Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Movie Moxie Podcast 38: Beat the World, Dance Films as a Genre


This week on the Movie Moxie Podcast Shannon takes a look at the recent Canadian dance film Beat the World, checks in on the Inside Out Film Festival and takes on Dance Films as a Genre (and our second last genre exploration!).

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0:00 – 1:10 - Introduction
1:10 – 11:30 – Beat the World Review
11:30 – 20:30 – Film Watching Habits
20:30 – 28:30 – Inside Out 2011 Update
28:30 – 1:04:00 – Dance Films as a Genre
1:04:00 – 1:06:15 – DVD releases
1:06:15 –1:08:30 – Upcoming Next Week
1:08:30 –1L09L41– Outro

Show Notes
Dance as a Genre Show Notes
  • Shannon definition of Dance Films: Dance films are a subgenre of film where the central focus of the film is on an dancer, group of dancers, dance event or competition. They often including themes of coming of age, romance, overcoming adversity, working together and people coming together from both sides of the tracks.
  • Dance Film Themes: coming of age, people coming together from both sides of the tracks, competitions, the challenge of conformity, people of different levels of learning/experiences
  • I mention the awesome ballroom dancers & choreographers Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin
  • Classic Dance Film Stars: Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, Cyd Charisse
  • Classic Dance Films: The Gay Divorcee, Swing Time, Top Hat, Silk Stockings, Holiday Inn, Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town
  • 80’s Breakdancing: Breakin’, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, Beat Street
  • Ballet/Modern Dance Films: Centre Stage, White Nights, Mao's Last Dancer
  • Ballroom: Strictly Ballroom, Shall We Dance / Shall we dansu?, Dance with Me, Take the Lead, Salsa
  • Hip Hop: Save the Last Dance, Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Street Dance, Beat the World, You Got Served
  • Step: Stomp the Yard, How She Move
  • Performing Arts: Fame, A Chorus Line
  • Male protagonist dance films: Footloose, Billy Elliott
  • Documentaries: Every Little Step, Mad Hot Ballroom, Planet B-Boy
  • Also mentioned: Stepping Out, Off Beat
  • List of all Dance Films Reviewed
Not Quite Dance Films:
  • Musicals (play/film adaptations) that have great dance: West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Honorary mentions aka not dance films but close friends in arms: Roll Bounce (rollerskaking + competition) & Drumline (Marching Band)
  • Not Dance films: The Last Days of Disco, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Flashdance, Black Swan, Dirty Dancing
Faves of others:
  • Dirty Dancing, Rize, Strictly Ballroom, Flashdance, Beat Street, A Chorus Line, All that Jazz, Honey, Step Up 3D, The Red Shoes (1948), Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, Singing in the Rain, Stomp the Yard, West Side Story, Dance with Me, Salsa, Save the Last Dance, Take the Lead, Street Dance, Step Up
Thanks to Kevin, Vinnie, Danette, Andrew, Norlinda, Nevermindher, Justin Vactor and my sisters Suzie & Jamie for your faves & recommends!

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