Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don't fall for it.
Almost Famous is an autobiographical inspired film about a 15-year-old who is hired by Rolling Stone magazine to follow and interview a rock band during their tour. A film about growing up, first love, disappointment, and the life of a rock star.
Its all happening!
I finally watched Almost Famous after a loooooooong time of putting it off.
Sigh.... There's just too many movies and not enough time... But I saw it. And more importantly, I loved it; for obvious reasons. But I also loved this film for being so damn awesome despite having 3 things I passionately hate:
1. Kate Hudson
2. Zooey Deschanel
3. Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel being in the same movie.
Luckily Zooey had a small and surprisingly likable part and she didn't have share the screen with Kate "yourwordsmakemypenisshrivel" Hudson. In fact, I think the films only crime is trying to convince us that anyone could ever fall in love with her... But enough about that!…
I love films which are about or reference classic rock. This couldn't be any more perfect!
Sabbath, Skynyrd, Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones. To name just a few but ALL SUCH GREAT BANDS! I didn't expect "Simple Man" to provoke even greater feelings from me than it already does, but it's use in this film did!
Cameron Crowe is a God! I'm so in love with this film right now!
It's just dawned on me that it's Jason Lee in this! I Love My Name is Earl and his character in Kevin Smith's films. This is so great.
Spinal Tap must have seen this and thought "Ah shit, our film sucks now..."
And then I find out Mike McCready of Fucking Pearl Jam is the one playing the guitar tracks for the band in this?! This film has everything a fan of classic rock could ask for!
"Rock stars have kidnapped my son!"
A perfect mix of great acting, sharp dialogue, and fantastic music leads to a film that I never tire of seeing.
Cameron Crowe has created some spectacular female characters; he has special luck working with blondes. But the character of Penny Lane is as magical as any that he's ever done and one of the most attractive and likable women in all the cinema. Well, desirable might be a better word. (Haha, some credit might go to Kate Hudson, too.)
Special notice goes to Phil Hoffman and Francis McDormand, who steal every scene. But the rest of the cast are spectacular as well.
It's been a while since I had first seen Almost Famous and now I like it even more than I did before. It's rare that a film is just - in lack of a better word - so immensely loveable.
No matter which mood you're in, you feel just better after watching it. However what makes this movie a real achievement is that it makes you feel good about yourself without being schmaltzy or overly sentimental. The emotions and sentiments of the characters are so perfectly interwoven with the script - which by the way is a deserved Oscar winner - that no lengthy monologues are needed that clumsily tell you what you need to feel.
You can just connect…
It's easy to see why this is one of so many people's favourite films of all time. Whilst Almost Famous isn't anything amazing in terms of cinematography, it's a thoroughly lovable film. From the director of the classic 80's rom-com 'Say Anything', the film has a very classic feel to it and reminds me of the just as brilliant Dazed and Confused. With a stand-out role for Kate Hudson, the film gives an impressive lead from Patrick Fugit and it's a shame we haven't seen more of him since. With a great supporting cast including the likes of Zooey Deschanel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Lee, Rainn Wilson, Anna Paquin, and a young Jay Baruchel, too, the casting for this is…
Film number 264 for my 2013 list.
Great story of a misunderstood unpopular kid fitting right in with the cool kids all grown up.
Philip Seymour Hoffman has a unique, but fun role as the guy on the other end of the phone. He's like a cooler Jiminy Cricket with better catchphrases.
I'm glad I finally watched it. The length had kept me away for too long, but I finally found myself alone one night with plenty of time before bed. Before that, I had only ever seen the "Golden God" scene when it was new on DVD at the local Blockbuster.
What a fascinating, hilarious, interesting film. In the day since I watched it, two things continue to roll through my head (well, three if you include the bewitching and beguiling Penny Lane). The first is the humour. Lines like “I am a golden god!” or “she said feck, not fuck, the difference is the ‘U’” come back to and make me want to share this film with a friend.
The moral message of the film is fascinating. One the one hand you have the “deflowering” of a teenage boy by three barely out of high school teens and the central character of Penny Lane who tries to hook up with most of the men in the film (and yet I…
I never thought I'd say this but this movie plays better for me at home. It's seems more personal; more intimate. It's playing just for you.
Irgendwie nehm ich hier keinem auch nur eine Sekunde von dem
ab, was gezeigt wird.
Im englischen würde man glaube ich "phony" sagen.
Ich kann Kate Hudson auch überhaupt nicht leiden.
I'm not sure how well this film really worked for me. The plot was extremely predictable which isn't always a bad thing but in this case it seemed I was waiting the whole time for his article to come out and for the band to reject it. That kind of anticipation fed into the whole thing for me - I didn't really enjoy a lot of it because of the brooding wound waiting for me. It also forced me to cringe a little too much and the whole affair seemed fairly uncomfortable instead of the anarchic and care free rock adventure it managed to be at times.
I also think the main character was written too young. I get that…
Cameron Crowes semibiographischer Roadmovie um den jungen Rockjournalisten William Miller wiegt permanent zwischen den Glanz- und Schattenseiten des Rockstarlebens ab. Das ist durchweg sehr kurzweilig und in einigen Szenen gelingt es Crowe sogar, subtil die Einsamkeit unter Verehrern abzubilden. Das Beziehungsdreieck, das einen Kern für die Geschichte bildet wirkt leider seltsam konstruiert und wird kaum in Dialogen untermauert.
Hauptdarsteller Patrick Fugit und Kate Hudson wirken leider in ihren Rollen stark überfordert - gerade in großen Momenten scheitern die beiden Jungschauspieler daran, ihre Gefühlswelt glaubwürdig zu externalisieren. Frances McDormand als Williams Mutter und verkörpertes Establishment ist in ihren komödiantischen Momenten Lobenswert, in ihrer Charakterentwicklung aber vorhersehbar. Leuchtendes Vorbild für alle ist Phillip Seymour Hoffmann, der leider zu wenig Präsenz eingeräumt bekommt.…
"And you can tell Rolling Stone magazine that my last words were... I'm on drugs!"
I rarely, rarely give films 5 stars on the first viewing, but this instantly won me over with it's great characters and a strong love for music. An engaging and involving film, with an easily likeable protagonist and cast of characters.
I didn't realize the movie was 163 minutes (director's cut) until the day after I saw it. I believes that's a testament to how entertaining and wonderful this film is.
I've figured out why I connect so strongly with Almost Famous: I am William.
I've always been the straight-laced guy that ends up being friends with some pretty wild people. While my mother never had to say "My son has been kidnapped by rock stars" and I certainly wasn't deflowered by a bunch of groupies, I identify strongly with William and his deep love of music and ability to have others trust and confide in him. And I get frustrated seeing them make stupid decisions and hurt each other.
Speaking of love of music, the scene where his sister leaves and leaves him a bunch of records always brings tears to my eyes. That discovery, the world opening up, the music touching something deep, it's so moving.