[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.
Just finished watching my brand new VHS copy of one of my favorite movies. You have to have the VHS version, unless you were fortunate enough to snatch up one of the OOP original version DVDs -- before the director or the producer decided to recut the film and ruin it.
This movie makes me happy. What can I say? I quote it all the time, mostly to myself. Renee Z and Liv T were never sexier - esp when Renee sings "Sugar High" -- and my decade+ long crush on Robin Tunney started here. Anthony Lapaglia seemed like the coolest guy ever. And I fell in love with Dire Straits' "Romeo & Juliet".
The music brings me back to my…
"This music is the glue of the world, Mark. It's what holds it all together. Without this, life would be meaningless."
Whoa, that was a blast from the past.
Been many years since I last watched this prime slice of 90s hipster nonsense. And I still have THE biggest crush on Liv Tyler (watching it again reminds me of something that occurred to me in the interim, when an American girl who looked very much like Liv called me 'super handsome' - you don't forget moments like that in your life I can tell you) wearing the sexiest outfit on film ever. And I still hate Lucas and, to a certain extent, Mark.
Watching it back, the stereotypes haven't aged…
Corny, annoying, dated, clichéd, and as far as movies about record stores go, let's just say it's no HIGH FIDELITY. But dammit, it always wins me over by the end.
As much a Hollywood product as the "establishment" it's railing against, but the genuine affection the filmmakers show for the characters and for their love of music (even forgettable '90s alt-rock) is palpable. It's like the best SAVED BY THE BELL episode ever. Kinda dumb, kinda perceptive, always fun.
[Remix! Special Fan Edition]
Sure. Empire Records is flawed, in so many ways. Still. If you can't see past them and enjoy all the things it does right... well. Let's just say; Damn you! Save the Empire!
Let's begin by taking a look at the things that we could have lived without; sad attempts at including deeper issues (like drug addiction and attempted suicides), and the lower quality parts of this roller-coaster (corny, annoying hipsters-types, crossover 80s/90s-teen stuff).
But it captures some of the essence of the 90s (and those annoying hipsters were just as annoying in real life), it's a fantastic kind of homage to all those record stores that now sadly are gone, it's brimming with heart, and…
Damn the man. Save the Empire.
"Empire Records, open 'til midnight, this is Mark."
Note: This is a review of the Theatrical Cut
Allan Moyle Empire Records is a by the book film about a group of teenagers on a single eventful day, that will shape there lives forever, we all have seen this formula tons of times with different scenarios and actors, so, the question is, what's makes Empire Records different?
To be honest, I don't know, but what I do know is, Anthony LaPaglia, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Renée Zellweger, Ethan Embry and Liv Tyler never been better in a…
Great soundtrack. Stupid movie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's something special about this film..
(Fan Remix Edition, with still no spotting of Tobey Maguire as the mysterious "Andre")
I know I must have seen this near 50 times. One of those movies my sister had on VHS I watched along with her endlesslly until it become my own and I lost all sense of objectivity and if its actually any good. It's all too familiar at this point, but still after near 20 (!) years so very quotable, relatable. A time warp. It dawned on me on this rewatch that with all the stuff that happens in this film's workday, this is as much what Wet Hot American Summer was mocking as much as any actual camp movie.
There's something about record shops that attracts the freaks and the weirdos in life, and I say this not as an insult, but as a high compliment. I have worked in both an independent record store, as well as a commercial chain store, and can honestly say that these were amongst the happiest working days of my life, where I got to work with some of the greatest, most interesting freaks, weirdos and friends I have known.
Empire Records is a film that shows this side of the industry really rather well, albeit through an incredibly 90s lens. It's almost like the store is a meeting point for misfit toys, who although they seem to have very little in common…
I somehow managed to go nearly 20 years without ever having seen Empire Records, which I suppose we'd throw into some kind of slacker canon along with Mallrats, Airheads, Dazed and Confused, and a bunch of other comedies from the early 90s that were required viewing for folks who were too young for the John Hughes era yet too old for the American Pie franchise. Feels a little like a cursed film, with Anthony LaPaglia, Robin Tunney, Renée Zellweger, Ethan Embry — a veritable Who's Who of Where Are They Now? (Can't really say that for Liv Tyler anymore, now that she's landed one of the leads in The Leftovers.)
I liked the movie's zany, madcap energy, even when its…
Utterly ridiculous. Still fun, though.
The film is compromised, having been meddled with extensively by the studio in post-production. It was also a complete failure at the box office in 1995. The film is flawed, but it does have a zany energy, a bevy of interesting performances from now-familiar actors, and a bit of charm. It's too artificial to really be a Gen X touchstone, but it is a curio of the era. Today it even has a bit of a devoted following.
Note: Not all the record stores are dead. They're not thriving, but there are still a few out there hanging on. If you come across one, please support it. Thank you.
Gen X teen angst and one that many consider a nineties classic. I fell in love when Robin Tunney rode up on her Vespa and shaved her head in the bathroom sink.
The only movie I can think of where I'm insanely attracted to a man wearing a turtleneck.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- The Fountain
- Paris, Texas
- Dazed and Confused
Very hard to pick my best films of all time, but I will give it a shot..
- Reservoir Dogs
- (500) Days of Summer
- Pitch Perfect
- Pretty Woman
Sometimes, we watch one film and as soon as it's over, a song gets stuck in our heads that we…