Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 60: Wednesday Feb 29

Repo Man (Cox, 1984): ICA Cinema, 11.30pm


Midnight Movies are back and here's their introduction to the night: Midnight Movies comes to the ICA, celebrating their 4th birthday in true '80s style with cult classic Repo Man and a pre-screening party. Join us in the ICA Bar from 10pm with a Straight To Video DJ/VJ set, cocktails and cake before taking your seats for Alex Cox's Repo Man, starring Emilio Estevez as a punk rocker who discovers drugs, money, women and extraterrestrial phenomena in his new job as a repossession agent. Dress code: Punk rocker '80s - and win an amazing prize bounty!

Chicago Reader review:

'Alex Cox's 1984 punk comedy is set in a rotting Los Angeles, where a disaffected adolescent (Emilio Estevez) finds an outlet for his aggression and an answer to his boredom in an apprenticeship with a professional car repossessor (Harry Dean Stanton). Cox's style is a step beyond camp into a comedy of pure disgust; much of the film is churlishly unpleasant, but there's a core of genuine anger that gives the project an emotional validation lacking in the flabby American comedies of the early 80s. The narration seems deliberately crude and jerky, as if the nihilism of the tale had infected its telling, and there's an unfortunate late turn into science fiction spoofiness. But Stanton, strange and wonderful, bridges it all with his uncrackable conviction.' Dave Kehr

Here is the trailer.

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