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In the Hopper

...homegrown fans of his music. On the album he is billed as Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles. The band name comes from the Jack Kerouac quote from the beat generation classic "On the Road," likening mad people to roman candles that burn and blast across...

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Travel; A rewarding experience or endorsement of fears, stereotypes

...huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies." - Jack Kerouac This article is the opinion of Zack Misner. Misner is a senior at Kenai Central High School.

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Big Sur

Now Playing Synopsis: As one of three Jack Kerouac motion pictures to be released in the U.S. within a six-month span, this offbeat drama from writer-director Michael Polish (Northfork) cinematizes Kerouac's 1962 novel of the same name. While the original tome enlisted pseudonyms for the real-life literary figures, however, the movie version dispenses with aliases. The film finds Kerouac (Jean-Marc Barr) disenchanted with the Beat mythos and hounded from all corners by fans who hunt him down and demand his autograph. In need of solace, he slips into self-imposed exile, via a retreat at his friend Lawrence Ferlinghetti's (Anthony Edwards) cabin in seaside Big Sur, CA. Within a few days, however, he grows equally restless there and heads back to San Francisco to fraternize with Ferlinghetti and other buddies, including Neal Cassady (Josh Lucas), a married man who introduces Jack to his mistress, beautiful single mother Billie (Kate Bosworth). Jack and Billie fall for one another instantly, and begin a passionate affair, but over the following days, Jack slips into an inexorable funk, sitting in an armchair for an inordinate amount of time and refusing to move or function. Ultimately, he suggests to Billie that they try to return to Big Sur once more, to recapture the magic of the past; the young woman agrees, though she desperately wants Jack to settle down and start a family with her, and it remains entirely unclear if he's capable of doing so. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, Henry Thomas Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Magic Trip

Now Playing Synopsis: In 1964, Ken Kesey was an author who had published two popular and critically acclaimed novels, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion. At the same time, Kesey also had a strong bohemian streak and in the late '50s had been a volunteer in a research experiment sponsored by the United States military on the effects of an unusual new drug called LSD. Kesey came to believe the LSD experience had the power to reshape America's psychological and spiritual landscape, and he continued using it with a handful of trusted friends and colleagues. In 1964, Kesey and several of his fellow psychedelic explorers -- including Neal Cassady, a close friend of Jack Kerouac who helped inspire the book On the Road -- bought a 1939 International Harvester school bus, fixed it up with bunks, painted it with bright, abstract designs, and set out on a cross-country voyage to explore America and share their new vision with those they met. In time, Kesey and his "Merry Pranksters" were credited with launching the counterculture revolution of the 1960s, and as they traveled from place to place, they documented their adventures on 16 mm film. However, due to sound synchronization problems, the footage was never edited into useable form, but filmmakers Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood have used this material as the basis for a documentary on the journey of the Pranksters and its cultural influence. Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Cool Place explores the history behind Kesey and his group, offers a look at their experiences on the road, and includes footage of some of the friends they encountered en route, including Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and a rock band called the Warlocks who would later change their name to the Grateful Dead. Magic Trip received its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Stanley Tucci, Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, The Merry Pranksters, The Grateful Dead Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Magic Trip

Opens Friday, Aug 5, 2011 Synopsis: In 1964, Ken Kesey was an author who had published two popular and critically acclaimed novels, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes A Great Notion. At the same time, Kesey also had a strong bohemian streak and in the late 1950s had been a volunteer in a research experiment sponsored by the United States military on the effects of an unusual new drug called LSD. Kesey came to believe the LSD experience had the power to reshape America's psychological and spiritual landscape, and he continued using it with a handful of trusted friends and colleagues. In 1964, Kesey and several of his fellow psychedelic explorers -- including Neal Cassady, a close friend of Jack Kerouac who helped inspire the book On The Road -- bought a 1939 International Harvester school bus, fixed it up with bunks, painted it with bright, abstract designs, and set out on a cross country voyage to explore America and share their new vision with those they met. In time, Kesey and his "Merry Pranksters" were credited with launching the counterculture revolution of the 1960s, and as they traveled from place to place, they documented their adventures on 16mm film. However, due to sound synchronization problems, the footage was never edited into useable form, but filmmakers Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood have used this material as the basis for a documentary on the journey of the Pranksters and its cultural influence. Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search For A Cool Place explores the history behind Kesey and his group, offers a look at their experiences on the road, and includes footage of some of the friends they encountered en route, including Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and a rock band called The Warlocks who would later change their name to The Grateful Dead. Magic Trip received its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

On the Road

Now Playing Synopsis: Jack Kerouac's seminal pseudo-autobiography finally heads to the big screen thanks to director Walter Salles Jr. (The Motorcycle Diaries) and producer Francis Ford Coppola. The tale is semi-based on the author's trips across America, with fiction intertwining with reportedly real events and people met along the way. The starring cast includes Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, and Kirsten Dunst. José Rivera provides the adaptation. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Kill Your Darlings

Now Playing Synopsis: Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William S. Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Kammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Kammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyra Sedgwick, David Cross, and Michael C. Hall co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

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