It's the return of The Unenthusiastic Critic podcast, as Nakea and Michael hit the road for the 50th anniversary of 1969's Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson.
Back in the Summer of '69, it seemed like the hippies were going to change the world, and young maverick filmmakers like Hopper and Fonda were going to change Hollywood. Fifty years later, however, both of those supposed revolutions are little more than distant, romanticized memories. So this week we're watching this counterculture classic, and discovering that it still has a lot to say about how it all went so wrong.
Get your motor runnin', and head out on the highway with The Unenthusiastic Critic…
0:00: Prologue: from Lost in America (1985)
0:40: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
15:40: Interlude: Original Trailer for Easy Rider
17:18: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
59:25: Outro and Next Week's Movie
Notes and Links
—Movie Reviewed: Easy Rider (dir. Dennis Hopper, Raybert Productions, 1969).
—Prologue: Albert Brooks and Garry Marshall in Lost in America (dir. Albert Brooks, Warner Bros, 1985).
—Books Referenced: Easy Riders Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And Rock 'N Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, Peter Biskind, Simon & Schuster, 1998; 1969: The Year Everything Changed, Rob Kirkpatrick, Skyhorse, 2009.
—Reviews Referenced: Vincent Canby, New York Times; Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com.
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