R | | Action, Crime, Drama
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
In the credits, a song is listed titled "Brain Hammer", credited as "Written and Performed by The Hospital Bombers Experience" and "Courtesy of Amalgamated Conglomerate Music Inc." It refers to the song that is playing in Tug's car when Brendan rides in the trunk, which is in actuality "me chugging some noise into Protools at 2 in the morning with my electric guitar," according to director Rian Johnson. (The band name is a reference to the song "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton," by The Mountain Goats, a favorite of Johnson's. When bandleader John Darnielle saw this reference, he contacted Johnson, and Johnson has since directed two music videos and a concert DVD for The Mountain Goats.)
Brendan Frye: Emily.
Emily: Yeah-h... How's things?
Brendan Frye: Status quo.
While Brendan and the Pin are having their discussion on the beach as the sun sets. The sun's level above the horizon changes between shots.
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