Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Almost Famous' Hits Notes.

Byline: The Reel Thing JAMES YODICE Of the Journal

As kids, some of us grow up and learn to love movies. Others come to appreciate art. Or opera. Or poetry.

Long before he would evolve into a genius screenwriter and gifted film director, Cameron Crowe's first vice was music.

With "Almost Famous," a challenging, rambunctious riff on rock 'n' roll, Crowe has married his two loves and produced an unfettered, joyful movie experience, certainly one of the best films of what has otherwise been a subpar year.

Drawing on his experience as a teen-age journalist for Rolling Stone, Crowe has fashioned what might on the surface appear to be a semi-autobiographical essay. And it is, to a degree, told through the eyes of 15-year-old William Miller (newcomer Patrick Fugit, a perfect blend of naivete, ambition and curiosity), a brilliant San Diego teen-ager with a soulful, way-beyond-his-years appreciation for music. …

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