Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 11:19
Updated 7:11pm 25/1/15 EST USA
Woke this morning to a flood of positive reviews and comments about James Ponsoldt’s movie adaptation of David Lipsky's interview with David Foster Wallace,The End of the Tour [Previously] shared on twitter and elsewhere. I'll do my best to update the list below throughout the next few days so come back here and refresh for more.
Also, you might like to keep an eye on my twitter feed in the sidebar (or here) for more up to date news.
- David Rooney's review for The Hollywood Reporter
- Daniel Fienberg's review for HitFix, 'The End of the Tour' sees Jason Segel do right by David Foster Wallace
- Jack Giroux for Film Stage, The End of the TourSundance Film Festival 2015 Review
- Backstory, Infinitely Entertaining Writing in The End of the Tour
- Mike Ryan for UpRoxx Movies, Jason Segel Shines As David Foster Wallace In ‘The End Of The Tour’ At Sundance
- River Grand Rapids' link and twitter wrap, ‘The End of the Tour’ Reviews Call Film ‘Heartfelt’, ‘Fascinating,’ ‘Brilliant’ and ‘Fantastic’
- Kyle Smith for the New York Post, David Foster Wallace film is moving, profound
- Matt Oakes for Silver Screen Riot, Sundance Review: THE END OF THE TOUR
- Brian Raftery for Yahoo! Movies, Jason Segel Hits the Road (and Wows the Sundance Crowd) in 'The End of the Tour'
- Dennis Harvey for Variety, Sundance Film Review: ‘The End of the Tour’
- Rodrigo Perez for The Playlist, Sundance Review: James Ponsoldt’s ‘The End Of The Tour’ Starring Jason Segel & Jesse Eisenberg
- Jada Yuan for Vulture, Sundance: (Very) Early Oscar Buzz for Jason Segel's Portrayal of David Foster Wallace
- New York News, ‘The End of the Tour,’ starring Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace, wows at Sundance
- Chris Bumbray for JoBlo, Review: The End of the Tour (Sundance 2015)
- Edward Douglas for ComingSoon.net, Sundance Film Festival Diary - Day 2
- William Bibbiani for CraveOnline Australia, Sundance 2015 Review: ‘The End of the Tour’ is One-On-One of a Kind
- Jordan Hoffman for The Guardian, Sundance 2015 review: The End of the Tour – Jason Segel passes infinite test of playing David Foster Wallace
- Richard Lawson for Vanity Fair, The End of the Tour Is a Deeply Affecting Tribute to a Cherished Writer, and a Huge Breakthrough for Jason Segel
- Emily Yoshida for The Verge, The End of the Tour is about the soul-sucking nature of the celebrity profile
- Matt Goldberg for Collider, THE END OF THE TOUR Review | Sundance 2015
- Brian Tallerico for Roger Ebert Sundance, SUNDANCE 2015: “THE END OF THE TOUR”
- Rob Thomas for Madison Movie, Sundance Film Festival: “The End of the Tour” treats David Foster Wallace with compassion and insight
- Joshua Rothkopf for Time Out New York, The End of the Tour
- Amirose and Alicia for AMC Independent, Sundance 2015 - Amirose & Alicia Discuss "The End of the Tour" - AMCi [Youtube]
- A.A. Dowd for A.V. Club, Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace in a terrific two-hander
- Scott Menzel for We Live Film, Sundance 2015: The End of the Tour
- Ty Burr for The Boston Globe, Sundance day 2: A serious day
- Alex Billington for FirstShowing.net, Sundance 2015: Jason Segel is Incredible in Profound 'End of the Tour'
- Anthony Kaufman for Screen Daily, The End Of The Tour
- Steve "Capone" Prokopy for Ain't It Cool News, SUNDANCE 2015: Capone continues his coverage with two of his favorites so far: James Ponsoldt's THE END OF THE TOUR and Ramin Bahrani's 99 HOMES
- Kate Erbland for Film School Rejects, James Ponsoldt's Deeply Felt The End of The Tour is Worth the Trip
- Chris Lee for Entertainment Weekly, Sundance 2015: 'Mississippi Grind' and 'The End of the Tour' are two for the road
- David Fear for Rolling Stone, Sundance 2015: 'The End of the Tour' Resurrects David Foster Wallace
- Germain Lussier for Film, Jason Segel’s Big Dramatic Debut Is One Of Many Great Things In ‘The End of the Tour’ [Sundance 2015]
- Jeff Bayer for Scorecard Review, The End of the Tour
Last Updated on Sunday, 25 January 2015 19:52
UPDATE: List of all online reviews here.
