ELECTRIC BOOGALOO (Mark Hartley, 2014, documentary)

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Re: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Film

Postby Jox on 06 Aug 2014, 12:25

Hartley's film is consistently entertaining, if somewhat one-note. Where it could have been more satisfying is in coaxing the poignancy from this tale of two likeable interlopers, chasing Hollywood's version of the American Dream without ever being fully admitted to the club.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review ... ory-723050

The film ends with a disclaimer that despite meeting with director Mark Hartley, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were against appearing in the film. Although in a humorous twist — and something that comes as no surprise after viewing this film — the pair decided to produce their own documentary about Cannon Films (released as The Go-Go Boys) that was churned out quickly and actually beat this film to release by three months. Quite a fitting conclusion, really.
This is a great love-letter to a period of time before the Hollywood studio system really took a creative stranglehold over film and small companies had a chance to make it big. Although the budgets were small and the aspirations were large, the doomed Cannon Films produced some of the best worst movies in that time period, and I want to watch them all right now. A terrific and interesting journey into the absurd.

http://sorryimlate.com/2014/08/05/miff- ... d-studios/
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Re: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Film

Postby Jox on 09 Aug 2014, 00:23

MENAHEM GOLAN DIES AT 85 :(

I saw him at at Cannes for the screening of GO-GO BOYS and saw him with his walker so thin and shrunk that I figured it was his last public appearance and he didn't have much longer. R.I.P.
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Re: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Film

Postby Jox on 15 Aug 2014, 09:25

The film reveals that as Cannon’s empire became increasingly unstable, they needed to make more films to pay the bills that were accumulating at $US5 million per week. But somehow Electric Boogaloo neglects to mention the stock market crash of 1987, which not only pulled the plug on Cannon, but had a worldwide impact on other businesses in and outside of the film industry.

http://www.sbs.com.au/movies/movie/elec ... nnon-films
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Re: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Film

Postby Jox on 19 Aug 2014, 10:04

Apparently set for DVD release in Australia on October 31.
http://www.ezydvd.com.au/DVD/electric-b ... dp/6155261
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Re: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Film

Postby Jox on 04 Sep 2014, 17:45

For the Brits it's presented at the BFI London festival October 9th and 11th 8)
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/d ... annonfilms
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Re: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Postby Jox on 09 Sep 2014, 22:40

While i'm on vacation, I couldn't wait to post that new awesome Aussie poster by Simon Cherry:

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Re: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Postby Jox on 22 Sep 2014, 15:19

Very candid interview with director Mark Hartley
http://www.craveonline.com/film/intervi ... c-boogaloo
I have to be honest and say that the film is very different than the film I thought it would be. I read your review where you mentioned it’s mean-spirited. I don’t think it’s mean-spirited at all actually. From the feedback I’ve gotten, people say it’s actually very fair to what it was like working with Cannon. I think it’s more candid, honest and irreverent than mean-spirited. Certainly yeah, the project did change because I thought there’d be far more of an inspirational story. I thought it was going to be a David Vs. Goliath story. And then when we actually interviewed the people, the other thing about this documentary that I think people should realize is that everyone we interviewed were people who worked at Cannon. They were all there in the trenches. They were all there beside Menahem and Yoram. These aren’t fans, these aren’t historians. These are all people who were all there giving their firsthand impressions. I think you won’t find a more honest documentary about Cannon. So what changed was I thought it would be a very inspirational David vs. Goliath story but when you actually talk to the people who were there, it turns into far more of a cautionary tale.
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