Cox, Alex

Cox, Alex
   b. 1954
   Film director
   LA-based film-maker Cox achieved cult status with his debut Repo Man (1984), interspersing elements of bizarre Americana, punk subculture and popular music in a thriller fuelled by a vigorous imagination with a satirical edge. Sid and Nancy (1985) denoted his brief return to Britain, exem-plifying in the extreme Cox’s own fascination for protagonists trapped in environments of engulfing moral or physical degradation, corruption providing a thematic core of his attack on American imperialism in Walker (1987) and the naturalistic cult classic Highway Patrolman (1991). The seedy lowlife Las Vegas of The Winner (1998) underscores Cox’s penchant for humorous, offbeat narratives, while the indulgent Straight to Hell (1986) typifies his excesses in a career noted for its glaring incon-sistencies.
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