Here's my ongoing list of women who've directed films that I've enjoyed. If I've seen more than one by her,…
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.
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.
Decent acting and the occasional bit of good writing but the plot is too contrived and the cinematography is just god awful. I preferred Freedom Writers.
It's a moderately entertaining film but it really falls apart at the end - irredeemably. The students are underdeveloped, and the real guy is far more interesting than Antonio Banderas can make him (imagine Banderas playing Roger Corman). The director comes from music video land and it shows. Skip it. Script by Dianne Houston.
Decently executed and acted, but terribly predictable. Saved only by the fact that it was "inspired by true events".
Wie bei fast allen Tanzfilmen wurde die Story von einem Dreijährigen geschrieben, Tanzeinlagen und -choreographien waren ansprechend, vor allem die Standardtänze (man konnte sogar die einzelnen Tänze erkennen und unterscheiden! Eine Seltenheit in Filmen).
Dank Antonio Banderas konnte die schauspielerische Leistung auf einem annehmbaren Niveau gehalten werden.
Dance movies: the good, the bad and the rest.
1200 movies and counting.
Rewatchability is a thing.
Many Spielberg, James Cameron and Chris Nolan near the top.…