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One of the greatest cult films of the Eighties is getting a (film) sequel.
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I'm hungry. Anybody up for a plate of shrimp?
posted by Afroblanco at 9:44 AM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


People get so hung up on specifics, they miss out on seeing the whole thing. Take movie sequels, for example. Every year, thousands of movie sequels don't get made. Nobody knows where they go. They just disappear. But if you think for a minute, you realize something--there had to be a time when there were no movies, right? Well, where did all these movies come from? I'll tell you where: the future. Where did all these sequels disappear to? The past. How did they get there? Flying saucers. Which are really--yeah, you got it--time machines.
posted by mattdidthat at 9:48 AM on December 7, 2008 [7 favorites]


Lets go eat sushi, and not pay!

...unfortunately nothing Cox has done since Sid and Nancy has been any good, and in the case of the Rveengers Tragedy it's been brain boilingly awful ( the credit 'music by chumbawumba' is fair warning that you should stop watching now, I guess).

I've not seen the comic, but come on, Waldo? Waldo?
posted by Artw at 9:49 AM on December 7, 2008


One of the greatest cult films of the Eighties is getting a (film) sequel.

AW YEAH! BUCKAROO BANZI VS. THE WORLD CRIME- oh, wait - it's Waldo's Hawaiian Holiday. Never mind.
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:50 AM on December 7, 2008 [8 favorites]


Afroblanco: "I'm hungry. Anybody up for a plate of shrimp?"

No shrimp for me but I'd like a generic can of "FOOD."
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 9:52 AM on December 7, 2008


Repo Man is the best film ever, of course.
posted by Artw at 9:53 AM on December 7, 2008 [3 favorites]


What are you? A fuckin' commie? I don't want no commies in my car... No Christians either.
posted by cazoo at 9:54 AM on December 7, 2008


The life of a MeFite is always intense!
posted by Artw at 9:57 AM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Otto.... Get me another beer.
posted by porn in the woods at 9:58 AM on December 7, 2008


I love method acting.

And at least they are doing a sequel to "Rock Horror Picture Show!"
posted by cjorgensen at 10:02 AM on December 7, 2008


...unfortunately nothing Cox has done since Sid and Nancy has been any good, and in the case of the Rveengers Tragedy it's been brain boilingly awful

Highway Patrolman was quite good.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:03 AM on December 7, 2008


AW YEAH! BUCKAROO BANZI VS. THE WORLD CRIME- oh, wait - it's Waldo's Hawaiian Holiday. Never mind.

Yeah, Buckaroo Banzai was my first thought too - but I will accept Repo Man as well.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 10:04 AM on December 7, 2008


Sequels and Remakes, Sequels and Remakes.....let's just admit it, we have no new ideas left, do we?
posted by jonmc at 10:06 AM on December 7, 2008 [4 favorites]


Leonard Part 7?! I can't wait!
posted by dhartung at 10:17 AM on December 7, 2008 [5 favorites]


Well, this sounds like a terrible idea. But what the hell, right? As noted in the last link, repo is a world that bears revisiting, given, uh, current circumstances.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 10:19 AM on December 7, 2008


Teen Witch 2! How I've languished!
posted by Iridic at 10:23 AM on December 7, 2008


I'll try to keep an open mind, but I think this has to suck.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:24 AM on December 7, 2008


I like how, in a building that no one ever needs to leave, he still has a parking lot.

Man, when everyone holed up in there dies off because of some crazy, pseudo religious self quarantine and malnourishment (plastic is the only thing clean to eat, clean clean clean), 20 years later someone could find that parking lot as a great vintage car collection.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:29 AM on December 7, 2008


I was hoping for a sequel to this one.
posted by dobie at 10:38 AM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


BUCKAROO BANZI VS. THE WORLD CRIME

I have read that much of the stuff that might have gone into BBatWCL ended up in Big Trouble in Little China.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:44 AM on December 7, 2008


Now I just want to go do some crimes.
posted by dunkadunc at 10:47 AM on December 7, 2008


Beat me to it, ROU_X.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:55 AM on December 7, 2008


Iridic, they can dream until they're blue but they can never top that.
posted by amarynth at 10:57 AM on December 7, 2008


Also, that's another case of a masterpiece from humble origins, if you ask me. I mean, LOOK at that exerpt. *shudder*
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:57 AM on December 7, 2008


That Buckaroo Bonzai sequel might actually happen.

