Here Is A Yard. Please Stomp It

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

I set this website up so I could get shows. But I only play at one place and they know me so it’s pretty obsolete. Also, it turns out I’m too lazy to even get shows there these days.

My point is, since I have no musical news, I wanted to write about something very important to me: movies about extra-curricular activities. I just saw a preview for Stomp The Yard, and if you know me at all you know that I am very excited. It’s hard to get as psyched up for this as I was for Drumline since a) I was in the marching band, albeit a much lamer marching band and b) it has a slightly inferior tag-line (He Will Challenge Their Traditions. Their Traditions Will Change His Life vs. Halftime Is Game Time.) But I’ve been known to do some stepping from time to time, so we shall see. If you’re not doing anything on January 12th, I’ll see you at the picture show.
Anyway, here’s my (incomplete) list:

  • Drumline - “Whatever the beef is between you two you better grill it up and eat it.” Best extra-curricular dialog. Also makes the marching band look cool. Maybe someone should make a movie about stage crew or programming computers after school. Then I’d feel really hip.
  • Breakin’ II: Electric Boogaloo – Am I the only one who liked Turbo better than Ozone?
  • Honey - Could form a sub-category with Breakin’ II of movies about saving the community center.
  • Stick It - The director really needed to get something off her chest, but this movie rules. It barely makes the list since gymnastics is a sport and I’m not including other sports movies, but if you see it I think you’ll agree that it belongs here.
  • Breakin’ – As I later learned in Honey, Hip Hop dancing is about the flow. And if that flow tells you to rip the sleeves off of your tuxedo, dammit, you better rip the sleeves off of your tuxedo.
  • Bring It On – I have a lingering Eliza Dushku crush from Buffy.
  • The Cutting Edge – D.B. Sweeney was in one of my favorite TV shows that no one ever saw: “Strange Luck.” So… points for that.
  • Bring It On Again – Worth watching if just for the “herky” scene. What the hell was that? I couldn’t find it on youtube, unfortunately, although someone did upload all of Bring It On. Just now I spent the last 10 minutes watching it. Damn you, YouTube.
  • You Got Served – The longest feud between friends with the most chances for reconciliation you will ever see.
  • Bring It On: All Or Nothing – I confess I haven’t seen this one. I feel inadequate to write this list. I will rent it this week and report back, promise.

Comments

Here’s another one for the list: Save the Last Dance. I’m embarrassed to have seen this movie, but I think it fits nicely within the context Drumline and Bring It On because (a) it involves a somewhat preppy white girl who tries to learn hip-hop dancing, and (b) it has that oh-so-ubiquitous theme of incorporating urban hip-hop music/dancing/attitude into a classical audition that shocks the stuffy judges at first, but then wins them over in the end (in this case, at Julliard dance school). This movie also takes place in Chicago, which earns it additional bonus points.

~ Aric Jacover      

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