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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.
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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.
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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.
I liked this, but I didn't love it. I did, however, relate to it, but not to the characters; I related to the dialogue. By that I mean I related to the characters' discussions, but not to them or their situations. There are a number of brilliant quotes which is what kept drawing me in, but whilst it certainly has its moments, it wasn't anything particularly impressive overall. I'm really starting to enjoy Kirsten Dunst's roles though, and Susan Sarandon was a nice addition to the cast, too.
To call this movie conventional doesn't do justice to this ode to paint by numbers filmmaking. What a waste of time and money.
ELIZABETHTOWN has all the momentum of a stoned person just wanting to hang out and do like whatever, man, but at least stumbling into some pretty good romantic makeouts and one poignant & thoughtful speech about love, life, death, and grief.
There's sentimental and then there's Cameron Crowe. Massively panned upon release I've surprisingly heard nothing but praise from trusted friends for years. This is the sort of movie I should despise but there's just something about it that's enduring.
Also second best use of "Freebird" in film behind The Devil's Rejects
Claire's one of my favorite characters ever. Kirsten Dunst is a fucking angel.
Very sweet and different feel good film that creates a wonderful mood with great performances from Bloom and Dunst. A film you can very much connect with and enjoy
So the tone is all over the place, some characters are unrealistically quirky, and it's a Cameron Crowe film so you can pretty much guess how everything is going to play out, yet I still enjoyed Elizabethtown. For sure, it has a lot of flaws but it also has a big heart. Orlando Bloom's Drew loses his dad after fucking up his job in cataclysmic fashion, and the film at points sees him reminisce and wonder whether he spent enough time with his dad and was a good enough son. Fairly poignant at certain times, but here's where the tonal issues come in. Drew meets Claire, who's pretty much manic pixie dream girl #22, and she gives him a new…
Originally rated this at 2 stars, but screw it. Ultimate proof that I can't hate a film that has Kirsten Dunst in it.
I totally understand the criticisms of this film, but I can't help but love it.
I don't know. I thought it was pretty clear that this was the point where - instead of continuing to make brilliant, emotional movies, Crowe instead opted to make watered-down, self-pitying, maudlin garbage.
If I thought he were actually going one further than in Vanilla Sky and creating a character that not only was mostly made up in the character's brain (but never existed at all)! Maybe I would have liked this. But I didn't care.
Or about the soundtrack. I'm not of your generation. I don't care about your overly-nostalgic shiny formative years. How could I love his other movies so much and hate this so violently?
One of the most interesting things about films/art is the shared experience. I am always interested in what appeals to…
Even the best directors have their off days.
What films am I missing?