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Sad Cinema is a monthly evening of cinema bringing you movies that have helped inspire, influence and shape the way we see the world, and listen to music. It also offers a platform for independent film-makers to showcase their short films before the main feature. The first Sad Cinema comes to Base Camp on Thursday 8th August with High Fidelity, a comedy about fear of commitment, hating your job, falling in love and other pop favourites. Based on the international best-selling Nick Hornby novel. Here Aaron Lythe of Sad For Life who runs the event gives us his five favourite films. 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Released between 2 sci-fi epics in Star Wars : A New Hope and Alien, Close Encounters is a science fiction story told from an everyday man’s point of view. I love the way this film didn’t need over the top special effects to tell a story of a man adamant to follow up on what he believes he saw. It’s much more storytelling and thought provoking than the average point and shooty alien sci-fi. It’s gone on to influence some greats and even my obsession with the night sky, UFOs and Aliens.

What a movie. Even the caption “A Spike Jonze Love Story” is enticing. The way this is told like a true romantic story, and you’re somehow drawn in to Joaquin Phoenix and his affair with an operating system. It’s at times bizarre, emotional, uncomfortable to watch and again, very thought provoking. The soundtrack is amazing and Karen O’s “The Moon Song” moment gets me every time.

High Fidelity
Caution – cheap plug. High Fidelity is in my top 5 all time favourite movies for so many reasons. I first watched this movie when it was on Channel 4 during a sleepless night on a family holiday and have been hooked ever since. The soundtrack, the story telling, the opening “what came first the music, or the misery” scene, the closing scene with Jack Blacks rendition of “Let’s Get It On”, and the characters inner monologue, It’s all just so fun. This movie introduced me to The Beta Band, began an obsession with 90’s alternative music and subcultures, it may even have something to do with starting a little record label.

Rear Window
My introduction to Alfred Hitchcock was a chance viewing of Rear Window in my early teens. Stopping at Sky Classics because i spotted the dude (shout out James Stewart) from It’s A Wonderful Life. I was amazed by the way I was so drawn in to a story from a room where almost nothing exciting happens yet you’re somehow so invested in the story just like how the main character is with his neighbours. Mint.

Old Boy
The original Korean movie, not the average at best American Josh Brolin remake. Surely this is one of the greatest movies of all time? So much anticipation, so many twists and turns. The single shot fight scene to the elevator is insane. If you haven’t seen this movie then change that, immediately.

Shout out to other favourites, Groundhog Day and It’s a Wonderful Life. If this process has taught me anything it’s that I like stories about lonely, conflicted dudes and I think that says a lot.

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