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Almost Famous [DVD] [2001]
Almost Famous [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Billy Crudup
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 24 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Almost Famous [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Crowe's partially autobiographical story about a gifted but naÔve young rock journalist prematurely entering the world of his idols is moving, hilarious, thought-provoking and as good as any of his previous films. William comes of age as he deals with the rock and roll lifestyle, journalistic pressures, sex, jealousy and the questionable sincerity of his new 'friends' - all this with his over-protective mother demanding to know his every move.
The acting is fabulous - my favourite performance is the stunning (in every way) Kate Hudson as 'band-aid' Penny Lane ("not a groupie!"). Also an awesome debut from Fugit - perfectly cast and totally believable. My favourite film moment is when the characters reveal their deepest secrets on the tour plane because turbulence makes them believe they are going to die.
The DVD offers excellent extras including a documentary and actual Rolling Stone transcripts, written by Crowe. The soundtrack is impressive but the best feature is the picture of Hudson on the cover - almost perfect.

The Worst of Black Box Recorder
The Worst of Black Box Recorder

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BBR are more consistent than Embrace!!!, 24 Sept. 2001
I only stumbled across this album by chance and i'm glad I did. At last, a collection of the best B-sides from BBR's two albums (without most of the endless remixes), and four CDRom's of the singles. It's surprising how much fun you can have listening to three people complaining about how difficult life is.
My highlights include 'Soul Boy', the gloomy 'Factory Radio' and a cover of Sarah Nixey's favourite Bowie track, 'Rock & Roll Suicide'. Although the album is largely brilliant, I was rather disappointed with the cover of 'Seasons In The Sun' which is too short and 'Lord Lucan Is Missing' which is just bad. Despite this, the genius of Haines and Moore's songwriting and Nixey's voice is brilliantly highlighted in this package of BBR's so called 'worst' songs - consistency being one of their greatest assets. The videos are great too, especially 'The Facts Of Life' which follows two young teenagers who are too shy to ask eachother out (Sarah is also in it a lot, which can't be bad).
I assume only die-hard fans will buy this album, although it is excellent value for money. Every Ideal Home should have a copy!

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