Requiem for a dream movie that cracks your soul to the core. I feel like a lot of people’s experiences with a requiem for a dream are akin to mine. This is my experience and it’s the experience I generally get from people as they watch it and after they watch it they’re just like that was great. Never gonna watch it again but that was great which I kind of blame the guy who pitched it to us. You know it’s like going back in time we were all 19 years old my friends and I were all hanging out and then my friend’s roommate at the time was like you guys seen requiem for a dream-like he was the RC one. He was like you’re going to see this movie requiem for a dream and Ellen Burstyn you have to say it sort of goes should use really talk of is up. Let’s go rent it from blockbuster so we did we got a bunch of junk food and laid it out on the table.
We’re talking a lot of junk food too we lost 10 years off of our lives from the movie. The junk food the point is though he didn’t really prep the room it should have been like are you guys ready to change as humans which is why I prep you in that way maybe I’m over talking it maybe I’m overhyping it but I’d rather have you over prep than under prepped like I do have Gerald Leno Jennifer Connelly Marlon Wayans all giving great performances. They all live in this world of heroin will be using it dealing with it or addiction. This is a dry spell of product that happens and things get really real for them also Ellen Burstyn plays Jared Leto’s mom who gets hooked on prescription meds so she’s on uppers there on downers and it does not even out. It doesn’t feel like equilibrium it just feels like total soul fuckery that’s like you know the premise on the surface. I’m sure people have done deep dives of requiem for a dream.
You do have there a lot of you 2 videos out there in a world where I generally talk about how the movie feels you’re just gonna get my perception of it. But that’s what I like about Darren Aronofsky films you can showroom of 10 people. The same Darren Aronofsky film and they’re gonna all have a very unique take away from it requiem for a dream is no different the simple matter that you’re dealing with 2 different age groups that really works for this one because I mean when I first saw the movie I process the movie a certain way as I got a little older a sonic and processed it differently and now process it completely differently. Because that first I was just kind of more paying attention to Jared Letto and Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Connelly. You know the young crew not taking anything away from Ellen Burstyn from the get-go always been a powerhouse performance and you always know that no matter what age you are when you watch this movie. it’s her character that I’m more attached to the older I get so every time you watch this movie you just take something else away from it not every movie does that in fact very few do it’s what makes requiem for a dream endless anti mostly hunting all right I’ll cut the 4 play I’ve teased enough Ellen Burstyn in this movie.
This performance man I’ll say this very conscious effort in noticing this last time. I watched the movie which was yesterday at the time I upload this day before yesterday when anyone’s nominated for an Oscar. They get an Oscar you watch the movie and you’re like oh that’s the Oscar clip has to be or maybe you see a performance for someone’s really amazing. They might get nominated and it’s fun to be like what’s the Oscar clip what are they gonna play during the Oscars all up that’s the Oscar clip. I can’t pick in here every clip every scene every monologue with her every dialogue with her there are so many clips for you like any of these can be Oscar clips she should have gotten the Oscar for Best Actress that year. She was nominated she lost to Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich no disrespect to Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich but I think it’s safely in the realm of possibility, in reality, to say Ellen Burstyn not winning the Oscar that year was the thing that made me cease to take the Oscars seriously at all probably help from the fact that it is a hard hit and it is a very tragic downward spiral you just see her circling the drain.
The entire movie does get closer and closer and closer like yep we’re here now the entire movie her entire performance is just amazing also I love the camera working here. There’s a very unique stylistic way that this movie’s pulled off in films it feels very creatively in the only way I can put it on someone’s making an indie film they don’t have the huge budgets of like what we have to fill it to look interesting. I just like the fact that there are some directors that thrive on a lower budget Darren Aronofsky. He’s just one of them whether it be that tracking shot was Ellen Burstyn’s just cleaning the entire room but it sped up at the camera is moving so slow your like they must’ve filmed her for hours this camera was barely moving then it sped up really fast. She’s like lightning just going through the house cleaning it up but the point is it’s a creative technique and it’s a simple way to give you all the information you need without wasting your time also that what I call the requiem for a dream camera shot.
They’re walking and the backgrounds moving but they’re not I’m not saying requiem for a dream was the first movie to use that camera technique. But I do know is after requiem for a dream a lot more movies started using that camera technique. It’s just a hauntingly effective way to keep the camera on someone’s face and it gives you that sense of almost an out of body experience and I’ve seen directors using their movies and you can tell it’s like we’re not going to work it’s just called. I wanted to do it which I totally get and we’re not getting out here without talking about the Clint Mansell score. I just found out the vital exist that up immediately that score meant it’s a musical score that is in fact so epic and so good so long thing lord of the rings 2 towers used it for the trailer. It shows the power in music you know shows the power in a musical score because the music is every bit as haunting as the movie but it’s a chicken and the egg scenario is the music content because the movie is the movie more haunting because the music is the symbiotic relationship between film and musical score.
