|Cast: Billy Crudup,
Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Director(s): Cameron Crowe
Genre: Coming-of-Age Drama
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If you like 70's rock like I do, do yourself a favour and watch this one! It's a bit delicate at times, but It feels like a trip back in a time machine. The central character, a 14 year old Rolling Stone reporter, is resplendant as a naive soul in the midst of rock star decadence. This one caught be completely by surprise.
Simply fantastic. I really hadn't heard much about it and was surprised to see how much I liked it. Great, original story, cast is excellent. Worth seeing.
Although a little flat-chested for my liking, I still think Kate Hudson is a beauty
Oh my god; how on earth did this movie end up with four stars from anyone, let alone Deril and D-bor? It was Eberts #1 movie of 2000! Ahhhhhh....
I watched this piece of complete shit the other night. I am giving it the big Bomb rating for numerous reasons...
- horrible, horrible acting. Not a single person had a good performance in this movie (except for Hoffman-see below). How on god's green earth did Kate Hudson win an oscar for this? She basically made googly eyes, and had a few glycerin tears. It was pathetic. And the lead kid? Jesus H Christ. I can hear the director now, "Okay kid, open your eyes real wide, and look 'amazed'... same thing for next scene, and the one after that..."
- terrible, terrible writing. Uninteresting. Huge holes of logic. Resorting to cheap plot devices (e.g., the plane that is about to go down and everyone confesses their true feelings... um cute for the Seinfeld finale, but for this? FUCK!!!).
- boring boring boring.
What utter tripe. Sometimes American movies make me so fucking mad. This was one of them.
The half-star that the bomb rating gives goes to the couple of scenes with Philip Seymour Hoffman - he was excellent; but only had about three small scenes.
Of course what does one expect from Cameron Crowe? Jerry MacGuire? That was another circle-jerk of tripe as well... "You had me at hello"... oh fuck the hell right off.
Jeff, I am glad your bitterness stamp is all over this. For the record, you may be slightly relieved to know that Kate Hudson did NOT win for this, though she WAS nominated.
For years I have heard, "Mitch - YOU of all people would LOVE this movie!". That is usually a warning sign to me. I find that when people say that, they actually have no idea what I like. They just think that since it's about the music scene (and loosely based on a true story) that it's my bag.
Anyways, I've only seen the last five minutes, and wasn't too impressed, so can't properly rate it, but I honestly have no intention of going out of my way to see it.
Ahhh... the only thing better than my bitterness is Mitch's appreciation of my bitterness!
You have no soul, sir! If limbs aren't being hacked or people being oppressed it's crap, right?
Ah well. There's no accounting or taste, especially in the POT.
PS: The meta-bitterness is pretty sweet. Keep it up!
Wow Jeffy, so bitter! I kinda agree with everyone on this, but I enjoyed it overall, so a marginal thumbs up from me.
As I stated previously, I was a bit cynical going in, but it won me over enough to merit a good rating. Duly noted about the acting - nothing was really Oscar-worthy or even Golden Globe-worthy, but somehow it didn't seem to matter. I was drawn into the time-line of the inexperienced teen going on the road with the rock band.
Yes, Crowe can be utterly cornball - the whole cast chiming in on 'Tiny Dancer' on the tour bus, the confessions on the possibly-doomed plane, etc... but there were more elements that I appreciated. Frances McDormand as the worried mom was an endearing performance, and Hoffman was great as Lester Bangs - it actually made me want to see an entire film about Bangs: that's a biopic I think would be fascinating. And although I didn't think Hudson's character was anything special, I liked that it conveyed the fine line between groupie/fan/muse - another theme I would like to see played out on film, i.e. Pamela Des Barres.
