Still need to see Singles
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…
Recommended by Connor Carey
There are a few moments where Camerom Crowe's greatness shines through "Elizabethtown", but the lack of much authenticity, non exsistent chemistry between the two leads, an unconvincing performance from Orlando Bloom, and a clunky third act really weigh it down. As always with Crowe, the soundtrack is great, nice cinematography, and a great albeit wasted supporting cast, just wished I really cared about where the story of our main two characters was going.
Elizabethtown is a very divisive film, with some people declaring it the worst they have seen, and for others it's one of their favourite films. I'm caught straight down the middle, in that I understand why people would love/hate this film, but I really don't have strong feelings either way.
I did like the film's plot to a degree. It's a complete fantasy and excruciatingly whimsical at times, and it tested my patience with some overwritten dialogue and pretentious narration. It is fairly charming and kept me engaged despite a lengthy runtime. The ending was also pretty satisfying.
This film inspired the coining of the 'manic pixie dream girl' trope, which is an annoying little trope. It's very easy to…
this film is terrible??? the only good things about this movie were orlando bloom's face and susan sarandon's funeral speech, apart from that it kind of sucks. I watched this because I was curious about the origin of the manic pixie dream girl trope and it's honestly a mess don't waste your time.
This movie would have been a lot better if they shaved off about 30 minutes.
The supporting cast and non-Orlando bloom story line are perfect. This movie would be great without the main characters. Just a story of a beloved man who died and how the town he loved mourns him.
When I'm having an off day one of my favourite places to go is the Elizabethtown of this delightful, weird little film. One of my truest film/soundtrack loves.
one of my favorite movies ever - great Soundtrack
I only saw this because of Orlando Bloom.
As far as straight, white, romance movies go ft. a manic pixie dream girl, this one is pretty good
This is a movie that has been on my to watch list for longer than I can remember. It sat and patiently waited in my Netflix list until it had its moment to shine. Elizabethtown was more than I ever could have imagined. I regret not taking the time to see it sooner.
It takes a lot for me to completely fall in love with a movie. I am a picky filmmaker who jumps at the chance to criticize and change. And I can honestly say there isn't a single thing wrong with this movie. I realized long before it was even over that this would squeeze its way into the short list of my favorite movies of all time.…
Mark Kermode is a British film critic with notoriously flappy hands. Here's a selection of reviews where he loses it…
This is the second part of my list of watched movies, this list carries on from June 1999 to the…