Ein neuer Tag im Paradies (1998)

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Ein neuer Tag im Paradies: Directed by Larry Clark. With James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser, Natasha Gregson Wagner. In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder.

“I read in a screenwriting book that the first thing a screenwriter should remind him/herself is donu0026#39;t think up an idea and then say to yourself, u0026quot;Itu0026#39;s been done before.u0026quot; Because no matter how many times that idea was used before, thereu0026#39;s always a different approach you can take towards it. This movie clarifies that statement. It takes your standard premise of drug-addicted hustlers on the lam and transforms it brilliantly into this moving, thought-provoking piece of work. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eLarry Clark made his debut with the thoroughly disappointing–at least to me–urban drama u0026quot;Kids.u0026quot; That was a film with no intention, characters you couldnu0026#39;t give a damn about and was just all over the map. Clark definitely showed he has an eye for gritty realism, but put it to bad use with that horrendous and profane motion picture.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNow, u0026quot;Another Day in Paradiseu0026quot; had its share of four-letter words, in fact I think it had more, but that didnu0026#39;t matter to me. Because the characters, no matter how much drugs they use and no matter how dishonest their lives are, were people you can care for and feel their every emotion and just know that theyu0026#39;re really good human beings who happen to be geared in the wrong direction, from their upbringing and society they grew up in. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003enThe performances were groundbreaking. This is one of James Woodsu0026#39; best performances. This is the kind of role he was born to play. I canu0026#39;t imagine a single actor doing a better job. The supporting cast was great, too. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is the kind of film that catches your eye from start to finish. It starts out with a great shot, with Vincent Kartheiser waking up and lighting up a cigarette while 70u0026#39;s soul music fills the soundtrack. Speaking of great music, Clarence Carter performs his great hit u0026quot;Iu0026#39;m Looking For a Foxu0026quot; in one scene. The soundtrack is absolutely wonderful, with the kind of songs I love singing along to. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI highly recommend this movie. However, it is a pretty disturbing film, so be careful what mood youu0026#39;re in when you decide to rent it.”


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