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'Famous' depicts 70s rock era
FAMOUS from 8
Penny gets a better gig for
William, a bus tour with
“Stillwater,” a four-man rock band
trying to break into stadium star
dom. For both Penny and William,
there’s an immediate connection
with Russell (Billy Crudup), the
lead guitarist who is good enough
(and good-looking enough) to
threaten taking the spotlight from
frontman Jeff Bebe (Jason I^ee).
The tour encapsulates most of
the film, as William gets a job with
Rolling Stone to write-up
“Stillwater.” He’s faced with trying
to get an objective story in the face
of free booze and women, along
with strange and growing feelings
for Penny, who spends every night
behind the “Do Not EVER
Disturb” sign on Russell’s door.
The surroundings are there -
it’s a plot-loaded movie that paints
on a wide canvas with broad
strokes - and Crowe, whose best
film remains the distant and pow
erful “Say Anything,” knows how
to fuel a scene with charm and a
weird mopey wit The set produc
tion delivers with its 1970s live-in
And there’s the music - though
not as much as you’d guess - both
the original “Stillwater” songs
written by Crowe and a sound
track sampling of Elton John and
The Allman Brothers, among oth
But the film goes static when
you expect it to pop and bubble
into its next gear. Not to say that
carnage and hedonism have to fill
the screen, but outside a minor
drug overdose, life on the road
seems a princess affair for
groupies, their worst fears being
dumped by the rock stars.
"Almost Famous” makes these
girls heroes, as it must, I suppose,
because Crowe saw them as such
"Stillwater” is a collection of
cliches - both in character and in
its typically, dumb, ego-driven
clashes between band members.
Of course, they’re cliches for a rea
son - nobody will ever accuse rock
stars of seeping logical brilliance.
Nonetheless, when the real
truth comes to a head during a
perilous lightning storm aboard a
plane, Crowe handles a most
important scene clumsily, top
ping it off with a painful joke that
lost its spin for me five years ago.
That's mostly my problem, I
suppose. For a movie made well
enough to breathe 1973 into the
movie theater, it’s alienating to an
extent. Crowe’s one of the seminal
rock journalists - other music
front-runners have applauded his
But accuracy can have bite
and groove - Paul Thomas
Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” is a
fine example - and not lose its
essential nature. Crowe’s camera
work is almost lazy as it catalogues
William’s journey - unlike “Boogie
Nights” which feels so alive, it
verges on filmed heart attack.
“Almost Famous” makes the sur
roundings seem more innocuous
and boring than they probably
And, in the end, Penny’s char
acter is inserted with a tad more
emotional and intellectual range
than a 16-year-old girl might pos
sess and an end that seems down
right bizarre. Hudson, as comely
as she is, was 20 during the shoot
and acts every day of it.
Hoffman plays Lester flaw
lessly, and McDormand is graceful
and funny, no surprise there.
Other performances feel tweaked
by Crowe. William seems a bit
quick with life-involving advice.
The Band-Aide is too sharp, too.
It’s like watching "That 70s Show”
without the laugh soundtrack.
And I’m not sure a sitcom,
albeit a meticulous and showy
one, is what honest and unmerci
ful are all about. Love letters have
^ their price.
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Sequel fails to meet potential
LEGENDS from 8
to produce a sequel, didn’t it? This
is what William Goldman meant
when he said in Hollywood,
nobody knows anything.
This “Urban Legends” sequel
hired one man to do the direct
ing, editing and composing for
the film - John Ottman - and
ripped off the “Scream 3” plot
line. In other words: this is a
movie about people getting
killed. And people who work on
the movie get killed in the same
way as they would have in the
The movie was written by two
guys just out of University of
Southern California’s film school
in Los Angeles - strong adherents
to the clever, in-joke school of
There’s an aspiring filmmaker
at a fictional film school, Amy
(Jennifer Morrison), who battles
hard to win the coveted
Hitchcock Award, which guaran
tees some sort of automatic
Her main competition is a
brooding genius, Travis (Matthew
Davis), on the verge of some mas
terpiece - he thinks. But when he
gets a low grade on his thesis film,
he commits suicide, or so it
seems, until a look-a-like shows
up, claiming he’s Travis’ twin
After the suicide, the deaths
start mounting. Graham
(Lawrence), a Hollywood rich kid,
is a suspect. So is a host of other
film crew members. Oh, and if
you believe the filmmakers, it’s
quite possible that Amy is making
it all up... in her head. Maybe she
is, considering she mistakes the
killer, a tall, lanky-sort, for her
300-pound black friend.
A quote from Morrison in the
press notes illustrates the inane
nature of the film better than I
“It’s a bizarre urban legend
inside of an urban legend, inside
of an urban legend while you’re
filming an urban legend,” she
Exhibit examines hip-hop art form
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — They seem
unlikely items for a museum
exhibit - sneakers, handbills, a
But viewed along with cloth
ing, lyric sheets and album
posters, the items document the
rise of one of the biggest cultural
"Hip-Hop Nation: Roots,
Rhymes, and Rage" opened
Friday at the Brooklyn Museum of
Art, the first stop in a national
“The world is embracing a
new attitude, and that attitude is
influenced by hip-hop,” said
museum director Arnold
“Hip-hop has empowered so
many of us, it's unbelievable," said
guest curator Kevin Powell, who
has been writing about the music
and culture of hip-hop for years.
There are hundreds of pieces
to look at, from graffiti art to
Public Enemy’s set list, to a docu
ment from the 1994 U.S. Senate
Judiciary Committee hearings on
music and violence.
Fashion looms large, with
clothing donated by names from
every era of hip-hop.
There’s a hat from Kool DJ
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ture are highlighted: DJing,
MCing, dance, and graffiti art.
The first section, “The Block
Party,” introduces viewers to
those elements with demonstra
tions and interactive terminals
where he or she can try his or her
hand at DJing.
“The Roots” looks at hip-hop’s
origins, and showcases audio
equipment from the 1970s and
early 1980s, as well as items relat
ed to pioneers like Grandmaster
Flash and Kurtis Blow.
Section three deals with the
mid-1980s to 1990, considered
hip-hop’s creative “Golden Era.” It
introduces acts like the political
Public Enemy, the feminist Queen
Latifah and the gangsta N.WA
"Controversy: Outrage and
the Rise of Gangsta Rap" focuses
on the 1990s, which were marked
by events like the deaths ofTupac
Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.
The last section, “Pop Goes
the Culture," examines how hip
hop has come to dominate
American youth culture.
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