Let’s Get Criterion Presents: Repo Man (1984, Alex Cox)


“The life of a repo man is intense.”

Alex Cox’s 1984 cult classic is one of the earliest Criterion movies I ever owned. I still have my DVD copy, and I recall lovely gazing at the packaging and admiring how cool the movie looked on DVD. I mean I had only seen some low grade copy of the flick on cable TV before, and this was the 2010s, before Blu-ray and streaming overruled everything else. Maybe one day I’ll bother to upgrade my copy but for now it will do just fine. I have watched Repo Man at least four, maybe five times and it’s one of my all time favorite movies. I don’t think anything else quite like it exists today, at least no movies that come to mind.

Having Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton star was a fine choice, and they are the duo from hell. Otto and Bud are both hilarious and marveling together, living on the edge and serving up fantastic one liners. I mean you have ones such as “Repo man’s got all night! Every night!” and “Only an asshole gets killed over a car.” Alex Cox is not content to have the film only focus on these two, tossing in numerous other eccentric and off the wall characters that populate a bizarre underground. It’s all very punk rock you see, 100% 1980s, centered at the heart of Reagan America.

Part of me thinks this flick is a masterpiece, some other part is fine with me just labeling it great. The rest is amused at how Alex Cox managed to smuggle this glorious bit of satire mocking the stupidity and futility of American life out of a Hollywod that was quite conservative. Or at least neoliberal to say the least, masquerading as leftist while serving both capitalism and their studio masters. God I love this film so much. Hail oblivion and the path one takes to get there.

2014 Viewing Log In Review: The Best First Films Viewed


A bit late due to not having a working laptop but still its happening anyways. The best films viewed from last year were (Top 20 out of 169 total films, out a score of 100, the 100s are in blue, 99-96 are in green, 95s are red):

1. The Life and Death of Colone Blimp (1943, Powell and Pressburger)
2. Rashomon (1950, Kurosawa)
3. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Keaton)
4. 8 1/2 (1963, Fellini)
5. Wall Street (1987, Stone)
6. The Crying Game (1992, Jordan)
7. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013, Scorsese)
8. Amadeus (1984, Forman)
9. Birdman (2014, Iñárritu)
10. Night On Earth (1991, Jarmusch)
11. Let The Fire Burn (2013, Osder)
12. Oldboy (2003, Park)
13. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014, Anderson)
14. Edge of Darkness (1985, Campbell)
15. Godzilla (2014, Edwards)
16. Strange Days (1995, Bigelow)
17. Insomnia (1997, Skjoldbjærg)
18. Laura (1944, Preminger)
19. The Innocents (1961, Clayton)
20. Bad Company (1972, Benton)

Top 5 Worst Films Viewed In 2014 (No zeros, all scores 10-1 out of 100-yeah they suck):

1. Monstrosity: The Atomic Brain (1964, Mascelli)
2. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964, Steckler)
3. The Touch of Satan (1971, Henderson)
4. Soultaker (1990, Rissi)
5. Warrior of the Lost World (1983, Worth)

2015 Movie Log


It never ends.

Top 13:

Sunset Blvd. (1950, Wilder)
Interstellar (2014, Nolan)
Rififi (1955, Dassin)
The Guest (2014, Wingard)
Phantom of the Paradise (1974, De Palma)
La Haine (1995, Kassovitz)
Man On Wire (2008, Marsh)
Boogie Nights (1997, Anderson)
Exotica (1994, Egoyan)
Whiplash (2014, Chazelle)
The Hateful Eight (2015, Tarentino)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, Kaufman)
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014, Amirpour)

January:

1. That Guy…Who Was In That Thing (2012, Schwartz, Roumain)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
2. Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974, Fisher)-82, Netflix Instant Viewing
3. A Long Way Down (2014, Chamueil)-71, Netflix Instant Viewing
4. Escape From Tomorrow (2013, Moore)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing
5. The Guest (2014, Wingard)-100 , RedBox
6. Veronica Mars (2014, Thomas)-90 , RedBox
7. Snowpiercer (2014, Joon-ho)-94, Netflix Instant Viewing
8. From Elway To Marino (2013, Rodgers)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing
9. Man On Wire (2008, Marsh)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
10. Following (1998, Nolan)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
11. Boyhood (2014, Link later)-93, RedBox
12. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985, Burton)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
13. Interstellar (2014, Nolan)-100, Theater
14. The Interview (2014, Rogan and Goldberg)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
15. Whiplash (2014, Chazelle)-98, Theater
16. Rififi (1955, Dassin)-100, Netflix DVD

Movie of the Month: Interstellar (2014, Nolan)-100, Theater

February:

17. Cold In July (2014, Mickle)-95, Public Library
18. The Double (2011, Brandt)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
19. Chef (2014, Favreau)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
20. Exotica (1994, Egoyan)-98, Public Library
21. Selma (2014, DuVernay)-95, Theater
22. Expelled (2014, Goyette )-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
23. Only Lovers Left Alive (2014, Jarmusch)-95, Public Library
24. John Wick (2014, Stahelski, Leitch)-92, RedBox
25. Nebraska (2013, Payne)-94, Netflix Instant Viewing
26. Mr. Nobody (2009, Van Dormael)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
27. Ministry of Fear (1944, Lang)-91, Public Library, Criterion
28. Mud (2013, Nichols)-94, Netflix Instant Viewing
29. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015, Vaughn)-92, Theater Viewing
30. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001, Mitchell)-95, Netflix DVD
31. Panic Room (2002, Fincher)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
32. Out of Africa (1985, Pollack)-86, Netflix Instant Viewing
33. Sunset Blvd. (1950, Wilder)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing\

