On The Road

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road tells the timeless story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of “it” — the pure essence of experience. Seeking uncharted terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounter an eclectic mix of men and women — Bull (Viggo Mortensen), Camille (Kirsten Dunst), Carlo (Tom Sturridge), Jane (Amy Adams), Terry (Alice Braga), Galatéa (Elisabeth Moss) – each impacting their journey indelibly.

124 minutes. Rated R. Start time is 6:15 PM.

We will likely walk to Starbucks after the show.

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  • DianeG

    (con't from post below) Neal Cassady (AKA Dean Moriarity) was the inspiration for the writers below. He had a 20 year affair with Ginsberg and was apparently as wild as portrayed. Fast forward to 1962 when Neal teamed up with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and was the main driver of the magic bus featured in Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool Aid Acid Test re an LSD gassed trip from SF to NY. Thus the beatnik - hippie connection. Cassady was found near a RR track in Mexico after a wedding party on a cold and rainy night wearing a tee shirt and jeans in a coma from which he later died. No cause of death noted by Mexican authorities but likely drug related. All of these famous writers viewed Neal as an inspiration and thus he was taken to be someone who defined the age.

    April 26, 2013

  • DianeG

    Hard to let this one go I guess. Found out some interesting tidbits. First, Kerouac coined the term "beat" which had a sense of "beatific" to him. He said "You know, this is a really beat generation . . . more than mere weariness, it implies the feeling of having been used, of being raw. It involves a sort of nakedness of mind, and ultimately, of soul: a feeling of being reduced to the bedrock of consciousness [read the influence or Reich and psychoanalysis]In short, it means being pushed up against the wall of oneself".
    The characters in the novel are real people: Dean Moriarity is Neal Cassady, Carlo Marx is Allen Ginsberg, Old Bull Less is William S. Burroughs. cont'd.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • DianeG

    The other message was response to Lee. Here is my addition. I picked up this book back in the late sixties (which is probably why I thought it was from the 60's) and found it too sexist for my liking and put it down without finishing it. From watching the movie I recognize how it foretold the sixties sexual revolution (along with Reich) but with the caveat that women's rights and 'liberation' had not caught up in any of the important ways. I think that is also why I was disgusted by the book as it struck me as a male chauvinistic view. The movie helped to re-frame my opinion in looking at the book and the philosophy as emblematic of an age, introducing new historical developments of the sixties and seventies and which, in my view, is why Kerouac remains such an important writer and statesman for that particular era (sort of like Bob Dylan or John the Baptist).

    April 12, 2013

  • DianeG

    Wilhelm Reich was considered to be a top flight, highly respected Viennese psychoanalyst, second generation Freudian who published at least one work which was standard psychoanalysis and greatly esteemed: "Character Analysis" influenced many psychoanalysts after him. However, when he became involved in "applied psychoanalysis" and began relating it to culture, expressing notions of PA and Marxism and eventually the sexual revolution, he was rather rejected by the clinical establishment. In some ways he was an eccentric, in others he was a prophet, viewing neurosis as an outgrowth of environmental, cultural, socio-economic conditions etc. Escaping the Nazi's he settled in NY in '39 and thus the connection with the orgone (from 'orgasm' and 'organisim' accumulator') and Kerouac's interest. He eventually died in prison after shipment of related materials dubbed a fraud by FDA (perhaps motivated by Communist scare?) just before he was due to parole.

    April 12, 2013

  • DianeG

    Usually can't go midweek but it is my birthday and I like to regress to my twenties on my birthday. Mary was right though, this is fifties and not sixties memorabilia.

    April 1, 2013

    • Michael-Francis Smith

      Go to the 9 o'clock showing. Keroauc is still on time. Happy Birthday anyway. What would Marylou do?

      April 9, 2013

    • Lee

      Happy birthday!

      April 10, 2013

  • Lee

    Really enjoyed this film though I can't really explain why. Maybe that's why Kerouac's influence lives on. After the film we tried to discuss Old Bull Lee's mystical outhouse, without much success. The book describe it like this: "The orgone accumulator is an ordinary box big enough for a man to sit inside on a chair: a layer of wood, a layer of metal, and another layer of wood gather in orgones from the atmosphere and hold them captive long enough for a human to absorb more than a usual share. According to Reich, orgones are vibratory atmospheric atoms of the life-principle." .... "Old Bull slipped off his clothes and went to sit and moon over his navel."

    Wikipedia - "In Kerouac's popular novel On the Road, the orgone accumulator was treated more as another type of drug than as a medical device: primarily a stimulant, with strong sexual overtones."

    Guess that clears it up...! Or NOT! Where's some Benzedrine when you need it...

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • tina

      Thanks Lee! That helps..I think? :)

      April 10, 2013

  • Scott

    Complex film and great conversation at Starbucks afterward.

    April 9, 2013

  • Bethany

    I'm sorry I had to miss this one. I had a last minute work obligation. Hope you have fun!

    April 9, 2013

  • DianeG

    Sorry but this movie is listed for 6:15 and 9. If you are posting this for the 9:00 pm show, I am there. If you are posting this for the 6:15PM show, I cannot make it as I have an appt. Too bad.

    April 8, 2013

    • Michael-Francis Smith

      Hey, I missed the earlier show. But if there is another at 9pm. I'll be able to make that one. I'll look for a red headed lady before I go in. I'll be wearing an orange ball cap with Japanese Woodworker and an embroidered chisel. I've seen the Motorcycle Diaries and I believe this director will do a good job on this. If you know anyone else from the group who might make it at nine; Let them know. Cheers

      April 9, 2013

  • Michael-Francis Smith

    If anyone wants to go to the 9pm showing I'll be there. Look for the guy with the orange ball cap with an embroidered Japanese chisel. That will be me. If Walter Salles does as good a job on this as he did The Motorcycle Diaries; This should be a treat. I would like to see what Steven Solderberg would have done with this. Maybe he will do one of Kerouac's other books.

    April 9, 2013

  • Michael-Francis Smith

    Is there a 9pm. viewing? I'll make that one.

    April 9, 2013

  • Michael-Francis Smith

    Hot Damn, I can't believe I let this get away from me. Sorry folks. I'd love to see this flick. Now I have to look for it. I'll reread the book tonight! You all will hardly miss me. Cheers...And it must be nice. I really liked the Motercycle Diaries. Hopefully this flick will be on par...SPCN!

    April 9, 2013

  • Dennis

    We're in on the left side a few rows down.

    April 9, 2013

  • Mary Underwood

    Can't make it tonight after all. Enjoy!

    April 9, 2013

  • Gabriela

    I am sorry can't make it

    April 9, 2013

  • Debra Wilcox

    Sorry, have to cancel. Working late. But have fun, all!!

    April 9, 2013

  • Steve Holzer

    Have an earlier meeting conflicting with the updated time.

    See you next one!

    April 8, 2013

  • Joette

    Sorry can't make the new time.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    busy

    April 8, 2013

  • Kathleen Conway

    I've had something come up and cannot make this Tuesday. II plan to be there Saturday.

    April 7, 2013

  • Michael-Francis Smith

    I almost lived it. Kerouac was one of my hero's as a weird little kid I took right to him. I saw him on t.v. getting ripped on by the host and not that sympathetic audience. I could totally relate. I'm going.

    April 1, 2013

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