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Rex Manning Day

Today, if you didn’t know it, is Rex Manning Day.

Rex Manning (Maxwell Caulfield) is an aging pop star selling his latest record in the 1995 movie, Empire Records.

The staff of Empire Records, led by Joe Reaves (Anthony LaPaglia) are simply trying to keep their doors open. But with a larger music retail chain looking to buy up the store and conflicts arising between various staff members, can they pull together to keep Empire Records going?

This movie is, if nothing else, a time capsule. There was a time in America, before Itunes and the internet, when the record store was king when it came to music. It was not just a music store, it was a place to socialize and share the mutual experience that is being a music fan. Unfortunately, times have changed and the music store, as it was, no longer exists.

But the full video for Say No More, Mon Amour does exist.

Happy Rex Manning Day!

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Flashback Friday- Empire Records (1995)

There is something nostalgic about the pre-internet, pre-itunes, mom and pop independent record store era in music. Those were the days when one had to go to a record store to find the latest album of their favorite artist.

In 1995, the movie Empire Records, told the story of an independent music store trying to get by in an increasing corporate business world and the personal crisis of the store’s employees.  The owner of the store, Joe Reaves (Anthony LaPaglia) is trying to keep his door open and his staff employed. His staff includes Debra (Robin Tunney), Mark (Ethan Embry),  Corey (Liv Tyler) and Gina (Renee Zellweger).

Empire Records had a then up and coming cast with mid 1990’s music that such an integral part of the era. The story of the small business owner trying to keep their doors open in the face of continued pressure to become a part of the corporate machine also stands out.

And for your viewing pleasure, Renee Zellweger singing seven years before she played Roxie Hart in Chicago.

I recommend this movie.

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House Of Mirth Review

Edith Wharton‘s 1905 novel, The House  Of Mirth is about the tradition and contradictions in early 20th century New York.

The 2000 film adaptation of the novel stars Gillian Anderson as Lily Bart. She is the star of the social scene, but foolish when it comes to financial matters. She turns down several marriage offers and has a will they or wont they flirtation with Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz). When she innocently accepts money from Gus Trenor (Dan Akroyd), who is married to her best friend Judy (Penny Downie), her social standing begins to fall.

I saw this movie for the first time last night and though I have yet to read the book, I will do so shortly.  Edith Wharton, in this novel is a feminist. She writes about upper class women, who in the early 20th century were expected to marry. Education beyond a certain point and a career was out of the question. Lily is unmarried; a woman’s reputation or lack there of, especially a unmarried woman’s reputation at that time could be her best friend or her worst enemy. Anderson who is best known for her role as Dana Scully on the X-Files, completely breaks with the iconic sci-fi character to play a woman whose life spirals out of control.

The supporting cast includes Jodhi May, Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Linney and Anthony LaPaglia.

I highly recommend this movie.

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