Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. Written by
When the tour plane hits turbulence, Russell starts to sing "Peggy Sue", a reference to Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash while on tour. Russell then continues "Whoa baby!", a reference to The Big Bopper, who died in the same crash. See more »
On the bus, when Sapphire tells William about his mother calling, she braces herself before she hits the wall. See more »
William has an overprotective mother, and his sister has already been driven away by her refusal to accept her children's ambitions and interests. William finds solace in his sister's music collection and begins to dream of a life as a rock journalist. At 15 William manages to land a assignment with Rolling Stone Magazine to interview an up and coming band called Stillwater, and he quickly finds himself immersed in the life his mother so desperately wanted to protect him from.
And so the story begins, as William tours with the band, we are taken on a journey of mistrust, discovery, deceit and disappointment; interlaced with the hard truths about the bands lifestyle of drugs, alcohol, sex and music.
Almost Famous pulls no punches, and is a deep insight into the dream that became an ambition, that became a harsh reality.
Packed with top class performances all round and great music score Almost Famous delivers, and delivers with attitude and realism that is rarely captured on film.
A must see for Fans of the genre, but there's certainly enough here for everyone.
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