Monday, April 16, 2012

Movie Monday: Empire Records

I honestly can't remember how, but at some point during the awesomeness that was hanging out with Caro yesterday afternoon, this movie came up in conversation. And I immediately knew that I was going to be watching it when I got home in preparation for today's post.
Yup. Empire Records.

Reasons why Empire Records is amazing:
1. Yeah, I'm pretty sure that would be the greatest place to work EVER.
2. Ethan Embry as Mark. He's brilliant.
3. The soundtrack.
4. Liv Tyler being all angsty teenage girl. It makes for a nice change from her being an elf.
5. The scene where Lucas is chasing Warren, the shoplifter.
6. Debra. She's awesome.
7. AJ glueing quarters to the floor.
8. The stunning mid-90s fashions.
9. A spontaneous street party to save a non-chain record store is pretty kickass.
10. The ridiculousness of Rex Manning's video clip.
11. Renee Zellweger.
12. I'm pretty sure Joe is the best boss of EVER.
13. The scene featuring AC/DC's If You Want Blood.
14. All the weird little dances that they do throughout the movie.
15. Lucas carrying the sofa cushion around with him all day.
16. Basically, everything.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Damn the man, save the Empire!"
- "A responsibility like this requires the obedience of a saint."
- "Listening to this crap is guaranteed to make you sterile!" "[mutters] Maybe I WANT to be sterile..."
- "Happy Rex Manning day!!"
- "What's with today today?"
- "I swear to God, you get smarter the shorter your skirt gets."
- "Empire Records, open 'til midnight. This is Mark. [pause] MIDNIGHT."
- "No visible tattoos." "No revealing clothing." "We're both screwed. At least you're used to it."
- "How old are you?" "Old enough to kick your butt through your skull and splatter your brains on the wall!" "Yeah, he's a juvenile."
- "In the immortal words of The Doors, the time to hesitate is through."
- "Let's not fight. Let's just rip."
- "Shock me shock me shock me with that deviant behaviour."

Can you guys believe this movie is nearly twenty years old?? ARGH. (Also, who else now has Sugar High stuck in their head??)
K xx


  1. You know what? People are always asking me what my favourite movie is, and I always answer 'I don't have one'. Now that I think about it, THIS is my fave. It's my go to happy movie when I'm feeling crappy or down, and never fails to put a stupid grin on my face.

    Also, YAY FOR CARO. I cannot believe you met her before meeting me :P

    1. Clearly, you need to come to Melbourne. Like, yesterday. And Caro needs to move here permanently. And then we can have ALL the fun!

      ANYWAY. Yesssssssssss. This is an excellent choice of happy movie.

  2. I haven't seen this movie in AGES, but seriously, Liv Tyler ... I don't know how she manages to look cute in those outfits, but girlfriend does it!

    Also EThan Embry - what happened to him? He dual peaked (here and then Can't Hardly Wait - that went without saying no?)

    1. He was also in Sweet Home Alabama as Bobby Ray! And YES. CAN'T HARDLY WAIT!! Should I bring that to Dessert Day on Sunday?????? Because I own it on DVD.

  3. "Whitney Houston."... "It's for my girlfriend."

    "Somebody like you needs to diminish their criminal impulses, not magnify them. Perhaps if you tried some nice jazz... or classical."


    "I talked to God, she says, Yo Whassup."

    "the fat man walks alone"

    "Hey... you forgot your thingy" (holding shiny red bra)

    "It makes the customers all crazy-like."..."But that's the whole point!"

    "You're a superb manager, Joe."

    "Jane. Have you compared the incidence of homosexuality among teenage males to the number male teenaged Rex Mananing fans?"

    "I don't have to explain my art to you, Warren."

    The song that plays while Warren's picture is being taken.

    "You make me feel like a bath? Ugh."

    And, OF COURSE,
    "I wish I could be like Gina."

    1. The whole way through watching this, I thought of you any time Gina was mentioned. Also, I adore "I talked to God, she says 'Yo, Whassup'." GENIUS.

  4. This is one of my all-time favorite movies. You have inspired me to watch it again soon.

    1. EXCELLENT. I aim to influence people to watch every single movie I watch so they can share my fangirl squeeing over them.

  5. I love this movie too! I had a major crush on AJ and I desperately wanted to work in a place like that. Some great quotes from this movie.

    1. I love AJ, but I hate his giant enormous cardigan...


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