[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
How can a film be so charming and easy to like yet so damn stupid at the same time? Empire Records somehow manages this feat, gifting me with a big smile one scene before a face-palming groan the next.
Existing in that nostalgic bubble of 90s slacker films that followed Linklater's lead and captured the apathetic nature of the decade, the film follows the owner of record store Empire Records Joe and his ragtag group of employees. The characters themselves aren't necessarily the problem, despite basically being a Breakfast Club rip-off of different cliques mashed together, except here they already get along well. None of them are particularly well developed and mostly rely on clichés - the brooding slightly goth…
I hate to admit that I enjoyed the film. I like this. I like that it basically doesn't have a plot. It's aimless. It doesn't know what it's supposed to be. It fails to deliver a message. It's just what it is...a fun, maybe boring, movie. BUT I ENJOYED IT!!
I hated most of the characters. They're all so shallow. Cookie-cut characters gone bad. A perfect girl with a secret, who has a best friend who sleeps with boys and men for fun. A goth chic who tries to kill herself. An artist who loves his best friend. A happy-go-lucky junkie, and one junkie who bakes. An annoying guy who screwed everything, but hey it's okay if you stole $9000…
Film #18 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #14. Film featuring a suicidal person(s)!
My list: letterboxd.com/darbyact/list/joshs-film-scavenger-hunt-list-4/
Original List: letterboxd.com/naughty/list/scavenger-hunt-4
Okay... so... I LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie, yet I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Why? It's a flawed film. Yet, still yet, I can't deny that every time I watch it I laugh, I cry, I'm moved to achieve greatness, I relate to every character on screen (even though I clearly am Joe now, when I was an AJ). I struggle with not giving this a 5 star rating but just because I love it doesn't mean I can't see it's flaws.
Let's get them out of the way. At times this film has some interesting…
Felt like I was exsanguinating today so decided to watch an old favourite. There are literally no flaws to this film. Always amazing.
So very 90s. Funny enough but a touch overlong and none of the characters really make all that much of a mark.
Finally watched this after 20 years of avoiding it and I wasn't disappointed in my initial decision to avoid it.
The most surprising aspect of this movie was the cast. I hadn't realized who was actually in it. Also, the most interesting characters were the three female employees. Still stereotypes, but far more fleshed out than any other characters in the film.
I avoided this movie with contempt when it first came out. It seemed like an inauthentic, corporate movie that postured itself as reflective of a generation in order to milk more of my generation's moviegoing money.
Watching this movie twenty years later, and I am struck by how accurate that assessment was. Add to that the astounding, utter irrelevance of the subject matter of this movie today, and watching it just becomes a sad affair. Record stores like this are gone. Rocknroll is essentially gone. Therefore, the culture Empire Records exploits is gone.
And what we are left with is what feels very much like a 1960s teen screwball comedy remade in the 1990s, complete with the aging teen idol.
Do I have to re-evaluate my appreciation of TIME SQUARE and PUMP UP THE VOLUME?
My dipshit friends in high school used to tell me that Empire Records was just as good (or better) and just as much of a cultural touchstone as Dazed as Confused or Clerks.
Well, this is my victory lap on that argument cuz those movies are undeniable classics and this movie is still garbage.
*My friends used to try to convince me that I should love this movie because my favorite band, GWAR, is in it. Except it's only for 10 seconds, they dub Oderus' voice with some asshole and they blur out his peen, so that argument was totally bogus.