SHE’S GOT THE BEAT
a beat generation movie with a great performance from courtney love.
Jack Kerouac spawned two competing films out this year: an adaptation of On the Road starring Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, and Kristen Stewart, and Big Sur with Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth, and Castle's Stana Katic. And last year, there was Howl, featuring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg.
Before all that, there was Beat, an indie film starring Kiefer Sutherland and Courtney Love as William S. Burroughs and his wife, Joan Vollmer. The movie follows the couple as they get deeper into drugs, poetry, and ultimately a very bloody finale, meeting Kerouac and Ginsberg (played by Ron Livingston, aka Berger from Sex and the City), along the way.
This is not an amazing movie, but it's way better than the Rotton Tomatoes movie would have you believe, and it has Private-Icon-worthy style to cut, paste, and stick on your bedroom wall / Tumblr / Pinterest. Also, Courtney Love is really fantastic in her role (and her red lipstick). Oh, and It's free on Hulu, and embedded below. Press play and screenshot away.