3. Almost Famous (2000)
Directed and Written by Cameron Crowe. Cinematography by John Toll.
Starring Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
One of the biggest criticisms that I've seen leveled at 'Almost Famous' is that it sugar-coats the rock n' roll experience of the time. This is grossly unfair because the overwhelming majority of films about the life of rock stars focus on the sex and the drugs. Why do we need one more? After all, why do rock musicians become rock musicians in the first place? The music. Most musicians--like the actors who portray them--go their entire careers without achieving money or glory. Why? They would have a much easier time of it by going to school, getting MBAs, becoming corporate executives and earning enough money to score women and drugs.
But they don't. Because they want to rock. And in 'Almost Famous'--unlike in a lot of other rock movies--being a rock star looks like a fun and rewarding pursuit.
This might be the last time Kate Hudson was good in anything, how sad. I was miffed at the time when she didn't win Best Supporting Actress, but now I realize that it was probably for the best.
This is the last film on the list that I saw in the theater, by the way.