Tag Archives: Cameron Crowe

Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

40 YEARS IN THE MAKING. HIS FINAL FILM.  Everybody in the film business has an opinion on Netflix. Theater owners are particularly upset about major awards going to Netflix movies that are being shown just a few weeks in theaters and then immediately being available for streaming. Others in Hollywood thank Netflix for giving them … Continue reading Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

Aloha

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE BEFORE YOU CAN SAY HELLO.  Military contractor Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) goes to Hawaii to take part in a traditional blessing that has unclear ties to the military; the disillusioned Gilcrest gets the wide-eyed Allison Ng (Emma Stone) as his Air Force liaison… After some controversy, both Cameron Crowe … Continue reading Aloha

We Bought a Zoo

Recently widowed journalist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) needs a fresh start together with his kids and buys a big old countryside house… that comes complete with a zoo. Cameron Crowe made a comeback after Elizabethtown (2005) with a couple of music documentaries – and this feel-good drama, loosely based on a real-life story, that skillfully … Continue reading We Bought a Zoo

Almost Famous: Band On the Run

EXPERIENCE IT. ENJOY IT. JUST DON’T FALL FOR IT.   I don’t think there’s a rock critic around who doesn’t love this movie. In fact, it should appeal to any kind of critic because it’s not really about music but passion for the art of writing about it. I bet that every press screening back … Continue reading Almost Famous: Band On the Run

Jerry Maguire: Cruise Goes Crazy

EVERYBODY LOVED HIM… EVERYBODY DISAPPEARED. At the time of the release, Jerry Maguire received mostly positive reviews. Now that I’ve revisited the film several years later I have to say I still like it a lot. This is after all perhaps the best example of why we love Tom Cruise in spite of all the craziness. The … Continue reading Jerry Maguire: Cruise Goes Crazy

Elizabethtown

IT’S A HECK OF A PLACE TO FIND YOURSELF. Terminated shoe designer Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) goes to Kentucky to bury his father; in this time of crisis, he stays in touch with a perky flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst). It’s obvious that director Cameron Crowe is emotionally invested in this story, but somehow he doesn’t get … Continue reading Elizabethtown

Vanilla Sky

LOVEHATEDREAMLIFEWORKPLAYFRIENDSHIPSEX. Successful corporate leader David Aames (Tom Cruise) has a fling with a woman (Cameron Diaz) who eventually makes sure his face is destroyed. An unnecessary remake of the Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes (1997); the biggest mistake is committed by Cameron Crowe the writer who doesn’t take the chance to rethink and develop the … Continue reading Vanilla Sky