“…about to boldly go where many men have gone before”

It was a delightful surprise for me to catch the last 45 minutes of Almost Famous on TBS this morning.  I wasn’t even going to watch it, I just put it on while I was making my breakfast and until I was ready to get to work on my morning projects, but as soon as I sat down, I couldn’t turn it off.  (I, conveniently, tuned in just as Jimmy Fallon made his first appearance.)  Rare is a film that makes me smile just at thought of it, but this one’s at the top of the list.  I love it.  I love everything about it.  Penny Lane is irresistible, William Miller is adorable and Stillwater is impossible to resist.  Ever since I saw it for the first time in the theatres, the giddiness of being a band aid has been overwhelming, the excitement of loving a band so much, contagious.  The casting was fantastic.  Both Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress that year, but that doesn’t even touch on acknowledging the great performances that were featured in this film.  Billy Crudup was great, Jason Lee showed his true (pre-sell out, AKA before Earl sold his soul) potential, Patrick Fugit made a great major debut and Philip Seymour Hoffman was a perfect Lester Bangs.  Whether it’s the absurdity and frustration of band mates fighting over being the "out of focus guy" or the agony of Penny asking "why doesn’t he love me?" this movie is a charming roller coaster ride of emotion.

This is the synopsis offered on Cameron Crowe‘s site:

When his love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater, William embarks on an eye-opening journey on tour with the band, despite the objections of his protective mother. With the help of the lovely "band aid" Penny Lane, William finds himself drawn into the band’s inner circle. But as he becomes less an observer and more a participant in the band’s dynamics, the fledgling reporter loses the objectivity to tell his story honestly, and learns a life-changing lesson about the importance of family–the ones we inherit, and the ones we create.

How could that not make you smile?

I think my favourite scene is the one backstage, when William first meets Penny, the one that begins with her asking "how old are you?"  Pure brilliance.

Almost Famous definitely has a permanent spot on my list of favourite films.


10 Responses to ““…about to boldly go where many men have gone before””

  1. Kristin Says:

    Dan really liked this movie too. I found it amazingly boring. Maybe I should give it another go.

  2. kelly Says:

    Haaa – I watched the first hour of it last night. It came on right after Sex and the City, it was very convenient and a nice surprise. I love this movie as well but I was surprised at how much of the little details I love about it I had forgotten since I saw it for the first time. And Kristin – definitely give it another go.

  3. aaron Says:

    Great film based on Crowe’s real-life experiences covering such bands as Led Zeppelin when he was young.

  4. QueenieCarly Says:

    I deliberately left that fact out considering the hundreds of times it was mentioned in the media when the film was initially released, but thanks. Do try it again, K. You must be mistaken… amazingly boring???

  5. Courtney Says:

    Actually, I remember the same reaction when I saw it the first time, too… maybe i need re-watch it and see if I feel the same way. Maybe it was because it was so hyped that I was expecting more.

  6. sherry Says:

    Congrats! I just seen where you were ranked #1 on the BOTB for the month of March. Go Carly, go Carly.

  7. Adele Says:

    love that movie

  8. Kev Says:

    A great film, as someone who’s had your VHS copy in his collection “on loan” for, what, 2 years, at least? Um, guess I gotta get that back to ya… You do still have a VCR, don’t you?

  9. kelly Says:

    Don’t bother, Kev – I still have her VHS of Empire Records. It’s been about 4 years going for that one…

  10. Courtney Says:

    See, now Empire Records, I love.

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