Repo Man (1984)
I saw this movie in the 80s when I was a teenager — not at the theater, strictly a VHS video rental scene. I don’t recall thinking very much about it, and it didn’t seem to make much of an impact with me or my friends. Though as I recall, bits of the soundtrack kept showing up in our proto-hipster mixtapes.
You see kids, in the old days music and movies were stored on magnetic strips of tape…
Anyway.
Each time I have rewatched it since, I have found myself more and more moved. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about this quasi-mystic dystopian teen badboy working stiff alien comedy-drama gets under my skin. Maybe it’s all the adjectives.
Tracey Walter’s character, like Filo in UHF, like quite a few oddballs in 80s film and TV, is the only one that really knows what’s-what, even though he’s a cloudcuckoolander. I like to imagine that’s me, but what are the odds? We’ll only know when the mother ship returns.
This is Scix in the Back Row, with a can of Drink and a bag of Snacks.
Directed by Alex Cox, starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton. Also starring Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash, Sy Richardson, Susan Barnes, Fox Harris, Tom Finnegan,  Del Zamora, Eddie Velez, Zander Schloss, Jennifer Balgobin, Dick Rude, Miguel Sandoval, Vonetta McGee, Richard Foronjy, the Circle Jerks and Samuel T. Cohen, inventor of the neutron bomb

Repo Man (1984)

I saw this movie in the 80s when I was a teenager — not at the theater, strictly a VHS video rental scene. I don’t recall thinking very much about it, and it didn’t seem to make much of an impact with me or my friends. Though as I recall, bits of the soundtrack kept showing up in our proto-hipster mixtapes.

You see kids, in the old days music and movies were stored on magnetic strips of tape…

Anyway.

Each time I have rewatched it since, I have found myself more and more moved. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about this quasi-mystic dystopian teen badboy working stiff alien comedy-drama gets under my skin. Maybe it’s all the adjectives.

Tracey Walter’s character, like Filo in UHF, like quite a few oddballs in 80s film and TV, is the only one that really knows what’s-what, even though he’s a cloudcuckoolander. I like to imagine that’s me, but what are the odds? We’ll only know when the mother ship returns.

This is Scix in the Back Row, with a can of Drink and a bag of Snacks.

Directed by Alex Cox, starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton. Also starring Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash, Sy Richardson, Susan Barnes, Fox Harris, Tom Finnegan,  Del Zamora, Eddie Velez, Zander Schloss, Jennifer Balgobin, Dick Rude, Miguel Sandoval, Vonetta McGee, Richard Foronjy, the Circle Jerks and Samuel T. Cohen, inventor of the neutron bomb

Anyone remember Max Headroom? In the 80s Matt Frewer played a reporter accidentally uploaded into the network, becoming a sort of spastic trickster in the not-quite-cyberspace, interfering with TV and stopping corporate brainwashing schemes.

Here he’s in an Art of Noise video: Happy Harry’s High Club. What strikes me most, visually, is that he wore a shiny suit and a prosthetic forehead (on his real head) to appear CGI. Nowadays, we’d just render him and Matt Frewer would voice him.

Ah, the 80s.