When you watch Repo Man in 2016 and it makes you feel old and depressed, not because the movie is over 30 years old and you are over 40 years old but because you see in it the horrific life cycle of satire: From skewering Reagan-era materialism in the early Eighties, to object of slacker satire in the late Eighties (e.g. "Maybe he went to see the Circle Jerks" from “Where the Hell Is Bill?”) to “cult classic” of the Nineties whose viewers only watch it to repeat key lines and enact favorite scenes to its present place at the back end of HBOGo after perhaps the most ubiquitous symbol of Eighties materialism has just been elected president.

What are the Sneaky Feels?

AuthorJohn Proctor