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November 14, 2007 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | November 14, 2007 |

Growing up in the late 80s and 90s, I listened to a lot of crap music, mostly bubbleglam, Hall and Oates, and Michael Jackson — typical adolescent shit at the time. But there came a point, around my 17th or 18th birthday, when my musical tastes suddenly transformed. For most folks, I’m guessing, there’s an album or an artist that you pinpoint as the one piece or catalogue that sort of changed your tastes for the better. For me, and a lot of folks my age I suspect, it was U2’s Joshua Tree — after I gave into that album (three years after its release), Cinderella and Bon Jovi were dead to me (of course, a few years later, when I listened to Elvis Costello’s “Veronica,” U2 was pretty much dead to me, too). Likewise, for most of us, there was a movie that completely changed our perception of cinema, too; a film that allowed us to complement the John Hughes’ oeuvre with higher quality fare than, say, the latest Lethal Weapon installment. For me, I’d list that movie as either True Romance or Grifters, two movies that inspired me to dig deeper into independent and genre flicks (and appreciate violence outside of the horror context).

So, on the suggestion of Bill (whose transformative movie was Empire of the Sun), I put that question to you: What was the album/song/movie that forever changed your life?

The Movie That Changed Your Life

An Afternoon Comment Diversion / Dustin Rowles

Comment Diversions | November 14, 2007 |

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