Musical

Cool As Ice (1991)

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Cool As Ice (1991)

Watching the rise and fall of a flash-in-the-pan celebrity is always a little painful.  That is especially true in the case of Vanilla Ice, a man whose lack of discernible talent, coupled with his persistence on building a cottage industry upon one silly rap song, brought about the demise of his career in the early […]

| November 20, 1991 | 0 Comments
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Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

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Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

I desperately want to love a movie called Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.  That title just speaks to me.  Unfortunately, it is a title that you’ll remember long after the movie has left your brain.  It is not very good.  It has a lot of electricity in it, and a lot of boogaloo.  But the two […]

| December 21, 1984
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Body Rock (1984)

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Body Rock (1984)

Body Rock is yet another breakdancing movie but unlike the charming Breakin’ which surprised me with its energy and its generosity, this movie is constructed out of nervous merchandising.  Somewhere in the middle of trying to catch the bandwagon of the music video craze, the producers serve up a story that they have no interest […]

| September 28, 1984
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Beat Street (1984)

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Beat Street (1984)

If the world needs a breakdancing movie, then I suggest that the best way to approach it is to keep it simple.  That was the key to Breakin’ which I liked very much because the director never allowed the story or the characters to get in the way of the dancing.  That’s not quite what […]

| June 8, 1984
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Streets of Fire (1984)

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Streets of Fire (1984)

Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire opens by confessing that is takes place in another time, another place.  He is a director who knows how to create a visual style and his time and place here are a time warp of images from the 50s mixed with a retro-sensibility from the 80s and cars and motorcycles […]

| June 1, 1984
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Breakin’ (1984)

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Breakin’ (1984)

Okay, so here’s a 1930s musical plot grafted onto an 80s movie about break dancing.  That’s actually not a bad thing.  How much plot do you need for a movie about break dancing?  If the plot is no good then you have something to fall back on, fortunately I found myself wiggling my shoulders to […]

| May 4, 1984
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Hard to Hold (1984)

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Hard to Hold (1984)

The song remains the same.  Once again, like Two of a Kind, another movie in which the creativity stops with the casting.  Once the producers got Rick Springfield on board, they figured that any adventure that they put him through would be sufficient, even if it was tired and dated by 1955 and stars were […]

| April 6, 1984
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Yentl (1983)

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Yentl (1983)

When Yentl was over, I caught myself smiling.  I got caught up in the story and even teared up at one point while Barbra Streisand was singing.  I had doubted this movie.  What is this?  Yet another story about a woman pretending to be a man?  I thought of Victor Victoria of which I was […]

| December 23, 1983
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