Rock Star vs. Almost Famous

steve jaros

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Almost Famous was hyped by refugees of the 70s who bathed in its nostalgia, but it was kind of boring if you couldn't share those memories.
In contrast, Rock Star can be enjoyed by anyone. It's more engaging on a story level. What's more exciting - writing about Rock Stars or getting to be one? And Marky Mark is much more appealing and charismatic than that forgettable nerd who played the lead in AF. Jennifer Aniston matches Kate Hudson in the female lead category.
Plus, at the very end of the credits they do something quite funny with Mr. Wahlberg and his history as a rapper.
Anyway, go see Rock Star. It's a pleasant surprise, and it's better than Almost Famous.
In My Humble-Pie Opinion of course...
 

Derek Miner

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Almost Famous was hyped by refugees of the 70s who bathed in its nostalgia, but it was kind of boring if you couldn't share those memories.
I have to disagree with you on that one. I don't happen to get into 70s rock much at all (and I have few memories of the decade, being only 26), but I found Almost Famous to speak to me on just about every level.
I have yet to see Rock Star, so I'll have to reserve judgment on that until I do. From the commercials I've seen (which, admittedly are probably not the best indicator for any film), however, Rock Star appears it would be more defined by its taste in music than Almost Famous was.
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Edwin Pereyra

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It's more engaging on a story level. What's more exciting - writing about Rock Stars or getting to be one? And Marky Mark is much more appealing and charismatic than that forgettable nerd who played the lead in AF.
So, how's the music? Based on what I've read though, I'm willing to bet that John Cameron Mitchell and Hedwig and The Angry Inch blows away anything Marky Mark and Rock Star has to offer both in music and star performances. We'll see...
~Edwin
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steve jaros

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Edwin - the music is bad 80s rock - lame Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, stuff like that. Doesn't bother the film, though.
As for Hedgwick, i live in the sticks and those films don't make it out to my neck of the woods. So i'll have to catch it on DVD.
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Matthew Chmiel

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Almost Famous was hyped by refugees of the 70s who bathed in its nostalgia, but it was kind of boring if you couldn't share those memories.
Hell, I wasn't even born till years after the '70s ended and I loved the film, the best film of 2000 I may add.
I haven't seen Rock Star and I might not till it comes to DVD (I'm not a Marky Mark fan... the only decent acting role he has done so far was in Boogie Nights).
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Yah...I'm with them. Almost Famous really had nothing to do with the 70's as far as "deeper meaning" ...I was born in 1981, and had it as number dos on my top ten last year. I thought that Almost Famous was about coming of age, seeing that the world isn't perfect, and adapting...not just 70's music.
 

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Well I was born in 1980 and I didn't think AF was worth anywhere near all of the hype that it recieved. I also don't think that Kate Hudson is a good actor. Sure she is cute but so Denise Richards and that don't make her a good actor either.
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'Almost Famous' is not a rock movie. It's a coming of age film set around rock stars. It's about that inevitable first heartbreak. It's about the passion of youth.
I saw Rock Star at a free screening last week and it was just dreadful. It plays to the fantasy most people have of becoming a rock star, which isn't nearly as universal a theme as those explored in 'Almost Famous'. And for the record im 28 and the 70's is a hazy Sesame Street/Looney Tunes filled memory.
 

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I've seen all 3 music-related films mentioned above, and
enjoyed them all, for different reasons. "Rock Star" definitely has the weakest and most predictable storyline, but I absolutely LOVE 80's hard rock, and thus found it entertaining enough. The concert sequences were so nostalgic and authentic to me. For "Hedwig", I particularly enjoyed it's poignant story, energy, and John Cameron Mitchell's terrific performance. "Almost Famous" was a sweet coming-of-age story, with good performances from the ensemble.
 

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Matthew,
I've seen your sig numerous times, but until now the obvious truth has escaped me: you are Patrick Fugit, star of Almost Famous.
The jig is up.
Jon
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