Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
Reporter: Mr.Blake what do you love about cinema?
Me: To begin with it....everything else.
I AM A GOLDEN GOD!
This song is never been sung in this film, but can be sing always:
Like a bird on a wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free
Bird on the wire by Leonard Cohen
If I could be more free as much am I, I'll be like a bird on the wire, the sing my own song...Like a bird on the wire...To sing with my friends on the wire...Only to you hear our midnight choir.
Maybe is the only thing I can refer about music and rock 'n' roll. Like a bird…
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!…
Why did I wait so long to watch!? Almost Famous might be the best film about music that I've seen. It's a coming of age story that is so different from the rest. I connected with so many characters in this movie, and that rarely happens. Typically, I'll connect with maybe one or two; but that's not the case here. And I think that was mainly due to the outstanding acting from the entire cast. The music! Oh the music was absolutely fantastic!
I tried to think of something negative to say about this movie, even if it was the smallest thing. And I literally can't think of anything. This movie was amazing. The Tiny Dancer scene was just way too good, dang that was awesome. Also, the fact that Russell is Dr. Manhattan is Watchmen is just epic.
Don't forget: DON'T DO DRUGS!
"The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool."
Considering I've just finished watching this film, the sensible thing to do would probably be to wait until I've gathered my thoughts and then write an in-depth review covering everything in detail.
But I'd just forget to do that.
As with most things, there really isn't anything else I can add that hasn't already been said about this film, other than the fact that it's probably a new favourite of mine. It's just, well, every single thing about it. The script (that "uncool" conversation...). The soundtrack (the soundtrack...). The cast (PSH...). Everything combining to create the band movie.
Yeah, once again, I'm pretty much lost for words right now. Sorry.
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 its 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 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!
Review In A Nutshell:
I knew that eventually I'll find a Cameron Crowe film that I would like. Almost Famous is that film. Cameron Crowe may not be much of an auteur as compared to his peers, particularly if you judge the film on its surface, but if one pushes themselves beyond the veneer that Crowe has created then one would find the genuine truth in his films. Jerry Maguire may not be a reflection of the director's own personal life but one can sense the emotions of some of the key characters within that film are inspired from his own life. Almost Famous takes it one step further by providing a semi-biographical retelling of his experience when he worked…
It’s the Hallmark card version of rock and roll, but I don't get much satisfaction out of saying so. I think this concept could work, but done in this way it just really didn’t. Like the other Cameron Crowe movie I’ve seen, Vanilla Sky, I find his cooler-than-thou soundtrack choices to be distancing, almost certainly the opposite of the intended effect. This is especially a problem for Almost Famous because music is the entire point. We have no nostalgia for fictitious band Stillwater because they don’t exist, but still the music – other people’s music – is supposed to make us feel something. As great as the tunes are, it feels to me like he’s trading in counterfeit cultural coinage.…
I honestly don't get the hype surrounding Cameron Crowe, after seeing this and Jerry McGuire, I honestly think he is a poor director. The movie has the type of story i'm interesting in, about being on the road with a band, and the story for the most part is pretty good, my problem is the way it's handled. Firstly I thought the lead kid child actor was not very good in the role, it's hard to find decent child actors, but this wasn't one of them, this is a shame since the surrounding cast (Kate Hudson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Frances McDormand) are all great. The movies editing is really off putting, I can't quite put my figure on it,…
Watching this, I realized that Marc Maron was the angry promoter guy and I sorta freaked out, and then he yelled "LOCK THE GATES" which is the beginning of the intro music to his podcast and I freaked out even harder.
Crowe's work on this film is nothing short of excellent making it a top notch thing to watch. Performances are thorough all around including Hudson's Oscar worthy performances as band-aid girl, Penny Lane. It's fun that this was the first film chosen to watch in my film class.
Why hasn't Cameron Crowe managed to make film this good since? And why hasn't Kate Hudson found a role this juicy since? If you don't love this movie, you might not actually like music. It seems fitting I suppose that a film about music has one of the best uses of music in a scene that I have ever seen in cinema. I won't give it away because it caught me completely by surprise and it was almost a transcendent experience. Perhaps that scene, and this movie as a whole, is how Crowe continues to manage to get funding for more of his films. I hope and pray he will make something this good again someday. But, if not, I'll be forever happy this exists.
"It's all happening!"
Almost Famous makes you wish you were Cameron Crowe. To think he basically lived this movie when he was a teenager is insane. The shoulders he must have rubbed up against - Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Bowie, Dylan etc. - oh man!
I love this movie. It's so rich with detail and character. I've only ever seen the extended Untitled cut but I can't imagine experiencing it any other way. You fall in love with Penny Lane and get to live alongside Stillwater on their rambling tour in such a deep and complete way. You can almost feel yourself growing up with William as the running time ticks by. You want to pick up your phone and…
“Listen to Tommy with a candle burning, and you'll see your entire future.”
William's journey with the fictitious rock band Stillwater characterises everything everyone who has ever met their heroes eventually finds out; these people are no better than you, they're just trying to get by doing what they love. The development of the character of William's mother Elaine tells us that not everything is black and white, she learnt from the loss of her daughter to music that she simply couldn't keep her son from it, and Russell (the lead guitarist of Stillwater) learns from her not to strive to be a rock god, but to strive to be a good person.
Despite really enjoying this film because of…
I rewatch this film every year. It brings me to tears every fucking time. Everything in this movie hits the right spots. The music, the acting of Frances McDormand and Patrick Fugit and especially the incredible presence of Kate Hudson (a goddess!), the right humor, everything. Man I love this film.
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