Pump Up the Volume (1990)

So here’s how the mind of a film nerd works; I’m on Twitter replying to a comment about Donald Trump, feeling all pleased with myself for noting that he reminds me of the fake adverts in Robocop (1987) and the Leonard Cohen line about America being ‘the cradle of the best and the worst’, when I think that I haven’t listened to The Future (1992) for a while.  I go to the CDs and get distracted by I’m Your Man (1988).  Track 3 is Everybody Knows and I’m now blogging about Pump Up the Volume.

It’s interesting that it’s Cohen that led me here.  I can’t imagine that a teen film would go with that now.  I mean, he’s like so old.  But then I can’t imagine a teen film like Pump Up the Volume coming out now.  Where are the films that hate grown ups?  Is this something we’re losing now that we are growing up into perpetual childhood?

I’d love to watch a film for teenagers and not understand it.

I love this film and it’s distrust.  I love that it shows self-regarding poser nonsense like Rebel Without A Cause (1955) up for what it is (if ever a film was focused on the wrong character!) and that the 80’s / early 90’s gave us kids who looked real and didn’t live in mansions but became superheroes when pushed.

I’ve probably over done it there but that’s what these films felt like.

Highly Recommended.

Robocop 2 (1990)

The problem with Robocop 2 is that it’s just plain nasty.  Gone is the genuine satire of the original and what’s left is mean and generally uninteresting.

…but there are some great moments amongst it all; the prototypes, the brain, Tom Noonan (always) and Elvis’ corpse are all from a much more alive movie (it’s also fun watching corporate mogul Daniel Clamp advertising deadly vehicle security), plus the stop motion is delightful.

Ultimately, the film that doesn’t really seem to know what it’s about and, like the recent remake, keeps opening up interesting avenues and ideas only to ignore them and travel the road most worthless.

Ho hum, file under ‘snark’.