Alex Cox has a really crowded business card: Cult Filmmaker. Fallen from Grace. Hollywood Outsider. Looking for a Comeback. In the 1980s, he was a Next Big Thing after Repo Man (1984), which is undoutedly the greatest movie ever made about paranoia, cars, punks and aliens in Los Angeles. He quickly followed that with Sid and Nancy (1986), a dizzying biopic of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and his deranged girlfriend Nancy Spungen. That film not only earned a cult following, but also got a fair measure of mainstream critical recognition.
Afterward, Cox's career struggled to regain the same kind of momentum. His next film, Straight to Hell (1987), was almost universally dismissed as an exercise in weird, but his fourth film, Walker (1988), was a hit among European film buffs, and it was recently bestowed with a high-class Criterion DVD release. Since then his films had very sporadic distribution and some of them remain very difficult to see, including the acclaimed Highway Patrolman. And the ones that are available on DVD tend not to generate much enthusiasm. But Cox is out there trying, and according to a recent Village Voice interview, he hopes to return to the concept of repo men.