Taking Sides: "Velvet Goldmine" versus "Almost Famous"

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They're both crap as far as I'm concerned, but what do you think? If pressed, I'd go with Velvet Goldmine, if only `cos of Eddie Izzard.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Velvet any day of the week, month and year. Just LOOKING at the photos would tell me that even if I hadn't seen either.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:23 (sixteen years ago) link

velvet by so many many miles. 'let's take the iggy-bowie story and turn it into a technicolor citizen kane: the rock musical' vs. 'let's take the story of a teenager writing for rolling stone and hanging out with lester bangs and led zeppelin and turn it into a movie you could watch with yr grandmother'.

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:26 (sixteen years ago) link

i can't be the only person here who sympathises with frances mcdormand most in almost famous right? no fucking way do i let any kids of mine bring simon and garfunkel into my house.

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:27 (sixteen years ago) link

I like Almost Famous (the director's cut is EVEN BETTER), never seen Velvet Goldmine (glam - boring, Bowie - yuck). Whathisface that plays Lester Bangs is great, the guys in the band are all funny, Zooey Deschanel - what's not to like?

I think I'd be uncomfortable watching the groupie de-flowering with my granny.

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:30 (sixteen years ago) link

This is, quite possibly, the worst question anyone's ever asked.

Allyzay Subservient 50s-Type (allyzay), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Well, Haynes is a nice guy, and I don't know the Almost Famous guy, so Velvet Goldmine wins! Yay!

Casuistry (Chris P), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Haha, I admit when I saw this thread I thought, "Can't wait for Ally's reaction."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:32 (sixteen years ago) link

i do wonder what almost famous would've been like if sarah polley hadn't passed on the kate hudson role.

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Chris Robinson would be sleeping alone and cold most nights. AS HE DESERVES.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:34 (sixteen years ago) link

you're never cold and alone with heroin and groupies!

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:35 (sixteen years ago) link

Just looking at Jason Lee's smug, hairy face in that photo makes me want to retch up my ice cream. OTOH Velvet Goldmine is my least favorite movie.

Allyzay Subservient 50s-Type (allyzay), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:36 (sixteen years ago) link

but he played a smug, hairy unlikeable putz, so it was the perfect role

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:38 (sixteen years ago) link

VELVET GOLDMINE. Anytime, any day. C'mon, would you expect less from me? A pretty boy lover? Anyway, this was the movie that got me started on Christian "Eye Candy" Bale, and the parts of the story that involved his character and Ewan McGregor's were -- well, there are no words. *sigh*

The Spirit of Sam Endicott (Dee the Lurker), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:38 (sixteen years ago) link

haha

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:39 (sixteen years ago) link

A bit mean, Mr. Blount.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:41 (sixteen years ago) link

what? i sighed during that scene too!

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:43 (sixteen years ago) link

I THREW MYSELF OUT A WINDOW DURING THAT SCENE

Allyzay Subservient 50s-Type (allyzay), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Why don't they just make Tobey Maguire part of their gay threesome and ruin any fantasy I ever had about the three best looking dudes in Hollywood!!!!!

Allyzay Subservient 50s-Type (allyzay), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:44 (sixteen years ago) link

uh i mean not that there's anything wrong with that.

Allyzay Subservient 50s-Type (allyzay), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:44 (sixteen years ago) link

haha did you think spiderman was one of the three best looking dudes in hollywood before you saw IT?

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:45 (sixteen years ago) link

mmm difficult.

I haven't seen Velvet Goldmine for a while, but it does feature some of my favourite actors. However I think Almost Famous captures that feeling/obsession about music quite well, and it's always a film I go back to watch...
so I guess Almost Famous for me.

jellybean (jellybean), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:46 (sixteen years ago) link

AF's got Zooey, but otherwise I couldn't give a rat's ass about either.

(Will)(iam), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:47 (sixteen years ago) link

hahahahahaha dude blount that took me way too long to understand. I HAD FORGOT ABOUT THAT.

what was that movie, where they made Tobey Maguire a beardo? If they took beardo Maguire and made him make out with Ewan McGregor in Velvet Goldmine, I'd probably have become 100% lesbian on the spot.

