Erik Bates: “It ruled.”
While writing my review for Garden State, I mentioned not knowing the other 9 movies in my top 10 list. Right after I finished the review, I got to thinking about soundtracks, and it hit me. High Fidelity. Definitely also in my Top 10 movies of all time.
I'm starting to see a trend. 2 of my top 10 movies have music as an integral part of the storytelling, though I think High Fidelity does a much better job of incorporating the music, as the movie itself revolves around a record store, one man's love of music, and the quest to make the ultimate mix tape to chronicle his life and relationships, turning his past relationships into their own Top 5 breakups "mixtape."
Also, Jack Black.
Scott Hardie: I remember having a visceral reaction to Jack Black's rude snobbery in this movie -- his character really put the douche in hipster douchebag. I don't know if I'd react the same way now, but being 21 or so, and not having a lot of confidence in my taste in music, and being mocked by snobs at times for lack of culture, I seethed at his smug arrogance. I was put off of other Jack Black performances for years afterwards just by association, but eventually I came around to liking him, and appreciating that in High Fidelity he was at least pretty good at playing someone I could never like in person. The rest of the movie around him was pretty good. I wish that character hadn't struck such a nerve in me, because everybody else who has seen it seems to really like this movie. − February 24, 2015 more by Scott