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I like that director Mark Hartley is out there making movies. His previous films, Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens Unleashed, went inside the sub-culture of cheap and dirty filmmaking that still provided entertaining genre fare. However, his new film, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, finally brings him closer to Hollywood. The movie explores the studio created by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Their films were still quick, dirty, exploitative fare, but among their 120+ movies they released between 1979 – 1989 they cranked out Bloodsport, Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, American Ninja (and all four sequels), Over the Top, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. That's just a slice of the trashy treasures they brought to the world. Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, is planning "a theatrical release is being planned for late 2012 to coincide with a traveling roadshow retrospective of Cannon's seminal films. »
- Matt Goldberg
Five Transformative Dance Scenes in Movies Movement. Grace. Muppets. By Alex Heigl Ah, dance. Human emotion rendered in pure movement. It can inspire, entertain, provide emotional closure, or grant much-needed catharsis. And with a remake of Footloose coming out this week, what better time to celebrate its powers? While sadly devoid of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (thanks to a Nerve office ban on the word "boogaloo"), this profoundly serious list aims to illustrate some of the classic moments in film where dance has served to lift us beyond our sad mortal form to a more transcendent state. 5. The Mask This scene marks a turning point in this highly underrated psychological drama that launched the career of the American Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz. Jim Carrey's Stanley Ipkiss spends the first part of the film as a stammering nobody, until he pulls a crude wooden mask from a river [...] »
- Alex Heigl
Numbered sequels are out of fashion, and titles are getting longer and more ungainly as a result. We chart the rise and rise of the dreaded colon in movie names…
As we established a few weeks ago, sequels have been around in one form or another since the dawn of filmmaking itself, and in an indirect way, Johannes Gutenberg is to blame. But in the course of researching that article, it became apparent that the way sequels are named has changed considerably over the decades.
While the titles of films like The Son Of Kong and The Return Of The Pink Panther made a reference back to the names of their predecessors, the habit of simply slapping a number or numeral after a title didn’t really begin until the 50s and 70s, with the films Quatermass 2 and The Godfather Part II.
Movie producers gradually dropped the word ‘part »
Bradford Film Festival
Honouring its status as the world's first Unesco "City of Film", Bradford's festival brings over 100 features from around the world, including several premieres. But the city stays true to its industrial roots by going for quality of manufacture over glitziness of packaging. Guests include familiar names like Terry Gilliam, Timothy Spall, Claire Bloom and Werner Herzog (by satellite), but the emphasis is more on unexplored territory. A focus on genuinely indie Us cinema could dig up some gems (like Aaron Katz's Cold Weather), there's all-day horror (with the suggestively titled Hobo With A Shotgun), and a subversive tribute to film provocateur Amos Vogel. The closest you'll get to glamour are Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and Woody Harrelson-led post-Iraq drama The Messenger, or the 70mm-plus epics celebrated in the popular Widescreen Weekend.
National Media Museum, Wed to 27 Mar
The Beat Generation: Hip-Hop On Screen, »
- Steve Rose
4 items from 2011
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