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The Basketball Diaries 1995

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...

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Great movie! Definitely one of Leonardo Dicaprio's greatest performances, I think! 9/10
Very good movie, Leo doesn't disappoint
:fresh: that Leonardo is a pretty good actor, I think. this movie was very "informative" about hard street drugs. I can't imagine what that would be like. begging and robbing and selling yourself for a drug...just to get some thanks. good movie though.

Basketball Diaries (1995) - This autobiograhical movie had two parts. The first would have been better, but the director (Scott Kalvert) never established the shame of it all. Sure, we knew that Jim Carroll (DiCaprio) at 16 was a college prospect basketball star and natural poet, but I never felt a relationship with the kid. So, when he started going down the toilet, it was more of a comment on the worthlessness of his adult support, with the exception of Ernie Hudson's character. The second part of the film was unbelievable. This is where Calvert put all his effort and DiCaprio excelled. Funny, DiCaprio does his best acting when he's playing someone out of control. This film also had Mark Wahlberg, who I consider to be a good actor.
let's go with the last few movies i recall seeing.. no?


i'm tired. i have more movie reviews coming again soon..!

Basketball Diaries, The (1995) Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Lorraine Bracco, Ernie Hudson, Juliette Lewis, Bruno Kirby, D: Scott Kalvert. Harrowing, in-your-face drug-addiction bio-pic, adapted from Jim Carroll's autobiography, renders the poet-musician's collapse as a troubled, street-tough basketball champ who threw all his dreams and potential away after being mired in the gritty underground of heroin addiction. DiCaprio brings a lot to the part, with a profound sensibility, but the look and feel of the film is drably downbeat, and Carroll isn't exactly one to sympathize for, which takes away screen-portrait's powerful impact. Running Time: 102 minutes and rated R for strong drug content involving teens, language, violence, and sexuality. **
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Well, the movies went much better this time round.

I just finished watching Demolition Man for the first time and, I have to admit, I had a good time. Sylvester Stallone ("Spy Kids 3-D") stars as a cop and Wesley Snipes ("Blade: Trinity") stars as the psychotic bad guy, complete with evil laugh. Both were cryogenically frozen in the late 90s and thawed out in 2032, Snipes released as a weapon to kill the threat to the conformist hierarchy and Stallone to stop his madness.

The story was sort of blah, but I found this vision of the future to be utterly fascinating and terrible. Anything that is bad for you is illegal (meat, cigarettes, alcohol, salt) and there's a fine for using foul language. Taco Bell is the only restaurant left after some great franchising war. I laughed and prayed that the world really won't turn out this way.

This is also my first viewing of The Basketball Diaries, and it just reminded me that Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Aviator") is, or at least was, an amazing actor. (I haven't seen many of his recent films.) The story is based on the life of writer Jim Carroll. It chronicles his fall from a promising basketball player to a street-junkie criminal. I found the film very moving. It captured the essence of Jim and his friends while they were young carefree punks, then showed Jim's turning to a darker life of heroin and crime after the death of his best friend.
This movie is to thank for my unwillingness to become the down-and-out dope fiend I had always aspired to be. Maybe life on the straight and narrow really is key.
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