80s dance flicks

January 17, 2008

We discovered a new (well, old but new to us) phenomenon last night, a little known movie genre that appears to have tired its best to catch hold in the 80s, with little impact. The film was “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and we’ve placed it in the 80s dance movies category. It wasn’t a musical, but it was saturated with sporadic dance sequences, one even involving well-choreographed punks crashing a debutante ball.

We Netflixed this movie because I had never gotten around to watching it before, even though it was released in 1985. Carlos and Itzul hadn’t even heard of it.

It stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt as the odd-couple friends who want to get on a TV dance show. I wasn’t prepared for how goofy it was, but it was still fun to watch.

The film brought to mind all the other 80s movies with dance as its central theme. Here’s a few that we came up with:


I guess there was some kind of dance revolution going on among 80s teens that I missed. Then again, I was still an adolescent when these movies came out. Maybe it’s like the “Bring it On,” “Step Up” or “You Got Served” films of recent years.



May 30, 2007

Carlos and I took Diego to his first music festival in Washington on Saturday. It’s called the Sasquatch! festival and it’s held every year around Memorial Day weekend. We had to drive about three hours out of Walla Walla to get to the Gorge Amphitheater, where it was held over two days. We only went to one, and even that was exhausting. We got there about Noon and left a little before 11 p.m., in the middle of Arcade Fire. As much as I hated leaving, we were so tired, quite cold, and ready for bed. We missed hearing Bjork play, but we did get to see Ozomatli, The Hold Steady, Mix Master Mike, Niko Case, and our highlight, Manu Chau. I’m glad we saw what we did of Arcade Fire, who were amazing.

I’m not going to be able to properly capture the sight of the Gorge, so here are some pics: