From Publishers Weekly
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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About the Author
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.
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