A minor flaw, to me: I once worked with a guy who was an aspiring screenwriter, and although he had barely a vague idea of what to make a film about, he was WAY ahead in assembling a soundtrack for his unmade film. He would play his 'soundtrack' a lot at work, which was essentially a mixed tape of songs he liked (Guns N' Roses, The Eagles, Tragically Hip...) and I kept thinking how there was no flow to his 'soundtrack'. They were just songs he liked that he thought would go great in a movie some day. Well, 'Almost Famous' kinda felt that way too. Sure, there's some classic stuff in there, but it felt like Crowe just went through some old mixed tapes he had and threw it on. The music has to be more relevant than just punctuating a scene from the 70's with Led Zep tunes. In the end, I enjoyed the film for the most part, but wanted to just sit back and listen to some obscure Black Crowes stuff, who's music can really capture that blues-rock era pretty well sometimes, even though they came way after the fact.
Anyways, probably Crowe's best film, for what it's worth.
Hey Hey Hey!
Take back that Led Zep comment! Use another band in your attack, but lay of the Zep!
From what I'M reading, Mitch isn't quite attacking the movie, nor Led Zep...
A bit trigger happy, there D-Bor!
BTW, you 62 yet?!!
Waiting for you in the Blood Furnace.........
NOT attacking Zep Derek, whoa tiger!! Just using it as an example, but I *WILL* say this: up until recent history, Zep were known for NOT letting ANYONE use their music for film soundtracks or ads.
Here's a citation from Wikipedia: "Unlike many of their contemporaries, the band has been very protective of its catalogue of songs and has seldom allowed them to be licensed for other uses -- for example, as of early 2006, the band remains one of a select handful who have refused to license their songs to any online music stores. In recent years this position has softened somewhat and Led Zeppelin songs can be heard in movies such as One Day in September, Almost Famous and School of Rock, On the DVD release of the latter movie, a special feature shows star Jack Black and an auditorium full of extras videotaping a plea to Led Zeppelin for permission to use Immigrant Song in the film. In a singular concession for commercial use, the Led Zeppelin song Rock and Roll was heard in Cadillac television and radio ads."
Also not known to many, was the fact that before his death, John Bonham and Ann Wilson of Heart were an item (she had hoped to eventually wed). Since his death, Heart's Wilson sisters have been the sole lucky ones permitted to use some Zep once in a while (they actually do a great cover of 'Going To California' on the 'Singles' soundtrack, you could almost swear it was Zep. Nancy's guitar is spot-on and Ann's vocals are freakishly Plant-esque).
Now then, guess who Nancy Wilson is married to? Yep, Cameron Crowe, director of 'Singles' and 'Almost Famous'. If you look at the soundtrack listing for 'AF', there's some Elton John, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc...lots of stuff from the era, and about 5 or 6 Zep tunes! It's like Crowe got permission and then blew his load.
At the risk of incurring Derek's wrath, NOT EVERY MOMENT from the 70's is a Zep moment!
Anyways, the music was great, it didn't kill the film for me - just a thought, that's all.
Of course, Plant was always the stricter one. If you recall Page's POL-inducing collaboration with Puff Daddy on a 'remake' of 'Kashmir' for the 'Godzilla' soundtrack (I shit thee not), one could just, well, POL!!!
And of course NOW, with Zep's reunion and tour, they've totally caved and have their music in all kinds of ads for cars, iPods, cellphones....even in the annoying ads they show before the trailers in movie theaters.
Bonham must be drum-rolling in his grave! (Ha! Nice pun!) Or choking on his own vomit.....
Quit living in the past man!
Zep are good, but yeeesh, get with the times
Adam Mar's dad, of all people, once had a funny line: he was in the car, radio was playing Enrique Iglesias, and he said, "They don't make men the way they used to" and shut off the radio.
Deril, what's the newest music you've been into? Michael Buble? He's just rehashing the past anyways, and gayer.
I'm actually a fan of L.Z.
Just trying to bug M.W. is all.
Sounds to me like U R GUAY for led Zep.
Here Mitch, I bought you a t-shirt
Here's a better one LOL!
How did we get from Led Zep to Gay?
Anyhow, Yes, I am gay for Led Zep!
The Zep songs in the soundtrack were perfect because they really were the Gods at the time, and embodied the excessiveness and debauchery that is depicted in the movie.
And Man-o-Man am I hoping they come to Montreal! Who else would be in?
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