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Stars line-up for On The Road AFI screening


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Kristen Stewart AFI

Kristen Stewart turns up for the On The Road screening at AFI Festival

On The Road has long since had its premiere, but it was still one of the most hotly-talked about films at the annual AFI Festival in Hollywood over the weekend, as the stars flocked to its showing. Taking center stage was Kristen Stewart, as she tends to do, but she was joined by several others including Amy Adams, who definitely won the style awards with a black shoulderless dress that billowed out in black and green leaf design. 

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Walter Salles Saturday 3rd November 2012 AFI Fest - 'On The Road' - Centerpiece Gala Screening - Arrivals

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On The Road Movie Review Roundup


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It’s every third-year university student’s favourite book, and now that an On The Road Movie exists, it’ll surely don the walls of many in poster form. But is the new cinematic adaption of Kerouac’s seminal road-novel a worthy incarnation? We’ve checked out some On The Road reviews, so you don’t have to.

And we’re very sorry to tell you; it looks like it’s a disappointment. Currently averaging at a measly 55% on review aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes, the Walter Salles-directed movie would probably rather look at numbers than words, as the written reviews aren’t too kind. “What seemed rhapsodic and euphoric on the page here looks smug, self-regarding and intensely self-conscious,” Writes Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian. “When the actors start mouthing ersatz-passionate dialogue about poetry and novels, the movie starts to flatline, and worse still, when they start on about how incredibly life-affirming they all are, it is as dead as a haddock on a slab.” Harsh words from the British paper there. But it looks as if his damning review represents the general consensus.

But hey, if you’re a real Kerouac enthusiast; one of those people who’ve read the book a thousand times, then you’ll probably like the film. And given the incredibly promising talents of Sam Riley, you’ll probably find something to love about it. On this, Time Out writes: “Freewheeling spontaneity is tough to convey on screen, and the drink- and drug-fuelled carousing lacks Danny Boyle-style zing. But the bull-nosed cars, jazz soundtrack and soft light of a bygone era are a joy. If you’ve got a feel for vintage Americana, or the bebop pulse of Kerouac’s prose, you’ll absolutely get this.”


On The Road Trailer


Sal Paradise is an ambitious young writer trying to find his place in the world. After his father passes away, he decides to seek out new experiences desperate to stay away from the mundaneness of everyday life. In New York, he meets ex-convict Dean Moriarty - an embodiment of the Beat Generation who fascinates him and ends up drawing him into his dangerous world of women, drugs and societal deviance. They hit the road alongside Dean's new, teenage wife Marylou doing anything and everything to ensure that new experiences never end and seek out their own freedom. Along the way they find who they really are, who their friends are and the meaning of being free.

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Picture - Rebecca Yeldham, Garret Hedlund, Walter... , Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Walter Salles, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Roman Coppola and Tom Sturridge - Rebecca Yeldham, Garret Hedlund, Walter Salles, Tom Sturridge, Kristen Stewart, Danny Morgan, Kirsten Dunst and Roman Coppola Wednesday 23rd May 2012 'On the Road' premiere during the 65th Cannes Film Festival

Walter Salles, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Roman Coppola and Tom Sturridge
Walter Salles, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Roman Coppola and Tom Sturridge

Picture - Walter Salles and Kirsten Dunst , Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Walter Salles, Kirsten Dunst and Cannes Film Festival - Walter Salles and Kirsten Dunst Wednesday 23rd May 2012 'On the Road' premiere during the 65th Cannes Film Festival

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Walter Salles and Cannes Film Festival Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Photocall for 'On The Road' during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Picture - Actors Kirsten Dunst (l-r), Sam... , Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Walter Salles - Actors Kirsten Dunst (l-r), Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, director Walter Salles and Garrett Hedlund Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Photocall for 'On The Road' during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Paris, Je T'aime Review


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One would like to think that there at least a few other cities in the world besides Paris that could have inspired a film as varied in the types of cinematic pleasure so ably delivered by the anthology piece Paris Je T'Aime -- but it seems unlikely. This isn't due to an unavailability of good stories or locations in many other great metropolises, but more because being able to dangle the possibility of shooting in Paris in front of the world's greatest directors is going to be so much more enticing. Also, there are few other cities besides Paris that come with such a powerful and multifarious wealth of preassociated images and emotions for both filmmaker and audience to both draw upon and react against. So what could have been a collection of short films with a few highs, several lows, and a lot of muddled in-betweens is in fact a remarkably and consistently imaginative body of work, practically giddy with energy, that only rarely touches the ground.

Project overseers Emmanuel Benbihy and Tristan Carné wanted to create a cinematic map of Paris, with each short film representing one of the city's 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods). They ended up with 18 films, none of them more than a few minutes long and directed by a glittering, international roster of filmmakers. While none of the films here are anything approaching masterpieces, hardly a one is in any way a chore to sit through, which has to be some sort of an accomplishment.

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Behind The Sun Review


Excellent
Poor Kid has it pretty rough. Not only does he live on a desolate, Brazilian sugar cane farm, toiling the days with his family to make a few pitiful bucks, but his family's in a years-old feud with the farm down the road... and one by one all of his relatives have been shot as part of the circle of violence. And the kid doesn't even have a name.

Admittedly, Behind the Sun goes to extreme lengths to make you feel sorry for Kid (Ravi Ramos Lacerda) and his brother Tonio (Rodrigo Santoro), the sole survivors of their generation. But their story is heartfelt and compassionate, and despite the melodramatic plot surrounding them, Behind the Sun is a fascinating tale.

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Lower City Review


Weak
Two guys on the ragged edge of poverty, a gorgeous young hooker who's sleeping with them both, what could go wrong? If this were all that the emotional, sweat-suffused Brazilian film Lower City was about, it would be the worst kind of tedium. But while first-time director Sérgio Machado brings more to the table than his skimpy script would warrant at first glance, what he adds is not quite enough to make this the explosive debut he no doubt was wishing for.

Machado was at least smart enough to make the object of his male stars' (and the camera's) attention fully able to deserve it, and then some. As 20-year-old Karinna, the ridiculously gorgeous Alice Braga shares her aunt Sonia's strong, sensual features and iconic aloofness; she's the center of attention in every scene whether she likes it or not, effortlessly drawing in everyone around her. Pity, of course, that the film had to take such an arresting actress and make her a whore. But that's just what Lower City is about: a young whore from a small Brazilian town who gets a cut rate on a ride on a boat to the big city of Salvador by agreeing to sleep with the two men piloting it.

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Behind The Sun Review


Excellent
Poor Kid has it pretty rough. Not only does he live on a desolate, Brazilian sugar cane farm, toiling the days with his family to make a few pitiful bucks, but his family's in a years-old feud with the farm down the road... and one by one all of his relatives have been shot as part of the circle of violence. And the kid doesn't even have a name.

Admittedly, Behind the Sun goes to extreme lengths to make you feel sorry for Kid (Ravi Ramos Lacerda) and his brother Tonio (Rodrigo Santoro), the sole survivors of their generation. But their story is heartfelt and compassionate, and despite the melodramatic plot surrounding them, Behind the Sun is a fascinating tale.

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