I don't think I want it to. It'd be like finding out why the watermelon was there. I'd rather not know. Also, Peter Weller looks like a skull on legs these days, and without him there's just no point.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 11:04 AM on December 7, 2008


Put it on a plate dear, you'll enjoy it more.
posted by dirtdirt at 11:16 AM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Couldn't enjoy it any more, mom.
posted by gingerbeer at 11:21 AM on December 7, 2008


There's apparently a remake of The Last Dragon in the works, with Sam L. Jackson set to play Sho'nuff. I really hope it won't turn out horrible but I'm not exactly holding my breath.
posted by Venadium at 11:23 AM on December 7, 2008


It should be left alone. It's a masterpiece.
posted by chuckdarwin at 11:35 AM on December 7, 2008


Duke: I blame... I blame society... society made me what I am.

Otto: Bullshit. You're a white suburban punk just like me.

Duke: Yeah.... but it still hurts.

I actually wrote an entire essay once with that as its premise and title quote. Good times.
posted by jokeefe at 11:38 AM on December 7, 2008


Sequels and Remakes, Sequels and Remakes.....let's just admit it, we have no new ideas left, do we?

The answer is no. And don't forget about Reboots, whatever that means. A friend was mentioning to me about how there really is no good ideas in Hollywood, and the majority of writing passed around is just crap. So a lot of the good books out there are voraciously being eaten up by Hollywood and re-processed into movies.
posted by P.o.B. at 11:40 AM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Don't open the trunk, and I'm afraid that this whole sequel nonsense is just going to be a peek into the trunk.
posted by caddis at 11:46 AM on December 7, 2008


...unfortunately nothing Cox has done since Sid and Nancy has been any good

There was Moviedrome (youtube)... but he's more a director to admire than to actually like what he produces. His occasional articles in the Guardian - esp slaggin off special screen-writing software- were brilliant though.

John Wayne was a fag.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:53 AM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Sequels and Remakes, Sequels and Remakes.....let's just admit it, we have no new ideas left, do we?

No, we do. But they're not "safe" enough to get greenlit, except by indie companies. Hollywood is about franchises, merchandising and ROI before everything.

But the consumer keeps feeding this bullshit. The reason we have garbage sequels, remakes, remixes, re-masterings, re-releases of the same of shit is because the lowest common denominator is voting with their dollars. How many times do you end up in a debate about whether some movie was terrible or not, and typically, the only defence people have is "well the effects were good". Doesn't matter if the plot was razor thin, the acting shit, the dialogue trite and clich├ęd, as long as stuff was OMFG SHINY with the requisite amount of explosions and T&A (for action flicks), or (in the case of 'drama'), enough saccharine schmaltz to induce diabetes.

Hollywood is a factory, for the most part, churning out movies like manufacturing plants plunk out consumer goods; by the numbers, quantity over quality.

Darren Aaronofsky's The Wrestler (amongst his other films) proves there are still ideas; sad few and fleeting as they may be. That's the only recent example I have; I don't see a lot of new movies; I'm only 25 and most of my childhood entertainments have been raped for content and whored out to the next generation -- generally in a manner that completely misses what made the old stuff endearing.

I liked the new Batman movies but, even then, I am sick and tired of retreading the same ground; the same stories, the same villains. Same with Spider-Man, Superman, you name it. I am sick and tired of revisiting stories that were FUCKING OLD when I was less-than 10 years old.

