Quick-Thoughts: Alex Cox’s Repo Man (1984)

Screened at The Frida Cinema

I felt like I was losing my f**king mind watching this. I imagine getting high would somehow only lessen the brain scramble that this movie gives you, which goes to show how influential Alex Cox’s work is in its demonstration of an “end of the world” type psychosis when living in the existential stages of your ordinary suburban roles. From what I understand, it’s trying to find an equilibrium between the aimless zombie consumers vs the free yet also aimless criminals (the verbally punk and the discreetly hidden) vs CIA conspiracy theorist agents and their also aimless search for answers. Quite a nihilistic and frustratingly monotone look at Gen-X adult American lifestyle, and each story comes colliding with the other every so often with a new-wave sensibility that only gets more hectically interwoven as it rides along.

After seeing They Live (1988) yesterday, this makes for a coincidental back-to-back. Though this is a wee more up my alleyway when it comes to exploring sociology in the capitalist domain.

And that part where Otto barfs has got to be the weirdest plot convenience I’ve ever spotted. 

Verdict: B+

“Repo Man” is now available to rent on Amazon Prime.

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