What Are You Watching?: Trainspotting revisited

What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club‘s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.

I run hot and cold on Danny Boyle. He has a sentimental weak spot; the ending of Steve Jobs was inane, and T2 Trainspotting just didn’t do it for me. But I think he’s interesting and a very charming personality. I met him briefly years and years ago at a festival and got to chat with him just recently for the new film. Doing the interview (plus having to review T2) led me to rewatch Trainspotting for the first time in who knows how long—since the mid-2000s at least. I’d forgotten what a great movie it is, or perhaps I’d just never understood. The overt references are to A Clockwork Orange and the 1960s films …

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