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Reel Reviews – Repo Man

Repo Man DVD

Reel Review #24: “The life of a Repo Man is always intense.” This cult classic came out in 1984. Brought to us by Alex Cox who would later hit another home run with Sid and Nancy. Punk Rock, Aliens and Repo Men – what more could you ask for? These are always the most difficult, what makes a cult classic great? That is a tough one, but here we are twenty years plus later and people are still talking about this small film that has had a large impact! “Let’s go do some crimes.” Better yet “let’s go get sushi and not pay.”

Direct download: Reel Reviews – Repo Man (17:03min 11.8MB)
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12 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Repo Man”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Wenzi Feb 1st, 2005 at 12:52 am

    I really loved the soundtrack to the movie. Even more than the movie which I also enjoyed.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Kevin Feb 1st, 2005 at 9:04 am

    Michael,

    I enjoy the Reel Reviews podcast… you are doing a great job and are very complelling.

    I thought it might be nice if you did a “NEW RELEASE” Reel Review of DVDs that are being released the following week. Or at least the movies you feel worth mentioning.

    http://www.Blockbuster.com offers a link to upcoming/coming soon DVD releases.

    Great show,

    Kevin

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Michael Feb 1st, 2005 at 11:55 am

    Kevin,

    Thanks for the compliment. Now that we are working with DVDtalk.com we should soon have some movies made available to us prior to the street date. I’ll be sure to comment on them. Until that happens, check out Geoff’s weekly round up at DVDtalk Radio.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Greg & Lisa Feb 1st, 2005 at 9:31 pm

    Michael,

    Really cool review of Repo Man! We love to hear you talk about movies we’ve seen over and over…like this one, Rushmore, etc…you always seem to point out something we’ve never noticed.

    Another cool thing Alex Cox did was include Julien Temple in the commentary track for Sid & Nancy (Criterion Edition). Julien made the Sex Pistols film “The Filth and the Fury,” and really kind of rips on Alex for romanticising the Sid & Nancy story in his movie…ON the commentary track for the movie! That takes cojones to include! Hilarious!

    Thanks!
    Greg & Lisa

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Pete Prodoehl Feb 2nd, 2005 at 3:56 am

    Did you mention that Kevin the Nerd was played by Zander Schloss of the Circle Jerks?

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Michael Feb 2nd, 2005 at 9:02 am

    Pete,

    After every Reel Review there is something I realize I forgot to mention. At one point I mention that we are going to talk more abut Zander later in the podcast. After I was finished and the podcast was posted I realize that I never discussed Zander’s Circle Jerks affiliation. I should have realized this would never slip past Pete from

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Duane Feb 3rd, 2005 at 10:14 am

    Love the show, Michael. Quick thing, you mentioned with Repo Man something like you didn’t know what social statement the producers were trying to make with all the generic food. I’ve always heard the trivia that they couldn’t find any sponsors to give them money for product placement except for the PineTree air freshener people, and thus the only specific product you see are those air fresheners, literally on every vehicle including the motorcycles.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 Michael Feb 4th, 2005 at 10:30 pm

    Duane,

    Thanks for the comment. You are certainly right about the the PineTree air fresheners. Alex Cox had a small placement deal (the only one in the film) with them and they supplied a couple of boxes of “unscented” pine trees for them to use throughout the film. As for the generic food, they talk about how funny they think it is, but I don’t remember if they discussed a bigger idea behind it. Just thinking about it now, punk culture would be against the whole idea of feeding you images to get you to buy things. It is kind of ironic that by going to the extreme to avoid commercial placement you have the generic brand stuck in your head. Maybe that was the idea. Who knows. I still get a kick out of seeing a six pack with big block letters BEER written across each can.

  9. Gravatar Icon 9 Kevin Feb 10th, 2005 at 8:45 am

    I went to school with Alex Cox and we hung out together for a while (I bet everyone from the school is saying this!). I like to think that a character in Repo Man is based on me (I’m probably completely wrong but but it is my fantasy) — although it is many years since I have seen the movie I think there is a store clerk in it called “Kevin” — well he kind of looks like me.

    Alex and I went to see “King Kong” one afternoon in Liverpool, we were about 12 or 13 I think. We watched the whole movie, the lights came up and I got up to leave, but Alex didn’t want to go, he stayed and watched it a second time! I thought that was a very unusal thing to do.

  10. Gravatar Icon 10 Jim in LA Mar 9th, 2005 at 1:27 pm

    Great show!

    The generic food is based on the Ralphs chain here in LA; they had popularized what was then called “Plain Wrap” food – truly a part of the rich-get-richer Reagan Era thing. I don’t know about the lack of placements; rather, i think it was an intentional way of showing a middle finger to the emerging ruling class (yeah right!) that was newly ascendant during the Reagan Years.

    I actually have a t-shirt that Ralphs sold that has the blue bar and “Shirt” on it, like everything else you see on the movie. Most of it was indeed Ralphs merchandise placed in that crappy old Safeway they shot in (where Otto and Kevin work) with the pedophile manager.

  11. Gravatar Icon 11 Pedro Apr 13th, 2006 at 9:25 am

    I just ran across in I-95 Miami a dude with a black urban attack motorcycle that passed me like I was not even there. Five miles north an ten minutes later I saw him at a traffic light. Politely I asked what did he do for a living, he replied that he repo high end cars in places impossible to access like Fisher Island. He did not care to comment any more except that if you want the job done right for a price, call 786-355-7728 and leave a message, if he likes what he hears, he will call you back. He can repo any MBZ, Porshe, Aston MArtin, Masserati, Murcielagos, BMW and Bentley.

  12. Gravatar Icon 12 Repo Man Tshirts Jul 31st, 2007 at 11:43 am

    This is probably my favorite film, was happy to see this podcast is still available!

    I made some generic Repo Man fan shirts, with “t-shirt” on the front and quotes on the back. Click my name to see them.

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