1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…
A comedy about fear of commitment, hating your job, falling in love and other pop favorites.
When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong. As Rob seeks out his former lovers to find out why they left, he keeps up his efforts to win Laura back.
The Good: Top five reasons why High Fidelity is a great film: 1. John Cusack delivers the best performance of his career. (Yes, better than Say Anything. Better than Being John Malkovich. Better than Thin Red Line. Better than Grosse Pointe Blank. Better than 2012.); 2. Jack Black is actually pretty funny and -- surprise -- not annoying here; 3. One of the finest examples of fourth wall breaking; 4. Excellent screenplay by Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, and Scott Rosenberg, based on the novel by Nick Hornby (About a Boy); 5. Fantastic songs, with the highlight being a soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On' by Sonic Death Monkey/Kathleen Turner Overdrive/Barry Jive and the Uptown Five.
The Bad: Nothing major.
The Bottom Line: The modern-day Annie Hall. You'll be putting this on repeat. Highly recommended.
What a perfect dramedy, I absolutely loved High Fidelity!
Basicaly this is a story about a man who doesn't know how to grow up. That man is Rob and Rob loves music and owns a record store. No problem with that. He works at what he truly loves but sometimes it seems like he did not even care. He is more obsessed with his list of the "Top 5 Breakups", including the one that just happened. He wants to know why every girl that he had been dating broke up with him.
This film is something original and I love the fact that we have the narration literally in the first person. Rob narrates everything to the camera and you…
I am Rob Gordon.
Rob Gordon is me.
The way he speaks, acts, and thinks is like looking at a mirror.
It's freaky man.
Should I be scared that as cynical as I already am, I'm probably gonna be even more cynical when I'm Rob's age?
Plus, considering this contains the song Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix (one of my favorite songs) this film was made for me.
It's freaky man.
Rob Gordon reminded me a lot of Ferris Bueller.
You might remember in my review of Ferris Bueller's Day Off that I said that I disliked that movie solely because I thought Ferris Bueller was an awful person.
So, why do I like this movie so much?
Well, aside from the fact that John Cusack is a superior actor to Matthew Broderick, I like that the movie actually points out that Gordon is an asshole. In Ferris Bueller, the movie expects you to think that the title character is the coolest character you've ever seen put to film, when in actuality he's a cocky asshole. In this, Gordon is an obviously unreliable narrator, and people call him out on it. And the movie is redeemed because of that.
Also, Jack Black saves even the worst of the movies he's in.
If you REALLY wanted to screw me up, you should've gotten to me earlier.
The reason this film works so well has nothing to do with the music or the record store itself. The characters portrayed are universal. You could replace the record store with a comic book store or a sports bar without changing the characters or much of the story. That's not to say that the music and it's references aren't an enjoyable part of the film, they most certainly are. It's just not what makes the film good.
Most men that have been in more then one relationship, or even been through as little as one break up can identify with Rob Gordon (John Cusack) on…
Stephen Frears's adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel is one of those films you can't help but come back to. It may not be your typical romantic comedy, but it's certainly one of the best. Moving the setting from London to Chicago was no big deal really as Frears stayed pretty faithful to Hornby's source material about a thirty-something record store owner played by John Cusack who starts to question his luck with women after being dumped by his girlfriend.
Featuring an impressive support cast that includes Jack Black (toned down to perfection), Iben Hjejle as Cusack's on-off girlfriend and small cameos from the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tim Robbins, this has one of the sharpest scripts around with plenty…
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This is the second best break up movie I've ever seen, and of course the first one is 500 days of summer. John Cusack is the heart and soul of this film, he did a great job portraying the self-doubting, insecure Rob Gordon. And the soundtracks just great ..:)
Directed by: Stephen Frears (Philomena)
Starring: John Cusack (Say Anything...) and Jack Black (School Of Rock)
"A comedy about fear of commitment, hating your job, falling in love and other pop favorites."
Its kinda shocking how much I related to this film and John Cusack's character, Rob. I hope that I'm not as big of an asshole as Rob Gordon, but I might have a very similar commitment and cynical problem as him. I think that's what makes Stephen Frears' High Fidelity work on multiple levels. Many people can relate to Rob about their own passion at least at one point in their life, whatever it's music, sports, or even film. That sense of entitlement and elitest feeling rushes over…
Have I said anything about my obsession with John Cusack lately? No? He is amazing in this, his overbite is amazing in this, he's at his peak here, this is when we should have met, he would totally have gone for me then and would have made me a mix-tape. He would have fucking loved me.
I like lists, I like making lists I can often be heard asking 'what are your top 5 songs to have fights to?' and stuff like that and I love talking about favourites so that's another box ticked.
It's also lovely, I will cry at it because I'm a bit sad. It's a perfectly good 'I'm a bit sad' film.
Anyway we've all seen it, we all know it's good.
John Cusack at his best. Jack Black manages to not be completely annoying. A kick ass soundtrack. What is there not to love about this?
"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?"
After watching Broken Flowers I wanted to go back and watch this.
Good. But not as good as when I was an emotional teenager getting over relationships.
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