Monday, October 09, 2006

Just remembered…

Remember in 2004 how everyone peed their pants because they thought the Garden State soundtrack was the best music they had ever heard? And I do agree it was a fabulous soundtrack to a very mediocre movie (face it, it was mediocre) that got a lot of love from well anyone who ever felt like they didn’t know what to do with their lives, but somehow love was going to save them at the end of the day. Are you still waiting? I bet you are. I know, I know. I am being too harsh. I only say this because while the Garden State soundtrack was soaring due to the movie another fabulous soundtrack got less attention. And why? Because the movie it came from was equally if not worse than Garden State. This movie is Wicker Park.

Named after the Chicago neighborhood, home to hipsters and artists, this film is a remake of the French film, L'Appartement. The main character is played by Josh Hartnett, and it follows his obsession with a woman he believes is his long lost girlfriend. It is deemed a psychological thriller. Strangely, I have seen this film…more than once. Hey! I have HBO now. But that is besides the point I am trying to make. Before I had even seen the film, or really knew what it was about, I had bought the soundtrack. The main reason was to have a version of The Postal Service’s “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now).” Yes, the song originally recorded by Phil Collins. This song is ‘effin brilliant.

But this is not the only song worth getting this soundtrack for. On it are other great bands such as The Shins (hey remember them from Garden State?), Broken Social Scene, The Stills, and Snow Patrol before they went all Grey’s Anatomy. It also has Aqualung’s “Strange and Beautiful” on it, which was the first time I had heard and immediately fell in love with this song.

I know that this suggestion is coming two years too late. But I was watching this show on Fuse (yes, the Canadian MTV) called The Dive (which is the only thing worth watching on that channel) and they played the video for The Postal Service version. Then that got me thinking…


Here is the reason I wrote this entry. You can even see clips of the movie. Too bad you don’t get to hear the greatest line in it, “Things don't have to be extraordinary to be beautiful. Even the ordinary can be beautiful.”—Matthew (Josh Hartnett). *Sigh*

I refused to watch the movie BECAUSE everybody peed their pants about how great it was. Always gotta be different
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