Basketball Diaries: Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. Teh Believer: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival The Believer is a daring and gripping portrayal of a young Jewish man living an impossible contradiction as a neo-Nazi. Inspired by real events the film tells the story of Danny Balint (Ryan Gosling) and his struggle between destroying his own people and being drawn back to Judaism.Starring Ryan Gosling (Murder By Numbers) in a critically acclaimed performance as Danny a role that has been compared to Robert De Niro's portrayal of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. Also starring Billy Zane (Titanic) Theresa Russell (Kafka) and Summer Phoenix (The Laramie Project). Written and directed by Henry Bean (screenwriter Enemy of the State). The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things: Based on the novel by the mysterious and controversial JT LeRoy Asia Argento's THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS is a penetrating look at the emotional and physical bonds between mother and son. Argento the daughter of Italian horror king Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA) directed and stars in the film playing Sarah a young woman addicted to sex drugs and danger. The movie opens as she reenters the life of her seven-year-old son Jeremiah (Jimmy Bennett) who has been dragged away from his serene and apparently wonderful foster home to be reunited with his crazy mother. She has no idea how to take care of what is clearly an extraordinary child abusing him psychologically as she allows a string of loser boyfriends (including Michael Pitt John Robinson and Jeremy Sisto) to beat him physically. Sarah disappears for long stretches of time eventually forcing Jeremiah to live with his Bible-thumping grandparents (Peter Fonda and Ornella Muti) who find yet more ways to scar the child. But again and again he winds up back with his deeply troubled mother who is spiraling downward--and bringing Jeremiah with her. Argento who also cowrote the screenplay (with Alessandro Magania) gives a raw powerful courageous performance as Sarah holding nothing back. And the actors who play Jeremiah as he grows up (first Bennett then twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse) are outstanding in very complex roles. The hard-driving soundtrack (which includes Marilyn Manson who plays one of Sarah's boyfriends) matches the fast-paced editing making Argento's labor of love a visual and aural treat even with its difficult imagery and content. Clean: Maggie Cheung (2046) gives a bravura performance as a complex troubled woman who is trying to forge a bond with her young son while at the same time healing and distancing herself from a past full of drugs jail and turbulent relationships.
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