Almost Famous is a favorite among many of the /Film staff members (both present and past), but the movie hasn’t been beyond criticism despite being loved by many entertainment journalists since its release nearly 20 years ago. In the years since, contemporary views have called out the movie for being one of many in the 21st century to utilize what has come to be called the “manic pixie dream girl,” a cliche female character often used in films to teach broodingly soulful young male characters to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures. But director Cameron Crowe doesn’t see the character Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson, as fitting into that criticized trope. Read More »
Cameron Crowe‘s Almost Famous will jump from screen to stage this fall, as an Almost Famous musical heads to San Diego. Based on Crowe’s acclaimed 2000 film about a teen journalist on assignment with an up-and-coming rock band, the new musical will feature music by Tom Kitt, with lyrics by Kitt and Crowe. More on Almost Famous: The Musical below.
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Almost Famous is a favorite among pretty much the entire /Film staff. Maybe it’s because the story of a young journalist caught up in the hustle and bustle of rock and roll isn’t too dissimilar from our own lives as we cover the daily beat of movie and television news, sometimes trekking across the world to visit film sets, attend movie premieres and interview Hollywood’s biggest stars. Or maybe it’s just because it’s a damn good movie from director Cameron Crowe. Now we might be seeing the filmmaker’s autobiographical story presented in a whole new way: a Broadway musical. Read More »
“Your time has come. Opie must die!”
Almost Famous is quite the popular film among the /Film crew, counted as an all-time favorite for several members on our staff. Therefore, we’re happy to call your attention to a brand new print available today at Bottleneck Gallery honoring a true coming-of-age scene from Cameron Crowe‘s splendid cross-country journey through the world of rock and roll.
Check out the Almost Famous print by James Flames below. Read More »
If you don’t love Almost Famous as much as most of the staff of /Film does, then you might not know that the original title for the film was Untitled. If you watch “The Bootleg Cut” (or director’s cut) that was released on DVD back in 2001 and re-released on Blu-ray in 2011, you’ll see the real title appear, as it was preferred by director Cameron Crowe (who is the one doing the handwritten opening credits as well).
Before the title Almost Famous was settled upon, there was a time when Cameron Crowe was trying to figure out what else he could call the movie, since Untitled was not the most desirable name for the studio to sell. One person who tried to help Cameron Crowe figure out a satisfying alternate title was supporting star Jimmy Fallon, and the director recently revealed the full list of options he was presented with by the man who would go on to host The Tonight Show. Read More »
(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Spider-Man: Homecoming.)
Be honest. What would you have done if you’d seen Sony and Marvel cast someone to play Uncle Ben in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Screamed? Shook your head? Vowed never to see it, only to buy opening night tickets? These are all correct answers.
For the third time in only 15 years, Spider-Man is being introduced to us on the big screen. For the first time, he’s come home to the warm, awaiting arms of the Marvel family so that he can have direct contact with Iron Man and Happy Hogan and some other surprise guests along the way.
Fortunately, Uncle Ben is not one of them. Wisely, the studios, the writers and co-writer/director Jon Watts are letting us shake hands with a new Peter Parker (Tom Holland) after his most formative moment, after he’s fought crime in a funny suit, and after he’s helped Iron Man slap Captain America in the face during Civil War.
Homecoming sees Parker juggling life as an unpopular high school sophomore and life as a superpowered hero who wants to do more than help old ladies cross the street. It’s a spectacular outing for Spidey that smartly avoids most of the tired tropes beaten into our eyeballs over the past decade. It’s light, sometimes dry, and it pairs well with these other films.
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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite “needle drop” in the movies?” What use of a pre-existing song in a film stands out to you the most? As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. This week, we are also joined by director Edgar Wright, whose music-powered action film Baby Driver inspired this week’s topic.
If you’d like to share your pick for your favorite movie needle drop, please send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!
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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “Who is your favorite movie mentor?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. This week, we are also joined by Cars 3 director Brian Fee.
If you’d like to share your pick for your favorite movie mentor, please send your thoughts to email@example.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!
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Even though there are plenty of good new movies, TV shows and stand-up specials coming to Netflix next month, there are also some good titles that will be leaving the streaming service, including a couple favorites among the entire /Film staff. Most of the titles leaving will disappearing on November 1st, giving you a week to watch them, but there are a few that won’t be gone until later in the month.
Check out the list of all the movies leaving Netflix in November 2016 after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
It only took four and a half years, but /Film has finally, graciously given me the opportunity to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Angie Han. I like movies, and I have for a while. Which movies I like the most changes from year to year, if not day to day (though it’s admittedly been a while since my #1 changed), but these are some of my favorites at this very moment in time.
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