Saturday, May 21, 2016
THE END OF THE TOUR(directed by James Ponsoldt) offers a glimpse into world of journalism, literary culture, and celebrity
This engaging film is built on contradictions. A 'serious' writer works for Rolling Stone magazine devoted to Pop Music. He is assigned to interview a 'reclusive' writer of a 1000 pg novel who has the physical presence of a hulk, the personality of a dork. David Foster Wallace is a one-man cat-and-mouse game. A passive-aggressive internal drama queen(beauty-in-the-beast) who seems to both seek out and run from celebrity. Too philosophical for the dominant pop sensibility, too juvenile to rise above hipsterism. Done without sentimentalism and sensationalism. It is also about clever Jew and messed-up Aryan and might make an interesting double-feature to A DANGEROUS METHOD. Solid film.