[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…
Damn the man. Save the Empire.
Ive seen this so many times it doesnt get old, i step inside and right away the soundtrack just reminds me of my younger days, this comedy, everytime i watch it, i feel like im one of the employees and i love every single character in the film, they deal with teenage problems of the 90's, but after all they are like a family cause they love the place they work in, thats why they need to save it before it becomes a corpo store, oh and rennee Zellweger is at her most attractive i her life, she is actually quite hot.
Extremely dated, but in the coolest way possible
Cracking soundtrack as you'd expect from something with this setup but and again this may just be a generational thing but I had trouble connecting with a bunch of mid ninety's stereotypes who take far too long into an hour and a half long film to become interesting and likable after some eye roll inducing decision making in the dull early goings. The acting's fine and you can see why a few of them went on to have great careers after this but Zellweger and Tyler do steal the show here even if they are saddled with generic material but they make the best they can from it.
Not as infectious as it wants to be. Fluffy, late to the party Gen-X damn-the-man comedy. Soundtrack is key though fittingly distinctly average. Tunney suicide story is dark mis-step. LaPaglia and cast try and have fun, though not long before Embry's gurning starts to grate.
I just have one question: was that dog in the poster even in the movie?
Introducing the girls to another of my childhood favourites; 'Empire Records'. A cracking little 'indie' comedy, with a joyful soundtrack. Empire Records is daft, and proud of it.
With a dysfunctional 'modern family' of employees, running a record store about to sell out to the Man, the film is never designed to be hard going. But it was never intended to. With slightly naive characters that are ultimately loveable. Most enjoyable of all, is Liv Tyler of course. Ahh Liv.
Unlike in their store, you have to leave any pretence at the door. It is a cracking watch that is never going to tire you, except with the little misfit Warren.
whats with today today?
Perky, with characters you can really engage with and root for. Great soundtrack too.
I watched this film because it was on Netflix and I like 90's teen films.
This film was pretty good, an interesting plot that was let down by some badly developed characters and some very confusing sub plots. Nothing was really explained very well. However some of the characters were pretty good, including a young Renee Zellweger. It's good to watch if you really like teen movies and are against 'the man.' It sort of reminds me of a brat pack kind of film. Would recommend you watch it if it's your genre, but otherwise you might find it boring and stupid.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- 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…