This year (2015) I made a bunch of aspirational watchlist challenges for myself. Directors, rewatches, Kung Fu (which later became…
Take the Lead
A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system. While his background first clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom dancer Pierre Dulane.
Watchable if not entirely enjoyable. Antonio Banderas is the highlight, as the movie is predictable and very unsurprising to say the least. That said it could have been worse I believe.
yaya dacosta the ultimate
In Defense of Gifted Kids
Look, the worst thing we can do for our kids is taking art and music out of the schools. We are depriving them on almost every level when we do that, and we should, no lie, be ashamed. Absolutely ashamed. And just because kids have gotten into some trouble, it doesn't mean I think we should necessarily throw them away. For one thing, they're still kids, and they deserve a lot of chances. We are doing society a disservice when we throw them out, because those kids are still there. They don't go away unless they're actually killed, and if they aren't helped to become contributing members of society, they are instead a drain on…
OK at best. Some great dance moments, but the story is as hackneyed as it gets, and you learn literally nothing about Banderas' character.
Great movie! I do not know what to say except that I really liked it!
Serviceable performances. Some good dancing. Pretty by-the-numbers, dont-think-about-it script. Very clunky editing.
Love this movie. I love the transition from old to new school. Ballroom mashed with break dancing. Old and new ways to take the lead and make it look respectable.
Who better to take this reign than Antonio Banderas? The bad ass pussy cat from Shrek teaching troubled youth about respect, how to take charge of your life through dance, and how to work hard and dedicate yourself to someone else for once and your craft.
Bland acting from the kids, pretty typical from what I've seen and same for Banderas' supporting cast.
Music was great, fun and innovative. The choreography wasn't bad. Loved the ballroom scenes and enjoyed watching kids be kids and put a twist on it.
This is not the greatest movie, but I really enjoyed the aesthetic. One of those movies I'm comfortable watching repeatedly.
Rewatchability is a thing
Many Spielberg, Chris Nolan and James Cameron near the top
Also fan of…
Here's my ongoing list of women who've directed films that I've enjoyed. If I've seen more than one by her,…