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While Alex Cox's 1984 film "Repo Man" might be the very best cult film of all time (from the point of view of an old punk like me, anyway), his 'microfeature' (re: no budget) 2009 thematic sequel "Repo Chick" is barely worth watching. This time, a Paris Hilton analogue gets disinherited by her rich family and ends up getting a job with a repo company where she ends up, along with a crew of misfits, searching for a missing train with a mysterious WMD on it. Sounds familiar? Only not so much. The whole thing was filmed on a home train set (literally) and feels like less of an artistic experiment and more of a careless cash-in. I suppose actors like Rosanna Arquette, Xander Berkely, Chloe Webb, and Miguel Sandoval showed up to play small roles here out of respect for Cox from his "Repo Man"/"Sid and Nancy" days. Those oh-so-long-ago days. For those interested, Cox wrote an actual sequel to "Repo Man" that never got past the early stages of filming but is available in graphic novel form and certainly has to be better than this embarrassment.
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SHOPPING (Blu-Ray and DVD)
Jude Law's first feature film, the 1994 'bad kids in the near ravey future' film "Shopping", was unfortunately also schlocky director Paul W.S. Anderson's virgin outing as well. I'll admit to some of his genre outings to be guilty pleasures for me, nothing is worse than a exploitative film that's boring. Thus is the case with this story of disenfranchised youth who practice the art of 'ramrodding': stealing cars, driving them into storefronts, and stealing merchandise before the cops show up. Together with his starry-eyed female side-kick, played by his future wife Sadie Frost (you might remember her playing the hawt red-head in "Bram Stoker's Dracula", they thumb their noses at authority (notably a local police captain played by Jonathan Pryce), dance to mediocre electronica, and crash expensive cars into shit. Anderson manages to do some interesting stuff visually here, to be sure, occasionally feeling like peering through a hidden window on a new generation of angry, fashionable youth. But "Shopping" forgets/doesn't care to address the essential reason for its existence. Marlon Brando so memorably responded to the question, "What are you rebelling against?", "What've you got?", but these kids would likely only be able to answer, "Boredom". Not terribly inspiring.
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IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY (Blu-Ray and DVD)
An unfortunate title, as the most notable thing about this 2010 romantic comedy is that it really isn't terribly funny. A depressed 16 year old kid named Craig (Keir Gilchrist), who mainly is just stressing out over normal 16 year old kid stuff, contemplates suicide for about a second, and so decides he needs to be in a psychiatric care facility. Not realizing that by registering, he has to stay for a week, he makes the best of things, befriending a goofy patient named Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), and a more seriously f'd up girl, a cutter named Noelle (Emma Roberts) whose emotions Craig proceeds to thoughtlessly toy with almost immediately. Attempts to give the film a '500 Days of Summer' feel by crowbarring in misplaced musical and animation sequences only add to the awkward 'PLEASE LIKE ME' desperation the film wears on its sleeve, begging the indie film crowd to embrace its all-too familiar techniques. "It's Kind of a Funny Story" isn't terrible or anything, and even has a few nice moments here and there between the characters, but there's nothing to go crazy over.
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