Someone recently posted a quiz on Facebook. It was asking how many of the top hundred films of all time I had seen. I am not sure who selected these as the top hundred, but I had seen precisely nine of them.
The problem is that I don’t really enjoy the sort of films that everyone else thinks are classic. In fact, I am not a film buff at all. The kind of movies that attract me have strong elements of the things I love in life, specifically humour and music. There is no coincidence that my two favourite films are very heavily based around music – The Blues Brothers and The Committments.
For some reason, it always surprises people when I mention these. Whether it is because people don’t associate someone like me with a liking for soul or blues music, or because this isn’t the kind of music I tend to go and see live, I do not know.
My love of The Blues Brothers goes back to the time that my parents first bought a video recorder. Suddenly, that opened up a whole world of possibilities, simply because we had a video shop up the road. Whenever I had a chance, this was the video I would take out.
The Committments came from a very different place. When I first moved down south from Manchester I lived, briefly, in a shared house in Reading. It was cold. It was damp. It was not very nice at all. But, on the other hand, the people I shared with were friendly and good fun. I hadn’t seen this particular film until one evening when we all sat around and watched it on television. I was hooked, not just because of the music, but because the characters are so well drawn and entertaining. Which reminds me that I really ought to go and watch it again.
Around about this time last year this song was being played on the radio rather a lot. I hope that people now understand why I was raving about it.