Who cares about your favourite 100 films when your most hated 100 is far more interesting and illuminating. If I…
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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.
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?
meu filme favorito do crowe
i love this shit
For years I had written off Elizabethtown as the already inherently corny Cameron Crowe's contribution to the dispirited-guy-reluctantly-returns-to-home-town-for-funeral-and-falls-in-love-with-vivacious-girl-who-rejuvenates-his-soul sub-genre, a very personal sub-genre and perhaps the most mockable when watched in a group, so I watched it alone to give the film a fighting chance. Cameron Crowe is possibly the most frustrating filmmaker there has been - just when his films are firing on all cylinders, the dialogue is poetic and layered, the humour endears us to the characters and the soundtrack blends with the visuals in a way that makes your heart melt, he'll lodge a "Crowe-bar" in the gears and stop the movie dead in its tracks by having a character verbalise the obvious meaning of what he's…
There are a handful of directors who have the ability of making you feel like you are actually in the scenes they shoot. Somehow they capture the mood, the vibe, the feeling of the situation so precisely that it feels like you are there, in the flesh, witnessing what is going on. Like you could laugh or cry, smile, tell a bad joke, hug someone who needed it, or offer someone a shoulder to lean on. Or at the very least it feels like you could have been there, because something like this has happened to you at some point. Cameron Crowe is one such filmmaker (alongside Richard Linklater & Nils Malmros).
This is not a flawless film. That being said…
For reasons unknown, this film ranks amongst Crowes' least respected films, and most under appreciated gems. For reasons unknown, this film is one of my all time favorites.
I certainly don't think this movie is a masterpiece or anything of that caliber, just a deeply funny and sad dark comedy. This is one of those movies that I can just watch over and over again and enjoy each time. At this point, I am not so much getting anything critically from the film when I watch it, so much as a sort of nostalgic feeling.
Regardless, I feel it deserves a reassessment from its dissenters. And how 'bout that soundtrack?
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?