Ian Chang is the newest Columbian from this year's cohort having lived here for seven years. He's an adventurer who believes the fact that Columbia is a big, bright blueberry in the middle of a cherry pie makes it the best city in Missouri. The first film he saw at Ragtag was the Christmas favorite, Die Hard. At happy hour, he's happiest sipping a Maker's Mark Manhattan in a rocks glass. When asked about his hidden talent, he replied mysteriously, "you'll have to experience it in person". The best local pizza debate for Ian is sadly no longer available, the breakfast pizza that Goldies Bagels used to serve out of Pizza Tree…(which might mean he votes on the side of Pizza Tree in the end).
Steeped in record-store-cool, John Cusack's Rob Gordon revisits his top five breakups of all time following his most recent separation.
"Do I listen to pop music because I'm miserable, or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?"
High Fidelity, based on the beloved novel by Nick Hornsby, casts records — bought, sold, spun, and stolen — as the essential elements of our own autobiographies.
"In its unforced, whimsical, quirky, obsessive way, "High Fidelity" is a comedy about real people in real lives. The movie looks like it was easy to make--but it must not have been because movies this wry and likable hardly ever get made. Usually a clunky plot gets in the way, or the filmmakers are afraid to let their characters seem too smart. Watching "High Fidelity," I had the feeling I could walk out of the theater and meet the same people on the street--and want to, which is an even higher compliment."
–Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
"A film pragmatic enough to concede that almost every relationship is doomed, but romantic enough to realize that it's worth it to carry on in spite of that fact, High Fidelity is one of the smartest and funniest romantic comedies of the past few years."
–Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"A hip, knowing look at how certain young men put off growing up until they are finally too miserable to postpone it any longer."
–Leah Rozen, People Magazine