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Highly Suspect Reviews: The End of the Tour

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Jason Segel gets all serious as author David Foster Wallace, writer of “Infinite Jest”, that reluctantly agrees to a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky, played here by Jesse Eisnenberg. The two have a multi-day conversation that goes from bro code to existence pondering. But is it interesting? Sarah, Beau and Chris contemplate the film.

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • Johnny Neill

    I have tried to read Infinite Jest, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, and one other one. I think his fiction is was so pretentious as to be snotty and contemptuous to his readers. He had a thing for numbered footnotes that could have been deconstructionist, but instead were just a blatant attempt to make his reading difficult, so that the fans that finished his stuff could congratulate themselves for having survived the endurance test that is reading his fiction. It is a shame, because his nonfiction essays, collected in A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again or Consider The Lobster (though that later collection isn’t nearly as good as the first) are complete brilliance on the page, great, fun, insightful reads that I can’t recommend highly enough. Based on his output, and of course suicide, he feared his own need to want to connect with people, even through his art, but needed to and couldn’t make the connection. I always hoped he would outgrow needing to be the snarliest, smartest guy in the room, but his angst and depression got the better of him before he got a chance.