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Directed by Michael Radford, Dancing at the Blue Iguana tells the stories of five women who work as pole dancers at the ‘Blue Iguana’ club in Los Angeles. Played by Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly, Sheila Kelley, Charlotte Ayanna and Sandra Oh, the women all have complex, issue-ridden lives beyond their status as exotic dancers. The two-hour long film was developed from a series of improvisation workshops and it is the reliance on improvisation, rather than a strong script and firm sense of direction, that is the crux of the problems with this film.
The use of improvisation is not new, with the British director Mike Leigh as perhaps the best known for its use. Leigh’s use of improvisation, however, works because he uses it sparingly and at the rehearsal stage in order to allow his cast to develop their characters. Leigh says, “That last scene in Secrets and Lies, »
Back in 1999, writer-director Darren Stein released his second full-length feature, Jawbreaker, which starred four up and coming young actresses: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer. As the years went on after the initial release, not only did the actresses' careers begin to take off more and more, but the movie itself gained a cult following as well.
Jawbreaker was recently released on Blu-ray for the first time last month, and I recently had the chance to speak with writer-director Darren Stein about the making of his dark teen comedy, the Blu-ray release, and his plans for an upcoming Broadway musical, which may just enhance that cult following even more. Here's what he had to say below.
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The 1999 cult classic ‘Jawbreaker’ is set to be released on Blu-ray by Image Entertainment. The black comedy high school satire, which was in part based on ‘Heathers,’ follows the four popular female characters, Courtney Shayne (played by Rose McGowan), Marcie Fox (portrayed by Julie Benz), Julie Freedman (played by Rebecca Gayheart) and Elizabeth Purr (portrayed by Charlotte Ayanna), as they get ready for their senior prom. After Julie is accidentally killed during a prank in which she gagged on a jawbreaker, the remaining three girls try to cover up the murder. They even accept the unpopular Fern (played by Judy Greer), who discovered Elizabeth’s death, into their clique to »
3 items from 2011
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