Hunter Thompson, the author of Hells Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
and Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail 72
, was one of the most compelling voices of 20th-century journalism. He was also a personal wreck, a drug-addled, drunken, gun-wielding maniac who surrounded himself with naked hippies and wealthy neer-do-wells and who ruined his talent with fame, excess and self-caricature. Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney presents Thompsons life as a way to look at the changing state of American culture and politics over the last 40 years. Its an effective, sad and challenging film, one that will have you asking how we could allow a worse crook than Richard Nixon to get elected twice in our lifetimes. Its also a tale of the impotence of the press, and the way that America longed to beand succeeded in becominga cartoon version of itself. Not to be missed by those with an interest in recent history, journalistic trends and naked hippies.