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.
This was a strange movie. I enjoyed it, yet I was also confused by it. The story was jumbled, but had some good heart. The ending was strange, yet somewhat satisfying? I don't know, I'm having weird feelings about this one.
I like Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, but I'm not sure how well they worked together. Felt like a very odd coupling. Maybe it was a combination of Orlando's neuroses and Kirsten's bad accent.
And to so completely misuse and underutilize such an amazing actress as Susan Sarandon? I'm still confused about the stand-up/tap dancing routing she did towards the end of the movie.
Just... a weird film, but kind of enjoyable?
Might take me a little longer than usual to process this one.
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…
I love '80s rock, Cameron, I really do but all the Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, U2, and Elton John in the world can't make me feel for your characters.
There are moments in this I love; moments that feel uneven, but are special for their uniqueness. Crowe seems to have fashioned this story to say something, but it's unclear what. That's both the film's strength and weakness. I applaud a romantic comedy for having that mysterious tonality. But I also wonder if this is really the film that needs it.
Of all the movies to feel a personal connection to, Elizabethtown has to be one of the most embarrassing. I hadn't seen it until today but it's always lingered in my mind. One reason is that it's responsible for Nathan Rabin's coining of the term "manic pixie dream girl". The bigger reason is that, back in 2004, I was at my brother's baseball tournament near the eponymous town and it was widely known that they were filming a movie there. It may seem like a minuscule aspect of the movie but Elizabethtown has a phenomenal sense of place and nails little details about road trips. That may have lent the movie some goodwill because I was never really bothered by…
Ich mag den einfach. Sympathisch und mit einem famosen Soundtrack.
Alguns filmes dependem muito do seu estado de espírito quando você os assiste. Quando esse aqui foi lançado, lá em 2005, eu morava sozinho em Salvador, não conhecia muita gente e tinha acabado de levar um pé na bunda à distância. Resumindo: quando assisti ao filme em um cinema lá na puta que o pariu do Aeroclube, eu chorei, chorei muito. Revendo hoje no Netflix, dez anos depois, não chorei (apenas lacrimejei) e consigo ver o filme com outro olhar, um tanto mais crítico. A história e estrutura são xerocadas de "Jerry Maguire" e Orlando Bloom tem o carisma de um abacaxi (mas é bonito). Ainda assim acho o filme envolvente e Kristen Dunst está linda, charmosa e carismática. Adoro…
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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?