High Fidelity (2000)
“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” ~ Rob
A movie based around music, conversations about music, obsessing about music, life working in a record store, and the interweaving of music and emotion and misery with love, is a pretty damn perfect combination for me. This is nearly everything I love all wrapped up in a film which happens to star one of my all-time favorite actors, John Cusack. I mean seriously, could this be any better?
Another plus, you may ask, is that it is a damn good cover song of the fantastic book my Nick Hornby, that I also love so very much.
This movie is in my top five of most quoted films, and is full of moments, such as the one about the Monday mix tape, that I could watch over and over again, never growing tired of it. Over the weekend the song Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves) came on, and even though that song was popular during a pivotal time in my life, and most likely has a long list of memories that could be attached to it, it was the first scene above that immediately came to mind, and stuck there for hours after. I could not wait until Monday Movie Moments to put it up.
If I were to somehow fall into money I would want to open a record store and spend my days within it, having discussions about music with my staff, talking top five lists and playing favorites, and yes arguing over the best versions, the best order, and what our bests in any topic is. That would be a kind work bliss to me, for certain.
Walking on Sunshine :: Katrina & the Waves
Dry the Rain :: Beta Band