Remember my love letter to John Cusack? Well, I have a little secret about that post. It wasn’t really a love letter just for Mr. Cusack. It was a love letter for someone else too…
And that person has a post dedicated just to him today. Ever seen the movie “Elizabethtown“? Or “Jerry Maguire“? Or “Say Anything“? Yes? Well, this post today is dedicated to the director of these amazing movies, Cameron Crowe. Like Sofia Coppola every movie that Cameron Crowe has it’s own quirky and individual style. Not only is each movie he makes incredibly romantic (Hart Beat loves romance) but each always has amazing music. Even “Elizabethtown” which I was not that crazy about at first has grown on me because of the modern country music that Crowe included.
Anyway, the other night I re-watched “Almost Famous” and have rekindled my love affair with Cameron Crowe. Just, watch the trailer.
Now, I’m going to try to write a short post about this movie, but let’s be real, that’s not going to happen. I mean, Patrick Fugit (“Saved” anyone), Kate Hudson AND Zooey Deschanel (before she was uber hipster and famous, only to prove that she was always uber cool and hipster)?? This can’t be a short post.
One of the things that love about this movie is that Cameron Crowe wrote and directed it based on his own life. According to the DVD extras, don’t judge, Crowe worked as a young rock writer in the early 70’s and based the character of Penny Lane after two real women.
And there she is, another reason why I love this movie so much, Penny Lane. I think I saw this movie for the first time when I was in early high school and it would be a lie to say that Penny Lane aka Kate Hudson went on to become my fashion and overall life role model. The hippy shirts, the ring, the hair, I pretty much still strive to be her. Here’s my favorite clip from the movie featuring a conversation between Kate and Patrick aka Penny Lane and William.
That part. I just, I pretty much tear up every time I watch it. And this leads us nicely into another reason why I love this movie, the music. I can’t possible post all of the songs that I love so much from this movie (The Who “Sparks”, Led Zeppelin “Tangerine”, “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John, “River” by Joni Mitchell, this list goes on and on) so I guess I’ll just put the one that I’ve been most obsessed with recently here for you.
Pete Droge singing “Small Time Blues”
Anyway, if you’re looking for a great, romantic movie about a boy growing up that also has some of the most amazing actors and music then Hart Beat, look no farther. I have just found you just the one.