Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sid and Nancy

Sid Vicious was the best known rocker of the British Punk scene, but still found himself shooting smack, playing two bit gigs with his Sex Pistols bandmates, and sleeping in alleyways and abandoned buildings. Sid and Nancy tells the story of his turbulent relationship with Nancy Spungen, an American groupie whose murder he would be accused of in the months before his overdose death. Alex Cox's film is a well made descent into the void with an uncanny, indistinguishable performance from Gary Oldman who is matched by Chloe Webb as Spungen. It also contains some remarkable, stylized visual sequences, marked by the concluding one in particular.