10 January, 2006

Rize Up


A very rare occasion: Ziggy speechless.

But that is what I was after I watched David LaChapelle's "Rize" tonight with OBF (Other Best Friend). It was such a treat after having been so disappointed with Matthew Bourne's sorry ass attempt at Scissorhands.

To see these young, dynamic (yet untrained!) dancers just doing something so completely fresh, new and instinctive was completely and utterly compelling. Like "Paris is Burning" for a new generation, "Rize" should get all the attention it can possibly garner.

LaChapelle has risen in my estimation from a fantastic but glossy photographer to a tender documentary film-maker with real social comment. The movie wasn't just a glossy observation - there was a real opportunity for the people in it to speak.

But enough of my praise.... CRUMP CRUMP CRUMP CRUMP.

13 comments:

running42k said...

It looks like Pee Wee's Playhouse on LSD.

Anhoni Patel said...

zigs: I TOTALLY love this movie! I went to this special screening and it was one of the best movie going experiences I've ever had! They had all these dancers perform before the show and they had a dance-off and so the audience, which was brimming with young people, was compltely pumped before the movie even began! I loved all the stories and the color saturation was beautiful. I also fell in love with some of the dancers!

ziggystardust73 said...

Running, Pee Wee's Playhouse on LSD. I guess that is kinda fitting for LaChapelle.

Anhoni, I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I'm going to spread the word as much as humanly possible. I think you should that side of the pond... CRUMP!

markus said...

i saw this recently too! my crumping is pathetic!

ziggystardust73 said...

markus, my crumping (krumping?!) leaves quite a bit to be desired also. I blame my white boy heritage completely. How's your shark fetish going?

ziggystardust73 said...

ps. Markus, hope you don't mind, I've linked you. Your sharks are just too sexy.

angel, jr. said...

I'll have to watch that now. I see that Anhoni has liked it. She is a really good judge of movies/books etc.

missy said...

Can't wait to see it!!

Anhoni Patel said...

Aw Angel! *blush* thanks....

ziggystardust73 said...

um, Angel... Anhoni has enough of an appreciation society over at her blog, you should be telling me how fabulous Ziggy is here. (it's all about me. Narcissistic Personality Disorders R' Us).

Only joking Anhoni, you know I think you're fabulous. And most of the time you agree with me, so that's even better. He he.

NM... go see it and then let me know what you think!

KRUMP!

The Phoenix said...

Clowns scare me.

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missy said...

Ooh, can I just say that I just won the Rize sountrack from lovefilm. Yay!