Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Penny Thoughts ‘14—Almost Famous (2000) ****

R, 122 min.
Director/Writer: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, Frances McDormand, Zooey Deschanel, Noah Taylor, Michael Angarano, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, John Fedevich, Mark Kozelek, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liz Srauber, Jimmy Fallon, Bijou Phillips, Terry Chen, Rainn Wilson, Eion Bailey, Erin Foley, Jay Baruchel, Peter Frampton, Mitch Hedberg, Zach Ward, Eric Stonestreet, Marc Maron

Some quotations as spoken by Philip Seymour Hoffman performing the role of rock critic Lester Bangs.

“Music, you now, true music - not just rock n roll - it chooses you. It lives in your car, or alone listening to your headphones, you know, with the cast scenic bridges and angelic choirs in your brain. It's a place apart from the vast, benign lap of America.”

“Aw, man. You made friends with them. See, friendship is the booze they feed you. They want you to get drunk on feeling like you belong. … They make you feel cool. And hey. I met you. You are not cool. …we're uncool. And while women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem. Good-looking people don't have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we're smarter. … Yeah, great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love...  The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool. … My advice to you. I know you think those guys are your friends. You wanna be a true friend to them? Be honest, and unmerciful.”

“Fucking kid's doing drugs.”

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