a revised list bc my previous one was from 4 years ago and i don't necessarily agree with half of…
It's a heck of a place to find yourself
Drew Baylor is fired after causing his shoe company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars. To make matters worse, he's also dumped by his girlfriend. On the verge of ending it all, Drew gets a new lease on life when he returns to his family's small Kentucky hometown after his father dies. Along the way, he meets a flight attendant with whom he falls in love.
Berken's 30 Countries Challenge,film #2-USA
There are film-makers that know how to use music in their films and then there is Cameron Crowe. I'm a little biased as for me Crowe can do no wrong. He may well be a director/screenwriter/producer but his obvious love is music. Maybe being married to a former rocker herself in the shape of Nancy Wilson helped him in his brilliant song choices for movies that have touched so many,who knows? Now divorced,his next move will tell us just how much.
Elizabethtown has been a polarising film for many. Adam Cook a writer I respect enormously doesn't have much time for this film and makes a good argument as to it's faults. I fully understand…
I'll always love this film. Derided by many, it still resonates with me as I too lost my father just like Orlando's character and it was only after his death I realized how much time we wasted and the excuses we gave for not spending enough time together. I'm not claiming to be anything like Orlando Bloom and movies don't normally reflect my own life or state of mind, but this one was like looking in a mirror. Crowe may know how to add sentimentality by the bucket-load and sometimes he overdoes it, but with this story of that shard of light in the darkness of grief, this makes me cry like a lost child every time.
Films are meant to engage you and get an emotional response. Whether that's to instill fear from a horror film, tears from a drama, laughs from a comedy, or elation from an action film, it takes skill to conjure up something magical to make a connection with the viewer. When a film manages to tap into something personal within someone like Elizabethtown did with me, it earns a special place in your heart. This film resonates so deeply with me because of the subject matter (this film always makes me think of the time my father and I wasted prior to his death) and the complicated relationship I have with the rest of my family. My wife saved me, gave…
FILM#64-DECEMBER CHALLENGE 2
I cannot better my previous review of "Elizabethtown", it said everything I felt about it and still do.
Holidays can be a hard time for me. Apart from my wife and her mum and dad I have no real family as such. I lost my father when I was in my teens and my mother closed herself off from showing affection to my brother and I. It's a relationship that simply cannot be mended, just like my heart she broke in the process. My wife never gets involved but shares my pain. I see movies like these as an escape. The optimism, the hope, the wonderful music that stirs my emotions every time, the tears that flow almost constantly throughout this, it all makes me wish for a family that cared, even worried about me just a little. The self pity is over. This movie just makes me feel better and a good cry never hurt anyone.
My Morning Jacket absolutely blasting Freebird underneath sprinklers, at a strange kind of wake, whilst our beautiful soaked leads share a lusting love-filled glance at one another. It is such a movie moment, something that would never happen in real-life, but it fills my heart with such joy. Elizabethtown is loaded with these kind of moments for me.
In classic Crowe fashion, Elizabethtown is set to the roadtrip, mixtape music, the kind of easy-listening that you wish more movies would embrace and be set to. Each joyful moment is accompanied by a top-tapping song that you probably wouldn't love in other setting, but for that exact scene it is nothing sort of perfection. I guess Elizabethtown to me is what…
I'm one of four humans that love this film and have been constantly attacked for it. The other three are in the witness protection program for safety purposes.
My favorite movie - I could watch it anytime and enjoy it! And the soundtrack? Amazing!
This isn't nearly as good as Crowe's Almost Famous, and I can also see why this gave birth to the whole manic pixie dream girl phenom, but I still enjoyed this. There are moments of this that feel real and touching.
The help-self-centred-fantasy-movie which all characters work to advise the protagonist - bad played by Bloom - to find himself and improve his life. Dunst is the perfect Katharine Hepburn like in Bringing Up Baby and make this piece - together with the soundtrack and the false nostalgia sense - worth to watch.
If you were anywhere near a movie theater in 2005, you may have had the chance to observe the “original” Manic Pixie Dream Girl in her natural habitat. Nathan Rabin, the critic who came up with the term, called Kirsten Dunst’s Claire Colburn “a fantasy figure who exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men how to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” Personally, I much prefer his 2014 essay, “I’m sorry for coining the phrase ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl.’” The MPDG label has unfortunately cheapened a few films that deserve a second look, and Elizabethtown is among the casualties.
Even at my most optimistic, however, I do think it’s safe…
I like almost all of Cameron Crowe's films (with the exception of "Vanilla Sky"), so I was keen to see this film when I saw the previews. Orlando Bloom plays a shoe designer to who designs arguably the worst athletic shoe in the history of athletic shoes, causing the company he works for to lose $3 billion. To top that off, his father dies and he goes to Kentucky for the funeral. Along the way he meets a stewardess who is say, more than a little obsessive and detail-oriented, and the two start an odd kind of friendship. I really enjoyed this film. I think the two leads have good chemistry, and the supporting cast is uniformly solid, including the…
This could have been a great film if it was made by other people. I've accepted that the Cameron Crowe films I previously enjoyed don't hold up anymore and his later stuff is totally trite (the exception being VANILLA SKY which I still love).
There are some great moments here, counterbalanced by comedy that just isn't funny and revelatory inspirational moments that just don't hit as anything close to reality. Orlando Bloom is miscast as someone we are supposed to relate to, but Kirsten Dunst may actually give a decent performance. I can't tell since her character is almost literally nothing. I read Seann William Scott was very close to getting the lead role and I actually think he would…
I mean meh.
I don't have a whole lot to say this wasn't a film that's amazing or terrible in any way. It's just an enjoyable film. I don't think I will watch it again and it's not because I didn't enjoy it but it's because it's just okay. It's just a film. The best part of this film is by far Orlando Bloom's entire being. His hair, his face. Everything is perfect.
this was one of my all time favourite rom-coms when i was younger. ive swear i've watched this a million times. soundtrack is perfection. young orlando bloom is so endearing. i know this film is cited as being like the birth of the manic pixie dream girl trope, and it is true. but like, i dont even care.
I am convinced the poor guy's sanity hangs by a thread at times. Kermode is pretty much the reason I…
I am going to attempt to do something I haven't since I owned about 40 DVD's; catalogue everything that we…