Thursday, September 1, 2005

‘Sideways’ Author Prefers Road Trip Movies To Road Trip Traffic

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Last year’s sleeper movie hit, Sideways, has inspired a whole generation of wine lovers to hit the open road, but the author of the novel that inspired the film has no interest in hitting the highway himself this Labor Day Weekend.

Sideways author Rex Pickett admits he’d rather lounge in a La-Z-Boy watching a good road trip flick than battle traffic in real life.

That doesn’t mean Pickett isn’t a driven man. He’s a guest columnist at the movie website and has just compiled a list of his top 10 favorite road films.

Naturally, Thelma & Louise and The Motorcycle Diaries made the list but Pickett also hopes to steer people towards the 1945 budget film noir gem Detour and a three-hour black-and-white movie titled Kings of The Road that he first saw in film class.

While recent comedies like Road Trip or Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle qualify as road movies, Pickett didn’t list them in hopes that “people could expand their horizons a little bit.”

Not that Pickett is picky. He simply favors something “deeper,” and declares, “I’m not some curmudgeon here.”

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