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Fear and Loathing

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Milton, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. Milton

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    Fear and Loathing

    Discussion started by Milton - Oct 15, 2005

    I am quite a bit late, no need to tell me.

    Johnny Depps god-awful take on Hunter S. Thompson is making me want to hurt myself. Why did they ruin the wonderful book like this?

    A few questions related to the book/movie:

    1) Do people still use ether?
    2) Does adrenocrine actually exist?
    3) Was his attorney actually an attorney?

    etc.
     
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    SF1 - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    Never read the book but the movie was bangin. You're crazy.
     
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    Dr. Dazzle - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    That's it, you've officially lost your fucking mind. Gone. Not coming back....
     
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    SF1 - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    Buy the ticket.........um......take the ride.
     
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    BadWithNames - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    the movie is awsome no question.
    and yes his attorney was a real attorney and apparently rather high up in the whole justice department kinda thing, the details escape me. thast why hes only known as the attorney.
     
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    casekonly - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    yes, people use ether. brake cleaner...filtered.

    yes, adrenocrome...in the brain. epinephrine related

    i don't think his attorney existed. it was his 'other' persona. got it?
     
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    BadWithNames - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    nah im almost certain he existed. his name was oscar or something like that
    i read an interview where hunter explained that he wanted to have his name put in the book but hunter refused because of who he was.
     
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    casekonly - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    ahh. i didn't know that. very cool.
    it's funny though, he uses his attorney
    as an excuse in some ways...
     
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    I don't think the movie does the book justice on several counts.

    1) The book is full of Thompson's personal and social commentary, it's virtually lost in the movie except where it is sprinkled awkwardly between scenes.

    2) The movie tries too hard to recreate the feeling of the book and does so by exaggerating subtle parts of the book. Case in point, the doctor at the drug convention, they make him look like this complete weirdo, but in the book he's entirely more subtle.

    3) Two of the best parts of the book are utterly left out of the movie: the part where they are discussing the "American dream" and the manage of the restaurant sends them to the Psychiatric Hospital; the scene where they convince the police officer that in LA there are cults that are killing people on a daily basis.

    4) Johnny Depp is not smart enough to pull off Hunter S. Thompson. His attempt at portraying Thompson is completely unconvincing.

    There's more but I have work to do...
     
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    Harvey Wallbanger - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    In answer to your questions, yes. People still do, real drug, and real attorney.

    Also, Depp and Thompson were very close friends, and lived together for several months before the movie started production. I would say that this may be the best attempt I've ever seen at turning a book into a movie.
     
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    SF1 - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    Wait a minute... That shit was a true story??? :huh2:
     
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    WhiteOx - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    the movie was pretty funny, but it wasn't a particularly great movie

    although the scene where he terrorises the waitress is hysterical
     
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    shaolinmasta - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    Milton your trippin', ive also read the book tahn seen the movie and yes it's true books are always better the film was damn close to perfect too, it kept extremely close to the book and was pretty funny/cool, Depp did do a great impression of him and Del Toro was also good. You couldn't really get a better director to direct this type of film than Terry Gilliam, the film was awesome and your opinion sucks.

    Eat my shorts bitch!
     
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    Milton - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    I don't know, I think it's commendable that they would try to turn the book into a movie, but I think they bit off more than they could chew so to speak. I hadn't heard that Depp and Thompson lived together, wasn't Thompson more than 30 years older? I just read the book to be a lot more arrogant in tone than the movie??
     
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    Milton - Replied Oct 15, 2005

    Please explain to me how one's opinion can "suck"? My opinion may be different from yours, it may be less educated than yours, but I fail to see how it "sucks." I wasn't impressed by the movie, however I was particularly impressed by the book. Period. If there is disagreement as to how large the disparity between book and movie is that's fine. I believe the book to be substantially superior to the movie. Feel free to tell me that my grammar sucks as well.
     
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