One of the saddest declines was that of Alex Cox (right), who carried the effervescence of his debut Repo Man to Sid and Nancy, a punk biopic built of humour and passion. It was the arrival of the dire Vermicelli Western Straight to Hell that marked a descending trajectory.
But Cox has a new film, Highway Patrolman, released on 19 August, and it deserves an audience. Roberto Sosa is excellent as Pedro, an idealistic patrolman whose initial honesty soon gives way to bribe-taking and violence. Writer Lorenzo O'Brien has buried grandiose nuggets in his little epic - a dash of Macbeth and Gilgamesh, a jot of Cormac McCarthy. And the film is in Spanish, which might have loosened Cox a little, for his direction is spare and derelict, like the Mexican landscape. The delirious fizz of Repo Man is gone; its underlying nihilism has deepened. Cradling a fellow patrolman murdered by thugs, Pedro howls: 'Where was God when they did this to you?'.
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