Broadsheet Trailer Park: A Walk In The Woods


Walk in the Woods

What you may need to know:

1. Robert Redford and Nick Nolte hike 2,200 miles across the Appalachian Trail.

2. Based on Bill Bryson’s 1998 best-seller.

3. It’s back to the day job for Sundance Kid and gran crush Redford.

4. Oh hai Nick Offerman. Always a pleasure.

5. Is there a studio brave enough to put Nolte, Rip Torn and Randy Quaid in the same movie? I guess the liability insurance would be prohibitive.

6. Broadsheet prognosis: Wild (2014) for the Werther’s Original set.

Release Date: September 18.

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20 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: A Walk In The Woods

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    Bill Bryson’s writings were really bad in my opinion.
    But Nolte is always class on screen and may dilute the irritable chancer that is Redford.

    1. Fardays

      I thought ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ was quite decent, with some excellent explanations of scientific concepts.

      1. ivan

        your opinion is completely valid.

        100% wrong, but completely valid. You’re allowed not to like him, you’re allowed to find the asides tedious but to call the writing ‘really bad’? Jesus, who are you, FR Leavis?

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          No, not Leavis or Jesus!
          Nor any lofty position as a critic.
          I found Bryson’s humour contrived and a tad silly. Read 4 of his books and still felt his musings were very predictable and stale. He’s popular, I know. Travel books are a great genre too, so I’ve no beef with the man – just hated his writing.

          1. ivan

            That’s fair enough, and I can see where you’re coming from. I don’t agree, but that’s personal taste.

            The less travel-y ones are worth investigating, because they don’t move, if that makes sense. Made In America, Short History, At Home, 1927…

            If I’m honest, I thought Walk in the Woods was (largely) a crock of sh1t as books go, so i’m not saying he’s beyond criticism either – but it wasn’t the “really bad” writing that got me on that front, it was the lack of, well, a point!

            anyway – yeah – as a Loo Read, the more ‘fact’ ones stack up well.

          2. rory

            How did you end up reading 4 of his books? Considering your dislike.

            (For clarification, in case the above comment sounds aggressive, like the other people who responded to you comments:
            I have not read Bryson, I don’t care if he’s bad or good. I’m just wondering why you read 4 of his books? That’s quite a lot of books.)

          3. rory

            Actually it doesn’t matter. Sorry if my comment caused irritation. Just found it funny. The 4 book thing. 4 books.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      And a fine woman she is…. I fell in love with Ms Thompson onscreen when she rode into scene on a horse in Much Ado About Nothing…


      Is that too much? :)

      1. Mikeyfex

        We have that in common Clampers. And I was only a nipper. She’s in the group with Sigourney and Jamie-Lee; the group that you only appreciate as you yourself mature into a fine young man.

    2. Nigel

      Hey, Kristen Schaal and Mary Steenburgen are in it, too, you know. And we don’t know about the bears. Not that this isn’t obviously a crochety old guy movie, but still.

  2. Nigel

    Jesus. Bill Bryson gets to be played by Robert Redford? That’s. I don’t even. Right. When they make a film of my Facebook entry about spraining my ankle while running in the woods, I want to be played by Tom Hardy.

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