Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – the film version of legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson´s novel.
If Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas isn’t checked off your list of classic must-see movies, Vienna Café will help you sort this out on Thursday! Johnny Depp styled to the point of impossibility of recognition, an immensely decadent ride through Las Vegas casinos and hotel rooms, one of the most vivid depictions of a psychedelic drug rush and in the same time a crucial part of journalistic history. Legendary reporter Hunter S. Thompson made the journey that became a book that became a movie…
Thompson´s book Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is one of his key works, rooted in autobiographical incidents. The novel first appeared as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, was printed as a book in 1972, and adapted into a film of the same name in 1998 starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.
You will see Johhny Depp as you’ve never seen him before – this is surely one of the movies that shows how broad his acting skill is and if you thought he could never ever be anything than gorgeous, well, you’re wrong. Both the novel and the filmed version:
revolves around journalist Raoul Duke and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they arrive in 1970s Las Vegas to report on the Mint 400 motorcycle race. However, they soon abandon their work and begin experimenting with a variety of recreational drugs, such as LSD, cocaine, alcohol, mescaline, and cannabis. This leads to a series of bizarre hallucinogenic trips, during which they destroy hotel rooms, wreck cars, and have visions of anthropomorphic desert animals, all the while ruminating on the decline of American culture.
The main interpretation of Thompson´s work is that it shows his experience of and showdown with the hippie movement and its convulsive attempt to remain as a contrast to conservatism and the soulless search of wealth in a USA who´s illusions had been ravaged by the Vietnam war.
Thompson later referred to the novel as “a failed experiment in the gonzo journalism” he practiced, which was based on William Faulkner’s idea that “the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism, and the best journalists have always known this”. Thompson’s journalistic style blended the techniques of fictional story-telling and journalism.
The man who put the story under his creative wings and made this excellent movie out of it is former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. Gilliam is currently in the spotlight for his latest film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and at the moment working on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, in which we might pair with Johnny Depp once again…???
The Vienna Café screening of this reckless ride will be in English with Chinese subtitles.
Where:Vienna Café, No.2, Lane 25 Shaoxing Lu,
near Shanxi Lu, Metro Line 1 Shanxi Nan Lu Station,
Starts:19:30 Thursday 11 Feb 2010
Cover: Free event
Check out what other movies are showing in Shanghai this coming week. Links lead to info about times and venues.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE MOVIES
- Ms. 45: Tuesday this week Sub-Cinema presents Ms. 45: Thana, a shy and mute seamstress, is attacked and raped whilst walking home from work one night. After escaping the attacker, she arrives home only to find an intruder in her flat who then proceeds to rape her a second time. After these horrific events, something changes inside of Thana. Full of hate, rage and disgust for men, she takes to the streets after dark with her partner, a .45 caliber hand gun, to take out her vengeance on any man who crosses her path! Set to a gritty, 80´s New York backdrop, Abel Ferrara´s Ms. 45 lives true to its reputation and cult status.
- Avatar: (阿凡达): James Cameron is back with this super expensive sci-fi thriller in 3D. Follow ex-marine Jack (Sam Worthington) as he explores planet Pandora as an avatar; a human mind in an alien body. On this paradise-like planet, he faces hostilities from exotic life forms and falls in love with a female alien. This movie used ground-breaking techniques and is being shown in 3-D. In English or Chinese depending on the cinema.
- The Spy Next Door (邻家特工): Seasoned secret agent Bob Ho has lived through a number of impossible missions, but he soon realizes that watching his girlfriend´s three kids will be his toughest task yet. Featuring Jackie Chan as the undercover babysitter, the film shows you how complicated babysitting can be, even for a skillful spy. Language TBA.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (鼠来宝：明星俱乐部): The Squeakquel: Three sensational and oh-so-cute chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore are returning to the silver screen. They end up living with owner Dave’s nephew Toby and meet their equally talented female counterparts, the Chipettes. In English or Chinese depending on the cinema.
CHINESE LANGUAGE MOVIES
- True Legend (苏乞儿): Set at the turn of 19th and 20th century, the story of begins with Su Can, a wealthy man who loses all his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After being forced out onto the streets, he dedicates his life to martial arts and reemerges as a patriotic hero as he challenges foreign fighters at a boxing ring. The story is loosely based on the life of Su Can, nicknamed Su Qi Er (Su the Bagger), who developed his own fighting style, known as “drunken fist”. This is Yuen Wo-Ping’s first directorial work since 1996 and may also give a major boost to the career of 37 year old China’s born martial-art star Zhao Wenzhuo.
- Hot Summer Days ( 全城热恋): “Hot Summer Days” unites a galaxy of stars in China’s show business, including Jacky Cheung, Rene Liu, Nocholas Tse, Barbie Hsu, Daniel Wu and Vivian Hsu. The romance is slated for release across China in February the 11th. The film consists of six intertwining love stories, all set in a stifling and sultry summer. As Valentine’s Day this year falls on the first day of Chinese lunar new year, the release date for “Hot Summer Days”, February 11th, was chosen to coincide with the big occasion, aiming for a lion’s share of the movie market.