/end semi-coherent rant

On another note, B movies are exempted from this. I loves me some B-movies; great entertainment, and usually a good price. (Thank ye, oh handy pawnshops.)
posted by Dark Messiah at 12:04 PM on December 7, 2008 [3 favorites]


D'oh...

...churning out movies like manufacturing plants plunk out consumer goods; by the numbers, from a template. Only it seems Hollywood is very definite in desiring quantity over quality.

Don't ask how that got mangled.
posted by Dark Messiah at 12:07 PM on December 7, 2008


Can they really make a sequel, though? The end of the original really didn't lend itself to it, although I might just be overthinking a plate of shrimp here.
posted by dunkadunc at 12:17 PM on December 7, 2008


I look forward to going to the screening, surrounded by a bunch of other aging punks, standing in line to get tickets while griping "You know it's going to suck, right?", watching the film, and then exiting as we all agree that it did suck. All a part of the process.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 12:35 PM on December 7, 2008 [4 favorites]


GOD DAMNED DIPSHIT RODRIGUEZ GYPSY DILDO PUNKS! I'll get your ass!
That was intense!
Metafilter's always intense - c'mon, let's get a drink

posted by porn in the woods at 12:55 PM on December 7, 2008


Flip you, you bunch of melon farmers.
posted by mandal at 12:57 PM on December 7, 2008


AW YEAH! BUCKAROO BANZI VS. THE WORLD CRIME- oh, wait - it's Waldo's Hawaiian Holiday. Never mind.

Yeah, Buckaroo Banzai was my first thought too - but I will accept Repo Man as well.


Technically there wasn't, but Big Trouble in Little China is by the same writer and it was supposed to be the sequel.
posted by flipyourwig at 1:18 PM on December 7, 2008


People get so hung up on specifics, they miss out on seeing the whole thing. Take movie sequels, for example. Every year, thousands of movie sequels don't get made. Nobody knows where they go. They just disappear. But if you think for a minute, you realize something--there had to be a time when there were no movies, right? Well, where did all these movies come from? I'll tell you where: the future. Where did all these sequels disappear to? The past. How did they get there? Flying saucers. Which are really--yeah, you got it--time machines.

Did you do a lot of acid back in the hippie days?
posted by stargell at 1:28 PM on December 7, 2008


Sequels and Remakes, Sequels and Remakes.....let's just admit it, we have no new ideas left, do we?
posted by jonmc at 1:06 PM on December 7 [3 favorites +] [!]


Double.
posted by googly at 1:28 PM on December 7, 2008


Not many people got a code to live by anymore.
posted by stargell at 1:33 PM on December 7, 2008


Sequels. Yes indeed. You hear the most outrageous lies about them....
posted by jet_silver at 1:33 PM on December 7, 2008


Hollywood and science fiction, back to the future
posted by Artw at 2:19 PM on December 7, 2008


I actually sort of prefer both Walker and Sid and Nancy to Repo Man, Harry Dean Stanton notwithstanding. Still dig it, though.

I find it very peculiar, regardless, that this is being made. This is a project doomed to failure. Then again, maybe that's the most punk rock thing of all.
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:41 PM on December 7, 2008


I don't know. I still have a good feeling about this. It's a crisp, refreshing feeling. Crystal clear and light.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:48 PM on December 7, 2008


Punk Not Dead
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:06 PM on December 7, 2008


Fuckin' repo men; you're all out to lunch.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 3:10 PM on December 7, 2008


Can they really make a sequel, though? The end of the original really didn't lend itself to it, although I might just be overthinking a plate of shrimp here.

well, the *original* end of the original had a nuclear device in the boot of the car blow up, killing everybody, so maybe the last-minute rewrite of the ending was a setup for a sequel...?
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:18 PM on December 7, 2008


You don't want to look in there
posted by Artw at 3:24 PM on December 7, 2008


If it sucked enough, in the right way, it might be alright. But probably not.
posted by From Bklyn at 3:27 PM on December 7, 2008


Of course there are still good movies being made, you just have to look for them.
posted by P.o.B. at 3:40 PM on December 7, 2008


Let's go do some crimes.

Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole.

This is really intense!

Ah, Repo Man. How I love you so. As long as Alex Cox is doing the sequel, it at least has a chance of not sucking. But of course, he could very well have jumped that shark at it'll be lame. My guess is it won't be as angry as the first one.
posted by zardoz at 3:54 PM on December 7, 2008


It's a crisp, refreshing feeling. Crystal clear and light.
Stop fuckin' singing, Kevin.

Otto, it has come to my attention that you're not... paying attention to the way you space the cans.
posted by porn in the woods at 4:08 PM on December 7, 2008 [4 favorites]


There's fuckin' room to move as a fry cook. I could be manager in two years. King. God.

Where are you going?
Away from you.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:17 PM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Look at 'em, ordinary fucking people, I hate 'em.

Well, this could not suck, but I have a feeling that what they'll miss, and the clear reason that so many of us love that movie, is that the dialogue was hilarious, and just go and make some kind of Mad Mad Mad Mad World/Rat Race-esque dumbass road movie remake that has none of the charm and wit of the original and all of the cameo appearances by shitty flash-in-the-pan pop bands.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:27 PM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


It was so real. It was really...it was real, it was realistic, you know?
posted by dirtdirt at 4:30 PM on December 7, 2008


Psst - mrzarquon: I think you meant to post in this thread.
posted by Pronoiac at 4:40 PM on December 7, 2008


shitty flash-in-the-pan pop bands

Like Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies & the Circle Jerks?
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:45 PM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Not sure if you were following me, or if you're just being sarcastic about the music used in Repo Man (in which case you are HERETIC!)

I was referring to the noisome Smashmouth appearing at the end of the execrable Rat Race, which was pitched as a kind of tribute to It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, the greatest movie ever.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:23 PM on December 7, 2008


Let's all leech off the state--gee, the money's really great!

I don't think this is a great idea. Sort of like going to any "reunion" concert is just kinda weak.
posted by maxwelton at 5:28 PM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Diuretics: The Science of Matter over Mind.
posted by kcds at 5:33 PM on December 7, 2008


Only a fool gets killed for a remake.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:51 PM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


(pre-empting the correction: the poster says fool, the movie says asshole)
posted by Ghidorah at 5:54 PM on December 7, 2008


I blame society. Society made me what I am.
posted by Cookiebastard at 5:59 PM on December 7, 2008


Shouldn't that be Diuretics: The Science of Bladder Overdry?
posted by Pronoiac at 6:02 PM on December 7, 2008


> Psst - mrzarquon: I think you meant to post in this thread.

I stand by the fact that it is somehow relevant to this thread also!
posted by mrzarquon at 6:17 PM on December 7, 2008


When Repo and Buckaroo originally came out at the theaters they were bombs. You were considered a wierdo for liking them. Back then being a nerd wasn't cool.

I think what people forget is the with passage of time and the release to video, and with the internet, these films had time to gestate and spread over several generations. But they still didn't build much of an audience outside a particular niche audience.

What happens when they try to create a sequel, or worse, a remake of a cult film in today's fucked up movie business is the film has to then satisfy not only a generations spanning niche audience with all these expectations, but will also have to capture some portions of the mass audience.

