Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Aug 16th at 4:15pm for The End of the Tour at the Landmark E Street Cinema . Look for Brian F. wearing a green “DC Bocce” t-shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
The End of the Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between novelist and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallaces groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailtiesbut its never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipskys closet. The film is based on Lipskys critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallaces 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.