Attention all Rex Manning Fans… Normally I only wanted to post on
Tuesdays and Thursdays Fridays. But I had to make the exception for Rex Manning Day! I will never skip this day! Say no more, Mon Amore! HAPPY REX MANNING DAY!!
I do not regret the things I have done, but those I did not do. Especially if it involves not watching Empire Records. If you are not familiar with Rex Manning Day, where have you been? Just kidding…but seriously! This day is popularized by the 1995 movie Empire Records starring an All-Star cast…
Maybe not at the time, but they are all fantastic now. In this movie, you will find Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney, Johnny Whitworth, and Rory Cochrane. As well as many more actors worth mentioning.
Thank you to ETonline for providing me with the best quotes from this movie!
This movie follows the ups and downs of a 24 hour period. Showing the lives of six emo and punk rock teenagers. They work at an indie record store that is going to be closing soon. Might be turned into a chain music store called “Music Town”.
Damn the man!
They are being molded into semi-responsible adults by the guidance of the surprisingly accurate record store owner Joe. He plays the papa figure throughout the movie trying to guide these kids the best he can. However, they don’t know that it might be closing soon. Only the infamous Joe knows, played by Anthony LaPaglia Because Joe knows and sees all…
On the day they find out it might be closing. It just so happens to be the day they are hosting a washed-up, has-been artist. Who thinks he is still hot-shit named Rex Manning, played by Maxwell Caulfield. It documents as I said the highs and lows of being a teenager. Not fitting in, thinking your too fat, too ugly, when crushes don’t like you back.. just everything. All the while pairing this story with awesome, awesome music!
However, in the end, it’s about the characters banding together to help save the record store. They do that by throwing an awesome concert to bring people to the store to help raise money for Joe. So joe can buy out the “Music Town” Exec. Because really why would the big chain want a tiny, tiny music store.
This movie has so many amazing characters. I think the best one in the movie by far is Robin Tunney’s character, Debra. I really resonated with her growing up. Felt like an outcast with failed attempts at suicide and just not feeling like she belonged. She is so down in the dumps that her friends stage a fake funeral. They wanted to show her how much they would miss her if she died.
Why April 8th is Rex Manning Day
The reason why April 8th is Rex Manning Day is to celebrate the new album of the womanizing, douche bag Rex Manning. They use him in a condescending way as a pun for jokes. Each one of these unique characters brings something extra to this film. To me, this is what makes it such a classic movie.
So with it being April 8th, 2019 marking today the 24th anniversary of Rex Manning Day! I will always celebrate this day with such joy by watching “Empire Records”. I can’t talk enough about this movie. If you haven’t seen I highly, highly recommend it, if you don’t want to… In the words of Rex Manning, himself, why don’t you all just fade away…
Until next time, Happy Rex Manning Day!