Rex Manning Day: 5 Reasons To Watch Empire Records (1995)

Rex Manning Day: 5 Reasons To Watch Empire Records (1995)

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Phil’s Quick Review takes a look at a film that you may not have seen first time around and lets you know, in 5 concise reasons, WHY it deserves your time!

 

The Plot: Empire Records is a 1995 American coming of age film that follows a group of record store employees over the course of one exceptional day. The employees try to stop the store from being sold to a large chain, and learn about each other along the way.

 

#1: Introducing…
…Liv Tyler, Robin Tunney, Renee Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth (okay so I’m struggling a LITTLE bit at this point), Debi Mazar.  Okay maybe not all their first roles but certainly the one that broke big a lot of future stars.  Add a few veterans like LaPaglia & Caulfield and you have a grade A awesome cast, all in top form.

 

#2: Soundtrack
Empire Records lives on in my iPhone almost daily.  From American rock to Edwin Star, from GWAR (thankfully not on the OST release) to The Cranberries… the soundtrack just captured a time and a film almost perfectly.

 

#3: It’s Cool
I was 20 when I first saw this film.  I wanted give up University and go and work in a record shop.  I wanted to be AJ. I want dot have friends like those in Empire.  I wanted to get Liv Tyler’s heart and then perform on the roof top of my record shop. And if a film can make you want to do THAT it must be pretty special, right?

 

#4: We Love an Underdog…
Much like we do for the characters in Empire Records, we tend to find ourselves routing for the underdogs in real life. So whilst Empire Records film flopped on it’s cinematic release, making just quarter of a million dollars its two-week theatrical run, it quickly became a cult classic.  It just shows box office doesn’t mean everything…

 

#5: Rex Manning Day
Seriously Rex Manning day is now a thing.  8th April every year. Really.  #rexmanningday

 

The Trailer

 

Phil Hobden

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #086 – Drunk DVD Commentary: Road House

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #086 – Drunk DVD Commentary: Road House

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode:

WARNING! THE FOLLOWING COMMENTARY IS BEST LISTENED TO ALONG WITH THE FILM AS THERE ARE PERIODS OF SILENCE. HOWEVER, IT IS STILL ENTERTAINING EITHER WAY!!!!

The Drinking Rules are as follows (we hope you play along).
Drink Everytime:
1) Someone Gets Kicked
2) There Are Homosexual Undertones
3) Josh Would Say The Film Is Taking Itself Seriously
4) A Weapon Gets Pulled
5) A Mullet Is On Screen

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #082 – The Disaster Artist

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #082 – The Disaster Artist

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: YOU’RE TEARING ME APART MIKE!!!!!!! Josh is back as him and Mike review The Disaster Artist, a great film based one of the worst films made, The Room. Then we take a depressing note as Josh shares his thoughts on such a depressing film, My Neighbour Totoro.

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #074 – Blade Runner 2049 (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #074 – Blade Runner 2049 (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Don’t worry movie fans, we have you covered. We have a Non-Spoiler and Spoiler review of the critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2049! And in a highly debated Top 5, we say our picks for the Top 5 Movies That Critics Got Wrong!

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #Bonus Episode – Drunk DVD Commentary: The Room

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #Bonus Episode – Drunk DVD Commentary: The Room

The Podcasts The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode:

WARNING! THE FOLLOWING COMMENTARY IS BEST LISTENED TO ALONG WITH THE FILM AS THERE ARE PERIODS OF SILENCE. HOWEVER, IT IS STILL ENTERTAINING EITHER WAY!!!!

The Drinking Rules are as follows (we hope you play along).
Drink Everytime:
1) You See A Breast/ Nipple
2) A Football Is Thrown
3) Mark Says That Johnny Is His Best Friend (or Vice Versa)
4) Johnny Laughs
5) You See Johnny’s Arse

Down Your Drink When:
1) Lisa Tears Johnny Apart

Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD and don’t forget to follow up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Phil’s 5 Reasons To Watch: Boiler Room (2000)

Phil’s 5 Reasons To Watch: Boiler Room (2000)

Other Cr*p Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Review takes a look at a film that you may not have seen first time around and lets you know, in 5 concise reasons WHY it deserves your time!

 

The Plot: Welcome to the infamous “boiler room” — where twenty something millionaires are made overnight. Here, in the inner sanctum of a fly-by-night brokerage firm, hyper-aggressive young stock jocks peddle to unsuspecting buyers over the phone — and are rewarded with mansions, Ferraris and more luxury toys than they know what to do with. In this unassuming Long Island enclave, Gen Xers chase the green at breakneck speeds, sometimes one step ahead of the law.

