X Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker
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X Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker

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Filmmaker Alex Cox's thoughtful autobiography examines his craft and influences, as well as providing his insights into many of his favorite films. Sometimes called a radical, Cox is a quintessential auteur, as well as an internationally focused, insightful critic and writer whose passion for film has gripped him since childhood. In addition to being a captivating look int...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Soft Skull Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Matthew W
Alex Cox is one of my favorite "modern" filmmakers. After reading this book, it is fairly obvious that Cox made the right decision when he decided to be a filmmaker instead of a writer. Despite covering his whole career as a filmmaker, with each chapter of the book dedicated to each one of Cox's films, the book does not offer much in the way of filmmaker insight. Alex Cox gives boring details and makes stereotypical sarcastic leftist remarks, the kind you would expect to see watching MTV.

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Read the STOP SMILING interview with director and author of X-Films Alex Cox:


Looking back on his 1987 film Walker, a lampoon of 19th century American imperialism that literally put its money where its mouth was — studio dollars were pumped into the heart of Nicaragua in the midst of the Contra war — director Alex Cox remains astonished by the conduct of Americans abroad. “The dark side comes out on holiday,” he says.

A similar assessment could be made of the infl...more
Jeremy Hornik
I liked this book, but it's by the director of my favorite movie, "Repo Man". It's basically about the early years of his filmmaking career, film school and his first movies. Sadly, I think he may have peaked with "Repo Man". But what a peak! Anyhow, this is basically of interest to his fans, since it's about the making of these movies, or aspiring young filmmakers curious for some war stories.

And if you are interested in any of that, you can check out his website:
Vince Fontaine
Decent filmmaker. Why has he not made a great film since "Walker?". Not saying that was his best work, he seems to think it is. He doesn't think too much of his visual style in Sid & Nancy and I always thought that it had a great artist behind the lens. He doesn't seem to think so. That's his best work in my opinion.
Apr 18, 2009 Hena rated it 2 of 5 stars
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a very labourious read, took ages to get through. Cox is not a great writer. But if you're into radical filmmaking, it might be worth skimming.
Sep 29, 2008 Ellen added it
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As seen on The Onion A.V. Club. Pair with: "Repo Man."
Aaron the Pink Donut
Interesting look at his films and process.
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