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    Default Into the wild - the Chris McCanless story.

    anyone read this book or seen the movie?
    i saw the movie first and then saw the movie. really accurate depiction. sure a few liberties were taken but it went well with the movie. i like how the book fills the blanks that the movies leaves. i throughly enjoyed both. i feel for the kid and his family.

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    I just saw that movie over the weekend. Is that a true story?

    I felt bad for Chris/Alex - he realized when it was too late the meaning to being happy. Long movie, but I did like it - beautiful scenery.

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    Excellent movie... Haven't read the book yet. My old college roommate and I have been discussing this movie since it came out.

    Alot to be learned from this one... Salvation Mountain...Happiness is only real when shared... Things, Things, Things! etc..

    To have the wisdom to love them back...



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    Read a lengthy article about Chris' story when the movie hit theaters. Haven't read the book or seen the movie, but it's next up on my NetFlix list. Looking forward to seeing it.
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    .....so let me see if I get this straight...
    some idiot gives all his stuff away
    to get all existential with nature.... goes to Alaska, dies of exposure..
    and that's a tragedy?

    that's a great story to be told?

    Hey folks, it's CELEBRATE THE BONEHEADS WEEK here in Hollywoodland!!!!!!

    Giving all your stuff away seems like a noble thing to do,
    but grow the hell up it's 2008 and the world doesn't really work that way...
    I wish it did...I really do, we'd all be better off..

    Man, hippies, (and wannabee hippies like this guy) really kill me.


    I haven't seen the movie, I'm just going off what I hear, mind you..
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOC View Post
    .....so let me see if I get this straight...
    some idiot gives all his stuff away
    to get all existential with nature.... goes to Alaska, dies of exposure..
    and that's a tragedy?

    that's a great story to be told?

    Giving all your stuff away seems like a noble thing to do,
    but grow the hell up it's 2008 and the world doesn't really work that way...
    I wish it did...I really do, we'd all be better off..

    I haven't seen the movie, I a just going off what I hear, mind you..
    OK, so you're commenting about a film you haven't seen and a story you haven't read? Well, I don't want to defend hippies, but there's something to be said of ignorance as well. First you condemn his actions of giving away his stuff and call him an idiot, and then you support him by saying we'd all be better off by doing that.

    The story is actually a lot deeper than your summary. And, yeah, it's 2008 now. This story took place from 1990 through 1992.
    Actually the story is a tragedy since he didn't exactly intend to die in Alaska.
    This is a very good movie. Well done. I'm not quite finished with the book yet (a little more than half way done). It's a very intriguing story.
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    There is medicine available for people like this now. Forget the disillusionment, depression with the capitalist society, and the fact that people suck. Pop a pill and enjoy what you can out of this existence. Nobody knows whats on the other side, so get all you can out of this life.

    I did not see the movie, but I did read a summary of it while checking out the music Eddie Veder did for the movie.

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    I read his story, please don't imply that I am ignorant.

    I don't need Sean Penn to glamorize some poor misguided kid's terrible decisions.

    If you're walking in Alaska, and you don't even have BOOTS, you're an idiot.

    If you go to Alaska, and don't take enough proper food,
    when you've had no experience or training in that HARSHEST of environments-
    you're an idiot.

    There's existential, and there's just plain dumb.

    Of COURSE he didn't intend to die in Alaska!!

    Am I being contradictory? No, not if you really pay attention...

    I WISH we lived in a world that wasn't hung up on 'things',
    I presonally find a lot about our 'advanced' society to be incredibly backwards, in terms of priorities..

    For instance, teachers ought to be among the highest paid, and most revered, members of our society as a whole.....

    The difference is I understand that this is NOT the world in which I live,
    and so I act accordingly.

