[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.
Damn the man. Save the Empire.
[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…
Corny, funny, sexy, interesting, really good. That about sums up Empire Records. It has interesting dialogue, funny and nice characters and it shows an era that will never return. Save the Empire!
Typical trash. I still love you Liv
Ah, I wish I'd watched this when it first came out. At the age I was then I'd have loved this film...I love it now! It's a great watch, great fun, very funny & has a soundtrack that deserves to adorne everybody's OST collection.
My angsty teenage self loved this movie. It still holds up on a nostalgic level but it didn't quite live up to my memory of it. Also, I ended up seeing the extended cut this time, which I had never seen before. It didn't really add anything of value to the film and it had some off edits and alternate takes in it.
"Fucking Rex Manning Day!"
Had to watch this today in honor of Rex Manning day!!
Rex Manning Day!
The best coming of age film of the 90s? that would be a resounding YES!
I caught this at 18 and for whatever reason it just resonated with me. How cool it would be to work in a record store... (although maybe a video store is just as cool ;))
Critically, I don't think it got many plaudits, but in the almost 20 years (ouch) that have passed, this has grown in status and rightly so.
The soundtrack for one is killer - Evan Dando, Ape Hangers, Billy Idol... and the cast is to die for with Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger phenomenal as the female leads, with Robin Tunney rounding the threesome off perfectly as Debra. For the boys…
Girls Rock Camp fundraiser screening
Charming and funny. I have a feeling this will become something of a rewatchable favourite the more I see it.
Almost adorable in its naive, mid-1990s record store idealism.
Also, Rory Cochrane really was a star in 94/95, wasn't he?
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- 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..
- The Eagleman Stag
- Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure
- Eyes Without a Face
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…