Movie of the Month: Sunset Blvd. (1950, Wilder)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing

March:

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34. Super Troopers (2002, Chandrasekhar)-80, DVD
35. Big Hero 6 (2014, Hall, Williams)-85, DVD
36. Hannie Caulder (1971, Kennedy )-75, Grit TV
37. April Fool’s Day (1986, Walton)-77, Netflix Instant Viewing
38. The Discoverers (2012, Schwarz)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing
39. Prince Avalanche (2013, Gordon Green)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
40. Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Chaplin)-90, Netflix DVD
41. Pain and Gain (2013, Bay)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
42. Scarlett Street (1945, Lang)-80, YouTube

Movie of the Month: Pain and Gain (2013, Bay)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

April:

43. It Follows (2015, Mitchell)95, Theater Viewing
44. The Reckoning (2003, Wood)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
45. Thor: The Dark World (2013, Taylor)-77, Family Video
46. Spring Breakers (2013, Korine )-95, Family Video
47. 30 For 30: I Hate Christian Laettner (2015, Karpf)-95
48. Buffalo Soldiers (2001, Jordan)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
49. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013, McKay)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
50. Three Men and a Cradle (1985, Serreau)-54, Netflix

Movie of the Month: Spring Breakers (2013, Korine)-95, Family Video

May:

51. Gunmen (1994, Sarafian)-68, Netflix Instant Viewing
52. Crank (2006, Neveldine, Taylor )-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
53. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984, Richter)-90, Public Library
54. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010, Kasch)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing
56. Odd Thomas (2013, Sommers)-71, Netflix Instant Viewing
57. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015, Whedon)-89, Theaters

Movie of the Month: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010, Kasch)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing

June:

58. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, Miller)-94, Theater Viewing
59. Rounders (1998, Dahl)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
60. Holy Motors (2013, Carax)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, Miller)-94, Theater Viewing

July:

61. Ride The Pink Horse (1947, Montgomery)-91, Criterion DVD
62. Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla (1975, Fukuda)-87, Public Library
63. Godzilla Final Wars (2004, Kitamura)-80, Public Library
64. Night of the Demons 2 (1994, Trenchard-Smith)-80, Public Library

Movie of the Month: Ride The Pink Horse (1947, Montgomery)-91, Criterion DVD

August:

65. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, Kaufman)-97, Netflix Instant Viewing
66. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970, Jireš)-90, Criterion DVD
67. Phantom of the Paradise (1974, De Palma)-100, Public Library
68. God Told Me To (1976, Cohen)-91, Public Library
69. Q: The Winged Serpent (1982, Cohen)-78, Public Library
70. Campfire Tales (1997, Kunert, Semel, Cooper)-65, Public Library
71. Critters 3 (1991, Peterson)-50, Public Library
72. Critters 4 (1992, Harvey)-60, Public Library
73. It (1990, Wallace)-80, Public Library
74. The Driver (1978, Hill)-95, Netflix DVD
75. Bite The Bullet (1975, Brooks)-87, YouTube

Movie of the Month: Phantom of the Paradise (1974, De Palma)-100, Public Library

September:

76. What We Do In The Shadows (2015, Waititi, Clement)-91, Public Library
77. Vampire In Brooklyn (1995, Craven)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
78. The Conjuring (2013, Wan)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
79. Disturbing Behavior (1998, Nutter)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
80. The Babadook (2014, Kent)-91,
Netflix Instant Viewing
81. Hot Shots! (1991, Abrahams)-85, DVD
82. Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993, Abrahams)-75, DVD

Movie of the Month: The Babadook (2014, Kent)-91,
Netflix Instant Viewing

October:

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84. Housebound (2014, Johnstone)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
85. Late Phases (2014, Bogliano)-86, Netflix Instant Viewing
86. Society (1989, Yuzna)-84, YouTube
87. Horns (2014, Aja)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
88. Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation (2015, McQuarrie)-89, Theater
89. The Final Terror (1983, Davis)-92, Public Library
90. Creep (2014, Kack-Brice)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
91. Almost Human (2013, Begos)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
92. The Woman In Black (2012, Harper)-86, Public Library
93. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014, Amirpour)-96, Netflix Instant Viewing
94. Twixt (2011, Coppola)-70, Netflix Instant Viewing
95. Dead Silence (2007, Wan)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
96. Starry Eyes (2014, Kolsch, Widmyer)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
97. Nightbreed (1990, Barker)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014, Amirpour)-96, Netflix Instant Viewing

November:

98. The 5 Deadly Venoms (1978, Cheh)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
99. Spectre (2015, Mendes)-88, Theater Viewing
100. La Haine (1995, Kassovitz -100, Public Library/Criterion
101. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013, Raimi)-75, SyFy
102. The Vampire Lovers (1970, Baker)-80, Public Library
103. Django (1966, Corbucci)-95, Public Library

Movie of the Month: La Haine (1995, Kassovitz)-100, Public Library/Criterion

December:

104. The Ridiculous 6 (2015, Coraci)-68, Netflix Instant Viewing
105. The Night Before (2015, Levine)-77, Theater
106. Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens (2015, Abrams)-92, Theater
107. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, Selick)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing
108. Boogie Nights (1997, Anderson)-99, Netflix Instant Viewing
109. The Hateful Eight (2015, Tarentino)-97, Theater

Movie of the Month: Boogie Nights (1997, Anderson)-99, Netflix Instant Viewing

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