We’ll start with the junkies. Trainspotting, Danny Boyle’s celebrated adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s equally celebrated novel, helped cement the careers not only of Boyle but of many of his cast, including Ewan McGregor (never better), Robert Carlyle and Kelly MacDonald. It also showed a side of Scotland rarely seen in the movies, and has become — along with Requiem for a Dream — the final cinematic word on drug addiction. It opened today in 1996.
And I’ll give a personal shout-out to one of my all-time guilty pleasures, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, which opened today in 1991. They totally melvined Death!