This trailer depresses me. I love Cameron Crowe. I love Matt Damon. I love Sigur Ros. But this trailer depresses me.
It looks like a rehash of every other Cameron Crowe movie, instead of something new. It’s got a scene eeriely similar to when Jerry Maguire quits his job, only this time with Damon instead of Crowe. Even the scene in the photo I posted looks like it was ripped out of Vanilla Sky. I hated Elizabethtown and this trailer is not making me want to give Crowe another chance despite how much I love his earlier work…
Janet: Hey. Going out?
Cliff: Yep. You?
Cliff: That’s a very nice hat, and I don’t mean that in an Eddie Haskell kind of way.
Cliff: Bless you.
Janet: Thank you.
Cliff: Does everybody go through this?
Janet: No, I think, just us.
I’ve been reticent to discuss 1996 because my all-time favorite film came out that year: The English Patient. In fact, it won Best Picture. So in my eyes, Oscar got it very right that year. That being said, there is a film that came out in 1996 and was nominated for Best Picture that I absolutely adore. I saw Jerry Maguire in theaters when I was ten and loved it and as soon as it came out on VHS (remember, this was nearly 15 years ago) I bought it and watched it over and over and over. I have seen this film so many times I have every line of dialogue and every little nuance of every performance memorized. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one: Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. (won), Best Actor Tom Cruise and Best Picture. The other films nominated that year were: Fargo, Secrets and Lies, Shine and winner The English Patient.
Cameron Crowe has directed 6 movies. I love and own on DVD 5 of those movies. His sixth film I really disliked. What I love so much about Cameron Crowe’s films, more than the great stories and characters he creates, is his use of music. There are few directors who infuse music so deeply into the stories they’re telling the way Crowe does. I’m sure this has to do with his background as a writer/editor with Rolling Stone Magazine. I owe a lot of my taste in music to the soundtracks of Crowe’s films. Crowe introduced me to Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Sigur Rós and Spiritualized, just to name a few of the bands that have graced his soundtracks.
Lloyd Dobler: I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.