A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

Empire Records (Remix! Special Fan Edition)

April 13, 2010

Empire Records (Fan Remix)

This movie occupies a special place in my heart because I used to work at this store. Well not literally. I used to work at the little independent video chain TLA Video. But it was totally this store. Full of glorious freaks. Our store manager lived in a little apartment building with one of the keyholders and they drank together late into every night. His girlfriend (another keyholder) was nominally going to the local college, but hadn’t been to any classes in months and was spending about every night with the manager. We got calls for her at the store from her advisor because she wasn’t ever in her dorm room and didn’t answer her phone. There ws the kid obsessed with Devo and the Beastmaster movie. The artsy girl who eventually moved to New York to attend film school. It was a tight knit crew of drunks, stoners and crazies and at times I desperately miss it.

This movie captures that spirit perfectly. The spirit of a group of misfits in a store outside the clean-cut corporate world of today. I think there are still stores like this out there. Places where vinyl records are making a comeback. Off the beaten track. Somehow co-existing with the Best Buys and Walmarts that have taken over the entire retail industry.

We’re watching the “Fan Remix” version of the film in accordance to the rules of our project because it is slightly longer than the theatrical version. This recut version of the film has a lot of deleted scenes. Some are kind of cool (like Rex Manning talking about how the studio has killed his career.) Most, however are unnecessary. And with a movie I love so much and have watched so many times it’s distracting. It changes the timing and the tight pace of the film. When you have a movie that’s this perfect you really don’t need to mess with it. Luckily we do own the original theatrical version of the film as well, so it’s all okay.

I’m in love with all the people in this movie. Mark and Eddie and Lucas and A.J. and Joe… and the store itself. I wish I could shop there now. I wish I could be buying all my DVDs from a little indie store and not from faceless mega-corporations. I should really go out and find such a place.

Damn the man. Save the Empire.

April 13, 2010 - Posted by | daily reviews | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] these high school cliques coming together at a big party after graduation. There’s Mark from Empire Records who has this total unrequited crush on that Amanda girl. There’s the nerd with his revenge […]

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