Almost Famous (2000) is a snapshot of real life behind the scenes of
rock and roll.
In the 1970s, William lives with the affectionate but oppressive mother,
a widower and a professor, and with his sister. The sister leaves to become
a stewardess and William meets a rock and roll critic who initiates him
to journalism. William interviews the band Stillwater and meets one of their
who wants to move to Morocco with him but sleeps with the leader, guitarist
A natural talent, William is hired by the magazine Rolling Stones to follow
the band across the country.
His mom calls him wherever he goes to make sure he's ok and does not do drugs.
William is a shy boy and still a virgin. William follows the band from one
city to another, but his mission turns out to be difficult because
Russell is never available for an interview and his article cannot be completed
without that interview.
His mom keeps calling him back to her, to his studies, to an ordinary life, but
Emily clarifies the situation for him when she states: "this is home".
William spends most of the time with the groupies and basically becomes one
of them. The groupies treat him like a child and even initiate him to sex
(collectively, but not the one he is falling in love with).
The editor of Rolling Stones is getting nervous because the magazine has great
expectations and William has not sent a line yet.
William is caught in a spiral of parties. He lives in a circus.
In the process, he forgets about his exam in law.
One day the band plays in New York, where Russell reunites with his wife.
Emily, kept at arm's length, tries to kill herself and is saved by William.
His mother attends the graduation that he missed, clapping alone.
William is kissing Emily who is falling asleep.
The following day he puts her on a plane back to her parents.
William flies to San Francisco and frantically writes down the article.
The magazine loves it, but the band denies everything: they don't want
their wives, friends and parents to know the truth.
At the airport William accidentally meets his sister who congratulates him
for his freedom.
William convinces her to accompany him home and meet their mother.
Russell, who has betrayed both Emily and William, the two people who really
admired him, would like to visit Emily and apologize but ends up by mistake
at William's place and apologizes to him.
Finally, William gets his interview with Russell.
Russell also calls the magazine and tells them the truth.
Vanilla Sky is a confused and pretentious thriller that makes an
half-baked attempt at dealing with schizphrenia.
David is a playboy, who inherited a publishing empire, His favorite girlfriend,
Julie, is slowly trying to enter his private life. Driving to work, he almost
kills a cyclist and is killed by a truck, and his reaction is a laugh.
He is always late at the board meetings, and it is obvious that none of the
other board members respects him.
The story so far turns out to be a flashback. David is in jail, charged with
murder, his face disfigured and hidden behind a mask, and he is telling the
story of his life.
David is convinced that the board of the publishing company framed him to
get control of the company.
At his birthday party, David met the exotic Sofia and fell in love with her.
Julie got jealous, followed him, tricked him into her car, drove the car over
a bridge in a fit of madness. He dreamed it was just a dream, but it truly
David emerged from the coma a freak.
The board was already planning to declare him incapacitated.
His face was disfigured and doctors told him that pastic surgery was impossible.
Sofia was dating his best friend Brian.
The psychologist tells him to take off his mask. And David remembers how they
fixed his face. He became Sofia's lover for real. But then nightmares began
confusing his mind: his face appeared at times disfigured again, Sofia turned
into Julie and he hit her, a man stalking him told him that everything was only
happening in his imagination because of a contract they signed.
The psychiatrist asks David who that man was and who killed Sofia, but David
David went back to his apartment and was met by Sofia, but Sofia turned into
Julie while they were making love and he killed her.
The psychiatrist asks him again who was the man of the contract. David does
not remember, but a commercial brings back the memory of a corporation called
"Life Extension": they specialize in freezing bodies so that they can some day
be brought back to life. The psychiatrist takes David to their offices and there
an agent explains that David signs for the "lucid dream" program: the body
is suspended in an apparent state of death, while the brain dreams an
ideal life. David takes off his mask: his face is still disfigured. David tries
to run away but meets the man of the contract. He signed a contract with this
man many years before. The night when Sofia rejected him because his face
was disfigured was the last time he saw Sofia. Days later, he found LE on the
Internet, signed the contract, committed suicide and was "cryonized".
Since that day, his life has been his own creation. Unfortunately, his
subconscious created trouble, like the psychiatrist who is warning him
(the psychiatrist is his own creation). Now, many years later, that
glitch (that caused his nightmares) has been corrected. He can choose: to
continue his lucid dream without any more nightmares, or to face the real
world. David jumps from the skyscraper.
A female voice tells him to wake up...
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