What Happened to Kerouac?
An investigation of the king of the Beat Generation.
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Kenneth L (de) wrote: While I had high hopes for this one, I have to admit it turned out to be just okay and not much more. It has a talented cast and an initially interesting premise, but a number of shortcomings in the writing prevent it from becoming anything like as good as it could have been. The film, which stars John Turturro and was written and directed by him as well, focuses on a couple of aging friends (Turturro and Woody Allen, appearing in someone else's movie for once) who start a novel business when the older man sets the younger man up as a gigolo for wealthy women. Though the film is about a man entering prostitution at a late age, it's not a crude sex comedy in the vein of something like Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo. Rather, it aspires to be a pensive and sweet look at New York life, along the lines of Allen's own Hannah and Her Sisters or Annie Hall. Unfortunately, in terms of its actual success it's much closer to lesser Allen works like Whatever Works or Anything Else. Though John Turturro's character is ostensibly the main focus, he's weirdly underdeveloped; we never really see the character on his own and have very little sense of who he is outside of the demands others make of him. Woody Allen's character actually gets more substantive development, and yet in terms of the main narrative his role basically amounts to "Woody Allen is doing something amusing in the corner while the story happens." The film has a couple of weird, rather misjudged subplots that seem to belong to a different movie. And the whole movie is ostensibly building up to a three-way between Turturro's character and characters played by Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara, but it barely happens! Overall, I could imagine a version of this movie that was quite good; but as it is, the film feels too thinly sketched-out and messy to really have much of an impact.
Jojo P (ag) wrote: A love story that doesn't make sense. It makes it seem like Singapore is a distant planet.
Ariel R (it) wrote: How can we not love this movie?
Jeff H (nl) wrote: Overly sentimental and dragged on way too long. I know what they were trying to do with this movie, and they succeeded, I just don't think it's grounded in reality.
bernard a (ru) wrote: I don't think people today are as fearful of global devastation due to nuclear weapons as they once were during the height of the cold war. I think today we are more afraid of the possibility of "terrorism" rather than the possibility of "mutually assured destruction". Director Akira Kurosawa's 1955 drama, I LIVE I FEAR stands as a good record of the paranoia that people must have once felt during the time of the Cold War. The story centers around the fears felt by the aging industrialist, Kiichi Nakajima (Toshiro Mifune). His paranoia has driven Nakajima to squander part of his family fortune in building an underground shelter - the construction of which is halted when Nakajima instead plans to move his family from Japan to the relative safety of Brazil (why he feels Brazil is any more safer than Japan is never quite explained - but okay, I'll play along with the story.) The rest of Nakajima's family is reluctant to leave Japan and has brought on an injunction against him from spending any more of the family's money on what they feel are his hare-brained scheme(s) - which include swapping properties with a wealthy Japanese farmer already living in Brazil. Not only does Nakajima want to relocate his immediate family to Brazil...but also his "extended" family - which includes the offsprings of his 2 mistresses AND a grown son from a third mistress - yeah, you may need a scorecard to keep track of who is who in this film. I'm sure Kurosawa is making some sort of comment on post-war Japanese society here - but since I'm no expert of Japanese culture - the subtext (if any) may have flown over my head, I'm afraid. I really did not recognize Mifune when he first appears onscreen. This is Mifune just one year after making SEVEN SAMURAI, mind you - so it took me a moment to realize that was actually him under the grey-streaked hair and behind the thick horn-rimmed glasses. Mifune wears an ever present scowl and adapts the mien of a bitter older man with ease here. Also from SEVEN SAMURAI is actor Takashi Shimura who plays one of the legal arbiters of the family court. Shimura's character is sympathetic to Nakajima's cause and begins to question his own personal complacency in regards to the Cold War. The family squabbles sometimes explodes into violence - which at some point can look comical as Nakajima tries to pummel a disrespectful son with his paper fan...or at another time shocking - as when the son gets into a fight with his sister. Also somewhat comical-looking to me is the wealthy japanese farmer from Brazil (Eijiro Tono) whose tanned features looks strikingly like "blackface" make-up (in this black and white film) especially when he smiles - showing a mouthful of perfect white teeth. But the story is mostly serious really - especially in a brilliant scene when Nakajima's fear of H-bombs is dramatically expressed during a sudden thunderstorm. The film was also made before the advent of air-conditioners, it seems. It is sweltering hot and most everyone is either fanning themselves or wiping the sweat off themselves with handkerchiefs. I don't think I've ever felt this "sympathetically" warm watching a film since TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD...I LIVE IN FEAR - Kurosawa's cold war drama set during a hot summer day!
Paul D (au) wrote: Rathbone and Bruce do justice to Conan-Doyle's characters once again in another good mystery.
Michael M (nl) wrote: Before irony ruined everything this movie was made. A horror comedy that sort of serves of a sequel to some other movie I haven't seen but presumably isn't as funny. Horror comedies from the 80's have just the right amount of irony, huh? And the right amount of seriousness. And somehow Shaun of the Dead convinced people that no one made movies like that before! These kinds of movies have always been made, apparently no one cared about it until the aforementioned movie, or maybe it was the star power of Dylan Moran. Ladies love him. But at least I didn't have to sit through Zombieland. Anyway. This movie delivers on the promises of blood and diner. And dinner. And tits. Cinemageddon man.
Leonard D (ag) wrote: You know you have a problem with your film when you show a running gag of Jessica Alba getting half naked! Seriously, who the hell wrote this thing!? I couldn't even stand looking at her face, because it pisses me off! AARGH!! &%# THIS MOVIE!! The only good thing which came out of this feature? Chris Evans taking on the role of Steve Rogers, a.k.a Captain America later on in his career, and forgetting about this!
Robert B (ca) wrote: A modern time and overrated classic romance-drama, that tells the story of a divorced writer, that gets a change of life moving into a Villa in Tuscany. The plot and Italian sterotypes are somewhat silly (as the clothes and behaviour of the Italians, that I think are almost offensive - this movie helped even more the false idea of "living in Italy is a paradise"), but the final message is nice - the photography shows some places in Tuscany and other far away (Positano, around Naples), but showing as they're next on to another and very little of them. Anyway, in the end it's a feel-good movie, that could be better -and a popular classic in the romance genre. My score: 6,5 / 10,0.
Karsh D (de) wrote: Blaxploitation Rocky type film as docker turn boxer is asked to throw the fight when his girlfriend is taken hostage. For a simple plot it does get bogged down by trying to thrown additional twists to plotand justbecomes a bit of a mess as a result