August 3rd, 2009

Admit One

this poplocking kills fascism

First off, I'd like to call to your attention a short which I've thought for years always needs a little more love (or a better method of distribution; I saw it for the first time on a Quicktime window the size of a postage stamp.) Finally found a copy on YouTube and although it's not the highest quality, it's good enough that I'd like to share it with you. It's a nice piece of parody called 80s Ending, and that's what it is. Every single 80s ending in one. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll slow clap.

The notion of the 80s Ending, then, brings me to my recent viewing of BREAKIN' 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO. I would be lying if I said I didn't go partly for the unique pleasure of being able to approach the box office and say "One for Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, please!" And it's not every day of the week you get to tell people you're going to see a breakdancing movie, so they had that going for it.

I admit that I went primarly to satisfy my curiosity, one that I believe I share with many white people who remember looking at movie marquees in 1984: Just what the heck is an Electric Boogaloo, anyway? The subtitle is the element which has given this film its little niche in 80s pop culture. The title was colorful but incomprehensible to the point of absurdity, at least for those of us who didn't know what it meant. I just knew the movie would explain everything, but I did go in with just a few theories.

Surely, I thought, it's something pretty awesome, like maybe a nightclub (it isn't) or a bad new breakdancer who comes on the scene to challenge Shabba-Doo (it's not) or some cassette tape infused with magical powers so that when you pop it into a ghetto blaster and hoist it high, everybody in the freakin' world stops what they're doing to breakdance and party down.

I think I'm on to something here. I mean, this would give meaning to a lot more incongruous dance numbers, especially the infamous McDonalds Dance Party scene from the horrible ET rip-off MAC & ME.

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