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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films pays tribute to the titular studio with an affectionate look back that's arguably more entertaining than much of Cannon's own B-movie product.
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Well, there's a bizarre fascination to it all.
This promising doc fails to capture the Cannon spirit
Hartley's film is consistently entertaining, if somewhat one-note.
"Electric Boogaloo" doesn't tell its story from A to Z, but rather in a digressive, choral fashion that privileges outrageous personal anecdotes over dry historical chronologies.
It isn't a bad thing Hartley's main concern is with having a good time, but there seems to be less attention to detail when it comes to the overall structure.
Wild though the film often is, a truly revelatory history of the studio and its legacy remains untold.
It is, as per usual for Hartley, a giddy, lightning-paced celebration of cheerfully terrible movies.
Directed with tremendous energy for much of its first half, as Cannon starts to wear out is welcome, so does this documentary.
Clip shows like this are always fun for die-hard movie buffs (including critics), especially in a case like this, when the clips are much more potent than the completed films.
[Mark] Hartley may be irreverent in his approach, but it's clear that he loves this stuff. Electric Boogaloo (which gets its name from one of Cannon's own films) shares that love with the rest of us.
As he did with his previous documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (which made my 10 Best list for 2009), director Mark Hartley compiles ample film clips to help tell the saga.
The documentary assembles a riveting barrage of anecdotes from assorted colleagues to convey the glory, chaos and legacy of Cannon Films.
If you were a child of the 80's, these guys helped to shape your childhood.
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