Super positive buzz and early reviews popping up after James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of David Lipsky's interview with David Foster Wallace, The End of the Tour, screened at Sundance [Previously].
-David Rooney's review for The Hollywood Reporter encapsulates this well:
The same compassionate observation of human imperfections that distinguished Ponsoldt’s films Smashed and The Spectacular Now makes him an ideal interpreter of this material, while playwright Donald Margulies’ thoughtful screenplay brings tremendous insight into the way writers’ minds work. This is no conventional biodrama about the tortured artist, but very much the film that lovers of Wallace’s dazzlingly perspicacious fiction and essays would want.
Read the rest of the review here.
-For Bustle Anna Klassen spoke to Jason Segel on the red carpet about his role in the film, 'The End of the Tour' Star Jason Segel Opens Up About Playing David Foster Wallace At Sundance Film Festival 2015:
The film, which I can proclaim with great joy, is a tremendous success. Segel’s portrayal of Wallace is so captivating, I kept begging for a rewind button. Every syllable uttered more truthful than the last, Segel regurgitated the icon, and his particularly fluid way of discourse in a believable and completely earnest manner.
“I tried to make the character as accurate as possible given the information I had available to me,” Segel said. “I tried to play the character with a lot of love. Performing is all about honesty, so it was very exciting for me to do this movie.”
When I asked Segel if tackling this role had any influence on his perception of journalists, he admitted it only created more of a hesitance. “Well my character, as David Foster Wallace was on the other side of the journalist dynamic, so no, it didn’t create sympathy,” he said. “It was a cautionary tale for me. I learned that there is a very universal human moment that happens around your early thirties where you start to realize that the things you are told to put your values in, aren't going to make you happy. That was what the movie really explored for me.”
Read the rest of the interview here.
-Daniel Fienberg's review for HitFix, Review: 'The End of the Tour' sees Jason Segel do right by David Foster Wallace:
Ponsoldt's restraint is in keeping with the scale of this story, but I'm going to need a few more days (or weeks or months) to chew on whether the story ends on a note of emotional profundity or reportorial gamesmanship. But thanks to Margulies and Ponsoldt and thanks to Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, "End of the Tour" mostly does right by David Foster Wallace, a not insignificant feat when you're dealing with a figure who generates such passion.
Read the rest of the review here.
-Scott Macaulay's interview for Film Maker, Director James Ponsoldt on his David Foster Wallace Drama, The End of the Tour:
[The End of the Tour] is also a story about meeting someone you’ve admired from a distance, so in that regard it’s an unrequited love story. It’s about meeting that person who you’ve built up, whether it’s an artist or an estranged family member — someone who has taken on an entire constellation of emotion and meaning to you, and who, at the end of the day, is a total stranger. And who, when you do find yourself in their proximity for some time, [your] relationship [with them] is complicated by their own messy humanity.
Read the rest of the interview here.
I'm using twitter to share numerous brief thoughts and impressions, so you might want to check out my stream via @nick_maniatis
If you've seen the film consider adding thoughts to the comments below. Anyone out there want to write a review for me if you manage to see it this weekend? Let me know.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:47
Regardless if you're excited or distraught about the film adaptation of David Lipsky's road trip with David Foster Wallace, James Ponsoldt's, The End of the Tour screens this weekend at Sundance.
Over at the Standard Examiner Nancy Van Valkenburg reports some thoughts from James Ponsoldt in, 'The End of the Tour' tells uneasy tale:
[...]One of Ponsoldt’s professors was intrigued by the book Lipsky ultimate published.
“Donald Margulies, my professor in college, wrote a stunning screenplay. It moved me deeply,” the director said. “I already admired David Lipsky’s book, but I was in awe of how Donald turned it into a subtle, riveting script.
“I’ve also been a massive David Foster Wallace fan for my entire adult life. His writing has meant so much to me over the years. I couldn’t stop thinking about making this film, which is always a good sign. Lipsky and Wallace’s conversations about their hopes and struggles were incredibly relatable, personal, and very moving to me.”
