3 Films That Flew Under The Radar

Isn’t it the best reward when a film draws you in and you can’t stop watching

Malky McEwan


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By the end, you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy and nod like everything is good in the world.

At 2 hrs 40 mins, Almost Famous seems impossibly long — I mean, who’s got the time?

Answer: You have.

Wannabe journalist (Patrick Fugit) somehow wangles his way on tour with a rising rock band and their rock chick fan hangers-on. The proposition of watching it all the way through didn’t appeal to me. I only stuck it on because I had half an hour to kill.

That night, I only had another half hour to spare. The TV remote dragged me back to the film. I didn’t have the time to watch it all, but that’s what I did.

For a film about a rock band, there isn’t much music and most of it is Elton John — but it’s an uplifting compilation. It’s based on director Cameron Crowe’s experiences as a teenage writer for Rolling Stone magazine. The writing is great — another reason to write what you know.

Billy Crudup and Frances McDormand head the cast list, but the real stand-outs are teenagers Billy Fugit and Kate Hudson.