So they suck. And this will suck. You can't set out to make a cult film.
posted by tkchrist at 6:52 PM on December 7, 2008 [4 favorites]


At least as long as they're busy working on this, they won't be making a sequel of Withnail and I.
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:01 PM on December 7, 2008


Metafilter: Overthinking a Plate o' Shrimp.
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 8:10 PM on December 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well, overthinking a can of FOOD™, in this case.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:50 PM on December 7, 2008


I could sure overthink a can of BEERTM right now.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:02 PM on December 7, 2008


wait, underthink. or overdrink.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:04 PM on December 7, 2008


golly i love that movie. it's staunchly one of my top ten. but a sequel... it just scares me. how could it be as good?

oh and tkchrist - you hung out with the wrong crowd. repo man was cool. however, buckaroo banzi seemed, at the time, to be a film intended to be a cult film. (doesn't make it any less fun, though. i still mutter, "makes the ganglia twitch!" when faced with a tough problem.)
posted by lapolla at 11:36 PM on December 7, 2008


oh and tkchrist - you hung out with the wrong crowd. repo man was cool.

Seriously, this. The blase punk-rock ethos and references, with that soundtrack, while still being self-aware enough to portray the actual fashion-punks as morons and thieves, the humour of it all, the injokes, at a time when the default media portrayal of the subculture was uniformly uninformed and negative?

It was way cool. At least to this already-aging-by-then punk rock afficionado.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:57 AM on December 8, 2008


I still play the soundtrack regularly. Which tells me that any shade of cool I once may have had is gone. I've said it before, but any other version of "Pablo Picasso" fades before the Burning Sensations cover.

I can remember sitting in my friend Dave's old blue Falcon (with the off-brand but nice sounding Sparkomatic stereo) and blasting the soundtrack until our ears bled. Good times.
posted by maxwelton at 3:44 AM on December 8, 2008


It does seem impossible to imagine, but Emilio Estefez was cool at one point in time.
posted by asok at 5:01 AM on December 8, 2008


No love for "Straight to Hell"? Just me?

Yeah, I bought the comic and I'll see the movie if it ever really gets made and released. I just love me some Cox. Er, yeah.
posted by JoanArkham at 5:32 AM on December 8, 2008


Day, night. Doesn't mean shit.
posted by dirtdirt at 6:44 AM on December 8, 2008


I can't stop.
posted by dirtdirt at 6:44 AM on December 8, 2008


Alex, a sequel? But what about our relationship?
Fuck that!

And he might be right, but oh this scares me. Still, no matter how bad it sucks, what MSTPT said - you know I'll be in line at the movie theatre, probably dragging my kids and younger friends along. Actually, it was Repo Man and The Young Ones that made my son admit my generation was pretty cool after all, so even if I hadn't spent all that time watching it over and over and over again to the accompaniment of a buffet of drugs I would still love me some Repo Man.
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:17 AM on December 8, 2008


Wherever you go, there you don't wanna look in there.
posted by tommasz at 8:33 AM on December 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


.
posted by everichon at 9:44 AM on December 8, 2008


Big Trouble in Little China desperately needed to be a series though. I for one would like to know what else Jack Burton says at a time like this.
posted by JaredSeth at 10:05 AM on December 8, 2008


It was way cool. At least to this already-aging-by-then punk rock afficionado.

Wearing the glasses of nostalgia. I think you guys are seriously looking back with some rose colored glasses.

You and me, back then, were not seen as cool by the majority. Neither were these films. It was a distinctly small niche. Punk was a very, very, small market and niche. Hell, back then if you were in your twenties you were a nerd for having a Star Wars poster. Now it's completely mainstream.

Punk? It's only it later co-opted re-incarnation that it became "cool." Recognized as cool by the mainstream is what I'm saying. Which ultimately means not cool with the niche.

Jeez. Punk of the 1980's? It had already mostly jumped the shark. When red necks wore mullets (the mullet was a punk fashion originally, remember). With the co-opting of the styles etc by MTV.

Seriously. Repo was seen as dorky by most college are kids in the 80's. I mean c'mon it was Sci-Fi.

