Number 4: “Almost Famous”

This movie is neither dark, brooding, violent, nor any of the other deeply disturbing characteristics of most of the films on this list.  “Almost Famous” is just plain amazing.

It’s about a band on the cusp of superstardom in the early 1970’s.  Which for me is basically the best time for music that I have been exposed to.

The characters are incredibly memorable and I love them all as you would a best friend during the best part of your life.  There are only two movies that make me feel like I’m hanging out with friends; “Almost Famous” and “Dazed and Confused”.  Surprise surprise they are both set in the 70’s.  CRAZY!

But this movie has everything.  It has a fun and relatable main character.  An insanely cool rock star as the villain.  And one of the most beautiful and desirable female characters ever set on film; Miss Penny Lane.

The music, characters, time period, and adventure of this movie make it an absolute must watch with every girl I have ever dated.  It’s maybe more of a test.  If you are not moved by this film than we have no business dating because we have nothing in common and you might be a robot.

I love this movie.  It makes me feel like I was fortunate enough to grow up in the sixties/seventies like my parents.  They always swore it sucked just like growing up in the 80’s/90’s did but for some reason it just seemed like so much more fun!

I wish I could live through this movie but watching it is still pretty damn close.

Cameron Crowe is a genius in my mind who beautifully understands the angst and confusion that comes with adolescence; Ex “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”.  And he just knows how to cut through all the bullshit and hit me right where it counts.

I even like his other movies, that lately have been universally panned.  I thought “Elizabethtown” was great and am actually still planning to see “Aloha”.

And if you are blind to bad films thanks to nostalgia from their predecessors come on down to the Staged Reading of my Psychadelic Cyberpunk Film Noir screenplay “Mum Knows Best” on Sunday August 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar because we’re going to give you new eye balls.

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