Interesting subjects tend to make interesting documentaries, and this is no exception. It’s not a masterpiece on it’s own (like, say, “Crumb,” which would actually make for a good double feature), but it has it’s moments. Inspired me to read “Naked Lunch” if nothing else (although saying that has underserved it).
I don't like Burroughs as a person. I can't understand Ginsberg thinking she desired him to kill her, that is an irrational thought. Burroughs' son's fate was a terrible product of his rotten behavior; and I think he killed his wife on purpose. I think WSB is witty. I think I like his son more, he should have been a bigger character because he lived for five years since he left that apartment, they were not friends.
I'm one of those guys. Thirteen years old. Read a magazine article about Mr. Burroughs, and it was all over for me. Burroughs was my entry pod into literature and the counterculture. He is a man well-suited to candid documentary treatment. His whole affect is a huge piece of his art. The voice. The manner. The wardrobe. The biography. A very special modality of mutual exploitation here between filmmaker and subject.
A must-see for anyone even remotely interested. It’ll make you want to go out and have your suit coats lined with hidden pockets for your blackjack. I doubt this is the last film, fiction or not, on Burroughs - a man whose real life stories rival even the most epic movie plot.
A truly special document from director Howard Brookner, which brilliantly contextualises Burroughs' life and work and gives you a real sense of the elusive man himself. You can become a fan of Burroughs: The Movie on the film's Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/burroughsthemovie