Damn The Man, Save The Empire

in case you weren't already aware, my blog's name comes from my very favorite movie, of all time, empire records.  nothing can top this classic from 1995, in my opinion.  if you haven't seen it (a) i'm ashamed of you and (b) fix that, stat.  i use a lot of empire records quotes as titles for my posts (tomorrow will be one, for instance), so it would really help if you knew what i was talking about.

gina: now debra, don't be bitter.  surely with your ever growing collection of flesh mutilating silver appendages and your brand new neo-nazi boot camp makeover, the boys will come a-runnin'.

warren: who glued these quarters down?
a.j.: i did.
warren: what the hell for, man?!
a.j.: i don't feel that i need to explain my art to you, warren.

debra: hey lucas, is it true you committed the perfect crime?
lucas:  not entirely perfect.

lucas: joe, the money is gone.
joe: yeah, i know it's gone.  where's it gone to?
lucas: atlantic city.
joe: is it coming back from atlantic city?
lucas: oh, i don't think so, joe.
joe: what's it doing in atlantic city?
lucas: ...recirculating?

lucas: joe, i think it's going to be ok.
joe: what makes you think that?
lucas: who knows where thoughts come from?  they just appear.

gina: well sinead o'rebellion.  shock me shock me shock me with that deviant behavior.
debra: god that is so clever.  i swear you get smarter the shorter your skirt gets.
gina: and you get smarter the shorter your hair gets, so it's probably a good thing you went with that.

a.j.: what's with you?  yesterday you were normal and today you're like the chinese guy from the karate kid.  what's with you today?
lucas: what's with today today?

jane: actually, his new album tested well among teenage males.
lucas: jane, did you compare the percentage of teenage male rex manning fans to the incidence of homosexuality amongst teenage males?

lucas: warren, look what you took.  rap... metal... rap... metal... whitney houston.
warren: it's for my girlfriend.
lucas: sure it is.  someone like you needs to diminish their criminal impulses, not magnify them.  maybe some jazz or some classical.
warren: maybe you bite me.

do you have a favorite empire records quote?  and if your answer to that is no - drop everything you're doing and go watch this movie.  right now.

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  1. Well shoot, I guess I'll have to get on this! I can't right now because it's The Bachelor premiere, but perhaps soon ;)

  2. I haven't ever seen it! I guess I'll have to add it to my list of things to do before the month is over!

  3. So....I saw this when I was in high school buttttt I need a refresher viewing! Watching it STAT. I promise!

  4. I totally have this movie on VHS!!! The Shock me Shock me Shock me is my favorite. I also love that Rex Manning is Michael from Grease 2.

  5. I'm sad to say I haven't seen this movie, but all this talk about it makes me need to watch it!! Definitely on my short list of must watch movies!

  6. I love this movie and qas thinking of rex manning day kust yesterday! Yaaa! I always say damn the man save the empire at work.

  7. So iveneverseenthatmoviebutitotallyplanonit, can we still be friends? haha

  8. There's a movie called Not Entirely Perfect? Gonna have to go do some googling!

    1. I wish! No, it's just a quote from Empire Records. They should make a movie called Not Entirely Perfect though. An Empire Records sequel.

  9. Is it bad that I've seen it so many times that I read this is the voices of the characters? Such a great movie.

  10. Remember that one weekend this summer where I found out Kevin had never seen it and went on the quest to find it? "I do not regret the things I have done, but those I did not do."

  11. Can I go with the song..."wanna feel it really need it to get by...sugar high...wanna feel it can't conceal it sugar high"

  12. Um I've never seen it but let me see if I can clear my schedule for tomorrow so I can watch it... Ok, schedule cleared :)

  13. bahahaha oh, Rexy, you're so SEXY! I loooove this movie. I can't even count the occasions in which "what's with today... today?" has come up in my life. I can't believe I never connected your blog title until now.

  14. confession: i have never seen this movie. however, i'm always looking for a great movie so will definitely add this to the list.

    Vodka and Soda

  15. AJ.: You know that feeling when you get out of a warm bath? well... you make me feel like a bath.

    I know, it's so cliche, but in 7th grade, I thought that line was THE EPITOME of romance. I wanted an AJ.

    Lucas: I do not regret the things I have done, but those I did not do.

    He's so wise.

    Ahhh, I could go on FOREVER. Love that movie And the soundtrack...? Gin Blossoms, Dishwalla, Toad The Wet Sprocket, The Cranberries... AHHHH, One of the best movie soundtracks EVER!

  16. I promise I'll see it before the month ends!

  17. Umm I'm embarrassed to say I've never even heard of this movie, I'll put it on my list of things to check out right now.

  18. This is hilarious! I haven't watched that movie in years, but yet I can picture quite a few of the quotes mentioned above :)

  19. I haven't seen it *facepalm* but I will hunt it down :)

  20. Haha since I am sitting at home for yet another day I will have to watch this movie! I do think I have seen it before but it has been years

  21. One of my favorite movies ever. My best friend of 19 years and I used to quote it constantly in middle school!

  22. okay, since we're such good friends, I guess I should be straight w/ you: I've never seen this movie. but you make a real convincing case, I'll put it on hold at the lib right now (nope, not even joking).

  23. Empire Records is one of my all-time favorite movies too, but never picked up that your blog name was taken from that movie. Shame on me. I guess I'm not that good at remembering quotes.

  24. there are so many amazing quotes and charatchers in that movie!! i think I need to watch it for the 300th time tonight :)

  25. Many Empire quotes are in my lexicon. Let's have an internet party on April 8 for Rex Manning Day.

  26. So I have an Ethan Embry story. I randomly saw him in Vancouver. I walked by him a few times bc I wanted to take a pic without him seeing but was too chi9cken lol. THEN a few days later he was on my plane to LA. Again, no pic. But I saw him at baggage claim and got a pic of his butt haha! A few months later I saw him AGAIN in LA. So crazy!

  27. One of my favorites! Love that movie! Haven't seen it in ages, going to have to fix that!

  28. Are we soul mates? First Harry Potter now this!? The best movie that's ever been made clearly.

    "Let me explain it to you. Mitchell's the man. I'm the idiot. You're the screw-up. And we're all losers. Welcome to music town."


    makes me realize there is hope for mankind.