An Unlikely Pairing for: A WALK IN THE WOODS

Friday, September 4, 2015

I've never understood the need to be challenged. Particularly when it comes to challenging yourself physically. That old saying about anything worth having is worth doing, or some such nonsense, holds no water for me.  I like things easy. I enjoy not just creature comforts, but any comforts. I try never to be too hot, God forbid I be too cold. I need to be in surroundings with lots of natural light on a daily basis, yet protected from too much sun and bugs. I could go on, but you get the picture. So you can imagine the idea of walking the Appalachian Trail (2,185 miles) for 4 months sounds absolutely ludicrous to me, at any age, let alone 70! But that's the premise of this Ken Kwapis directed movie A WALK IN THE WOODS based on the nonfiction novel, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson.

T&T Quick Synopsis: Robert Redford plays Bill Bryson, a very successful travel writer, who seems also to have earned accolades in other civic matters and academic pursuits. He's been married to the same woman since undergrad, played by Emma Thompson. The movie starts out with him enduring a rather pointless and borderline insulting interview on a morning TV program. He comes home a little disgruntled, takes a walk, and sees the signs pointing to the Appalachian Trail, and that's it, light bulb goes off! He's gonna walk the entire trail.  Of course his wife hates the idea, but when she can't persuade him away from it, she insists he take a friend along for the adventure, for safety's sake. Only, all of his past and present associations have more sense than to want to take such a fool hardy trek, and turn him down. Then he gets a call from a real blast from the past, Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) a guy he traveled around Europe with 40 years ago, and didn't really like. But Katz is eager to go, so Bill accepts his companionship.

Nolte, 74 years old, told Speakeasy in an interview that while he had fun making the movie with the now 79-year-old Redford, the production took its toll. “We walked a lot,” he said. “I replaced my hip right afterwards.” Nolte, like his character Katz, already had knee issues before beginning his own “walk in the woods.” The actor also discussed how he was able to relate with his character Katz beyond their physical ailments, his memories of growing up during World War II and the 1950s, and that time he passed up on a cowboy movie Paul Newman was developing.

Were you friends with Redford before you started making this movie?

Nolte: I wasn’t a friend of Bob’s before. Of course, we have the same lawyers, so, in a roundabout way, we knew of each other. He called me and asked me to come and meet with him and talk about a few things. It was primarily “Walk in the Woods,” which I had read. … He presented “Walk in the Woods” and gave me a script. That was about six years ago. It took five years to get it done.

How much of the filming was done on the real Appalachian Trail?

Sometimes it was, sometimes it wasn’t. We tried to use as many trails as we could that were reachable that we could get up to. We had camels, horses and four-wheel-drive vehicles... READ MORE Michael Calia The Wallstreet Journal
Bottom Line: "A Walk in the Woods" is nothing like Reese Witherspoon's raw, lonely, penance walk in "Wild".  This movie is mainly a buddy comedy, with a toned down comic edge. It's never boring like Redford's lonely sea voyage "All is Lost" (click for T&T post). Thankfully, these guys do get off the trail sometimes and stay in a hotel or go to a diner, which gave me relief watching them come up out of the rain, snow, and threats of bears.  There's a place in the movie where Katz wants to give up and drive the rest of the way, and Bryson responds - do that if you want to, I'm still walking.  Katz then admits he's only out there because he wanted to spend time with Bryson.  I can imagine the same scenario in real-life - this probably isn't a movie Nolte would have done, if asked by anyone other than Robert Redford.

T &T's LAMB Score: 3 outta 5

Side note: By the way, screened "A Walk in the Woods" at Bryn Mawr Film Institute out on the Main Line. It's rare that this theater is the venue for preview screenings. In part, it's why I decided to see this movie. The theater has a rich history going back to 1926, and an amazing 8000 members who keep the theater current and running with state-of-the-art screening equipment. I just wished they had a scholarship program for their film classes, I'm always dying to attend, but I can't swing the cost of the courses.

Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine): Philly Film, Food & Events Blog

Philly Events Calendar

ADD YOUR EVENT for FREE! - which includes SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS!  Click AGENDA VIEW to see complete list of happenings.

Featured Post


Tinsel & Tine Winners for Preview Screening Contest Guest on The LAMB Podcast Lambcast #470: CAPTAIN MARVEL w/ Rich Kirkh...

Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST


The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE


...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST


With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST


I participated in WalkMS Philly on 4/30/16
Thank you to the readers who donated to the cause - It's not too late to support! Click badge below

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

Tinsel & Tine on

Tinsel & Tine on
Really love this platform, you feature your stuff and other people's stuff you follow, and it all configures like the front page of a newspaper. Click to see what I mean

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Visit Our YouTube Channel
View Q & A's with visiting Filmmakers to Philly

Philly Food and Film

Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.


Cross Content Blogs


Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA



group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

About This Blog

is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

Camera Tips


  © Blogger template On The Road by 2009

Back to TOP