High Fidelity (2000)
Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.
Director: Stephen Frears. Cast: John Cusack, Jack Black, Iben Hjejle, Joan Cusack, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor. TV-PG. 10:00 PM EST. Sundance Channel.
With a few exceptions (Serendipity, 1408, Identity, and Hot Tub Time Machine), John Cusack has become intolerable since Hollywood went all hands on deck whacko after 9-11. In some ways this movie is the pinnacle of his career. His Rob (and Jack Black’s Barry) are the quintessential nerds — endlessly making lists and trying to outduel each other in trivia (very trivial) knowledge. Yes kids before there was The Big Bang Theory and everyone had a chubby for Comic Con and graphic novels there were these things called record stores — and music nerds had better luck with wimmins than comic book/video game nerds did. Cusack’s obsessive nature in the movie can be off-putting to some, but I’ve known a lot of guys like him over the years and found it spot on. I haven’t seen it in a few years so a DVR is called for. Also on Sundance tomorrow is prior CPOD 24-Hour Party People (12:00 AM). In addition check out Oliver Stone’s W. (3:45 PM) and definitely check out Bend It Like Beckham (6:00 PM).