THE DE­PRESS­ING -AS-F**K ONE

NME - - FRONT PAGE - REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

Dar­ren Aronof­sky, 2000

“It’s a tragedy – four nar­ra­tives about how ad­dic­tion de­stroys lives. I first saw a clip of it on a plane and I was so cap­ti­vated by the edit­ing and vis­ual style I sought out the whole thing.

The film is dev­as­tat­ing but it’s fast­paced and sur­real and dark and hu­mor­ous too. Ellen Burstyn’s per­for­mance is amaz­ing, and it made me fall in love with Jen­nifer Con­nelly a lit­tle bit as well.”

Did you know: “I’ve al­ways been re­ally ob­sessed with the score by Clint Mansell, and we sam­pled those amaz­ing strings our first mix­tape, ‘Other Peo­ple’s Heartache’.”

Bonus did you know: “The film is shot in Coney Is­land in New York, which is where we shot the of­fi­cial video for ‘Flaws’, too. But we had a much nicer time there than any­one in the film.”

Num­ber of times I’ve seen it: “Prob­a­bly 12. But it’s way too de­press­ing to watch that many times. I wouldn’t show it to Kyle in the band, be­cause it would de­stroy him.”

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