Posts Tagged ‘ movie ’

on the road trailer

i’m embarrased to say that i have not read jack kerouac’s on the road.  i’ve started it 2 or 3 times, but put it down for various reasons.  it’s not because i wasn’t enjoying it; it’s more or less because i lose interest in books quickly.  it’s a habit i’ve been trying to break since i was in school.  after watching the trailer for the upcoming film, i think it’s finally time to finish the book.  i’m sure diehard kerouac fans are going to hate the film, but i think the trailer looks good.  i love that the filmmakers included the quote below.  i’m sure you’ve seen it before.

the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “awww!”

good trivia: in 1957, kerouac wrote a letter to marlon brando asking him to buy the rights to on the road and turn it into a movie with brando and kerouac as the leads.  brando never responded.

weekend plans

the first movie i ever saw on a christmas day was tombstone, so i have no problem spending my christmas at the movies watching a western.  the reviews on true grit have been stellar.  the coen bros don’t make bad movies.  admit one please.

a word about runaway

kanye west’s much hyped short film runaway debuted this weekend online.  i watched the whole thing saturday night on my computer.  when it ended, i was confused.  what the hell did i just watch?  don’t get me wrong – the music was great – but what about the rest of it?  twitter was an awful place to hide from it.  people were blowing up twitter talking about how they’ve never seen anything so cool.  i’m not a hater by any means, but what am i missing?  do i need to watch it on a bigger screen?  i get the phoenix metaphor and understand why it’s important for him to rise from the ashes and prove everyone wrong, but can you really call all 34 minutes art?  i don’t know.  maybe i need to watch it again.  i’m unimpressed.  if someone can enlighten me, i’d really appreciate it.

the american

i don’t think the film looks that great but i love the vintage inspired poster.  with football back on i’m not sure when i’ll have time to go to the movies.