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!
Grease is a classic. A light and frothy 1950’s high school romance between a greaser and a good girl, it has not left our cultural consciousness since it premiered in 1971. In 1982, four years after Grease was transferred from the stage to the screen, the good people who run Hollywood decided that Grease needed a sequel. Grease 2 was born.
Two years after the original greasers have graduated, there is new senior class. Michael Carrington (Maxwell Caulfield) is the new kid in school. Stephanie Zinone, leader of the Pink ladies (Michelle Pfeiffer), can only date greasers, according to the rules the social high school hierarchy. Stephanie is becoming unsatisfied with her relationship with Johnny Nogerelli (Adrian Zmed), the leader of the T-Birds.
Stephanie kisses Michael based on a dare. Michael becomes infatuated with her. To get her to see him, he learns to ride a motorcycle, changes into a leather jacket and faces a potential rumble with the T-Birds.
This movie tries very hard to live up the reputation of it’s predecessor. The concept is there, but this movie isn’t. There are references to the original movie, with some of the original actors coming back for cameos or smaller roles. Despite the talent of the then young cast that includes Lorna Luft (Judy Garland’s daughter), the movie is not good.
Were the critics wrong? No.