Friday, February 20, 2009

Nick and Norah review

Watched Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. This is basically a movie that was written, filmed, and produced for me and about 3 other people on the planet.

Not that it's that great-it's kind of annoying in parts due to the crudity of some of the dialogue and the general unlikeability of almost everyone in the entire cast except for Norah. There's also no plot whatsoever-it's just a bunch of teenagers driving around New York looking for a pretend band that's annoyingly called "Where's Fluffy?"

But the music-that's really the key. The soundtrack is completely non-stop, like American Graffiti, but it's all obscure indie songs, of which I had every single one on my iPod. It was non-stop great music the entire time. It was also funny because the George Michael character was this quiet guy who makes mix CDs for a girl he briefly dated who stopped dating him several months prior. (This is the way I successfully eventually married my wife.)

So to wrap up: great music, really annoying characters other than the delightful Norah. Everyone in the movie thinks they're about 300% cooler than anyone else just because they live in New York. What is it about living in big cities that makes people think they're really cool and therefore causes people to trend Democrat and believe in God less? Is it because they perceive big buildings to be cool and complicated and 'look what we can do?' or something? Do they really just think that living in a big city is the penultimate of the human experience? I guess...

3 comments:

Robin said...

So how come people who listen to indie music think they're 300% cooler than everyone else?
j/k, I like indie music too...

Christian said...

Ha! That was something I was going to expand on in the post, actually. Some of the characters in the movie have dialogue like 'so is your dad a yuppie record producer who foists brainless crap on the masses rather than good music?' and such. For the characters, listening to indie music really does make them better than everyone else. Certainly more enlightened and evolved.

For me, music is as personal as taste in food. Either you like something or you don't, and there's not much you can do to change that. Just like how I can't stand the taste of mushrooms, I can't stand some music. But I am an equal opportunity discriminator-I think a very large portion of indie music is just as bad or worse than a lot of the popular stuff.

To an extent it's the free market concept-if something is good, then it should be more popular. But that's not necessarily true with music. There is some stuff I like that is incredibly obscure, to the point where I can't imagine the artist has more than about 100 fans worldwide. But the music is extremely good. And then there are people with millions of fans who suck.

So when it comes to music, I say listening to it doesn't say anything about anyone any more than eating mushrooms says anything about anyone. At the worst you can be accused of being slightly picky. Oh well.

Shannon said...

Sufjan Stevens anyone?