TSE Top Ten Movie Countdown: #5 Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

This makes the list because of cinematic and literary reasons. One of my foremost heros as a writer is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. His landmark gonzo journalism and writing style paints epic portraits of the sad state of the American dream in modern times. Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas was the first of many of his books that I read, and it is by far the closest interpretation of a book into film that I have ever seen. FALILV is directed by one of the cast members from the last entry on our top ten countdown. Terry Gilliam is a brilliant director and was one of the original cast members of the Monty Python troupe. The attention to detail is magnificent as Johnny Depp does Thompson dead on. Though Thompson’s analysis of the political situation of the country was one of his strengths, FALILV is more of a personal tail of fear and loathing. Just make sure you don’t stop in bat country.

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