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X Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2008
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.