In a nod to one of my very favourite music-centric movies, there is a music blog out there called “WHAT F**KING IAN GUY?” which movie (and Nick Hornby) fans will recognize as one of the funnier lines from High Fidelity (imdb | rotten tomatoes). They seem to drop a couple of obscure tunes every day, some of which are quite good. It’s been added to my news feeds; I suggest you do the same.
I’d never heard of the site, and I have to say that for about twenty minutes there I felt very out of the music blog loop, but then realized that the blog is barely a month old. Phew. Rest easy, people, I’m still in music’s geeky inner-ish circle.
Seriously though, what in the name of Charlie Nicholson happened to John Cusack? Leading up to High Fidelity he’d done movies like Grosse Pointe Blank, The Thin Red Line, The Jack Bull, Being John Malkovich, and Con Air. Okay, that last one was a paycheck. But since he played Rob Gordon it’s like he fell off a critical cliff: America’s Sweethearts, Serendipity, Runaway Jury, Must Love Dogs, War Inc., 2012, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Raven…blerg. I mean, Max and Grace Is Gone were slight returns, but that’s a pretty sudden change in direction right around the turn of the millennium. Too bad.
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