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In Praise of ‘Point Break,’ a Trashy Summer Classic That Doesn’t Need a Remake

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There’s such a thing as serendipity, it seems. Just as I was preparing to write about the old Point Break, on the basis that it is the single best trashy beach film of all time, the news broke that the inevitable Point Break remake is on its way. On the basis of the trailer, though, the new version looks…. well, let’s be honest, it looks terrible. That’s not to say that the old Point Break — directed by Kathryn Bigelow — wasn’t terrible either, but the whole point of that film is that it’s terrible in an entirely endearing manner.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Dear White People,’ ‘John Wick’

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After a week off trudging through the cold and mainlining new movies in Park City, your weekly guide to what to buy and rent and stream has, happily, returned. This week’s slate is nice and diverse, just the way we like it: one of last year’s best action movies, one of last year’s best movies period, a recent and unjustly ignored effort from an auteur on the rise, and two underrated classics making their Blu-ray debuts.
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The True Story Behind the Letter That Inspired Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’

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The famous “Joan Anderson” letter from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac has been found in Southern California. Cassady apparently wrote the letter to Kerouac in a drug-fueled, sex-crazed haze on December 17, 1950. The rest is literary history.

Kerouac famously called the letter “the greatest piece of writing I ever saw, better’n anybody in America, or at least enough to make Melville, Twain, Dreiser, Wolfe, I dunno who, spin in their graves.” It was the muse that lent the jazzy energy and so-called “stream of consciousness” style to On the Road and the rest of his Duluoz Legend, in which Cassady appears as a clandestine presence (either as Dean Moriarty or Cody Pomeray). But the letter itself disappeared.
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