Monday, October 16, 2006

Google Quote of the Day

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
- Hunter S. Thompson

If you don't know who Hunter S. Thompson is, consider renting the Bill Murray movie, "Where the Buffalo Roam" which cover the years between 1968 to 1972 in Thompson's life


The 1998 film adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was directed by Monty Python veteran Terry Gilliam, and starred Johnny Depp (who moved into Hunter's basement to 'study' Thompson's persona before assuming his role in the film) as "Hunter Thompson/Raoul Duke" and Benicio Del Toro as "Dr. Gonzo". Thompson appeared in the scene at the club "The Matrix", sitting at a table. The film has achieved something of a cult following.

The film Breakfast With Hunter (2003) was directed and edited by Wayne Ewing. It documents Thompson's work on the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his arrest for drunk driving, and his subsequent fight with the court system.

"When I Die," (2005), also by Wayne Ewing, is a video chronicle of making Thompson's final farewell wishes a reality and the great send-off itself.

A new film set fore release in 2008, based upon Thompson's novel The Rum Diary. Depp is signed on to star in this new Thompson film. Del Toro was supposed to have directed and starred as Sala, but he withdrew from directing in January 2004.

Use the Netflix button on the right side of my blog if you wanna get all these movies easily. I have not seen them all myself, but plan to put the ones I haven't seen on my Netflix que.

And speaking of movies, before Shrimp Fest I watched a beautiful film from Netflix : The Motorcycle Diaries. This film tells the true story of a 23-year-old medical student from Argentina, Che Guevara, who motorcycled across South America with his microbiologist friend Alberto Granado in 1951-52. The trek thru remote and indiginous areas became a personal odyssey that ultimately shaped his revolutionary life. I kinda wish I'd seen it on the BIG screen.

One reviewer said ,
"a word of caution for viewers who've suffered the violent consequences of well-intentioned militarists like Che: the film's depiction of him may feel overly reverential and sentimental. Personally, it left me sad knowing that such a promising young man would later cause so much harm. But politics aside, the film is unquestionably excellent. I highly recommend it."

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