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Alex Cox’s Repo Man sequel Repo Chick is finally going into production next month (January 2009). Production Weekly reports that David Lynch is producing the project. The original 1984 film told the story of Otto, a newly hired repossession man who goes in search for a mysterious Malibu carrying a high value package which was taken from a government lab and has strange effects on anyone who views it. Cox has previously said that the follow-up will “unfold against the background of the credit crunch and the subprime mortgage crisis in the Us, where repossessions of homes, cars and other forms of property is at a new high. ‘The repo business has [...] »
- Peter Sciretta
It's clear that English-born writer-director Alex Cox got into the movies to have fun. He sure didn't do it to get rich. Aside from his second and third movies, 1983's Repo Man and 1986's Sid & Nancy, Cox has had no major financial successes; he was rejected as a possible director for Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (though he worked on the script), and his most expensive picture, 1987's Walker, shot in Nicaragua, cost less than $7 million. But like most folks who hold an exalted place in the margins, Cox is full of good stories. X Films: True Confessions Of A Radical Filmmaker is Cox's filmmaking memoir, almost entirely about life on the set. He only brings up his background as it relates to moviemaking, as when he mentions his grandfather's auto-accident death as an inspiration for El Patrullero, his 1991 Mexican production. Cox intended to »
- Michaelangelo Matos
L.A. Confidential has topped a new list of films made about Los Angeles culture.
1997 appears to have been a vintage year for Tinseltown at the movies - the top three films all came out that year.
The movies polled were all released in the last 25 years and feature the city as a "main character".
The top 10 is:
3. Jackie Brown
6. The Player
8. Repo Man
10. The Big Lebowski »
By Aaron Hillis
Lists are breezy reads, but there can be an unfortunate disposability to the data because arbitrarily numbered "Ten Best" somethings or "Five Things You Should Know About" whatevers literally demonstrate quantity's domination over quality. And now that I've sucked all the fun out of the room, here's a practical but otherwise unranked list of ten auteurist gems . nine of which are already on DVD . that deserve their layers of dust blown off. (Sorry, "Zero Effect" and "11 Harrowhouse," but the list dictates the rules!)
"One From the Heart" (1982)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
The fires of over-ambition still smoldering in his belly after "Apocalypse Now," Francis Ford Coppola's follow-up was a decadent fiasco that bankrupted him, and might have seemed at the time as if the director had returned half-mad from the Filipino jungles. Epically staged on the Zoetrope studio lot, Coppola's hypertheatrical Vegas romance-cum-musical fantasy stars »
- Aaron Hillis
By Dan Kennedy
Three Scenes To Watch In Hopes Of Convincing Yourself
you're A Really Intense Loner Who Needs Nobody Scene in "Repo Man" when Emilio Estevez tells Kevin to quit singing the 7-Up theme song, shoves him into a display of cans, then walks backwards out of store with both middle fingers extended toward the advancing security guard. Scene in "Superbad" when Seth asks Evan, "What, so I gotta sit here and eat my dessert alone like I'm fuckin' Steven Glansberg?" (Cut to the aforementioned Steven Glansberg eating alone at another table.)
Bill Murray on the ride from airport to hotel upon arrival in Tokyo in the opening credits of "Lost in Translation."
Three To Watch When You Realize You, In Fact, Are Not A
Really Intense Loner Who Needs Nobody Scene in "Bottle Rocket" when Dignan cues Bob to tell him why Bob should be given the job »
- Dan Kennedy
- It was his feature film debut and over the long run became a fav among many cult film enthusiasts, but when 1984's Repo Man got released, there were heads at Universal who failed to show support for Alex Cox's debut. As the legend goes and as Cox states on his blog, it "was swiftly consigned to the Chute of No Return." Flash-forward almost two and a half decades later, and Cox, whose popularity perhaps peaked in the 80's after Sid & Nancy and Walker, is attempting to bring a timely sequel to fruition. Screen Daily reports that the Brit filmmaker has completed a screenplay entitled Repo Chick, and would include a couple of faces from the '84 film. This sees the main protag played by (see the title) a female, against the backdrop of the credit crunch and the subprime mortgage crisis in the Us, where repossessions of homes, »
6 items from 2008
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