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  • Into the Wild

    Has anyone seen this? It's been selling out in Portland for a month now (they filmed here in town for months last fall), and my husband and I finally saw it Friday night.

    He'd actually been cast as an extra in several scenes, but didn't end up doing it because I was out of town and he had the kids. Too bad! Would have been amazing!

    We both really loved it. It's a beautiful film, a little long at 2.5 hours, but the scenery, acting and experiences of Alexander Supertramp more than make up for it. There are even some laughs here and there.

    I read the book by Jon Krakauer a few years ago, and it's an unforgettable book. Christopher McCandless was an over-sensitive guy with an upper middle class upbringing with maaajor secrets who gave away his savings and "tramped" across the US without contacting his family with the goal of living off the land in Alaska. He met and befriended a series of people and they helped tell his story.

    The movie does justice to most of the characters/people in the book. Hal Holbrook made me cry--he was so amazing. As was Catherine Keener. Vince Vaughn was really good. Kristen Stewart was beautiful.

    Emile Hirsch was so good in most of the movie--he's in almost every scene of the movie. He's got a very River Phoenix thing going on....yum. His hair is amazing.

    I think the movie's still in limited release, but it's worth seeking out. http://www.intothewild.com/

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/into_the_wild/?page=1

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758758/

    Check out the book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Into-Wild-MTI-...4193094&sr=1-1

    The soundtrack is awesome:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...d_i=0307387178

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    Re: Into the Wild

    Emile Hirsch is quite the actor - first saw him in Lords of Dogtown (which btw if you haven't seen you should see - it's very good!) AND in Alpha Dog

    I'm looking forward to this - if I don't catch it in the theatres I have it saved to Netflix
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      Re: Into the Wild

      I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska when he was there. When the book came out, we all thought he was an idiot for trying to live off the land when he knew nothing about the land. In the winter, it can get to -50, for weeks on end! I have read reviews where people think this kid is some kind of folk hero, up in Alaska there are names for these type of people, dead.

      I now work in a bookstore near Pittsburgh, and when people ask for my opinion on this book, I just have to say that the writing is good and the subject is interesting.

      But, this is a free country where people are welcome to their opinions. I'm glad you liked it stinkerbell. Maybe after seeing it, people will think twice about trying to duplicate his actions.


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        Re: Into the Wild

        Originally posted by stinkerbell View Post
        Has anyone seen this? It's been selling out in Portland for a month now (they filmed here in town for months last fall), and my husband and I finally saw it Friday night.


        Check out the book:
        http://www.amazon.com/Into-Wild-MTI-...4193094&sr=1-1

        The soundtrack is awesome:
        http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...d_i=0307387178

        Next time Vince Vaughan is in our neck of the woods...you better let me know Claire!

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          Re: Into the Wild

          Nancy--I think the both the book and the movie make it clear that Christopher McCandless was probably charming and well-meaning, but spoiled and didn't know what the heck he was doing. Neither the movie or the book make him out to be a hero of any sort.

          Janine--Vince Vaughn was in Astoria and Long Beach, WA filming his parts I heard way back when (with Sean Penn). Emile Hirsch was sighted all over Astoria. Ugh. So cute! Sean Penn got coffee in my high school's friend's shop a few times. Lucky!

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            Re: Into the Wild

            We saw Sean Penn getting coffee in my hometown a year or so back. My g/f had zero clue who he was.

            Read Into the Wild years back and going to see this movie tonight.

            On a tangent, read his other books, obviously Into Thin Air and many other Everest books. Just read Ed Viesturs book "No Shortcuts to the Top" and highly recommend it. He is another super human like Lance Armstrong.

            Will give my thoughts on movie tomorrow.
            Originally posted by Grumpee
            I only care for Disney bling!

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            • #7
              Re: Into the Wild

              Jon Krakauer is a great author. I think he likes to explore the those moral dilemnas and writes about them in a way that you flip flop back and forth on a topic. I loved Into Thin Air and Under the Banner, too.

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