Allyzay Subservient 50s-Type (allyzay), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:48 (sixteen years ago) link

VG has Arthur!

Remy (x Jeremy), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:50 (sixteen years ago) link

tobey maguire has a beard in ride that devil!. i can't remember if he actually makes out with robert downey jr. in wonder boys.

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:52 (sixteen years ago) link

wasn't ride the devil or whatever the movie that also starred Jewel?? So fucked up.

Allyzay Subservient 50s-Type (allyzay), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:53 (sixteen years ago) link

skeet ulrich was in it too!

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 21 April 2005 00:55 (sixteen years ago) link

i haven't even seen almost famous, so maybe that speaks for itself.

tehresa (tehresa), Thursday, 21 April 2005 02:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Watch the first half sometime. It has Frances McDormand.

happy fun ball (kenan), Thursday, 21 April 2005 02:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Brian Slade from Velvet Goldmine is also in Ride with the Devil. Bit part. Anyway, Velvet Goldmine wins for hot actors and little Oscar Wilde saying "I want to be a pop icon."

Maria (Maria), Thursday, 21 April 2005 03:04 (sixteen years ago) link

almost famous is steel magnolias for men over 40 with a ponytail. somehow i managed to like it better than vanilla sky which, except for the 15 genius seconds where tom is freaking out about his mask, made me grip the sofa white knuckled in an embarrassed fury.

velvet goldmine is bad but uh "rich" and it's not boring until the last 70 or 80 minutes.

g e o f f (gcannon), Thursday, 21 April 2005 03:05 (sixteen years ago) link

"i do wonder what almost famous would've been like if sarah polley hadn't passed on the kate hudson role."

On an episode of Jon Favreau's Dinner For Five (featuring the cast of Elf), the Sarah Polley thing is brought up. (Will Ferrell calls Zooey D. "Scraps" because all her plum film parts came as a result of the first choice(s) turning them down.) Favreau goes on a leeeetle too long about how Polley would've been great as the skanky slut groupie, & almost goes so far as to say something seriously insulting & pervy about SP along the lines of, "yeah, Polley's got that skeezy around-the-block nice-&-fucked way about her; my TV eye's tuned into that shit, no doubt about it." (Maybe I'm reading a little into that exchange, tho.) (Just maybe.) Favreau also talked about turfing his audition for the Lester Bangs part, & how CC humored him as he FUBAR'd take after take after take.

Anyway, I hated VG when I saw it, & I liked AF when I saw it, but my opinion of the former's gone up as my opinion for the latter has gone subterranean. So, when in doubt, I go w/ the flick that shows some dick.

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 21 April 2005 03:19 (sixteen years ago) link

I loved Fairuza Balk in Almost Famous. One of our greatest talents! Best walking into a pillar scene ever! And I really liked the Fear of Glam hotel lobby scene, when they guys in Dogwater or whatever they're called get outshone by Bowie.

You know, it's weird , but I don't find anyone in Velvet Goldmine attractive. Still, it's the greatest film ever made, of course.

Also, no one ever talks about Toni Collette's fantastic Liza-in-Cabaret-as-Angie-Bowie tour de force. Was nice to know that Lindsey Kemp is still alive, too.

Moosie Grosvenor (Arthur), Thursday, 21 April 2005 03:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, no one ever talks about Toni Collette's fantastic Liza-in-Cabaret-as-Angie-Bowie tour de force. Was nice to know that Lindsey Kemp is still alive, too.

Yeah, Collette does the best job in the film on the acting front hands down. The conscious use of varying accents is handled quite well. And I tripped out on Kemp as well!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 21 April 2005 03:25 (sixteen years ago) link

i'd go to war for toni collette

g e o f f (gcannon), Thursday, 21 April 2005 03:27 (sixteen years ago) link

geoff, your description of almost famous sounds awful!

Maria (Maria), Thursday, 21 April 2005 03:44 (sixteen years ago) link

So, when in doubt, I go w/ the flick that shows some dick.

