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Kill Your Darlings [Blu-ray] (2013)

Daniel Radcliffe , Dane Dehaan  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane Dehaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Croatian, English, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is accepted at Columbia, he finds stuffy tradition clashing with daringly modern ideas and attitudes – embodied by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Lucien is an object of fascination for shy, unsophisticated Allen, and soon he is drawn into Lucien’s hard-drinking, jazz-clubbing circle of friends, including William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), who clearly resents Allen’s position as Lucien’s new sidekick. A true story of friendship, love and murder, Kill Your Darlings recounts the pivotal year that changed Allen Ginsberg’s life forever and provided the spark for him to start his creative revolution.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Films of 2013 ... A Must See! March 26, 2014
Kill Your Darlings is one of the best films of 2013 and certainly the most interesting film that I've seen regarding the group of individuals collectively referred to as The Beats. It has recently been released on DVD and video (for rent or purchase). The movie covers only a short period of time in their lives which includes the pivotal event which helped to shape their future and provide a significant contribution to their future literary work.

Kill Your Darlings begins with Allen Ginsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe) enrolling at Columbia University and meeting Lucien Carr (played by Dane DeHaan). Lucien Carr then introduces Ginsberg to David Kammerer (played by Michael C Hall), William S Burroughs (played by Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (played by Jack Huston). During the first part of the film, we see them interact in ways that gives us insight into their thought processes and their unique approach to the world. This is an interesting introduction to The Beats; but it is not the main subject of this film.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! If you are not familiar with the murder of David Kammerer or prefer to see the film before knowing more about it, stop reading now; but please come back once you've seen the film to read more. Comments and discussion are always welcome.

Lucien Carr was nineteen years old when he murdered David Kammerer who was approximately fifteen years his senior. The two formed a close relationship when Lucien was only fourteen while both were living in St Louis. David Kammerer was obviously totally infatuated with Lucien Carr. That is not in dispute. Over the years as Lucien moved from school to school, David also moved to Lucien's new location so that he could be near the younger man.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We have a duty to break the law!" January 15, 2014
"Kill Your Darlings" (2013 release; 104 min.) is not to be confused with the completely unrelated film of the same name from 2006 starring Alexander Skargard. The 2013 film brings the story of how the Beat generation got its not-so-humble start, when in the mid-1940s Allen Ginsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), then a freshman at Columbia University, gets to know and befriend Jack Kerouac (played by Jack Huston) as well as William S. Burroughs (played by Ben Foster). The movie actually felt like two-movies-in-one. The first part of the movie shows us how these three, along with a few more characters, start dreaming up what would eventually be known as the Beat generation. The basic formula of that seemed to have been: cause as much havoc as possible (at one point one of them concludes: "we have a duty to break the law!", as if that makes it okay), go to lots of night clubs in Harlem to check out the latest jazz combo, and smoke lots and lots of cigarettes (and take in a few not-quite-so-legal things as well). The second part of the movie centers around the troubled relationship between Lucien Carr (played by Dane DeHaan) and David Kammerer (played by Michael C. Hall) on the one hand, and Ginsberg's own relationship with Carr on the other hand. To tell you much more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: as between the 2-in-1 films, I was not particularly drawn in with the first part of the movie, as it all felt very forced (I kept thinking: look at them trying hard to act drunk when they really aren't!). But it is the second part of the film that really pulled me in and caught my attention (and then kept it through the end).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all around March 19, 2014
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So well acted and overall well done. I felt transported into 1940s New York. So thankful I wasn't alive during that time period though.
Daniel Radcliffe was amazing. The murder scene and the accompanying music was absolutely fascinating and oddly weird. John Krokidas definitely created a noir feel.

Since all the real-life principals involved in this based on a true story film are dead, it would be wise to be wary of those claiming to know what really happened--especially antigay authors, journalists, and right-wing Web sites that clearly have an axe to grind. Instead consider reading the novel that inspired this movie and was written by two of the principals involved who were there:
"And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks" by Burroughs and Kerouac.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW WORDS. NEW RHYTHMS, March 9, 2014
This story is a historical drama concerning the life of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) and his time at Columbia University. The story centers on the events leading up to the murder of David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) of which we gets glimpses of in the beginning. The film concentrates on the complex relationship of Ginsberg and Carr, from their writing, to sharing of private lives, to their "New Vision" their "rearrangement of the senses" to their lover relationship.

Other characters include Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster). They created an avant-garde culture by rejecting cultural values, and in a way were the anti-Fitzgeralds while being them.

Danie Radcliffe shows us that if you spend enough time in front of a camera, you can one day be an actor. He was excellent in his role, as were the supporting cast. I would have appreciated a more colorful Jack Kerouac.

A good historical drama for those who might find interest in the topic.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Sex (male-male, oral) male rear nudity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Intriguing drama about famous American poets I never heard of before. Daniel Radcliffe has grown up.
Published 4 days ago by Jon Revilla
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was good movie, but I guess I was expecting a ...
I thought it was good movie, but I guess I was expecting a lot more based on the online buzz. The plot was good, but it probably isn't a movie I would buy again at full price.
Published 5 days ago by D. Aschliman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a total waste.
I Thought Radcliffe did a fine job with the material they gave him. The others were good enough. Just thought the story lacked scope. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Michael Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really great movie
Published 8 days ago by dvh
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The razzle dazzle editing detracts from the story....I don't want to watch this thing again
Published 11 days ago by g. keeney
5.0 out of 5 stars In for the "Kill".
Very interesting look into this chapter. Pretty dark, but not unrealistic. I didn't care for their treatment of the Kerouac character though. But over all a really good film.
Published 12 days ago by Kelly J. Mix
Published 12 days ago by George Q. Wheeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting story on live of poet good job Dan
Published 14 days ago by jack Shoemaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wow! I did not know what to expect from this film (being unfamiliar with most of the principal characters, and the incident that both brought them together and tore them apart... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Louisa M
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not very good
Published 22 days ago by PE Teacher03
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