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…
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Having never read Jack Kerouac’s original novel (I find most Beat writing outdated and insufferable) I have to try and judge this long awaited adaptation on its own merits even if it comes with significant cultural baggage.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…
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,…
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.
Sam Riley is awful, Garrett Hedlund is watchable and everything else is occasionally pretentious and interesting in equal measures.
About two thirds of the way through On the Road, Dean (dude from Tron) says, "I have a great idea." What is it? He wants Marylou (Bella from Twilight) to give him and another dude (fictional singer for Joy Division) hand jobs while they drive. There is no irony to this scene (no particular sexiness either): in the world of On the Road, a couple roadjobs are what constitute a great idea. This isn't me speaking ill of sex, which is great and one of the foundational human experiences.
Rather what I am critical of is a philosophy that centers around how many people you've fucked as some sort of marker of experience or knowledge because this has never seemed…
Adaptacion a medias de la obra de keruak. a medias por que para mi se centran en la parte sexual-amorosa del libro y se olvidan de lo mas importante, la carretera. cassiddy era un loco al volante y al igual que conducia vivia la via, siempre adelante que decia. keruak era un borrachete que le seguia a todas partes sin pensarlo 2 veces. y en medio las drogas, la musica y las calles. pues nada el director solo muestra lo que vende, lo guapo que era y ls novias que tenia. NO
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The topic title says it all really.
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