On the Road 2012
This movie is a decent Brazilian-French-Canadian retelling of Jack Kerouac’s famous auto-biographical novel about several road trips in the late 1940’s and early 50’s. Directed by Walter Salles, the film captures a lot of the stimulant driven intensity that consumed the characters in the story, and also the actual people in real life. The movie, about Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassidy and William Burroughs goes with illegal drugs and homosexual relationships where the 1957 novel didn’t dare. And the footage run with the end credits pays a special tribute to Neal Cassidy’s final trip in Mexico.
Midnight Cowboy 1969
This American drama film, directed by John Schlesinger, and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie tells a story about a young Texan dishwasher who heads to New York City, hoping to succeed as a male prostitute. The film is the only X-rated one to win an Oscar in any category, and in 1994, it was deemed “Culturally, Historically or Aesthetically Significant” by the Library of Congress and Selected for Preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
Easy Rider 1969
This American road movie, directed by Dennis Hopper, and starring Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, tells a story about two freewheeling hippies on motorcycles. With a “groundbreaking” soundtrack that featured The Band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Steppenwolf, the movie is considered a landmark counterculture film, and a “touchstone for a generation” that “captured the national imagination. Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960’s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use and the communal lifestyle.” In 1998, the film was added to the Library of Congress Registry.
Thelma & Louise 1991
This adventure female buddy film, directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, received six Academy Award Nominations, including Best Actress for both women. The movie tells a story of two women heading out for a two day vacation in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible. The film was a critical success with Metacritic giving it a score of 88 out of 100. And Janet Maslin of The New York Times said “it reimagined the buddy film with such freshness and vigor that the genre seemed positively new. It discovered unexpected resources in both of its stars.”
This American thriller film, produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty, tells a story of four Atlanta businessmen who decide to make a canoe trip down a river before its valley is flooded by the construction of a dam. On release, the movie was well received by critics, and considered one of the best of 1972. John J. Puccio of Movie Metropolis said “It’s a move of contrasts, the primary one emphasizing the differences between modern Man, with his impulse to change things, and primal Nature, with its pristine beauty.” In 2008, the film was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.