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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

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A documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - two movie-obsessed cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed - and the tale of how this passion ultimately led to the demise of the company they built together. Written by Anonymous

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Believe It Or Not This Isn't A Spoof !
6 June 2015 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

You remember Cannon Films don't you ? No ? It was an independent company similar to how Miramax is today . The only difference is that Miramax is headed by professionals in the shape of the Weinsteins' who while an acquired taste are very good at what they do . Cannon however were headed by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus AKA "The GoGo Boys" and if the Weinsteins are professionals then the GoGo Boys were enthusiastic amateurs and as someone who sat through their films I still don't know what was worse , their enthusiasm or their amateurishness !

Cannon made a wide range of genre films throughout the 1980s and the one thing they nearly all shared in common is that they gave the impression they were being written as they went along . Guess what ELECTRIC BOOGALO reveals ? Go on guess ? If the producers suddenly had an idea while the film was being shot then the idea was included whether it fitted with the film or not . How about a remake of a long forgotten British period drama THE WICKED LADY ? What's the selling point ? Boobs , full frontal female nudity , boobs , naked woman having a whip fight and boobs . You want to do a high brow bio-pic on Mata Hari ? Then employ a lead actress addicted to cocaine and alcohol and emphasise the selling point is going to be lots of sex and boobs . You want to make a science fiction horror film as a homage to Hammer then employ a young French actress with very nice boobs

To be fair LIFEFORCE was a very enjoyable film and not every Cannon film had to have boobs featuring prominently . They also made films featuring Chuck Norris killing lots of bad guys , usually ones on the extreme left and made Norris a star with the studio . They also resurrected the career of Charles Bronson , so much so that every script reader was ordered by the studio to put every prospective screenplay in to two separate piles - one suitable for Chuck and the other suitable for Charlie boy . The idea that the screenplay might be a philosophical drama that the GoGo Boys wanted Jean Luc Goddard to direct didn't really matter because Chuck or Charlie were going to star in it and that's all that mattered ! You do get the impression there was an element of self delusion going on here

What really sank Cannon was the GoGo Boys over reaching themselves . Now DEATH WISH 3 isn't the greatest film ever made - though like LIFEFORCE it is hugely entertaining - but it is very cost effective , doesn't cost all that much to make and would recoup its money . Unfortunately the studio started making bigger more expensive films that would constantly flop . Again LIFEFORCE would be an early example then the debacle of SUPERMAN IV which had worse effects than you'd see in a present day SyFy Channel production then a hugely expensive flop starring Sylvester Stallone as an arm wrestler in a film I can't recall ever seeing so very soon Cannon went under which isn't surprising since the GoGo Boys asked for a film starring "The girl Stone" What everyone thought was they meant a little known TV actress called Sharon Stone and after the contract was signed it transpired the GoGo Boys meant the actress from ROMANCING THE STONE Kathleen Turner

I'm not making any of this up and this just gives you a small tiny flavour of ELECTRIC BOOGALOO an absolutely fascinating documentary featuring two of the most eccentric and lovably deranged producers who have ever walked on to a film set . If you've got even the slightest interest in cinema - and you wouldn't be reading this unless you have - make sure you catch this movie as soon as possible


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