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Addiction: A 60’s Love Story

Addiction: A 60’s Love Story

May. 14, 2015 USA90 Min.
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Based on a true story, “Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale” follows family man Max Bornstein who was a full-time dope fiend working within the underground, highly illegal pornography industry in 1968’s New York City. While running books and films to delivery points and mob headquarters around the east coast, Max had the Feds on his tail. But even in the wake of a federal investigation, Max’s truest worry was his wife and two young children, a family kept in the dark about Max’s reality and the walls of it caving in around him. As Max battles his consuming addiction, dissolving family unit and the growing suspicion about his drug use amongst his associates, Max watches helplessly as his well-crafted reality falls to pieces, leaving him searching for the spaces in between.

Original titleAddiction: A 60's Love Story
IMDb Rating5.8 64 votes
TMDb Rating10 1 votes

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  • bob_megNovember 12, 2015Reply

    Let’s call this what it is: a drug movie, and not a very good one

    There is a lot to misconstrue about Addiction: A ’60s Love Story. From
    the poster and the synopsis, it looks like it could be a luridly fun
    ’60s porno docudrama — it isn’t. It might be a convincing,
    heart-rending, somewhat seedy love story. Nah, it’s not that either. Ah
    yes, the word Addiction in the title. It’s a drug film. Yep.

    We’ve all seen drug films, haven’t we? We know the arc. Lost (usually
    young and pretty) soul searching for a place to simultaneously hide
    from responsibility and find themselves. They get a taste of the good
    life and then everything goes to hell. It can be involving when done
    right, which is why people still make drug movies. And this one is
    TRUE, on top of everything.

    But it’s still not an interesting story.

    Max Bornstein was not really ”in the pornography business” — he drove
    a delivery truck for the porn mongers and gangsters who really WERE in
    the porn business. That’s kind of like the kid who mows Michael
    Corleone’s lawn claiming that he’s in the mob with Luca Brazzi and
    Sonny. OK, so maybe what Bornstein DID is not important. Maybe it’s his
    personal journey and the hell his family went through. Maybe that could
    garner some interest. Well, not really. The characters of Max’s wife
    and kids aren’t really fleshed out enough to be interesting and so
    there isn’t any real way to get mileage out of that.

    So what are we left with? Basically a lot of shooting up/passing out
    scenes coupled with special effects that are overwrought at best (this
    isn’t a creature feature), nauseating and ridiculous at worst. But in
    all fairness, gross-out effects aren’t my thing. I hated Cronenberg’s
    Naked Lunch for the same reasons. But Tate Steinsiek isn’t Cronenberg
    and Bornstein is certainly not Burroughs.

    It’s a shame that it strands Ian Harding in the lead role. He’s
    actually quite good as Bornstein and reminiscent of a young Mark
    Ruffalo at times. Carol Kane is fine as always in a small role and
    there are many other decent New York actors here like Brendan Sexton
    and Michael Badalucco. But they’re saddled with a really average
    vehicle here, an ultra-low budget, and only massive talent behind the
    camera can lift it off the ground. Sadly, that doesn’t happen here.

  • Valkrie HayesDecember 7, 2015Reply

    I loved it

    There was much action packed adventures and lots of love and lust; a
    thing people adore while watching movies. The plot was clear and all of
    the actors truly fufilled their roles. (My favorite character was
    Frankie because he was played by Frank Iero ;)) The characters were
    very lovable and adoring, the actor for Max played a great business man
    trapped in illegal business. Some lines and motions in the movie were
    quite hilarious, I loved it so much. If there was ever a sequel to the
    movie I would watch it no matter the cost. I have already watched this
    movie three times and I loved it even more as I continued watching.
    Frank looked adorably small. Frank’s moustache OH MY GOD.

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