I miss the old New York
The Tenement (1985)
Conjured by @SeMeNSPeRmS on February 9, 2018
Muted Star Wars, Trump, Marvel, & iPhone from my timeline, it’s like a breath of fresh air! 🔇💩
“We’re hallucinating all the time, It’s just that when we agree about our hallucinations, we call that reality.”
21 Savage “Jealous Of Lil Yachty Buys $300K Self Portrait Chain To Compete
Charges filed against Lake Central teacher accused of snorting drugs in class https://t.co/NsnLqU4req
Amazon Shitted On Yer Lawn
Did the U.S. Air Force Shoot & Kill a Runaway Alien At Fort Dix New Jersey in 1978? 👽🔫
New York City Has Genetically Distinct ‘Uptown’ and ‘Downtown’ Rats
Facebook’s New Suicide Detection A.I., Could Put Innocent People Behind Bars https://t.co/WsNVKo5W2W
Kellyanne Conway always struck me as someone tweaking on Adderall #BigPharma
‘Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies’
The pleasure of remembering obsolete technologies https://t.co/BIVJxssSrC
‘Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again’ https://t.co/6wIcTFl3c8
All the Ways You Can Break Your Penis
Sir Richard Branson “motorboated” backing singer, Antonia Jenae, by sticking his face in her boobs and shaking it v… https://t.co/STIV6vgcU1
Does Smoking Pot Affect The Taste Of Sperm?
Inside the Orgasm Lab
First smart condom collects data during sex to show men if they’re good in bed https://t.co/SPvq5thqIw
Bio-engineered Plants May Be Spying on You
20 Year Old Chinese Video Game Streamer Reportedly Dies of Exhaustion After Months of Sleepless Nights
Inside Crackland: The Open-Air Drug Market That São Paulo Just Can’t Kick
Woman jailed after inmate boyfriend dies of meth-laden kiss
The Birthplace of American Vintage
How East Village shop Limbo made secondhand clothes cool https://t.co/tz9BsoCh6N
Jerry Butler shows the proper way to stuff a turkey
You Don’t Have Listen to the Government. Eat the Foods You Like. https://t.co/JO6YbVMzzL
Drug-Induced Nail Changes: Counting to 10 https://t.co/Vs4bb2W3Y6
High-Ranking Male Primates Keep Wafting Their Sex Stink at Females, Who Hate It https://t.co/0HlRY7iBb4
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on December 2, 2017
Blonde On A Bum Trip
New York’s East Village, flower children, peace, hallucinogens, lust, sadism (lust? sadism?!) Yes! This shocking documentary, focusing on Alphabet City’s sexiest scene, leaves those wimpy Frisco love-ins in the dust! See why Big Apple hippies, crazy rock music, and psychedelic drugs make for a lethal combination.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on June 6, 2014
Story of a Junkie is a 1987 drama film directed by Lech Kowalski and starring John Spaceley. Distributed by Troma Entertainment. Filmed in documentary-style, the film follows the character of Gringo, a young man looking for fortune in New York, only to fall into heroin addiction.
The movie has amassed quite a reputation in certain circles for its depictions of hard drug usage in New York City’s East Village area. Many of the cast members, including leading man John Spaceley, are actual junkies. The numerous shooting-up sequences are reportedly entirely real, as are many of the drug dens and their denizens. Perhaps even more notable than the cinema verite structure is the almost total lack of moralizing on the part of the producers or its characters.
Lead actor Spaceley died in the early 1990s, reportedly from AIDS, which he contracted through intravenous drug use. His final moments are chronicled in yet another Lech Kowalski film, “Born to Lose: The Last Rock & Roll Movie”, a documentary about deceased former New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders.
Troma Entertainment hails Story of a Junkie as one of the company’s best films; it’s one of the most well-known outside of the films directed by Troma founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz.
A harrowing, bloody story of heroin addiction that puts films like Trainspotting to shame, Gringo mixes documentary footage with staged scenes to show the life of addict John Spacely.
Perhaps you’ve seen him somewhere and just can’t remember his name. The face is about an enigmatic as they come: classic Roman features topped by a greasy dyed matt of slicked back blond hair, pirate-style patch covering his right eye and cigarette dangling from an ever-present smirk. Or maybe you’ve never really noticed him and could frankly care less who he is or was. To you, John Spacely is just another loser, a human being throwing their life away by indulging in the most shameless of self-satisfactions: drug abuse. The minute you learn he’s a card-carrying member of the Riders of the White Horse, you’re thoughts turn to how selfish and stupid he is, how addiction is for the weak and lazy. You now no longer wish to know anything about him, his life, or how he ended up strung out in New York City. Instead, you sneer down your self-righteous nose and blame him (and his kind) for all the problems of the world. Maybe it would help you to learn a little about who John Spacely is. Perhaps your perceptions will change when you learn what drove him to drugs and what he has to do on a daily basis to survive. One thing’s for sure, the minute you see the horrifying docudrama Story of a Junkie, you will think twice about ever attempting to use drugs. This film is as successful a PSA warning about the terrors of dependency that you will probably ever see. It makes the Hollywood glamorization of such struggling souls that much more laughable.
GRINGO Story of a Junkie is about as close to pure European neo-realism as an American movie is ever likely to get. It is also a stunning example of the cinema vérité style of filmmaking, the capturing of events as they happen without concern about continuity or performance. Part documentary, part confessional, this occasionally brilliant but always brave movie is an incredibly searing indictment on the use and abuse of drugs.
Whereas Tinsel Town tripe likes to romanticize the ritualistic intake of mind and or mood altering substances as a photogenic character flaw, Story of a Junkie tells it like it really is. Never once white washing or trivializing the life of a heroin addict, director Lech Kowalski and his cast of real life drug users draw us directly into the warped urban war zone where the vast majority of pusher and partakers exist. Never cringing from the sights, the sounds, the smells and the surreality of the real drug culture, the desperation is palpable and the danger, predominant. From how fixes are “cut” to the hierarchy in a shooting gallery, you’ll be hard pressed to find another film that tackles this terrible subject with more authenticity. It is drug abuse as slasher film, a frightening, sometime funny and often fatalistic representation of people living a life with a maniacal monkey on their back.
It’s impossible for us non-addicts to understand the struggles and the will to survive (if only for the next score) of the person hopelessly obsessed with using. But for some reason, we are no longer a society that accepts brutal honesty. Everything needs to be sugarcoated with a small fraction of hope inserted to keep us feeling safe and secure. Frankly, the plain truth is all that Story of a Junkie has to offer. Without its integrity, its desire to get to the very heart of this corrupt cosmos, all we’d have is a carnival sideshow, a scandalous showcase of pure exploitation. But because of the tales it tells and the people who tell them, Story of a Junkie transcends its trappings to become a work of astounding power.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on May 25, 2014