- All’s Well Ends Well 2010 (花田喜事): Director Raymond Wong heads up another all-star Lunar New Year comedy. “All’s Well Ends Well 2010” stars Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Raymond Wong, Ronald Cheng, Lam Tze-Chung, and “Ip Man” co-star Lynn Xiong. Plot: Princess Pearl of Flowerland is sent to Midland at a young age to learn her ceremonials duties. Her mother, the Queen Mother misses her daughter very much that the King orders his sister, the princess, to return home. However, the princess has fallen in love with Gerenal Wing of the Midland army and is reluctant to part from him. As their boat approaches the Flowerland border, Pearl & Wing save the life of a girl named Ying, who seeks to throw herself into sea after running away from an arranged marriage. Pearl, Wing and Ying are attacked by pirates and Pearl falls overboard in the ensuing chaos. On arrival in Flowerland, the King mistakes Ying for his sister, while Pearl is saved by Ying’s father, Million.
- Da You Cun Bright Future (大有前途): Da You Cun Bright Future, directed by Deng Zhiheng, may be the best comedy of this movie-packed season. Focusing on a group of people living in Da You Cun, a poor village, the movie tells the story of making dreams come true. The head of the village, Li Biao, who wants to improve people’s lives, comes across a Taiwan hotshot who promises to invest in the real estate market. Unfortunately, all the money is lost and the village becomes even poorer. But the simple but optimistic villagers decide to build back their lives. After a series of battles with city folk, they eventually build a movie base in the village. Da You Cun Bright Future is a good choice for those who just want to kick up their feet and have a good laugh.
- Fortune King is Coming To Town (财神到): This Chinese New Year celebration comedy tells a story that is very similar to “Santa Clause is coming to Town”. Fortune King is Chinese goddess; they come down from heaven to the earth and give money to people like what Santa does for children. Lead Actor Tan Yonglin says the Fortune King also only help people who watch out. “Our film is more than fun. If you do not work hard, the Fortune King will know and refuse to help you. The movie also tells us to open our heart and love others.”
- Qi Shi Er Jia Fang Ke (七十二家租客): In 1970s Hong Kong rapacious landlords try to evict 72 tenants but sworn brothers Ha Kung (Eric Tsang) and Shek Kin (Jacky Cheung) help the group of 72 defeat the landlord (Lam Ka Tung) and landlady (Charmaine Sheh) and coincidentally rescue Pinky (Anita Yuen) from a planned forced marriage. When both sworn brothers fall for Pinky and propose to her she flips a coin “heads or tails” and Ha wins her hand in marriage. In Cantonese.
- 14 Blades (锦衣卫): Daniel Lee´s martial arts epic stars certified Kung Fu badass Donnie Yen in the role of Qinglong, or Green Dragon. He is the best of the so called Jinyiwei, an imperial elite force of assassins recruited from street orphans. Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades, eight being for torture, five for killing, and the last blade being reserved for suicide when a mission failed. When the emperor is kidnapped and the court taken over, Qinglong takes on the mission of restoring the emperor to power. Also starring Vicki Zhao and Chun Wu.
- The Story of Hong Mao Lan Tu Huo Feng Huang (虹猫蓝兔火凤凰): The cartoon has a fan base of millions because of its TV version and tells of the adventures of a Rainbow Cat and Blue Rabbit. They are sent to witness in the rebirth of the Phoenix, and then the rebirth is sabotaged by the Black Dragon.
- Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf (喜羊羊与灰太狼之虎虎生威): This movie is from the same title Chinese Animated Television series which tell stories of bouts between Family Sheep and descendants of wolf on the grassland. This time, the story happens in the world of snail. There is a serious bale coming to snails. The biological warfare happens between two of bacterial kingdoms, “Black Null” and “White Null”, who exist on antennae of snails. The White Null Kingdom recruits all military force around the country to perish the black-hearted Black Null Kingdom. Sheep Xiyangyang sides with White Null Kingdom, and Wolf Huitailang is siding for the opposite.
- Confucius (孔子): Learn more about the respected Chinese thinker in this film. Directed by Hu Mei, China´s fifth-generation director, the film features Chow Yun-fat as Confucius. The plot depicts the latter half of Confucius´ life, from when he takes up the chancellor position of his home Kingdom until his death. Zhou Xun stars as the beauty Nan Zi in this high-budget . Mandarin only or in Mandarin with English subtitles depending on the cinema.
- Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser (名侦探柯南：漆黑的追踪者): The 13th episode in the Japanese movie franchise starring Japanese detective Conan finally comes to Shanghai. This 2009 anime film follows the prodigious young detective as he solves a serial murder case in Japan. Six people are killed and Mahjong tiles are left next to each victim as a strange clue. Dubbed in Mandarin or in Japanese with Chinese subtitles, depending on the cinema.
- Park Shanghai: Local director Huang Kai’s debut film explores China’s post ’80s generation. The romantic drama follows former lovebirds Dong and Rerei as they meet again at their high school reunion years after graduation. Huang Kai will attend the screenings. Call for more information. Mandarin, Shanghainese and English dialogue with Chinese and English subtitles.
- Amazing Tales: Three Guns (三枪拍案惊奇): This comedy thriller, also known as “A Simple Noodle Story” is Zhang Yimou’s remake of the Coen brothers´ “Blood Simple”. The story begins as a noodle restaurant-owner in the northwest part of ancient China hires a soldier to kill his cheating wife and her new man, a waiter, but the soldier has a plan of his own. Expect heaps of nonsensical humor and a line of A-listers in the cast, including comedian Xiao Shenyang, Zhao Benshan and actor Sun Honglei. Mandarin only.
- Poker King (扑克王): See amazing gambling tricks in this Hong Kong comedy. Louis Koo stars as Randy, who´s just inherited a majority stake in a casino in Macau, but hasn´t yet earned the trust of the casino´s other shareholders. So he joins a gambling tournament and tries to beat all rivals, including the casino´s seasoned manager. In Cantonese or Mandarin depending on the cinema.