Cameron Crowe’s Films, in Order of Quality (Objective), Worst to Best
7.) We Bought a Zoo
5.) Vanilla Sky
3.) Jerry Maguire
2.) Say Anything…
1.) Almost Famous
Cameron Crowe’s Films, in Order of Preference (Subjective), Least to Most Favorite
7.) We Bought a Zoo- And here’s the big drop. So far away in quality from the preceding six films, I’m tempted (but not hacky enough) to label it with a much larger number to convey my point. For Crowe, a bizarre entry that seems to suggest he forgot all he heretofore demonstrated he knew about real human feeling.
6.) Vanilla Sky- I’d argue that this is actually a very good movie full of big crazy ideas. Unfortunately, it’s also a bit sterile and that what puts it low on the list. Still would recommend.
5.) Elizabethtown- It’s sweet. It’s poppy. I recognize it does not really work and it is a bit too fantastical and not on purpose, but it makes me bounce along with it just enough.
4.) Jerry Maguire- Arguably his biggest reach for mainstream success and populism entertainment, it still has a beating heart under its loud catchphrase spouting exterior. It sometimes gets a bit too mired in the melodrama, but the moments it hits authentic emotions…they crush.
3.) Singles- Maybe it is nostalgia for a grunge scene that I never directly experienced. Maybe it is because Seattle is a great place. I don’t know. I just know that even now, in my mid 30’s so probably 7 or 8 years removed from the protagonists’ ages, and long married…even now, I feel connected to the characters.
2.) Almost Famous- Cameron Crowe gets music better than I do. He understands it more and, I think, loves it more. But I still recognize that love for something that can’t love you back (because it’s just a thing) in myself. It is one of those movies that makes my heart feel like it is swelling as I watched it.
1.) Say Anything…- My wife and I’s first bonding moment came about because a mutual love of this movie. It’d probably be my favorite even if that weren’t the case. But it is the case, so, there you go.