Friday, August 15, 2014

Cinema Cycle - Strictly Ballroom

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


DATE: 08/15/2014

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 31 minutes



SYNOPSIS: A young up and coming ballroom dancer seeks to dance his own way and abandon the rigid ballroom crowd that he trains and dances with.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: You will never regret breaking the rules and going your own way.  Rigid organizations become autocratic and repressive over time.  Break the mold.

PROS AND CONS: This film was a pleasant surprise.  I didn't know what to expect when I watched it, but it quickly swept me up in its comedy and story-line.  Before Baz Luhrmann did Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, he cut his teeth on this film.  

This film is a bit of a docu-comedy in the vein of Best in Show and Trekkies.  It looks at the professional ballroom circuit as a bunch of over obsessed old fogies and the young turk who wants to shake up the dance world with his unconventional moves.  

The film is fast paced and while somewhat predictable, it is funny with all the over the top characterizations and dialog between the dancers.  

The core of the plot is that institutions grow old and rigid and need to be shaken up once in a while to sweep away all the old deadwood and remain relevant.  Anyone that has been stuck in a dead end job or long frustrating experience will be able to relate to this film.  

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on

The summary of the project and a glimpse of what is coming up next can be found on my public LaserDisc spreadsheet.