Clip of the Day: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


Screw Jack Sparrow. If there’s one recurring role of Johnny Depp’s that I would never get tired of him reprising, it’s the various incarnations of Hunter S. Thompson. So in honor of his 3rd reprisal of The Colonel in this weekend’s The Rum Diary, (with the second being the narrator in the Alex Gibney doc Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson) todays Clip of the Day comes from the cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Editor Christopher Misch, said that he hated this film. And after re-watching it recently on the Criterion Collection’s Blu-Ray of it, I don’t blame him. Like Gilliam’s work, it is a devisive, in your face, ugly and loud film that throws you into the world and characters without regard to propriety and safety. Which makes this moment all the more powerful for it’s quiet reflection. It’s the eye in the storm that allows for the viewer to take a breath and to let Hunter’s prose speak for itself and for the point of the film to come in calmly and clearly.

Luke Annand

Film geek, podcaster and newly minted IATSE member from Regina, Saskatchewan. I met Don McKellar once, and he told me that Quentin Tarantino is exactly like me.
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