Episode 43: Almost Famous (2000)

The guys have a fever dog scratching at their back door this week with Cameron Crowe’s 2000 powerful love letter to music, Almost Famous. The film follows an amazing ensemble cast around on tour with one of the better fictional bands of all time in Stillwater, with Oscar-nominated performances from Frances “Old McDonald” McDormand and Kate Hudson, but virtually every character in Almost Famous is memorably portrayed. The guys discuss how their allegiances and interpretations have shifted over time but the way the film remains just as poignant and important to this day. They also pick their own band to follow in the bygone decadent ’70s as well as recall a time when an album particularly touched their hearts.

Almost Famous (2000)
Director
Cameron Crowe
Stars
Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel

Selected By
Anders

4.8

what movies are
About

Aired Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The guys have a fever dog scratching at their back door this week with Cameron Crowe's 2000 powerful love letter to music, Almost Famous. The film follows an amazing ensemble cast around on tour with one of the better fictional bands of all time in Stillwater, with Oscar-nominated performances from Frances "Old McDonald" McDormand and Kate Hudson, but virtually every character in Almost Famous is memorably portrayed. The guys discuss how their allegiances and interpretations have shifted over time but the way the film remains just as poignant and important to this day. They also pick their own band to follow in the bygone decadent '70s as well as recall a time when an album particularly touched their hearts.

Episode 23: Big Fish (2003)

This week the guys talk about Tim Burton’s 2003 film Big Fish, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, and Jessica Lange. They discuss the ways that the film is both a major departure for Burton, given its levity and general colorful nature, but that there’s a thread of darkness that truly feels like his thumbprint on the family-oriented fantasy film. Big Fish plays on memory and storytelling and the ways that our minds take stories and twist them into fantasies over time in a way that actually blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not. They talk about how those new and interesting elements for Burton’s films mix with the familiar faces like Helena Bonham Carter and Danny DeVito to become one of his best films ever. They also look into the witch’s eye to see how they might go in the end and what their own “big fish” might be.

Big Fish (2003)
Director
Tim Burton
Stars
Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup

Selected By
Brian

4.6

what movies are
About

Aired Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This week the guys talk about Tim Burton's 2003 film Big Fish, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, and Jessica Lange. They discuss the ways that the film is both a major departure for Burton, given its levity and general colorful nature, but that there's a thread of darkness that truly feels like his thumbprint on the family-oriented fantasy film. Big Fish plays on memory and storytelling and the ways that our minds take stories and twist them into fantasies over time in a way that actually blurs the line between what's real and what's not. They talk about how those new and interesting elements for Burton's films mix with the familiar faces like Helena Bonham Carter and Danny DeVito to become one of his best films ever. They also look into the witch's eye to see how they might go in the end and what their own "big fish" might be.

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