A must-have and must-see
Orio | Salsomaggiore Terme, PR Italy | 06/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If I had to choose ONE movie to show and teach students the secrets of great actors-directing, it would be this one. The destiny of Peter Bogdanovich is amazing: celebrated as one of the world's best directors in the early 70s, he fell into disgrace because of private problems in the 80s, and rarely got a chance to direct anymore except for TV. Somehow it reminds me of the destiny of Wim Wenders, also celebrated as the new big thing in the 70s, and much disregarded today.
Both judgements were excessive. They probably weren't the best directors in the world in the 70s - but surely aren't the worst today.
This movie is a little, much under-rated and overlooked, certainly humble and understated gem. Bogdanovich shows here what it means to direct actors in a way that enhances their performances and brings out deep emotions. This is not a superficial movie. Instead, it is one that bears repeated viewings. And it has much of what life has: truth, emotions, changes. I especially like the ending. It seems to get back to the beginning, but it's not. Somehow, everything is there, but everything has changed forever. It's a happy ending, but bittersweet too. And like real life, it goes on, on a road where you can't follow, just like those friends you had and never met again, or just like your past memories.
I've been waiting for a decade to get a dvd of this movie. And I bought it immediately as it came out, because it is really unsure that they may ever reprint this once the first bunch is gone. So get it, don't miss it, this is the best advice I can give. Don't miss the experience of this movie. This is no special fx movie. This is actors cinema at its best. Something rare."
BEST FILM EVER!!!
Belinda | Madrid, Spain | 03/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thank you!!!! At last we can own the best picture of all times. Great actors, great script, great songs. It's so amazing, a simple love triangle story that means so much. This is a dream come true.
Now it's only left a new soundtrack with all the songs sung by the actors..."
The real Thing Called Love
Amy Kurland | Nashville, TN USA | 07/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Thing Called Love is about a real place in Nashville (The Bluebird Cafe) and is very true to life about the experiences of the young songwriters who come here to try to make it. Nashville doesn't have quite this many cowboy hats or this much line dancing, but the heartbreak and the excitement that is the daily life of the up and coming artists is right on. You might want to read more about the real place in "The Bluebird Cafe Scrapbook" which has a chapter about the making of this film. Also, some of the real artists in it have great albums out, including Kevin Welch and Pam Tillis.
I highly recommend this movie for people thinking of moving to Nashville to try to make it."
Miranda"no relation to Elvis" Presley wants to be a country
Raychel G. Terschluse | St.Louis, MO | 01/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When this movie came out I was not yet in highschool and I found it fabulous. Now graduated from college I watched it again and found myself liking it for different reasons. Miranda Presley flees from New York to Nashville in hopes of becoming a country music star. She takes a job as a waitress at a famous little diner run by K.T.Oslin. In real life this is the same diner that 'discovered' lots of early country stars. She meets James, the cute but dark River Phoenix, and he has just signed a record deal. She becomes roommates with Sandra Bullock, an eager girl trying to make everybody else happy. And she also meets Kyle,played by Dermot Mulrouney, who has the hots for Miranda. They all want to become big stars, and so they audition over and over at the diner and this is where the movie takes place.
There is some love chasing as well as dream chasing. Miranda is on a mission and she unexpectedly finds herself while chasing a dream. We get to see the struggles of an aspiring song writer and find humor when everything looks like it's lost. This version of the dvd is great with extra scenes added in, and anyone who has watched this before will know what they are. We also get to see the making of the movie with interviews on River Phoenix, which is reason alone to buy the dvd.
Watching the film as an adult I found myself relating to everything. While I never wanted to be a star I do have dreams and watching these people chase them and fight for them made me try a little bit harder. All the actors became their character and made it that more real. If you like movies with comedy,drama,love,soul searching then you should try this one on for size."