I loved it. But I was a punk nerd.
posted by tkchrist at 10:31 AM on December 8, 2008


I was a college kid in the 80s and I loved it. Everyone I knew loved it and this was in Charleston, South Carolina, which had a really small punk scene that consisted mostly of my brother and maybe ten or twenty other people. But Repo Man blew us all away, the art students, the punks, those of us who wore paisley shirts and houndstooth sunglasses, the poets, the drinkers - the kids, in short. It was like nothing we'd ever seen before and it seemed honest in a way that nothing else did at the time. I mean, we loved the Breakfast Club too but we'd never even seen a bento box in real life and the people we knew just weren't that shiny.

Repo Man hit home for us on a whole lot of levels. I half heard something on NPR in the car the other day about how unemployment was now the highest it had been since the early eighties. Remember, those of us in college then (particularly those of us majoring in art and English and Poli Sci) weren't thinking there was any pot of gold coming after the diploma; we mostly assumed we'd just go on with our dead end retail jobs and we mostly did. The downtowns were boarded up and there were tent cities of homeless people in the parks: everything was dark and nihilistic and somebody had spray painted circles around the city explaining how fast we were all going to die when the bombs came. Repo Man spoke to all of that.
posted by mygothlaundry at 11:18 AM on December 8, 2008 [3 favorites]


Everyone I knew loved it and this was in Charleston

I think the key is "everybody you knew." Were you liberal arts? I was.

At Western Washington U, most people I knew loved it. A very liberal school.

But at Eastern Washington U? A school I'd say was very representative of the average college back then. Man. Those people hated it.

My experience? Punk was for fags. Sci Fi was for nerds. Nerds we not yet millionaire innovators. They were just nerds. I know. I was a punk and a nerd.

In the Reagan 1980's. The rebirth of the Young Republicans. The Back to The Future and Red Dawn 1980's?

Think about what music and movies were actually mainstream popular then.

All I can say is my experience of the 1980's was grossly different from y'all.
posted by tkchrist at 11:51 AM on December 8, 2008


Repo Man sequel

Dear Hollywood executives,

After watching Blues Brothers 2000, Highlander 2, Star Wars 1, 2, and 3, Indiana Jones 4, and too many others to name, I humbly ask a single favor from you:

Please stop fucking with my childhood by pissing all over the things I love.

Thank you.
quin
posted by quin at 12:27 PM on December 8, 2008 [3 favorites]


I don't think this is a great idea. Sort of like going to any "reunion" concert is just kinda weak.

I don't know man. I went to the circle jerks/GBH tour a few years back and it was insanely awesome.

I hold out hope. I am prepared to be crushed. Of course I'm kidding myself. I couldn't enjoy it any more than this mom. Mmmm-mmm.
posted by lumpenprole at 1:26 PM on December 8, 2008


Recognized as cool by the mainstream is what I'm saying.

I don't think we're talking about the same thing.

My extended tribe back in those days, in my early to mid 20's, like those of many Mefites, no doubt, ranged Physics dweebs to microfamous musicians, drug dealers to accountants, bikers to bankers. Ties and froufrou dresses and leather and catsuits and regular suits. Floyd or DOA or the Butthole Surfers or Neil Young or Abba. Whatever. One thing we definitely shared, though, was a lack of interest in labels and cultural balkanization (oh, yeah, and booze and drugs and rock and roll), which extended to not really paying much attention to what the 'mainstream' found cool any more than what 'alt culture' found cool. There're nuggets of fun everywhere, was the idea, and it's all funny, in the end. Watch Jem and the Holograms if you want to, unironically, whatever. (Of course that kind of thing got co-opted by the whole 90's ironic-appreciation-of-cultural-detritus phase -- as part of the cultural mainstream haha -- which marked the point at which any kind of authentic existence became impossible in modern society OR AM I JUST BEING IRONIC TALKING SHIT LIKE THAT?)

Anyway. That all sounds like one of those 'we were cooler than you haha' kind of things, but it's difficult to talk about these things without falling into the very tropes they've absorbed.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:47 PM on December 8, 2008


I for one would like to know what else Jack Burton says at a time like this.

Who?
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 4:33 PM on December 9, 2008


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