Elizabethtown — the interview’s up!

Elizabethtown — the interview’s up! October 20, 2005

My interview with Alice Marie Crowe, the real-life mother of Elizabethtown writer-director Cameron Crowe, is now up at CanadianChristianity.com. A bit late, perhaps, but the interview took place the day before the film opened, which was too late to get it written up in time for last Thursday’s web update.

FWIW, I find this film one of Crowe’s weaker efforts. Yeah, even weaker than Vanilla Sky (2001; my review), his director-for-hire shot-for-shot remake of Alejandro Amenabar’s Abre los ojos (1997). I recognize its good intentions, but good intentions only get a film so far. Love the Alec Baldwin sequence, though. What a scene-stealer. And the pre-wedding party is quite funny, too.

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  • Nice interview with Crowe’s mom. I loved “Say Anything,” as well. That’s Crowe, right?

    I saw Almost Famous in an old Movie Palace in Withington, Manchester, England when I was living over there. They called the theatre the ‘flea pit,’ because it was pretty disgusting, and had been divided two have two cinemas. It was actually one of the first Movie Theatres in England, and had a long and illustrious, and dubious past. Almost Famous, though, was almost a revelation to me at the time I saw it. I so identified with it, and it was nostalia for a past not my own. But all that great American music just made me homesick in a very sweet way. And I love Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs. “The only currency in this cruel world is what you share with another person when you’re NOT cool.” Or something like that…