 

#1: The Cast
Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Ben Affleck, Scott Caan, Tom Everett Scott and Jamie Kennedy.  Yup all in various early stages of their careers, Boiler Room delivers A-List before they were A-list.   And everyone shines… 

#2: THIS Scene…

#3: You want More Wolf Of Wall Street…
Okay so it’s like the Wolf’s younger cousin, much smaller scale and intimate, but if Wolf turn you on to financial crime films or anti heroes then this one is for sure right up your street!

#4: It Still Holds Up
16 years on this film is still relevant. Damn it’s still good. Even Roger Ebert liked it. In fact critically it was really well received, it just never got seen by that many people.

 

#5: Did I mention THIS Scene…


The Trailer


Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Reasons To Watch: Empire Records (1995)

Phil’s 5 Reasons To Watch: Empire Records (1995)

Other Cr*p Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Review takes a look at a film that you may not have seen first time around and lets you know, in 5 concise reasons, WHY it deserves your time!

The Plot: Empire Records is a 1995 American coming of age film that follows a group of record store employees over the course of one exceptional day. The employees try to stop the store from being sold to a large chain, and learn about each other along the way.

 

#1: Introducing…
…Liv Tyler, Robin Tunney, Renee Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth (okay so I’m struggling a LITTLE bit at this point), Debi Mazar.  Okay maybe not all their first roles but certainly the one that broke big a lot of future stars.  Add a few veterans like LaPaglia & Caulfield and you have a grade A awesome cast, all in top form.

 

#2: Soundtrack
Empire Records lives on in my iPhone almost daily.  From American rock to Edwin Star, from GWAR (thankfully not on the OST release) to The Cranberries… the soundtrack just captured a time and a film almost perfectly.

 

#3: It’s Cool
I was 20 when I first saw this film.  I wanted give up University and go and work in a record shop.  I wanted to be AJ. I want dot have friends like those in Empire.  I wanted to get Liv Tyler’s heart and then perform on the roof top of my record shop. And if a film can make you want to do THAT it must be pretty special, right?

 

#4: We Love an Underdog…
Much like we do for the characters in Empire Records, we tend to find ourselves routing for the underdogs in real life. So whilst Empire Records film flopped on it’s cinematic release, making just quarter of a million dollars its two-week theatrical run, it quickly became a cult classic.  It just shows box office doesn’t mean everything…

 

#5: Rex Manning Day
Seriously Rex Manning day is now a thing.  8th April every year. Really.  #rexmanningday

 

The Trailer

 

Phil Hobden

Phil’s 5 Reasons To Watch: Shooting Fish (1997)

Phil’s 5 Reasons To Watch: Shooting Fish (1997)

Other Cr*p Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Review takes a look at a film that you may not have seen first time around and lets you know, in 5 concise reasons WHY it deserves your time!

The Plot: In their mid-twenties, Dylan (Dan Futterman) and Jez (Stuart Townsend) are two orphans who are over qualified and under employed. Dylan is a fast talking Yank. Jez is a tongue-tied technical genius with a bad haircut.  Tired of the “rich get richer” syndrome, they decide to exploit it. Their aim is to make a million pounds each and London is their oyster. They use every coupon, enter every free prize draw, and scam anyone who can afford it. But into their lives comes Georgia (Kate Beckinsale) who has her own mission, just as driving, just as inventive, but far more altruistic. She needs money – a lot of money…and in Jex and Dylan she’s struck gold!

 

#1:  It’s the One Of the best British films you’ve never seen
Seriously.  It’s funny, smart and well written and was a real gem of the booming Film4 generation of British films (before Film4 went American and overblown).

 

#2: It introduced the world to Kate Beckinsale 
Okay so it wasn’t her first film but it certainly was the film that started her trajectory to becoming one of the UK’s biggest female actresses.

 

#3: It’s got a great soundtrack!
Taking on the music of the day and following very much in the footsteps of Transpotting, Shooting Fish featured a soundtrack mixture of Brit pop and 60’s classics.  I still play it today!

 

#4: It also launched the career of director Stefan Schwartz
Who I hear you say?  Quite.  But since Shooting Fish Schwartz has worked on some of the best thing on TV – Luther, House, Walking Dead, The Bridge, Dexter, Spooks and Hustle

 

#5: It’s charming
Genuine charm is something rare in films but Shooting Fish and it’s young cast have it in spades. It’s also short, snappy and doesn’t hang around.

 

The Trailer

Phil Hobden