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Starred Review. Veteran West Coast indie filmmaker Cox examines ten of his films in this frank and refreshingly impartial retrospective. While readers will probably be most familiar with Repo Man, Sid and Nancy and Straight to Hell, Cox's at-times bizarre perspective is reigned in with a funny, conversational style and eye for detail that propel all ten of these fascinating nuts-and-bolts essays. Behind-the-scenes stories about actors being mistaken for real-life bank robbers, executives sleeping through screenings and the many moods of underpaid talent will give readers a deeper appreciation for the role of director (and the virtue of patience). Cox's honest, detailed account will appeal to anyone with an interest in his work. Cox covers in-depth each movie from start to finish, covering everything from the writing, location scouting and casting to the minutiae of postproduction and release, focusing on the unglamorous (copyright intricacy, shot location logistics, dealing with financiers) without losing steam or his sense of humor. Cox's war stories will also benefit eager up-and-comers, as well as anyone who appreciates the fringe-dwelling, indie-film tradition.
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Alex Cox is a filmmaker, his best-known films 'Sid and Nancy', and 'Repo Man', often credited as one of the first truly independent movies. He also acts in films and is the author of a number of screenplays. He has written extensively on film for such as 'Sight and Sound', 'The Guardian' and 'Film Comment'. From 1988 to 1994, he presented 'Moviedrome' on the BBC. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593761937
  • ASIN: B003V1WEG8
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,401,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Cox is a writer, film director, actor and producer. He has directed a dozen features, and written about movies for The Guardian, Film Comment, Kinema Jumpo and The New York Times. Among his films are REPO MAN, WALKER, HIGHWAY PATROLMAN, and REVENGERS TRAGEDY. He is currently working on a documentary, SCENE MISSING, and a book about the parallel lives of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald -- THE PRESIDENT AND THE PROVOCATEUR.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Luck on September 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Whether you know Alex Cox from Repo Man, Sid And Nancy, Walker, 'Moviedrome' or his career in Mexico, I can't recommend X-Films highly enough.

Informative, entertaining and often very amusing, Cox's book is both a detailed account of an unusual life well lived and a guide to the highs and (many) lows that come with making movies for a living. Indeed, anyone who's thinking of a career as a film director would do well to read X-Films and then think again, safe in the knowledge that Cox had the courage to pursue such a perilous existence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
As teenagers into punk music, my friends and I all somehow knew that Repo Man was a movie we were supposed to see. I have no idea where that came from, it must have been osmosis, since none of us really liked the music of the LA punk scene which appears in the film. And when we did rent it, we reveled in its strangeness (completely unaware of the Kiss Me Deadly allusions). Then Sid & Nancy came out and we were there, opening night, at the dingy art-house theater, once again reveling in a compelling story with great music. Then came Straight to Hell, which was a must-see due to Joe Strummer's presence, although even at age 15, we knew a mess of a film when we saw it. Then came Walker, which we recognized as politically right on, although less gripping to our teenage sensibilities. (I recently rewatched the Criterion edition of it, and found it pretty uneven on the whole.)

And then...? Well, then Alex Cox kind of faded out of sight to us. I had completely forgotten about him until I was watching the 2005 documentary The Spaghetti West, in which he appears as a commentator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love Thy.Enemy VINE VOICE on June 4, 2008
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This book is essential for any student of modern film.

Alex Cox of course is the director of the seminal Repo Man (Special Edition), which presents the inspiration for many other films, including of all things Napoleon Dynamite. Cox also filmed Sid & Nancy - Criterion Collection for which the main star Oldham suffered a starvation diet in order to play the part of Sid Vicious. Cox is also the brilliant director of the spaghetti western update Straight to Hell, currently only available in The Alex Cox Collection (Straight to Hell/Repo Man/Death and the Compass/Three Businessmen) which also includes the brilliant Tale of the Magi globalization update Three Businessmen, and the modernization of Borges's short story. Straight to Hell inspired the Samuel L. Jackson role in Tarrantino's Pulp Fiction, among other pioneering and inspirational aspects. Cox also went to Sandinista Nicaragua during the Reagan regime's illegal and inhuman genocidal invasion and serial killing of teachers nurses and eletrical engineers to film the great Walker - Criterion Collection which must not be missed. Cox is also well known for his updating of the Jacobean tragicomedy Revengers Tragedy which merits repeated viewing under our current economic injustices and grossly divided classes.
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