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The Side Effects of the Cocaine
Revisiting the lost bombs of the 1980s

“I’m talking about actual ‘coke movies,’ the ones where it’s clear everyone on set—or at least the ones in charge—seem to be making decisions in a cocaine-induced frenzy. Marked by intensely committed but slightly skewed editing, writing, and camera placement and movement, a coke movie feels obsessively personal yet constantly distracted.” Roger Leatherwood with an appreciation of a very specific genre.

Miami Vice Early and Miami Vice Late

“You don’t remember what a cultural earthquake Miami Vice was in the ’80s. You don’t remember Don Johnson on the cover of every magazine from GQ to Tiger Beat.” Roger Leatherwood remembers for you.