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V.24 No.14 | 4/2/2015

Film

This Week at the Guild Cinema

Look what’s playing at the Guild this week. Their ad on page 66 of this week’s issue looks like it got chewed up in the digital lawnmower. Alas, ye. Now begone!

V.21 No.8 |

NEWS

The Daily Word: obese New Mexican children; a Playboy Club in outer space; postponement for BP oil spill trial; the badgermin

The Daily Word

It's Oscar night.

One out of five New Mexican third graders is obese.

Sculptor Ken Price died at his home in Taos last Friday.

Huge collection of covers from vintage men's magazines like All Man, Man's Conquest and Frank Zappa's fave Man's Life.

Are you ready for marriage?

This Australian woman scammed some Nigerian internet scammers.

The FBI has turned off about 3,000 warrantless GPS tracking devices that they had placed on vehicles.

"Playboy bunnies wearing jetpacks would serve the drinks...."

Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution documentary.

All NATO staff working in the Kabul area have been recalled.

Read about the most obsessed-over Polaroid camera of them all, the Polaroid SX-70.

Alex Cox (director of Repo Man, Sid&Nancy) wants you to illegally download his films.

Why settle for a theremin when you could have a "badgermin?"

Picture gallery of old abandoned cars in the woods.

On this day in 1933 Hitler announced his plans for the Porsche-designed "people's car," the Volkswagen.

V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010

Film Interview

Return of the Man Behind Repo Man

An interview with filmmaker Alex Cox

Bursting out of the streets of Liverpool and onto the avenues of Los Angeles, filmmaker Alex Cox made a resonant cultural impact with 1984’s Repo Man. At the time, Universal Pictures didn’t understand the satyrical punk rock comedy; but it became a major cult hit on the burgeoning home video market anyway. Cox followed it up with 1986’s music industry biopic Sid & Nancy. A string of increasingly cultish films (Straight to Hell, Walker, Highway Patrolman, Searchers 2.0) trickled out in slow but steady succession.

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V.19 No.31 |

Couch Potato

I Like to Watch (Instantly): Repo Man

Notable titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world

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Directed by Alex Cox

Cast: Olivia Barash, Harry Dean Stanton, Fox Harris, Tracey Walter, Emilio Estevez, Sy Richardson

In 1984, British director and self-proclaimed "radical filmmaker" Alex Cox managed to get the backing of Mike Nesmith and Universal Studios to make what is probably one of the great American satires. By Cox's account, nobody was watching over his shoulder as he hand-assembled an eclectic dream cast and shot his highly subversive, anti-nuclear, magical-realist, science fiction, punk rock black comedy until a new studio boss came in and almost scuttled the whole project. The cult-favorite soundtrack and a highly successful New York run saved the film from direct-to-video obscurity, and for this the world can be thankful.

Our story begins in New Mexico as J. Frank Parnell, inventor of the neutron bomb, begins his woozy trek across the desert to Los Angeles in a Chevy Malibu with a trunk full of instant death. At the same time in suburban L.A., our hero Otto (Emilio Estevez, in what is easily his finest screen role) finds himself at a crossroads, unfulfilled by work or home life and unrelieved by bouts of anti-social behavior. Happenstance lands him a job as an automobile repossessor. Will these two narrative vectors eventually intersect? Of course they will. What Repo Man has going for it (in spades) is an impressive take-no-prisoners attitude. Everything in '80s Los Angeles gets the shaft, from Dianetics to new age alien conspiracy theories to drugs to vapid consumer culture. And somehow there's even a True Grit-like coming-of-age character arc as Otto learns the "repo code" from crusty old Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). It's profane, energetic, hilarious and a goddamn cinematic pleasure; if you haven't tasted the delights of Repo Man, now is the time. HD available.