High Fidelity

Hi there. Oh my goodness nachos are amazing!

Tonight is movie night. I am wallowing in my love for John Cusack in High Fidelity.

High Fidelity is based of an equally brilliant book by Nick Hornby. It is a coming f age story about a man in his thirties. Its a funny and surprisingly wise book that says a great deal in a few wise sentences. Even though Cusack’s character starts off as selfish and childish as can be, he is so in an entirely human way. We’re all a bit snobby, we all feel victimized when bad things happen, especially when we’re newly single, and we all want to be the centre of the universe or live in a fantasy world. He is that guy.

“Only people of a certain disposition are frightened of being alone for the rest of their lives at the age of 26, and we were of that disposition.”

The book and film are dryly funny and so entirely relatable. I agree with so much the film (and book) have to say, I’m realizing that most of my emotional growth came from books I read when slightly too young for them. Life happens in your late 20s and 30s, not when you’re in high school! 

On to the objectification! There is something about those eyes, that mess! More Cusack here.And here – a cynical and funny look at our dreamboat:

“He’s got an oval head, a thorny nose, a maw like a coin slot and eyes that seem to disappear when he squints. His face is one of a kind, to be sure, but he’s nobody’s idea of a hunk.”

There is a similar appeal in Neil Gaiman. Mmmmm normal!I can’t figure out why he’s so appealing. Help! Is it his talent? His voice? His loping walk? His realism? If you have any kindness in you, help me figure it out! Please. Is it just good costuming and filming and casting?


2 thoughts on “High Fidelity

  1. First of all, thanks for the linkage. Second, I think it’s just his sweet mannerisms. I love the way he folks his hands and intently listens to others (as an actor.) In real life, he seems like a bit of a nutter, and I still love him. 🙂

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