Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for..........

C is for..........Cameron Crowe.

Cameron Crowe's movie career began in 1982, when he helped adapt his book Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story into the seminal high school flick of the same name. There are so many great characters in Fast Times, but my favorite has to be Mr. Hand. He and Spicoli were a perfect team.

Crowe made his directorial debut in 1989 with Say Anything. Lloyd Dobbler is one of my all-time favorite movie characters, and arguably the best teenager in the history of cinema. There are so many great scenes in Say Anything, so much spot-on dialogue, but this scene epitomizes what Lloyd and the movie as a whole are all about.

My favorite Cameron Crowe movie is Jerry Maguire. Show me the money, you had me at hello, we all know the lines. My personal favorite: It was just a mission statement (thus the picture). Jerry Maguire quotes float around in my brain, ready at a moment's notice to spice up a conversation, or a late night text. Maybe the best thing I can say about Jerry Maguire is that it's one of those movies I can't turn off when I come across it while channel-flipping. No matter where it is, I'm in.

I highly recommend Crowe's latest movie, We Bought a Zoo. Matt Damon is great as a widower who buys a zoo to find meaning in his life and reconnect with his kids. I gotta say, I've been known to tear up during a movie every now and then, but man, this one really got me.

Any Cameron Crowe fans out there? What's your favorite Cameron Crowe movie?


  1. Hello, fellow A to Z'er! You've definitely given me something to ponder, and as much as I love the movie "Say Anything," I still had to imdb Cameron Crowe's name so I could get a feel for his other works.

    When I saw his list of attributes, it was like a slap in the face and I KNEW which title was going down on this comment as my favorite. "Vanilla Sky."

    It is one of my favorite movies of all-time, so brilliantly put-together that after I watched it the first time, I gave myself a few months to let it sink in before I allowed myself another viewing. I could go on and on, but I'll settle for this: my favorite Cameron Crowe work, without a doubt, is "Vanilla Sky." :)

    Thanks for a great blog! Yours was my first visit on the A to Z train this morning. I'll be back to see what you have in store for the rest of the month!

  2. Tim, I'm so ashamed to admit I've never seen SAY ANYTHING. But I agree with you about JERRY McGUIRE.

  3. I have usrd the Lloyd Dobber explanation of what I want to do several times. Love that, and so so true.

  4. I loved Jerry Maguire. What a great show and a nice "C" post.

  5. Oh Lloyd Dobbler, be still my heart. Say Anything is one of my all-time favorite movies, and the one that made me a John Cusack fanatic. I even used Lloyd as my 80s crush for the 80s blogfest a few months back, I never tire of watching Lloyd clips.

    I also totally loved Jerry Maguire. I never really thought about it before, but Cameron Crowe has a real knack for quotable movies.

  6. So, "We Bought A Zoo" is based on real life events. This guy buys a zoo to reconnect with his kids?

    I'd've bought mine an ice cream cone and would've let her pick the flavor. That's true reconnecting and bonding.

    But no, I've no favorite Crowe movies. I do like The Crow, does that count?

  7. How can you speak of Cameron Crowe without mentioning Singles, or PJ20. This Seattledad is disappointed.

    Just kidding. Great for you for doing the A-Z again this year.