With Cannes 2014 only six weeks away , I thought I'd put together a list. I didn't realise how ridiculously…
On the Road
The best teacher is experience.
Dean and Sal are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for "It" results in a fast paced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.
Kristen Stewart basically does, what she knows best: Having sex with two guys at the same time.
Steve Buscemi get fucked in the ass
Was a dream of mine…
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Garrett Hedlund shags everything that moves, including Steve Buscemi in this romanticized take on Jack Kerouac's landmark novel. On The Road is a patchy film that meanders along like it's characters on a road-trip. Sam Riley looks distinctly dirty in this film though not as dirty as a certain Kristen Stewart who has added a bit of tit and ass showing to her stunning repertoire of moody poses. Interesting without ever being totally engaging, this paints a hedonistic lifestyle that these "beat generation" writers and poets dreamed about. Freedom, experience and the journey towards being a free spirit seem to be the themes of a film they deemed "unfilmable". Numerous actors and directors have tried and failed to bring this…
Having never read Jack Kerouac’s original novel (I find most Beat writing outdated and insufferable) I have to try and judge this long awaited adaptation on its own merits even if it comes with significant cultural baggage. Whether it captures the spirit of Kerouac’s prose is debatable as is whether or not the film works as a piece of entertaining. As with most road movies it is indulgent, repetitive and rambling - it’s the journey that counts and not the destination after all - but this journey is never as much fun for the passenger as it is for the driver.
Sam Riley plays Sal Paradise, a young writer and Kerouac substitute, who befriends a free-spirited Dean Moriaty and his…
After decades of stopping and starting, attempted productions that included talents such as Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando, Jack Kerouac's definitive Beat novel On The Road has finally been brought to the screen through the caring hands of director Walter Salles and writer Jose Rivera. The two seemed to be the perfect modern pair to take on this hefty challenge, selected for the task after their praised work together on the Che Guevera road picture The Motorcycle Diaries, which netted Rivera an Oscar nomination for his screenplay. Here they take on another journey of the body and soul, one that has seen countless others attempt and fail to figure out some way to make a film out of a…
Having finished the novel a few days ago this feels incomprehensibly more offensive than I remembered. Five differing book segments are squashed and deflated and dissolved and quartered until any remaining vestiges of romanticism or poeticism are so shrivelled and lifeless that it almost doesn't seem possible that someone could say "Good job, lets make a movie" upon seeing the adapted script. This ultimately feels closer to a parody of Kerouac's novel than it does a representation, and Sam Riley's unrelenting batman voice does naught to abate the immature atmosphere. The eternally open serenity of the american landscape has vanished, instead is a feigned libidinous attitude that monotonously proliferates to no avail. There is no bittersweet nostalgic feeling of entropy,…
Meh. Pero bien. Pero sí que meh.
Although Jack Kerouac's “On the Road” has been praised as a milestone in American literature, this film version brings into question how much of a story it really offers. Kerouac's hero, Sal Paradise, becomes transfixed by the rambling outlaw vision of a charismatic car thief, Dean Moriarity, and joins him in a series of journeys from his mother's apartment in Ozone Park, N.Y., as they crisscross the continent to Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and then back again, until it occurs to Dean “I've never been south.” They turn to Mexico, finding in its long, straight cactus-lined roads, some secret to themselves. They also find marijuana; the two may not be unrelated.
These journeys also yield forth booze, women and jazz…
An impossible book to bring to the screen, but a worthy effort nonetheless. There's a bit too much nostalgic indulgence or brisk story telling where the film feels like it's sliding over the frozen surface of a sea of near-and-dear events whose sincerity is left to stare up at us from below. But there's still a lot to enjoy. Garrett Hedlund could be a hell of a movie star if given the right chance.
I don't know whether I liked this? Jack Kerouac's “On the Road”.... everyone goes on about itt, everyone loves it, the freewheelin' Jack Kerouac. A milestone in American literature but this film i think probably doesn't do it much justice. A series of journeys from his mother's apartment in Ozone Park, N.Y. Sal crisscrosses the continent to Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and then back again meeting a multitude of characters.
Theres booze, sex and jazz a lot of soul searching, a bit of hate, some love and quite a bit of upset. All this film does is highlight the need to read the book really. Although, generations change.
The film's last scene is the scene we expect.... dont expect too much.
I write this review as fresh from the films end credits with the same energy and self importance that the final scene portrays Sal/Jack powering through his manuscript. Firstly, I will run through the positives, because there is some great touches you’d expect from a director who brought us The Motorcycle Diaries. The films aesthetic and cinematography is rather pleasing and for the most part appealing, if a bit instagram pseudo-nostalgia, same can also be said with the score, it is a great recreation of the swing of 50’s. There are some pretty good performances here too, Sam Riley is decent as Sal, Viggo Mortenssen has a really good but brief turn as Old Bull Lee but I was really…
195/365 (365 films in 365 days)
I need to start reading synopses of films before I watch them, because, again, this wasn't anything like what I was expecting. I was expecting an indie/comedy about 2 guys and a girl travelling across the US. Despite being completely unprepared for what I saw, I enjoyed it.
It has really nice photography and good acting for the most part but I didn´t like it: The characters are obnoxious, the plot has a repetitive formula, the drama its sort of underdeveloped and it uses pseudo-philosophical bullshit and cheap poetry to glorify licentiousness.
I didn´t saw nothing deep or reflexive: Just a bunch of pretentious pseudo-rebels on a road trip having sex, drinking, smoking and getting high. That´s it.
This is a bit boring adaptation of the famous book.
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The topic title says it all really.
In rough order of potential brilliance. Check out list view for any available…
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All re-watches are excluded.