That's a great rule of thumb.

Casuistry (Chris P), Thursday, 21 April 2005 04:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Velvet Goldmine. Fuck Rolling Stone bullshit.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 21 April 2005 04:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Velvet Goldmine wins for hot actors and little Oscar Wilde saying "I want to be a pop icon."

that, and the little boy jack fairy rubbing the blood over his lips to make lipstick after getting beat up!

tehresa (tehresa), Thursday, 21 April 2005 04:47 (sixteen years ago) link

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always makes me laugh.

tehresa (tehresa), Thursday, 21 April 2005 04:53 (sixteen years ago) link

velvet goldmine by a mile.

altho almost famous is useful, since yelling "c'mon Stillwater, play louder" at the band on stage REALLLLLY pisses them off! :D

kingfish maximum overdrunk (Kingfish), Thursday, 21 April 2005 05:26 (sixteen years ago) link

velvet goldmine in theory = the best film ever
velvet goldmine in practice = the worst film ever

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Thursday, 21 April 2005 05:54 (sixteen years ago) link

also, fairuza balk was soooo hot in AF.

for those who can't recall, here's fairuza herself, pictured here with a lucky fan:

http://img245.echo.cx/img245/8521/fairuzabalk26rp.th.jpg

kingfish maximum overdrunk (Kingfish), Thursday, 21 April 2005 06:15 (sixteen years ago) link

fairuza is ALWAYS hott. (that said, i hate both movies for vastly different reasons.)

nathalie doing a soft foot shuffle (stevie nixed), Thursday, 21 April 2005 06:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Well, Kate Hudson in "Almost Famous" looks exactly like our Amber. And "Velvet Goldmine" had more "highlights" i.e. good scenes, as well as more "terrible".

Dunno.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 21 April 2005 07:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Velvet Goldmine, because it has an absolutely fantastic opening credits scene with Eno music and Christian Bale. Almost Famous has an opening credits scene with, um, I can't remember.

jocelyn (Jocelyn), Thursday, 21 April 2005 12:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Almost Famous also loses points for Anna Paquin's general creepiness and having more lines than Fairuza Balk.

jocelyn (Jocelyn), Thursday, 21 April 2005 12:23 (sixteen years ago) link

VG easily, tho I think all the faux-Citizen Kane stuff is crap. And best running-thru-streets title sequence since A Hard Day's Night.

Billy Crudup w/ bad facial hair, what's the point of THAT? F Balk into pillar is the highlight.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 April 2005 12:33 (sixteen years ago) link

keep suckin' on that glass cock

kingfish maximum overdrunk (Kingfish), Friday, 22 April 2005 01:45 (sixteen years ago) link

they are both terrible. VG is better although AF has better tottie (crudup, kozelek and that guy from the kevin smith films).

jed_ (jed), Friday, 22 April 2005 01:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, I know I'm pretty much alone on the David Bowie Suxxx bandwagon.

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Friday, 22 April 2005 01:51 (sixteen years ago) link

nah, he kinda creeps me out too.

jed_ (jed), Friday, 22 April 2005 01:56 (sixteen years ago) link

You're Good Thread (Has Gone And Went Bad)

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 22 April 2005 02:15 (sixteen years ago) link

David Bowie is awful. He and Morrissey are tied as the biggest/most-respected musicians where I just can't comprehend the love.

Yet you're completely fine with the Black Crowes? FETCH HITHER A STRAIGHT-JACKET!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 22 April 2005 02:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Alex, why are you calling Milo "Hither"?

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 22 April 2005 03:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Whathisface that plays Lester Bangs is great, the guys in the band are all funny, Zooey Deschanel - what's not to like?

KATE DUDSON. For starters.

Vic in Alderaan (Vic), Friday, 22 April 2005 04:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Whathisface that plays Lester Bangs is great,

Philip Seymour Hoffman, and if you ask me, he overplayed his hand in that role.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 22 April 2005 04:19 (sixteen years ago) link

He did, but his speech about not being cool is my favorite thing in the movie.

happy fun ball (kenan), Friday, 22 April 2005 04:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, VG has the physics phunny of "Maxwell Demon" which still makes me giggle every time.

