For No Good Reason

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Synopsis
Experience 15 years in the life of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman, whose surreal, often confrontational artwork is frequently associated with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Through Johnny Depp’s lead in this intimate portrait, we are able to reach the heart of what make this artist tick, his friendships and fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties. This inventive, energetic, occasionally harrowing, but inspiring and uplifting film includes contributions from Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Tim Robbins and others who offer insight into the man behind the legend.

Genre: Education/General Interest
Director: Charlie Paul -
Theatrical Release: 2012
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 90 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray/DVD
Language: English

Synopsis
Experience 15 years in the life of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman, whose surreal, often confrontational artwork is frequently associated with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Through Johnny Depp’s lead in this intimate portrait, we are able to reach the heart of what make this artist tick, his friendships and fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties. This inventive, energetic, occasionally harrowing, but inspiring and uplifting film includes contributions from Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Tim Robbins and others who offer insight into the man behind the legend.

Experience 15 years in the life of acclaimed illustrator Ralph Steadman, whose surreal, often confrontational artwork is frequently associated with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson thanks to such books as FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS and THE CURSE OF LONO. A look back at Steadman's remarkable career offers a glimpse into his vivid imagination as interviews with Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Tim Robbins and others offer insight into the man behind the legend. Meanwhile, Steadman watches as his drawings are brought to life through the magic of animation for the very first time.;

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William S. Burroughs - Beat movement American author ("Naked Lunch")
Johnny Depp - American Actor - SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STR
Richard E. Grant - British Actor
Tim Robbins - American Actor/Director, BOB ROBERTS (1992)
Bruce Robinson - Director/Actor/Screenwriter
Jann Wenner -
Patrick Godfrey - Supporting Actor
Hal Willner -
Slash - Guns 'n Roses guitarist
The All-American Rejects - Pop/punk band
Jason Mraz - Singer/Songwriter
Ralph Steadman - Artist/illustrator
Charlie Paul -
Sacha Skarbek -
Sacha Skarbek -
Kevin Richards -
Ed Harcourt -
Crystal Castles -
James Blake - Composer (Music Score)
RogerEbert.com
04/25/2014
"[The] virtue of FOR NO GOOD REASON, a documentary about Steadman, is that it puts a lot of that work up on the big screen to galvanic effect."
New York Times
05/24/2014
"Nine years after Thompson?s death, it is nearly impossible to think of his prose without conjuring visions of Mr. Steadman?s drawings -- nightmarishly funny compositions in which spidery lines intersect with clouds of spilled and sprayed ink."
Variety
04/23/2014
"[I]t incorporates archival footage, reams of photographs and seemingly limitless selections of the artist?s alternately lurid, provocative and hilarious work..."
Chicago Sun-Times
05/15/2014
3 stars out of 4 -- "Lovingly detailed with animated and archival imagery, FOR NO GOOD REASON shares the fine-grain layered style of its subject."

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