Monday, March 5, 2018

Two documentaries I hadn't heard of

Things happened such that I found out about a couple of documentaries recently that I hadn't heard of before. Unfortunately, only one of them is on DVD (at least, here in the States):

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. This is the story of cousins Menahem Golan and Yoran Globus, who founded a small Israeli film production company in the 1970s. That company would, through wheeling and dealing, eventually take over the Cannon Group, which made quite a few memorable films of the 1980s, even if the films aren't particularly good. Things like The Delta Force, the arm wrestling movie Over the Top, and riding break-dancing craze with Breakin'. (The sequel was called Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo from which the documentary gets its name.) This documentary sounds like a lot of fun.

Older than Ireland (2015). I always look at Wikipedia's obituary page to see if there's anybody who died that I need to write a post about. Last week, I came across the name Bessie Nolan, who was listed as being 106 and an Irish actress. I'd never heard of her, and it turns out that she was one of the "stars" of the documentary Older than Ireland. The filmmakers found about 30 centenarians in Ireland, all of whom would have been born before Ireland gained its independence from the UK, and interviewed them about their lives. I'm a sucker for true stories of people who reach an extremely advanced age and remain active, so this is one that would probably be interesting. Unsurprisingly, however, due to the niche interest of this one, it only got a Region 2 (Europe and a few other areas) DVD.

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