Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
The early 1970s. William Miller is 15-years old and an aspiring rock journalist. He gets a job writing for Rolling Stone magazine. His first assignment: tour with the band Stillwater and write about the experience. Miller will get to see what goes on behind the scenes in a famous band, including the moments when things fall apart. Moreover, for him, it will be a period of new experiences and finding himself.Written by
At the Continental Hyatt, William briefly peers into a room to see a man and woman singing a duet. This is an homage to Cosmic American music pioneer Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, portrayed by musicians Pete Droge and Elaine Summers. Parsons was one of the first artists that Cameron Crowe interviewed (for a paper called Music World) and he has used Parsons' music in other films. For this film, however, Crowe asked Droge to write a new song that would sound Parsons-esque. This song is called "Small Time Blues." See more »
When first trying to get in to interview Black Sabbath William gets left out side when the girls get let in. As they are going in they seem to be in different spots as the different camera angles show them entering through the backstage door. See more »
Photographs of Stillwater, William, and the Band-Aids are shown during the final credits. See more »
A scene was filmed in which William plays Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" in front of his mother and some high school staff, as well as Darryl (Anita's boyfriend). William introduces the song by saying that it was based on the works of Tolkien. During the song, the group is looking through the lyrics on the inner sleeve and a copy of Rolling Stone. William and Darryl are lip-synching and playing air guitar and drums. Elaine denounces the song, and the scene continues with her saying "no, no, no, no" before finally agreeing to let her go. However, rights problems forced Crowe to cut the scene. The scene is presented on the "Bootleg Cut" two-DVD set. The scene has no music, but there is an on-screen cue telling the viewer when to start the song. See more »
There are two things that make this film one of the best made in the last few years- characters and music. I am personally not a big fan of 70s music, but it is used very well in this film, most of my favourite scenes are made all the more memorable by the music, which includes America (Simon & Garfunkel), Tiny Dancer, Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters (both Elton John), River (Joni Mitchell) Paranoid (Black Sabbath) and Feel Flows (The Beach Boys) Most of the actors and actresses in this film give the performance of their lives, Frances McDormand being especially comical as William's mother, and many of the best moments are all hers. William himself has an endearing quality about him to the audience, and I'm surprised I haven't seen Patrick Fugit in any other films since this one. A great film, and the Directors Cut DVD is well worth the money, especially for those of you (like me) who had previously only watched the UK version.
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