1) Stephen Frears‘s High Fidelity
Unlike the pop-culture freak bookworms, I haven’t read anything by Nick Hornby. That said, the uncanny wit, the music elitism, and the I-suck-at-relationships themes are slices of my life, too. The film makes you want to be the good boy you’ve always been 🙂
2-5) All Wes Anderson films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
Bottle Rocket was simply charming. Rushmore was chockful of young, comedic heartache. The Royal Tenenbaums was a grand display of sad but interesting, odd characters. The Life Aquatic is the only movie I find difficult to associate with, and despite the mixed reviews, it delivers a potent dose of Bill Murray.
Michael Winterbottom‘s 24 Hour Party People
An apt dessert to High Fidelity, I easily turn into band-namedropper mode when I see this. I genuinely like New Order, and The Stone Roses, and I do find the mood at times to listen to Joy Division, but Happy Mondays? I guess its a Brit thing.
I’ll prefer this kitsch to any other pa-cool coming-of-age movies.
I own DVD or VCD copies of all the above films, but its nice to know that the Wes Anderson films are frequently shown on cable.