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The End of the Tour 2015

  • James Ponsoldt
  • July 31, 2015
  • 106 mins
  • English
  • Drama
Imagine the greatest conversation you've ever had.
The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

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Do you enjoy 'talky' little niche films that claim to be far more intellectual and literary than they really are? Then this film is for you! Sit back and watch two self-obsessed neurotic writers bandy egos back and forth in a passive-aggressive display more appropriate for an afternoon Lifetime movie.

This film says nothing at all about what it means to be a writer. It says very little about Wallace, the craft of writing, or authentic self-expression. It focuses instead on Lipsky's character-defining envy of Wallace, and his ongoing attempts to deconstruct Wallace's life and personality in order to understand and ultimately discount and devalue both.

At some point, you come to appreciate that Lipsky is merely an arrogant literary paparazzi who uses a voice recorder instead of a camera. And then you realize that neither of these characters are likeable or relateable.

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A visceral, bookish Almost Famous in romancing a journalistic bond.

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I'd never imagined myself enjoying a movie that has nothing in it except two people talking, but I did, because this isn't just people two people talking, this is Dave Wallace and a highly educated person talking, and it's an interesting kind of talk, the kid of talk where one would normally say "Oh, to be a fly on the wall!".

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