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The Rum Diary Streaming Now On The Netflix

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 15th June 2012 11:35am
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For those of you who missed The Rum Diary during its theatrical release, we bring you the good news that it is now available for streaming on The Netflix.

Johnny Depp reprises his role as Hunter S. Thompson, this time known as Kemp, an aspiring novelist who takes a job writing horoscopes for a failing newspaper in 1960s San Juan, Puerto Rico. These are the halcyon days of Dr. Thompson, wherein he's still struggling to find his voice as a writer and a human, but through the fragility and fear we see the foundation upon which his later giant would stand and fight.

The Rum Diary it isn't chock full of avant-garde psychedelia like Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, but instead plays like an early Beatles album wherin the occasional twang, chord change or lyrical alliteration echoes the coming lysergic euphoria. This is the prequel. The roots. The seedling from which the great Dr. Gonzo grew into a giant oak. This is The Rum Diary.

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Comments & Discussion:

Just put it into my queue and will be watching it later on today.

Thanks for the heads up.

"Sounds of a San Juan night, drifting across the city through layers of humid air; sounds of life and movement, people getting ready and people giving up, the sound of hope and the sound of hanging on, and behind them all, the quiet, deadly ticking of a thousand hungry clocks, the lonely sound of time passing in the long Caribbean night."

You can kind of see how he wound up in Vegas.

Cool! Thanks for the heads up Chuck. I've always liked this quote from Rum Diary:
“Happy," I muttered, trying to pin the word down. But it is one of those words, like Love, that I have never quite understood. Most people who deal in words don’t have much faith in them and I am no exception – especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong. They are too elusive and far to relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony. I feel at home with these, because they’re scrawny and easy to pin, but the big ones are tough and it takes either a priest or a fool to use them with any confidence.”

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