Lapdog Shoesnog (kate), Friday, 22 April 2005 09:54 (sixteen years ago) link

"you are home"

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Friday, 22 April 2005 10:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I didn't think Kate Hudson was bad at all. Not great, but she certainly fit the role of ditzy narcissistic groupie well. Sarah Polley would have been too old and mature - these girls were really 14 or 15 at the time, weren't they?

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:04 (sixteen years ago) link

i'm starting to feel pretty alone in my "almost famous" love (not that i've seen it in like three years), even ppl who say they like it seem to have this "i know it's kinda terrible, but..." attitude about it!

glam is classic. david bowie is classic. iggy pop is classic. "citizen kane" is classic. despite all these things, "velvet goldmine" is a dud.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Friday, 22 April 2005 21:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Comparing Velvet Goldmine to Almost Famous is like comparing champagne to that shitty new Budweiser w/caffeine + guarana + bull semen... yes, Haynes is THAT MUCH BETTER than Crowe.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 22 April 2005 21:36 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't think it's terrible, just at the high end of mediocre or low end of good. I don't think enough attention is paid to the ick factor of the groupies' youth, and it would be loads better if it was more daring (that's one area where the director's cut is better) or had more to say. But as a gentle coming-of-age story, there's little wrong with it.

People who hate it seem to be responding to the director (hey, I can't stand any of Crowe's other movies) or the culture's response or even just looking for something 180 degrees from what Crowe wanted to show.

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Friday, 22 April 2005 21:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Re: The weird Bowie/Black Crowes polemic above. One of the the great things about the VG soundtrack is that, since Bowie wouldn't allow use of his music, they went more Roxy on the soundtrack.

M. White (Miguelito), Friday, 22 April 2005 21:56 (sixteen years ago) link

coming-of-age stories should not be gentle. there is no rock n roll in the movie. the acting is terrible (exception: PS Hoffman). the script goes nowhere. the "moral" - musicians leave a trail of destruction in their wake - is stale, boring, and predictable, and not even that well illustrated. there is nothing visually interesting about the movie. the revelation that the groupie has been used and cast aside is trite and lacks any kind of dramatic impact it is SO GODDAMNED OBVIOUS. My friend fell asleep in the theater. it has no redeeming qualities.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 22 April 2005 21:58 (sixteen years ago) link

xpost -- Yes! And that made for a genius result in terms of the covers too -- Thom Yorke singing Roxy turned out to be a great touch. Meanwhile, Shudder to Think's fake Bowie songs are the spiff.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 22 April 2005 21:58 (sixteen years ago) link

I agree.

M. White (Miguelito), Friday, 22 April 2005 22:00 (sixteen years ago) link

(ps. Fast Times at Ridgmont High is a fabulous movie I must have watched at least 100 times, I don't have any particular axe to grind against Crowe except that uh, Almost Famous sucked horribly).

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 22 April 2005 22:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Those fake Bowies are perfect, aren't they?

Failin Huxley (noodle vague), Friday, 22 April 2005 22:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Craig Wedren said for "The Ballad of Maxwell Demon" that he just reversed the chord structure of "All the Young Dudes." Might as well go the direct route!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 22 April 2005 22:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's the obvious way to write a convincing fake I suppose. Chris Morris' Pixies spoof, "Motherbanger", is just made up of Pixies riffs cut and pasted.

Failin Huxley (noodle vague), Friday, 22 April 2005 22:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Craig Wedren said for "The Ballad of Maxwell Demon" that he just reversed the chord structure of "All the Young Dudes." Might as well go the direct route!

