peter Dinklage and is listed on the IMDb as being a 2003 film.

According to it’s DVD cover, it was also an official selection at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival (!).

Aside from the fact that the trailer plays like a warped update of Freaks, the voiceover appears to be taking the piss and the whole thing has the feel of some kind of acid-drenched hoax. 

What exactly happened here people?

[Link via Graham Linehan and Videogum]

> Tip Toes at the IMDb and Wikipedia
> DVD Verdict with more info