my Movie

Movie Details

Title:   Repo Man
Director:   Alex Cox
Year:   1984
Genre:   Cult
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.10.12

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
11.10.12DVRThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2012
If you're a close follower of this festival (read: if you're me), you may know that every year I try and include one movie that I've seen before. For the most part this is a festival of discovery (or in recent years catch-up) but I like to have a safe bet slipped away to pull out at a good time. This year it's Repo Man: a movie I saw once when I was a kid because my friend's mom recommended it. My sole memory is of Emilio Estevez with a flat-top putting a price sticker on some kid's glasses. I also remember that I thought it was really weird and not at all like the other Emilio Estevez movies that I was liking at the time like The Outsiders and Maximum Overdrive. Anyway, we rented it and I watched it with my mom and dad and I remember laying on the carpet feeling the intense burning dislike radiating from behind me. I was afraid to turn around and after it was over I felt like I had to say how weird it was just to agree with them. Truth be told I had no idea what to think about the movie... and I'm about to find out now!

Pretty much loved it. Man parts of LA were a shithole back then and probably are even worse now. I feel like not many movies shot these parts of LA back then. It also features what feel like authentic punks. FEAR t-shirts and shared housing and all. But it's not quite reality. All the generic food and drink packaging and the lady with the bionic hand and other small touches makes it seem a little bizarre and out of place. So it's very timely and timeless. For some reason I get a big Western vibe from it too (probably the music but also the sunset/rise shots).

The movie IS weird, but it's a really cool kind of weird. Loved the ending. Loved how Harry Dean Stanton would rather die on his feet than live on his knees. Loved how all of a sudden there was a SWAT guy in the hospital room. It's all really great and I'm glad I gave it another watch.

Checking imdb, it looks like Alex Cox is still chugging away making movies. I wonder if any of them are any good.

It's now Sunday morning and the harsh morning light has washed away my Lost Weekend of gaming and movie-watching. The DVR is almost empty and Molly is back. Things I've learned from spending a couple days in the house alone: I'm a slovenly bastard who leaves trash everywhere like a baby and I rely on societal pressures to brush my teeth. Fortunately, the lady is back and order has been restored. As a little bonus epilogue, Molly watched the last movie on the DVR with me. Something I've had on the DVR for about 10 months.
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