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    Let’s talk about drug movies. I, personally, love a good drug movie. Maybe it’s an obvious way for a filmmaker to express gritty, raw intensity, but if you can pull it off, you leave the viewer with, on one side of it, a bizarre ride of fun and insanity, or on the other side, an emotionally scarring portrait of a person who has reached the dregs of their being. Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, for example, is a hell of a lot of fun, following the great Hunter Thompson on his psychedelic-fueled romp through the city of the title. Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting takes a whimsical look at a heroin-fueled life, but it starts to get darker. Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s Performance, about a runaway hitman shacking up with a washed-up rock star who feeds him mushrooms, is pure, wonderful weirdness. Other great rides are Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly and David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch. We are here, however, to talk about the dankest of the dank. See, for example, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream or Jonas Akerlund’s Spun.

    Or the point of this article: Heaven Knows What, directed by Ben and Joshua Safdie. Fictionalized from the memoir by Arielle Holmes – and starring Holmes as well – the film tells the story of Harley, a heroin addict. That makes life weird and dangerous enough, but when her lover Ilya (Caleb Landry Jones) asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists… well, it’s a drug movie.

    Heaven Knows What plays at Village 8 as the latest installment in the Louisville Exclusives series. Village 8 is located at 4014 Dutchmans Lane. Further theater information and showtimes can be found at the Village 8 website.

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    There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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