Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe hasn’t made a good film in over a decade, but his early work still leaves a mark. Almost Famous will always be his best movie, because it’s the one closest to his heart. In the film, William Miller (Patrick Fugit) lands a job writing for Rolling Stone at age 15. He follows the band Stillwater on the road and comes of age before our eyes.

The movie is Crowe’s unofficial autobiography. He, too, wrote for Rolling Stone at age 15 and toured the country with a band before he knew how to drive. The film drips with authenticity. Every shot is a lived-in experience. The result is a modern-day classic with unforgettable performances from Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Almost Famous is a love letter to music, and one of the best films of all time.

Join Jon and Tim as they discuss favorite movies, credit sequences, Crowe’s career, supporting roles, the music of the 70’s, and the importance of being uncool.