Can't get enough Miserables? This almost-seventeen-hour sextuple-feature would put even Victor Hugo's endurance to the test: start with the Oscar-nominated Russell Crowe singing version, then this 1958 French version starring the great Jean Gabin, this 1935 Frederic Marsh version, this 1952 Michael Rennie version, this 1998 Liam Neeson version and finish up with this 1986 stage version. Why not?
Taylor Hackford's Parker is a sort of remake, sort of belated sequel to John Boorman's late-'60s revenge super-classic Point Blank (which was also remade as Payback with Mel Gibson) both based on novels by Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake) and overlapping to a certain extent. Sure, Jason Statham is a tough dude and a pretty good actor by action hero standards, but Lee Marvin is some kind of Jungian archetype coughed up by the collective unconscious, prowling through the Los Angeles night for just long enough to get his money back before he dissolves back into the mist. Yeah, there have been lots of movies about double crossed tough guys out to get theirs back, but this is the nexus. This is where it all comes together.
The estimable Criterion Collection presents a beautiful new re-release of the 1984 Emilio Estevez inner-circle cult-classic Repo Man. Alex Cox' masterpiece features so much iconic '80s weirdness that no description could do it justice. You will love it or hate it. Or, rather, you will probably hate it or you already love it.