Holy shit! I need to hear that song again to hear this for myself. Uh, but first, where did I put my VG soundtrack? *laughs* Oh wait, I think I know where it is. Anyway, this thread could very well cause me to dig up my VG soundtrack and stop (temporarily) with the classic New Wave stuff I'm massively into right now. OH! And it's pretty cool seeing most of Radiohead SUCCESSFULLY do glam; if I had been a rational-thinking individual, this should've given me an impetus to check out the band's musical output. But, hey, "Creep" was one of my favorite songs of the year it came out in and that wasn't enough to... uh, excuse me, I think I'm going to kick my own ass now. ;)

Really, though, I think I was most intrigued by the fact that the movie afforded me the first chance I'd ever had to hear the original Cockney Rebel version of "(Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile". The only version I'd heard of that song was the Duran cover and these were still pre-file sharing days for me, so when I heard the original in the closing credits for the very first time, my heart skipped multiple beats and I almost sucked the air out of the auditorium. Verdict at the time, though, was that I was kinda disappointed by how mellow it was, though now I'm totally equally in love with both versions.

Goodbye Indian Summer (Dee the Lurker), Friday, 22 April 2005 23:05 (sixteen years ago) link

"almost" almost the worst music movie ever made. "vg" flawed, overblown, but an honest attempt--and a cool soundtrack, any movie that uses "needles in the camels eye" over the credits is fine by me.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 23 April 2005 14:42 (sixteen years ago) link

three years pass...

holy shit almost famous is the probably the worst movie i've ever seen in my life

J0rdan S., Sunday, 8 June 2008 07:21 (thirteen years ago) link

this actually gets more inexplicable by the scene

J0rdan S., Sunday, 8 June 2008 07:22 (thirteen years ago) link

oh lol here is the sister randomly in the same airport ^_^

J0rdan S., Sunday, 8 June 2008 07:23 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm bewildered by the anti-grandmother stance of blount's first post

J.D., Sunday, 8 June 2008 07:35 (thirteen years ago) link

ned's first post on this was so right, no more needs to be said.

Maria, Sunday, 8 June 2008 12:23 (thirteen years ago) link

almost famous is the big chill of my generation (people who were teens in the first half of the 70s)

m coleman, Sunday, 8 June 2008 12:33 (thirteen years ago) link

in other words -- sentimental and mawkish exercise in nostalgia. but hey, i liked it so shoot me now.

m coleman, Sunday, 8 June 2008 12:36 (thirteen years ago) link

i liked it

Surmounter, Sunday, 8 June 2008 12:39 (thirteen years ago) link

almost famous' only saving grace is that it introduced me to Zooey Deschanel.

will, Sunday, 8 June 2008 15:12 (thirteen years ago) link

actually, it might have been Mumford that did that (underrated flick btw) but I think AF is where I fell in love.

The rest of it is a steaming pile though.

will, Sunday, 8 June 2008 15:14 (thirteen years ago) link

which is kinda funny cause Mumford and the Big Chill both written & directed by Kasdan

will, Sunday, 8 June 2008 15:34 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

oh lol here is the sister randomly in the same airport ^_^

hahaha

Almost Famous had some great moments and solid acting (especially on the part of Crudup) but I remember being disappointed that it had such a cliche Hollywood ending (Everyone is saved and it all works out thanks to the power of Rock 'n' Roll).

Its mistakes aside, it is miles better than Velvet Goldmine. As much as I like Bowie, Roxy, etc more than early 1970s blues rock VG is the crappier film. The Bowie character is unlikeable, the Iggy Pop character somewhat interesting (but he sadly gets less time than Bowie) and the Bale character is left to be too mysterious for his own good.

Also, it's incredibly pretentious (The Oscar Wilde connection/Gay ring scenes FTL) and, ironically, manages to outdo Cameron Crowe in the hero worship department. As much as Crowe gets hammered for being a wistful and self-congratulating baby boomer he at least showed some distance and had some criticism for certain parts of the "rock and roll life" (though he sort of undoes all the criticism with the aforementioned Hollywood happy ending). Haynes' movie just reminded me why I couldn't stand more than fifteen minutes of I'm Not There: it's flat-out idolatrous towards its subject matter, and ends up providing little insight because of it.