It just works perfectly in requiem for a dream actually the biggest bomber of requiem for a dream. This fact that my mom’s probably gonna watch it now like there are movies. I’ve talked about it for a couple of decades at this point requiem for a dream. Those are 2 of them and she’s always like all I need to watch that movie you know after the gentleman came out. I was like oh yeah guy Ritchie and snatches like I still need to see sounds weird semi-mom saying that but it’s what you say right now. She’s probably finally going to watch requiem for a dream and mom if you’re gonna watch requiem for a dream now. I know you are because you’re a supportive mom you gotta remember the words of the great Illidan. This movie different from the person you’re gonna be a different human. When you walk out of it than the person you were when you went into it I’m not watching it with you sorry everyone has to look at it or I can watch it with you Intel chief David comes on the screen than on balance and I’m out nope Keith David is amazing in this movie to amazingly creepy.
Because he’s a charismatic creep anyone in that room would be able to read the room read the vibe that she’s giving off and just put a stop to it. This is a wrecked wavered dream no one comes out of this story on skates you know the best part about key David being in this movie. If you’re a fan of editing you can make those spawned by a large Mortal Kombat 11 a lot more interesting. But instead of lightening the mood already knows one of those videos after upload it. I’m gonna think of more things I would have wanted to say that I’m just not thinking of now and next year I can probably do a video on requiem for a dream. it would largely be a different video watch it yearly at this point because why not everyone who watches movies. I’ll never watch again but trust me you the gap between when I first saw it and I saw it the second time was much larger than now. it’s just like you know the jacket smaller and smaller until you watch it annually I just kind of going to Darren Aronofsky Bender and that’s that is my recharge for the year but I’ve no doubt next time.
I’ll notice something else and that’ll just hit me and I’ll process it differently than I did the last time and that’s what makes requiem for a dream a very unique experience for me but what I’ll say is I love what this movie does in terms of breaking down the perceptions of addiction and addicts for people in people like putting things and other people inboxes. You see it all the time so it’s easy to be like oh that’s addiction those are addicts that’s their world over there is my world over here and never. The Twain shall meet but that’s false security that’s a false sense of reality or requiem for a dream shows is those 2 worlds are not so separated not as separated as you might like to think they’re really hammering that home with Ellen Burstyn’s character you know but it does show you that downward spiral. You see her going through it can really happen to anybody something as simple as the very understandable wants to just go back to a time where you might have felt better about yourself can lead you down the road to very real and personal health and that’s how we’re diction happens now with several okay.
I want to be an attic today just sounds fun it always starts out a different way and it always leads you to a bad place maybe weight loss pills. He’s wanted to lose that weight maybe you had surgery and hate here’s a prescription for the bike it is a very common thing it’s a very common story of addiction and that can happen to anybody and it’s a very uncomfortable reality to deal with but it is the reality it is particularly crushing at this point. She’s on this train and because you know her story you know her intention of the context you know what she’s trying to tell people on this train but also you see it from their perception and she is just jacked up wired up she looks like a mess. She’s swatting them if you think about anyone you may have seen as a tweaker that you passed on the sidewalk or been in a subway car with it makes a really ponder the story of how they got there and it makes you grasp the tragedy of it.
It brings humanity to addicts and an understanding of addiction that’s largely lacking any and requiem for a dream. It’s a very unique cinematic experience it’s probably it’s not for everybody. I get that but if you can get there if you can take 3 deep breaths and make that dive and watch it. You’ll take something away from it’s like most of the movies. I talk about on here it’s movies you know we’re here to enjoy ourselves have fun very few times will I say this movie is necessary viewing but requiem for a dream is one of the times I’m gonna use that card and say this isn’t necessary viewing at least once and are now saying my audience needs to have they’re sold just fractured it in some form from a movie yeah absolutely but I will say this Requiem for a dream is easier viewing then the news.
I got no jokes that are just that just is thank you to a dark place what is the place you got to see at least once yeah but I can’t deny that talent the impact it had on me the artistry of it and every time I watch it I take something else away I noticed something different. I suppose more accurately put I process the movie differently. I internalize it differently and that gives me a different perspective literally like watching a new movie. Watching the movie for the first time all over again great acting from everyone’s powerhouse acting from Ellen Burstyn the musical score is hauntingly epic and the requiem for a dream is awesome. You did it folks you made it. I’m so glad summer you’re gonna watch requiem for a dream don’t blame me first a requiem for a dream have you seen it what did you think about it.