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Where the Long Tail Ends


Apr 3, 2016

A man needs a code. This month Nat, Cody, and Robert explore the punk rock sensibilities of Alex Cox's code of film with two of his 1980's films, the cult classic REPO MAN and his film about American adventurism in Nicaragua, WALKER.

 

The life of a repo man is one of intensity. And there's some intense feelings displayed towards REPO MAN in this episode. We dig into the lattice of coincidence that makes up the film, ponder the alien in the trunk's similarities to KISS ME DEADLY, and the punk rock sensibilities of the film. And, perhaps we just like hanging out with Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez doing speed and pondering what it means to be a man. So, you better pay attention melon farmers!

 

How can you follow that up? How about with Ed Harris arguing in sign language with a foul-handed Marlee Matlin in Alex Cox's singular WALKER. The true story of the American conquest of Nicaragua by a rag tag group of mercenaries under the command on William Walker is certainly a unique subject for a feature. It's full of deliberate anachronisms and a terrific Joe Strummer soundtrack. But, is it a good movie? It's certainly an interesting one to debate as we discuss the merits and demerits of the film.