In this episode Movies To Watch Before You Die, Mark is joined by guest Alden Roth (Instagram, Twitter, Youtube) as the two break down the 2007 film Into The Wild. Directed by Sean Penn. Starring Emile Hirsch.

Haven’t seen the film yet?  Or maybe you need to refresh your memory? Buy or rent the film here: HardcopyAmazon Instant Video, or iTunes.

Film Synopsis

Based on a true story, Into The Wild details the journey of recent college graduate Christopher McCandless as he embarks on a trip across America to the Alaskan wilderness in an effort to cope with his poor relationship with his parents and general lack of identity.

In this episode, the guys talk about a bunch of themes such as exploration, happiness, solitude, nature, literature, transcendentalism, minimalism, relationships, complacency, and self-sufficiency. Mark voices concern over Alden’s similarities to Alex in the film and Alden talks about the importance of interpersonal relationships. Tune in to see why.

Did you also know that Into The Wild is based on the 1996 novel by the same name? Written by Jon Krakauer, the book explores the travels of Christopher McCandless across the American frontier, as well as the author’s experiences as he attempts to retrace the young Christopher’s footsteps. Get it for yourself on Amazon or iTunes.

The movie also featured a large number of books that Chris carried with him on his journey:

The Call of the Wild (1903) by Jack London. Get it on Amazon or iTunes.

Walden (1854) by Henry David Thoreau. Get it on Amazon or iTunes.

Doctor Zhivago (1957) by Boris Pasternak. Get it on Amazon or iTunes.

War and Peace (1869) by Leo Tolstoy. Get it on Amazon or iTunes.

Education of a Wandering Man (1989) by Louis L’Amour. Get it on Amazon or iTunes.

Books referenced in the podcast:

Desert Solitaire (1968) by Edward Abbey. Get it on Amazon or iTunes.

Self-Reliance (1841) by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Get it on Amazon or iTunes.

Looking Ahead

Tune into the podcast next week, where Mark and guest Dan Helbling will analyze the 2008 film There Will Be Blood. Haven’t seen it yet? Get it here: Hardcopy, Amazon Instant Video, or iTunes.

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