Ponsoldt hopes the men’s story intrigues audiences as much as it does him.
“I hope that people are still thinking about the film after it’s over,” the director said. “And if it emotionally affects them, well, that’s fantastic. I’m especially looking forward for audiences to see these wonderful performances — Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg were both incredible. I was blown away. They both give intense, emotional, nuanced performances.[...]
Continue reading here.
Anyone going to see it? Hit up the comments below with thoughts or reviews.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:13
David Haglund attended the Under the Radar Festival performance of Daniel Fish's A (radically condensed and expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again - after David Foster Wallace, and has reviewed it for Slate, This Isn’t Water, Putting David Foster Wallace onstage at the Public Theater.
It sounds like it was an interesting production:
Soon one young woman is alone reciting a section of “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” Wallace’s existential and occasionally uproarious account of a cruise on what he calls the Nadir. These sections are funny, and the audience laughs at Wallace’s jokes, even delivered, as they are, in stagey monotone with bits of performative reaching and crouching. Then the first ping: Petra, the cleaning lady on the Nadir who makes Wallace’s lodgings immaculate and whose movements Wallace tries and fails to track, is a real-life (maybe) analogue to the bathroom attendant of Brief Interviews. One’s perspective shifts: from Wallace’s to Petra’s; from the crazy-making mystery of her ninja-like appearances and disappearances to the sheer drudgery of the labor she is repeatedly performing; from the unpleasantly antiseptic quality of the cruise to the overwhelming privilege of Wallace’s position (of which, it should be noted, he was fully aware).
Continue reading here.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 12:26
Back in 1997 The Harvard Advocate ran Daley Haggar's Interview with David Foster Wallace and it's well worth checking out.
Love it when things like this show up! By no means is this a 'lost' interview (I even found some references to it online when checking if I had read it previously) but it's one I don't think I've read before and until now it's not been listed over at my Interviews and Audio page.
They discuss Wallace's transition from math and philosophy to fiction, his influences (Bangs, Barthelme, Coover, Puig, Pynchon among others), postmodern fiction, the 'Hot Young Author' stuff that came with Infinite Jest, authors that need more attention (Ozick, DeLillo, Scott, McCarthy), television, media culture, metafiction, irony and of course, Infinite Jest.
Most interesting is Wallace's answer to the final question about drug use in Infinite Jest:
What I wanted to do was write a book about various people who were dealing with what they give themselves away to. One of the weird things about Boston is the AA has a lot of open meetings, and you can go if you're not a member, so I went to a few of these and decided I was really interested - I've had a lot of friends in AA - I was never a drug addict, but I knew people who were and I was sort of in that world, and there was a halfway house, there in Boston, and a lot of what's in the book I picked up there.
I wanted to do something more about what it's like to quit something that's become important to you. The word addict comes from addicere which means religious devotee. When I was doing the book, one of the conclusions that I came to was that that impulse is the same, and I too know how it's very easy - to need something more important than I am to get lost in. And the strange thing is meeting people at these readings and meeting fans of the book who think this book is the best thing since sliced bread, and it's a very good book but it's not that good, and part of their impulse in thinking it's that great is the same impulse that makes people scream at rock concerts. There's this urge to say "This is good, I will love this." And I also have that in myself.
Read the full interview here.
More David Foster Wallace interviews here.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 11:41
It's great to see more reviews of The David Foster Wallace Reader appearing.
Tim Groenland has one over at The Irish Times, Review: The David Foster Wallace Reader:
The writing is easily good enough to deserve the Greatest Hits treatment and if the Reader encourages students to continue the conversation with Wallace’s work, then it will have done its job.
And don't miss Jonathan Russell Clark's review for The Millions, To Make Us Feel Less Alone: On ‘The David Foster Wallace Reader’:
...if this Reader accomplishes anything, it would be wonderful if some new Wallace fans emerged from its publication. For Wallace fans, however, TDFWR is a chance to go back and read some of his most inventive and brilliant pieces, but more than that it’s an opportunity to reassess Wallace’s work, to judge it chronologically and thus progressively, and by doing so reacquaint one’s self to this incredible writer and thinker and person. And this is what I’d like to do now: use this beautiful new volume as a means of dissecting DFW’s entire oeuvre and trying to make some claims about his work as a whole.
More reviews of The David Foster Wallace Reader here.