Friday, February 10, 2012

Penny Thoughts ’12—High Fidelity (2000) ****

R, 113 min.
Director: Stephen Frears
Writers: D.V. DeVincentis, John Cusack, Steve Pink, Scott Rosenberg, Nick Hornby (novel)
Starring: John Cusack, Iben Hjejl, Jack Black, Todd Louiso, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Tim Robbins, Lili Taylor, Joelle Carter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Chris Rehmann, Ben Carr

Wow. I’d almost forgotten how much I enjoy this movie. I love this movie. I love it. I love it. This movie is like spending two hours watching and listening to one of my best friends. The movie spoke directly to me in 2000. The book spoke directly to me in 1996. John Cusack, who stars in the film, continually throughout the movie to breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to whoever is watching.

Incidentally, I do have a best friend who lives in Chicago and did work in a music store throughout the 90’s and early ‘00s. My music collection is ridiculously large. I often am forced by stress to rearrange my collection in order of alphabet, chronology, etc. I haven’t tried doing it autobiographically yet, but there’s time.

I think the romantic throws of the hero are a little more reflective of my romantic history than my Chicago friend’s, but then one of the magic qualities of Nick Hornby’s story of a record store owner with a penchant to place every aspect of his life into top five lists is his hero is so relatable. That goes even if you don’t make top five lists of every aspect of your life

I love this movie. Did I say that already?

OK, here we go… Top Five movies about figuring out what this thing called love is all about. Just off the top of my head. “Pretty in Pink” by John Hughes. “When Harry Met Sally” by Rob Reiner. “Say Anything” by Cameron Crowe. “All the Real Girls” by David Gordon Green. “High Fidelity” by Stephen Frears.

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