Why I Love Cameron Crowe and We Bought A Zoo

  • Director – Cameron Crowe
  • Starring – Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning
  • Writer – Cameron Crowe,  Aline Brosh McKenna, Benjamin Mee
  • Year – 2011
  • Running Time – 124 mins

 Cameron Crowe is one of my favourite directors and writers.  His films have had a profound effect on my life and at least two (Say Anything and Almost Famous) would make it into my top ten list.  The others would almost certainly be in a top 50.

I find Crowe’s films inspiring and I often turn to them when life is in one of its downward spirals, as he has the ability to renew my faith in human nature.  His films remind you what is important in life and appreciate what you have.  They tend to focus on family (shown often through single parents), relationships, friends and more often than not music.

All his movies come from the heart; they are deeply personal and slightly unorthodox.  He is not prolific, but dedicated.  For example Jerry Maguire took over 5 years to make and went through almost 20 drafts of the script before he was happy.  He puts his heart and soul into every inch of the screen and every note on the score and soundtrack. All his films are truly his. (more…)

Looking Ahead….

Welcome to our weekly Monday morning (well Tuesday this week…) look ahead and what I hope to watch this week.

So this week I will be mostly watching…….

Like Crazy – I am determined to tick this off the list this week 


Friends With Kids – I’ll only catch this if I can get to a cheap screenings, I suspect its not worth full price

Goon – Heard some good things about this.  Let’s see how Stifler faces off.

Alien – After the joy of Prometheus, its time to re-watch Alien after 20 years away. 

Four appears to be a good and pretty achievable number to aim at, but I do have a few social nights out this week, so as always come Sunday we will see how I did.  I am also aiming to get one review up mid-week.

How about you guys, what’s your plans this week?



The Week That Was 17 June – 24 June

Apologies for the slightly delayed “The Week That Was” post this week, I was struck down with a touch of food posioning yesterday so was some what distracted to say the least.   But I am pleased to report that I feeling better today, so back on on we go.

So on last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had planned to see The Way, Like Crazy, Martha Marcy May Marlenne and if I could get tickets, Ghostbusters.  So how did I do, well not too bad, I got in four films, but not quite what I planned.  I missed Like Crazy (but its ready to go in the queue) and couldn’t get to Ghostbusters as Mrs Malone called dibs on Friday night out.

So here is the tale of the tape this week, as always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:-

Cinema Screenings

The Way – Father and son combination Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez combine in this wonderfully simply yet powerful and inspiring film.  Check out the full review here.  Highly recommended.

Brave – The new Pixar offering with a dash of Disney fairy dust.  A bold move by Pixar but one that pays of beautifully. A engrossing tale of a young scottish maiden determined to have a say in her own affairs.  I saw it with my two little girls who were captivated throughout and haven’t stopped talking about it since.  Highly recommended.

Couch Screenings

Martha Marcy May Marlene – I had managed to avoid all but one very short review of this impressive independent and indeed all of trailers, so I was pretty much going in blind.  Elisabeth Olson puts in a mighty performance of a young girl trying to come to terms with life in a cult.  I am saying no more than that accept…..Highly recommended.

Contagion – Steven Soderbergh’s dark tale of a bat and pig coming together which global ramifications.  Each time I watch this I feel a strong urge to wash my hands and lock the door.  Watch it.

TV Shows

Whilst I won’t be recording these in my yearly stats I have made a bit of an effort to try and get back in touch with some good TV again.  So I kicked off with season one of Breaking Bad, the story of a high school chemistry teacher who after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer embarks on a new career of cooking the worlds best crystal meth in order to leave money behind for his family.  I am only halfway through season one, but just like a meth head, I am hooked already.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 21
Couch Screenings – 26
Total (new films) – 47
Re-watches – 18
2012 Total film count – 65
How about you guys, how’s your week been?



The Way (2012)

  • Director – Emilio Estevez
  • Starring – Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbit
  • Written By – Jack Hitt (book), Emilio Estevez (written for the screen)
  • Year – 2012
  • Length – 123 mins

The Way is a powerful, yet simple and really quite moving film, which tells the story of Tom (Martin Sheen) whose son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez) dies during the first night of his trek along the “El camino de Santiago”, an 800-kilometre pilgrimage from the bottom of France to the top of Spain. After travelling to France to bring Daniel home, Tom is compelled to carry Daniel’s ashes the length of the pilgrimage, so together they can finish what Daniel started.

I always find it fascinating to see a Father and Son on screen together.  A son directing his father must have made for an interesting on set dynamic.  However the results are impressive, as through Estevez’s stripped back direction and Sheen’s rich, layered and above all else authentic performance, they have delivered a film of which the family should be proud.  If only Charlie could have had a cameo……then again maybe not. (more…)

Looking Ahead…

I thought I might start a regular Monday post looking ahead to what I hope to watch this week.  Hopefully this will make me lock in a few screenings and I can hold myself a little bit more accountable when writing ‘The Week That Was’ post on Sundays.

So this week, I will be mostly watching…….

The Way (2010)

I have been meaning to check this out for weeks and weeks and it is still on at a local cinema.  I was really impressed with the trailer and quite intrigued to see how the Emilio gets on directing his Dad.

Like Crazy (2011)

I am a real sucker for the Before Sunrise/Sunset films and this looks like it is cut from the same cloth.  I was also very impressed by Felicity Jones in Cemetery Junction, but luckily managed to avoid Chalet Girl….

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

I have managed to avoid knowing very much about this, so much so that I haven’t even seen this trailer.  But from the limited information I have picked up, it seems well worth the wait.

And if I can manage to get tickets…….

Ghostbusters (1984)

Which is playing for one night only at a local cinema. I have really fond memories of as a 12 year old seeing this the first time round.  I think it was probably also my first time seeing Bill Murray in a film and have been a huge fan ever since.

So thats it, four films should be a pretty easy fit into this week, but we will see come Sunday.

How’s your week looking?