    Now, because of the idiots in Hollywood,
    who romanticized this poor lost soul,
    there are HUNDREDS of other IDIOTS trying to follow his path
    like he was Buddha headed off into the forest to get pure..

    which is costing a LOT of other people time effort and mucho money
    when they have to be RESCUED....
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    it takes a lot of balls to do what he did. especially coming from the environment he did ($$). he just wanted to be able to live of the land, on his means. they way they did all those decades ago. he did a fairly decent job of it. he was on his way home!!! lets see a lot of his critics try to do the same thing and see if they last 113 days!

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    BULLSHIT! It didn't take courage. It took a lack of critical thinking skills.

    That guy didn't appreciate one dam thing in his life.

    Of course, I blame the parents for spoiling their kid....
    They put him through college, and gave hima trust fund....and he blew off thecollege, blowing his folks money and insulting their efforts,
    and then he gave away his trust fund!!!

    He could have HELPED people w/ his trust fund by starting a charity
    and actually doing some good for his FELLOW man....something that would continue to help others long after he was gone....instead of blindly giving it to some faceless charity that used most of the money to pay the salaries on their self-important placebo jobs.

    or he could have taken that education he got for FREE
    and used IT in a way that would help his fellow man,
    instead of wasting all that time and effort and giving up on everything.

    Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous how people view this guy....
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    Quote Originally Posted by namedmydaughterHALEN View Post
    anyone read this book or seen the movie?
    i saw the movie first and then saw the movie. really accurate depiction. sure a few liberties were taken but it went well with the movie. i like how the book fills the blanks that the movies leaves. i throughly enjoyed both. i feel for the kid and his family.
    yikes! i meant i saw the movie first then read the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namedmydaughterHALEN View Post
    it takes a lot of balls to do what he did. especially coming from the environment he did ($$). he just wanted to be able to live of the land, on his means. they way they did all those decades ago. he did a fairly decent job of it. he was on his way home!!! lets see a lot of his critics try to do the same thing and see if they last 113 days!
    It takes balls? Wouldn't an idealistic guy like this be better served by giving himself to a noble cause? He could have gone to a third world country and donated his time and efforts and done things to help the helpless. There are many other areas where a guy like that could have made a difference in someone's life. In a way, what he did was selfish. It benefited only himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LOC View Post
    BULLSHIT! It didn't take courage. It took a lack of critical thinking skills.

    That guy didn't appreciate one dam thing in his life.

    Of course, I blame the parents for spoiling their kid....
    They put him through college, and gave hima trust fund....and he blew off thecollege, blowing his folks money and insulting their efforts,
    and then he gave away his trust fund!!!

    He could have HELPED people by starting a charity and actually doing some good for his FELLOW man....something that would continue to help others long after he was gone....

    or he could have taken that education and used IT in a way that would help his fellow man, instead of wasting all that time and effort and giving up on everything.

    Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous how people view this guy....

    he didnt start a charity but have gave his savings to charity.
    i dont believe he gave up. it sounded like he was on his way to something upon his return, book of his travels or soemthing.
    i am not saying that people need to follow this guys shoes. i just think its a good movie and better book. i just can't see how anyone can just leave their family and never contact them. 2 years of constant worry only to have your worst fears come true. heartbreaking.

    its funny that the author Jon Krakauer had the same reactions from his original article. people scorning him for what he did and people who felt for him and demise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namedmydaughterHALEN View Post
    yikes! i meant i saw the movie first then read the book.
    Yeah, I was going to bust your balls and tell you that I took a different approach in that I read the book, and then I read the book.

    Actually, I have neither read the book, nor seen the movie. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once...no really, I read ONE chapter in a college class (it was a class about Teaching English in the Secondary Classroom, and we were doing a unit on how to get non-readers to read in high school), and it actually seemed quite interesting.

    I think I'd rather read the book, then see the movie. We'll wait til after I am done with Clapton's autobiography.

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    The book was great. I read it about 5 years ago I think, when a buddy of mine gave it to me.

    I've been meaning to see the movie, but haven't gotten around to it. I'm glad that EV did the soundtrack, his lyrics and voice fit the vibe of that book.
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