Say Anything... (1989) / High Fidelity (2000) / Avengers: Endgame

Say Anything... (1989) / High Fidelity (2000) / Avengers: Endgame

It was the best of Cusack, it was the worst of Cusack…

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CW: Gaslighting, rape, casual misogyny, brief mention of incels, emotional abuse.

We’re in between series right now, and as we reached for our grab bag, our listener Bill reached out and suggested this fairly fantastic John Cusack double feature! We’re here to swoon over the awkward, scruffy stray puppy charm of Lloyd Dobler and rip his evil, misogynist twin Rob Gordon to shreds. It’s fascinating watching these two movies back to back; while Cameron Crowe gives us high school love in its purest, most earnest form, Cusack and his writing partners find no redemption for Rob, a total villain and wretched man who learns nothing in 2 hours and change. This week, Macintosh & Maud Haven’t Seen What?! reviews Say Anything… and High Fidelity.

Plus, we, like most of America, saw Avengers: Endgame, and we offer a very brief, SPOILER-FREE review. Because Thanos demands silence.

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Clips from Say Anything… © 1989 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Clip from “In Your Eyes” written and performed by Peter Gabriel. ©℗ 1986 The David Geffen Company.

Clip from “A Girl Like You” written by Pat DiNizio, performed by The Smithereens. ©℗ 1989 Enigma/Capitol Records.

Clip from “Little Red Book” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, performed by Love. © 1966 Elektra Records.

Clips from High Fidelity © 2000 Touchstone Pictures, All Rights Reserved.

Excerpt taken from "James Bond Theme" written and composed by John Barry, and performed by the John Barry Orchestra. ℗ 1962, 2012 Capitol Records LLC.

Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.

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