Since I recently saw "The Nice Guys", and loving the fact that they opened the film with the old 70s…
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.
Orlando Bloom's acting is tragic, and the same can be said for the script. Sometimes I can't believe Cameron Crowe is the guy who wrote and directed my beloved Almost Famous.
Not Cameron Crowe's best work. Orlando Bloom: you beautiful man, you terrible actor. Kirsten Dunst: this Southern accent is adorable and unconvincing. #manicpixiedreamgirl
But it's a rom so I was pretty fond, mostly.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm pretty sure this is one of those movies that makes the short-list for films featuring a manic pixie dream girl, which I completely forgot about until I was 30 minutes in.
The whole plot line of the male lead being a complete and utter professional failure is boring and doesn't factor in to the rest of the movie very well. It was a pleasant surprise when the writers seemed to drop that plot point somewhere in the middle hour of the movie, and then a seriously unpleasant surprise when Wounded Male Ego reared its ugly head just in time to usher in Sad Movie Time, before we could neatly wrap things up in a Happy Ending.
Fairly predictable, kind of cute, heavily MPDG'd, not actually recommended.
4.5/5 cuz of all the country music
Kirsten Dunst tells Orlando Bloom that she's going to Hawaii and says "aloha" to him twice. Crowe Cinematic Universe confirmed!!!!!!!!!
The dialogue is clumsy and often bizarrely overwritten, the lead is a complete drip, the first 15 minutes are awful, and Susan Sarandon's bits are utterly embarrassing (and her stand-up routine at the memorial brings to mind Sweet Dee's attempts at stand-up on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)... but goddamn if this movie didn't completely win me over by the end, and goddamn if Kirsten Dunst doesn't make this particular Manic Pixie Dream Girl (the OG MPDG, if you will) utterly winning just through force of will. Honestly, watching this makes me like Aloha even less, because this movie succeeds…
It took me awhile to finish this movie. It is not good.
Paula Deen is Orlando Bloom's aunt.
Susan Sarandon tap dances and does a stand up comedy show at her husband's memorial service.
Mark Brendanawicz from season 1 Parks & Rec has really long sideburns.
It was all over the place.
I watched at the right time, when I needed it most, in pain and feeling alone. Uplifting and funny, but it's not for everyone.
And freebird, loved it!
When I saw this while scrolling through Netflix, I dared myself to watch it. Although I heard uniformly horrible things about it, I thought to myself "this can't be that bad". Cameron Crowe is a director who is clearly capable of making great films, there are several actors I like in it, and I am partial to a good love story.
Well, I'm sad to report that it is every bit as bad as I had heard. As soon as the painful voice over began, I knew I was in for a bumpy ride. The dialogue is frankly horrible, and has a ring of phoniness to it. None of the characters are developed, and the only actor who gets away…
from my "watch it again" section on american netflix instant, all currently available to stream, ranked by how highly i…
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