Almost Famous

Almost Famous

Watch the Top 20 films from the 4th Annual Almost Famous Film Festival 48 Hour Short Film Challenge (A3F). The A3F is one of the largest and most successful film challenges in the country. Drawing teams from Arizona, California, and Nevada, the 2008 lineup consisted of 61 teams of filmmakers who all made 1-7 minute films in just 2 days or 48 hours! The guidelines that every team had to incorporate into their movies were; Theme: Miscalculation. Prop: A Key where one or more characters had to turn/use a key. Line of Dialogue: "Are you sure that's it?"Forty-five teams made the deadline and had their films reviewed by a panel of 7 judges. These are the Top 20 films that premiered before a record-breaking public audience of 457 indie-movie enthusiasts in Phoenix, Arizona.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Production: DreamWorks SKG
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 52 wins & 103 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.9
Metacritic:
90
Rotten Tomatoes:
89%
R
Year:
2000
122
$31,716,715
Website
7,422 Views

[Anita is trying to sneak into the house without being heard, but a bell on the door handle falls.]

Elaine:
Anita?

Anita:
Hi Mom.

Elaine:
You hungry? I made soy cutlets.

Anita:
No thanks, I already ate.

[Elaine gets close to Anita's face.]

Elaine:
You've been kissing.

Anita:
No I haven’t.

Elaine:
Yes you have, I can tell.

Anita:
You can’t tell.

Elaine:
Not only can I tell I know who it is.

[Anita starts to walk away.]

Elaine:
Whatcha’ got under your coat?

[Anita removes the Simon and Garfunkel record she was hiding under her coat, and hands it to Elaine.]

Anita:
It’s unfair we can’t listen to our own music.

Elaine:
That is because it is about drugs and promiscuous sex.

Anita:
Simon and Garfunkel is poetry.

Elaine:
Yes, it is poetry about drugs and promiscuous sex. Honey, they’re on pot.

Anita:
First it was butter, then sugar, white flour, bacon, eggs, bologna; then it was celebrating Christmas, on a day in September, when you knew it wouldn’t be commercialized. What else are you gonna ban?

Elaine:
I am trying to give you the cliff notes on how to live life in this world.

Anita:
We’re like nobody else I know!

Elaine:
[to herself] I’m a college professor, why can’t I teach my own kids. Use me.

Anita:
Darrell says that you use knowledge to keep me down. He says that I’m a yes person and you are trying to raise us in a no environment!

Elaine:
Well, clearly no is a word Darrell doesn’t hear often.

Anita:
[Frustrated and yelling] I can’t live here! I hate you, even William hates you!

William:
I don’t hate her.

Anita:
You do hate her; you don’t even know the truth.

Elaine:
Honey, don’t be a drama queen.

Anita:
Feck you!!

Elaine:
Hey!!

Anita:
This is a house of lies! [Storms off to her bedroom.]

Elaine:
There it is. Your sister used the F word.

William:
I think she said feck.

Elaine:
What’s the difference?

William:
The letter U.

William:
[on the phone with his mother, Elaine] I'm fine! I'm fine! I'm flying back on Monday morning. I'll only miss one test. I'll make it up.

Russell:
Tell her you're a slave to the groove. You can't help it!

William:
[to Russell] No. [Russell reaches for the phone] No, Russell... Russell, no! [Russell grabs the phone.]

Russell:
Hi, Mom, it's Russell Hammond! I play guitar in Stillwater. It's my fault. How does it feel to be the mother of the future of rock journalism?... Hello? [Elaine says nothing.] You've got a great kid. Nothing to worry about. We're taking care of him. And you should come to a show some time — join the circus!

Elaine:
Listen to me: your charm doesn't work on me. I'm onto you. Of course you like him.

Russell:
Well, yeah.

Elaine:
He worships you people! And that's fine with you, as long as he helps make you rich.

Russell:
Rich? I don't think so—

Elaine:
Listen to me. He's a smart, goodhearted, 15-year-old kid with infinite potential. This is not some apron-wearing mother you're talking to. I know about your Valhalla of decadence, and I shouldn't have let him go. He is not ready for your world of compromised values and diminished brain cells that you throw away like confetti. Am I speaking clearly to you?

Russell:
[stands up straight] Yes, ma'am.

Elaine:
If you break his spirit, harm him in any way, keep him from his chosen profession — which is law, something you may not value, but I do — you will meet the voice on the other end of this telephone, and it will not be pretty. Do we understand each other?

Russell:
Uh, yes, ma'am.

Elaine:
I didn't ask for this role, but I'll play it. Now go do your best. "Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid." Goethe said that. It's not too late for you to be a person of substance, Russell. Get my son home safely. You know, I'm glad we spoke. [hangs up on Russell, who is speechless]

Lester Bangs:
You know, because once you go to L.A., you're gonna have friends like crazy. But they're gonna be fake friends. You know, they're gonna try to corrupt you. You got an honest face, and they're gonna tell you everything. But you cannot make friends with the rock stars...If you're gonna be a true journalist -- you know, a rock journalist -- first, you never get paid much. But you will get free records from the record company. Jesus. F***ing nothing about you that is controversial, man. God, it's gonna get ugly, man. They're gonna buy you drinks. You're gonna meet girls, they're gonna try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs. I know. It sounds great, but these people are not your friends. You know, these are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of rock stars. And they will ruin rock 'n' roll, and strangle everything we love about it, right? You know, because they're trying to buy respectability for a form that is gloriously and righteously dumb. Now, you're smart enough to know that. And the day it ceases to be dumb is the day that it ceases to be real, right? And then it just becomes an industry of cool. I'm-I'm telling ya, you're comin' along at a very dangerous time for rock 'n' roll. I mean, the war is over. They won. And 99% of what passes for rock 'n' roll these days, silence is more compelling. That's why I think you should just turn around and go back, you know, and be a lawyer or somethin'. But I can tell from your face that you won't. I can give you 35 bucks. Give me a thousand words on Black Sabbath...Hey, you have to make your reputation on being honest and, uh, you know, unmerciful...If you get into a jam, you can call me. I stay up late.


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