Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
My favorite highway movie is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson. Las Vegas is a city which encompasses the American ideals of living fast and taking risks. The film demonstrates the American dream of excess in psychedelic imagery. The drug-induced visions are blurred with the realities of American culture and the international and domestic tyranny of American militarism. Americana as the great "Melting Pot" is difficult to define and I think Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas does a good job of addressing the internal struggle for Americans to unify under one culture.