Two questions re movies in the '80s:
1. Summer of '96 (I think), I decided to introduce Repo Man to half a dozen (?) people from about the class of '95 and younger. It's one of my all-time favorite movies, and the only movie I've seen more than about four times; it has the highest quote-density of any movie for me; for the first six or so times that I saw it, I caught more of the jokes every time. But the younger crowd were bored silly by it. There were some polite chuckles here and there, but I think a few of them fell asleep, and I got the sense that they were mystified as to how I could possibly like this movie at all, much less as much as I do.
So it seems like the movie is very much of its time. But I was never part of punk culture, and although I was from California, Northern CA is pretty different from Southern CA. So the movie's not about me and my friends; it just worked for me.
So now I'm curious: If you've seen the movie, did you like it? And whether or not you liked it, roughly when were you born and/or in high school? (If you didn't see the movie, no need to answer this.) I'm just trying to figure out whether it's a generational thing, or whether it was just a personal difference in tastes between me and those other folks I watched it with that time.
2. The repertory movie theatre in Palo Alto, the New Varsity (but that site can't be right, 'cause it says the Varsity "switched to art house fare [from first-run] in 1987," and I'm nearly certain I went to non-first-run movies there during high school) used to have certain specific double features that they would repeat regularly. One of those double features was Harold and Maude with King of Hearts. (Btw, a couple of online sources say King of Hearts hasn't aged gracefully; for what it's worth, I saw it again during college and still found it lovely and charming. But I haven't seen it in nearly 20 years, so I dunno.) Tonight, Twig mentioned that the repertory movie theatre in Portland used to show the same double feature. So now I'm curious: is that a standard double feature, or just coincidence?
Also, what about the other double features at the Varsity? For example, I think (though I may be totally wrong) that they used to regularly show Brazil with After Hours, a brilliant mad surreal dark comedy that I should probably watch again sometime to see if it's really as good as I remember it being.
And I think they used to show Buckaroo Banzai regularly (which is where this whole topic of conversation got started), but now I can't remember what, if anything, it double-featured with. Anyone remember?