Being broke and jobless sucks. So, I took a break from the outside world last weekend and decided to tend to all things virtual. (Geeky, I know). Thus, a new layout.
OK, fine, it ain’t exactly anything new and mindblowing. I was just watching the movie again the other night, and I thought hey, why not make a header out of it. I was just trying to past time, really.
The movie needs no introduction. 2004 was the year for Garden State, and it is probably responsible for singlehandedly kickstarting this new era of indie movies in the mainstream wavelength. (Note ‘this era’ because if not, it would not be fair to the ones before said movie. See Empire Records, High Fidelity and more).
Following suit was Juno in 2007, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist in 2008 and more recently, (500) Days of Summer in 2009. And those are the more famous ones; we have not even delved deep into the pool of indie flicks hovering at the bottom of the ocean yet.
And with these indie movies come splendid lineups for the soundtracks. In my opinion, I thought Zach Braff did such an awesome job for the soundtrack of Garden State, even he himself could not top that for the soundtrack of The Last Kiss. Having indie filled songs for soundtracks is like, so cool right now, even New Moon is getting in on the action. Meh.
So, before I go on further with my rambles, I shall leave you with this: if you have not seen this movie, what is the matter with you. Go find the nearest DVD peddler for a copy, or just download it. (Well, excuse me, I can’t afford to splurge on originals like you now, can I?) After that, get the soundtrack.
If you have, this entry is for you. Watching the movie again, if you may. Relive it. Here is my favourite passage from the movie:
“You know that point in your life when you realise the house you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? All of a sudden, even though you have some place where you put your shit, that idea of home is gone. You’ll see one day when you move out. It just sort of happens one day and it’s gone. You feel like you can never get it back. It’s like you feel homesick for a place that doesn’t even exist. Maybe it’s like this rite of passage, you know. You won’t ever have this feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself, for your kids, for the family you start – it’s like a cycle or something. I don’t know, but I miss the idea of it. Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place.”
And here is one of my favourite songs from the soundtrack – Fair by Remy Zero. Download it HERE.