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Review: 'Big Sur' A Beautifully, Anti-Romantic Look At The Beat Generation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2013 12:01 PM
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Whether audiences have wanted it or not, the Beat Generation has come storming back to the movies in the past year. Though focusing on different portions of their lives, both "On the Road" and "Kill Your Darlings" reveled in the freedom of jazz, the heady highs of drugs and the pursuit of pure experience this band of writers strove for. The films embraced the myth of its subjects, detailing the incidents, pains and pleasures that turned them into a force that would define an era. But what happens when those dreams of a transformed America don't pan out? What are you left with when the poetry on the page cannot overcome your own uncertainty? These are questions that face Jack Kerouac in Michael Polish's adaptation of "Big Sur," a film about the Beats that refuses nostalgia and easy answers, and is a much more fascinating, satisfying picture than its competition as a result.

Watch: Trailer & New Pics For Latest Beat Generation Movie 'Big Sur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 12:50 PM
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Has the landrush to make movies based on the Beat Generation actually amount to anything? Last year, Walter Salles' star-laden "On The Road" barely made a dent, while the forthcoming "Kill Your Darlings" boasting an equally compelling ensemble — Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Ben Foster, David Cross, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh — certainly can't do worse. But whether or not it takes off, enthusiasts of the Beats will keep having more movies to choose from as "Big Sur" is also the way.

Evan Rachel Wood Will Get Behind An '18 Wheel Butterfly'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 29, 2012 9:36 AM
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Michael Polish, one half of the sibling duo behind “Twin Falls Idaho” and “The Astronaut Farmer,” has attached himself to the road movie “18 Wheel Butterfly” with Evan Rachel Wood in talks to star as a female trucker. Nice.

Bizarre New Poster & Trailer For Long-Delayed Polish Brothers Film ‘Stay Cool’

  • By Sam Price
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  • August 25, 2011 2:03 AM
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As filmmaking sibling duos go, Mark and Michael Polish have never been heralded as titans of the independent moviemaking scene, nor have they managed to attain consistent mainstream success like the brothers Coen or Duplass. Early efforts like “Twin Falls Idaho” -- in which the pair starred as conjoined twins to some acclaim -- and “Northfolk” certainly have their fans, but they came unstuck with an offensively mawkish Billy Bob Thornton vehicle no-one saw (“The Astronaut Farmer”) in 2006 and it’s hardly been plain sailing since then, with pictures like “The Smell of Success” dropping off the face of the Earth into instant obscurity or ‘secret’ projects like their “Wizard of Oz” prequel being mysteriously dumped/abandoned when everyone else in Hollywood had a similar idea.

The Polish Brothers Turned Down The Opportunity To Direct 'Akira'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 2:32 AM
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One of the most interesting things about Warner Bros.' gestating "Akira" is that ever since director Albert Hughes bailed on the film at the end of May, there hasn't been a word about it. No shortlist of directors, no new names being tossed around for the lead. Nothing. Which is what makes this next morsel of info somewhat compelling.

Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas & Jean-Marc Barr Head To 'Big Sur' For Michael Polish

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 5:39 AM
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Anthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty & Henry Thomas Round Out The CastCould the Beat Generation be experiencing a resurgence of mainstream interest? We'll have to wait and see but it certainly won't be for a lack of trying from Hollywood. Last year, James Franco starred in the underwhelming "Howl" centering on Allen Ginsberg and the famous trial around the poem. While that film fizzled, a much more star studded affair is around the corner with Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic "On The Road" starring Kristen Stewart, Garret Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga and Danny Morgan. And now, another famed Kerouac is getting the big screen treatment.

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