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Meet the Applegates (1990)
Michael Lehmann: Beloved American Psycho
There isn't much I could add to Tom's comment, except that for an European it is so refreshing to see an American director really make fun of America and Michael Lehmann definitely is always doing an excellent job at just that. That's probably why he still hasn't made any box office-hit, despite the fact that, in my humble opinion he still has to make a bad movie. Yes, I and many of my friends even loved Hudson Hawk ("Sssh, You're embarrassing your country!"). And Meet the Applegates is one of our all time Party-Favorites.
Could somebody please put this one out on Video?
Spheeris debut must be one of the best music documentaries of all time. And as far as I know it's also the only one that focuses on the L.A. Punk Explosion of the early eighties. It's all there: not just great, great bands like Black Flag, Fear, X, the Germs, whose names may not mean much to you today, but whose influence on today's alternative rock music can not be over-estimated, but also the promoters, the media and first of all the audiences - the punks - all portrayed in a manner that makes you laugh, shudder and gasp with astonishment about the energy, the anger and the fury these youths put into their music. Where is that today? The eighties may have sucked big time when it cames to mainstream music, but the underground was rocking. If you need a proof for that, watch Fear's performance in Decline. Unmatched. Great film! How come this is not available on vid, LD or DVD? P.S. The follow-up Decline Pt. II is hilarious, too