[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.
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…
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…
Extremely dated, but in the coolest way possible
Two points to make about this movie straight away.
1. I would give anything to work in a place like Empire Records.
2. I loved this movie so much I had to bump off Tenebrae from my favourite movie choices on here to put Empire Records in.
This movie was so fun and charming but it also got pretty intense and unravelled at some points. I loved all the characters with their own little quirks (stereotypes? Possibly). The story was endeering and feel good and the characters were fleshed out enough for me to really care about them. The soundtrack was awesome, although I'm a 90's kid, I've never been a fan of the 90's alt rock scene but it…
El de The 100 y la de The Leftovers se lían. El fumado de Dazed and confused no está tan fumado y tiene el pelo corto. Y Bridget Jones está normal aún. Buen rollo, buena música.
So much potential, all of it wasted on hateful characters and an anodyne plot.
The soundtrack's pretty cool though.
There are always iconic films of an era that everyone but you has seen and loves to death. Such is the case for Empire Records; a film much loved by those who saw it the first time around, but without nostalgia goggles it seems hokey and dated, full of zeitgeisty cool that's long since become passé (but not yet rolled around again). Amusing and enjoyable enough, but my movie of this era will always be Mallrats, which is terrible, but will always have a special place for me.
Cute enough, but nothing substantial enough to last.
Note: I watched the "Remix" Special Edition of this movie.
Though the cast is excellent and there's a strong mix-tape of songs, Empire Records just doesn't try hard enough to be the hip comedy it clearly wants to be.
The subplots become increasingly annoying - Liv Tyler's drug use, Warren getting hired, and how nobody seems to care enough about $9000 going missing - leading to an insanely effortless, cheeseball finale in which everything is tidily resolved.
Not bad as such, just a bit of a let-down given the potential.
So, this thing happened to me a few years ago where I got the Fan Remix version of this on DVD. And at first, it was cool. I mean, who doesn't want MORE of their all-time favorite movie, right?
Well, me after I watched it about a dozen times and realized something was WRONG. It just lost it's compulsive watchability. It wasn't the same movie I fell in love with.
Then, I found a copy on VHS and played it on the projector and it was like that friend who became too cool for you in high school, ditched all her old clothes, and no longer wanted to stay home and watch The X-files with you because she was too…
I liked it a lot. This is the kind of movie where I wish I lived in that world. The record store set was fantastic and beautiful and all the characters with their many quirks were all very believable and entertaining. Sure, there was some over-the-topness, but I enjoy that in a film. This is, in fact a quintessential teen 90s' film. It has all the elements:
-Small town nobodies moving out into the world
-And of course the music!
What confuses me is there's a dog on the cover. Not in one scene is there a dog. The only dog is that plastic one on the counter of the store.
I loved the…
Where has this movie been all my life?!?!?
Very hard to pick my best films of all time, but I will give it a shot..