The first year of the new century – the year 2000 – was the year I visited the United States for the first time. The family vacation included a trip to Virginia, to D.C., to New York City (which included a trip to the World Trade Center), and best of all… to Walt Disney World i.e. the happiest place on Earth (Just kidding about that last phrase). Clichés by damned but everyone remembers their first trip to Disney World. Mine included living at a time share resort right outside Disney, visited all four theme parks, as well as the three water parks in the span of five days! It was a ridiculous itinerary but that’s happens when you give a 16-year-old free range to plan the day’s activities. Anyway, it was one of our most memorable family vacations (and Rhea and Ransel can attest to that). It was also a solid warm up to my move the following fall. Oh, my week at Disney also coincided with the 2000 Oscar ceremony i.e. the night when American Beauty – one of the best (but not the best) films of 1999 – took four of the top five Oscars.
I watched ALMOST FAMOUS at a moment in time when I was just beginning to discover classic rock. I grew up in the Middle East where access to – anything more than 10 years or older really – was next to impossible. Napster and MP3s were just starting to make a dent and MTV didn’t play anything old either. It didn’t help that the fine people I grew up with weren’t exactly music or film connoisseurs. Although movies had already begun to take a hold on my life, this was the film that served as my intro to Led Zeppelin, the Who, Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Bowie, and by association bands like Pink Floyd, the Stones and eventually U2. This was also the movie that made me pay attention to Cameron Crowe. I had seen Jerry Maguire prior to this but only as a Tom Cruise vehicle. I soon caught up with Singles, Say Anything and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Even if he’s crashed into a creative brick wall of late with the disappointing Elizabethtown and the meddling We Bought a Zoo, I have faith that he still has it in him to put out another fantastic movie. And if he doesn’t, I’ll always have this gem.
Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.