[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
They're selling music but not selling out.
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.
OH MAN! What a piece of shit!!!
This is the first movie in my Nostalgia Overload list where I came out on the other side of the re-watch absolutely hating a movie I once loved. I haven't seen Empire Records in about 15 years but I honestly used to love it. How embarrassing.
This movie is a very corporate look at what they consider "indie" films, with an ironic twist..you know..considering the entire plot of the movie is an independently run record store trying to avoid being bought out by a national corporation.
I hate everyone in this movie; all of the annoying, over-the-top, insincere caricatures of "gen Xers," MARK: THE MOST AGGRAVATINGLY IRRITATING OF THEM ALL, Robin Tunney as…
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…
"Empire Records, open 'til midnight."
There are no words to describe the joy when I watch this film! The music, the characters, I used to have friends like this, takes me back to the times when anything was life or death, teenage life is very dramatic you know?
Empire Records is that rare film that I can watch in an endless loop and quote every line, a film that always puts a smile on my face.
"Damn the man, save the empire!"
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.
Happy Rex Manning Day bitches
hannah watched it for the first time
she does not like lucas lmao
Really not that great but also kinda great. I give it points for being about a record store and how unreasonably attractive the cast is. The alt-pop soundtrack is perfect too. Everything else is just okay, but it's still pretty fun. Sounds better on vinyl.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Turns out that this is 20 years old this week so decided it was due a re-watch.
In the 1990s so many low-budget comedies were going for a "one day in the life of..." approach. Allan Moyle's Empire Records focuses on a day in the life of a ridiculously overstaffed record shop but, as much as it tries, it is essentially Clerks without the dialogue and Dazed and Confused without the characters and chemistry.
Yet I remain a sucker for these types of movies. Nostalgia sets in, due to a killer 90s alt-rock soundtrack (remember those?) and I end up wishing a place like Empire Records could exist today. Unfortunately we now live in the age of downloads and streaming…
If you don't understand what girls are talking about when they complain about female characters being written terribly by men, you can watch the reverse happen here. Except Rex Manning, of course. He's perfect.
I have no wifi in my new flat, so i am probably going to end up watching my entire dvd collection in the week while I wait to be reunited with my best pal THE INTERNET/can watch all my shows.
Empire Records is still well good (other than Cinema Du Look, 90s teen films are my fav genre of films that I really should hate) and it's even weirder watching it now I work in a cinema because I always used to say "oh, if I worked in a record shop/cinema/anywhere vaguely pretentious and arty, it would be just like Empire Records..." Half true, half false - Empire Records does not have kittens, but it does have Rex Manning whose…
It is all very preposterous but the cast is extremely attractive. Huge babes.
Pretty obnoxious Gen-X angst movie that, like the times, is all about rage and little about substance. The conceit of following all these young people around a record store for a day is a good one, but the plot is so patchwork and scattershot that it amounts to nothing but some impromptu WILD AT HEART-esque song and dance at the end. As the movie concludes on some trying, brazen attempt of a 90s zeitgeist moment, it gets stuck in more open holes than Baby Jessica. Um...so Liv Tyler is a pill popper now all of a sudden? Nevermind, her and Zellweger are back to being friends. It's cool. Oh, the record store is being bought out by a big chain?…
I used to work in a record store throughout my university stint. I always got the feeling that our store and staff were very much cut in the vein of Empire Records.
I guess now I've come to accept that we were far more like the corporate, bottom-line Music Town that sought to replace the quirky independent store.
I really enjoyed this move, it's 90's humour and the 'stick-it-too-the-man' attitude. Whilst it's a little dated at times, it's oddball enough to be very enjoyable.
Very hard to pick my best films of all time, but I will give it a shot..