I'd think you'd have to be of the mindset that the VG-inspiring period, culture and archetypes are infinitely more interesting than the ones found in Almost Famous to excuse all the nostalgia and bedroom-poster worship that goes on in VG and then have all sorts of unbalanced hate for AF for going on a nostalgia trip.

Cunga, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 06:30 (thirteen years ago) link

The 'surprise' end of VG, that the loungey singer right at the start of the film was the 'missing' whassisname, um, I thought it so obvious that it was a given for the audience...

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 08:16 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Almost Famous is amazing! I thought it would inspire me to write a great article, but instead it inspired me to quit my job!

I don't know what I would think of it had i not related to the film so well...I'm very similar to Fugit's character (granted, I have yet to write for Rolling Stone or Creem).

Tape Store, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 22:38 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

John Simon articulated my own feelings about Almost Famous better than I did earlier regarding the cop-out tone of the movie:

"William's big dilemma is whether to tell the truth about the tour and alienate the band, or write a puff piece, and have Rolling Stone reject it. The youth opts for the former, but is forgiven by the band, whose reputation soars because of the article; Crowe makes the opposite choice with his movie and, whatever success it may reap, loses me."

"Some films are just good enough for you to have wished them a bit better. They are a little too sentimental, soft, and mildly dishonest to be much more than a slightly melancholy missed opportunity."

Cunga, Sunday, 16 August 2009 08:27 (eleven years ago) link

seven years pass...

holy shit almost famous is the probably the worst movie i've ever seen in my life ― J0rdan S.

vs.

Almost Famous is amazing! I thought it would inspire me to write a great article, but instead it inspired me to quit my job! ― Tape Store

I just watched this last night, so I searched to see how ILX viewed it.

If I had taken this movie at all seriously, as a heartfelt statement about youth and coming of age, or as an homage to an era of music I felt deeply about, or as an ode to the value of music journalism, I probably would have been as disgusted as Jordan. I suppose, if I were young enough, there's an outside chance I might have been as inspired as Tape Store. As it was, I merely enjoyed it because it was affectionate and shallow and cartoony and it made me laugh out loud five or six times. It entertained me for two hours and I'll have forgotten all about it in two weeks.

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 3 June 2017 19:32 (four years ago) link

PSH as Lester Bangs was pretty awesome
Side-stepping the statutory rape groupie thing much less so

Randomly started watching clips the other night because of youtube recommendations - as not-particularly-good as the movie is, I'd totally watch a movie about Stillwater 2017, playing the Three Dog Night town arts festival circuit

El Tuomasbot (milo z), Saturday, 3 June 2017 22:33 (four years ago) link

I hated teh Veklvet Goldmine treatment of Iggy as someone with no rhythm. Preferred Almost Famous .

Stevolende, Saturday, 3 June 2017 22:50 (four years ago) link

Velvet Goldmine.

Fiddle Catstro (latebloomer), Sunday, 4 June 2017 03:07 (four years ago) link

I kinda love Velvet Goldmine, and as messy as it is I think it's the key to understanding Todd Haynes. He's made better films, but I think they become even better by watching Velvet Goldmine a couple of times and thinking about it.

Frederik B, Sunday, 4 June 2017 08:28 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

20 years! Feels like 10

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/almost-famous-20th-anniversary-reunion-1017345/

piscesx, Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:50 (one year ago) link

I was watching Gone Girl two nights ago, which is the only time I've seen Patrick Fugit (William) since.

clemenza, Thursday, 18 June 2020 21:09 (one year ago) link

His career really didn't take off. I forgot he was in Spun. Also really creepy in Queen of Earth.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 18 June 2020 21:20 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

finally saw the “Untitled” cut aka Bootleg version

if you hate the movie you’ll still hate it obviously but imo it’s better than the theatrical cut, has a lot more moments btw characters, it benefits from being a bit slower paced

there is an extra scene where Stillwater do an on-air radio interview with Kyle Gass playing a stoned radio dj that is hilarious & perfect
(imo you could put it in the dictionary under “Album Oriented Rock radio station”)

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 19 July 2021 17:41 (one week ago) link


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