Video Picks Archive
Reviews by Matt Heffernan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This week my picks are High Fidelity (2000 - ) and Say Anything... (1989 - ).
The first film this week stars John Cusack as the owner of
a record store who just got dumped by his girlfriend (Iben Hjejle).
With little help from his odd employees (Jack Black and
Todd Louiso), he reflects on his love life and why it has
consistently failed him since adolescence. Tightly based on the
wonderful novel by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity provides
great insight into the masculine mind with highly original
characters and incredibly funny dialogue. Inexplicably released
in early spring, this film has no chance of winning any
major awards, but Black's virtuoso performance just might
stick in the Academy's collective mind.
Of course, Cusack is great, just as he has always been. His first starring role was in Rob Reiner's The Sure Thing (1985), but he was established as a top leading man in 1989, with Cameron Crowe's Say Anything... -- my second pick. Cusack plays Lloyd Dobler, a kick-boxing enthusiast who starts dating his high school class valedictorian (Ione Skye) right after they graduate. This was the 1980s teen film that ended the genre, appropriately enough at the end of the decade, with its perfect depiction of human emotions, creating a tone that is at once funny and realistic. It was Crowe's directorial debut, and remains his best work even after such impressive follow-ups as Jerry Maguire and the current Almost Famous.
For more information, visit the Internet Movie Database:
High Fidelity (2000)
Say Anything... (1989)
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