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5.0 out of 5 stars LaChapelle Rize's to the occasion
This film by legendary fashion photographer and music video director David LaChapelle is simply a must see.

This film documents what happens when amongst poverty, drugs and gang violence, heroic inspirational personalities, such as Tommy the Clown, transform and help guide the lives of kids whose previous life choices consisted of either joining the Crips or...
Published on 29 Sep 2006 by Eddie Vegas

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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting and different!
As a person that grew up with hip hop in the 80's I was intrigued...LA kids have very little on offer to them so they make stuff up themsleves for fun and escape...and some bloke realised there were no clowns for the ghetto birthday parties , combined that with some hip hop dancing....got a little "buck wild" (crazy to UK kids) and Krumping was born...
The girls are...
Published on 6 April 2009 by Mr. Michael Brown


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5.0 out of 5 stars LaChapelle Rize's to the occasion, 29 Sep 2006
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This film by legendary fashion photographer and music video director David LaChapelle is simply a must see.

This film documents what happens when amongst poverty, drugs and gang violence, heroic inspirational personalities, such as Tommy the Clown, transform and help guide the lives of kids whose previous life choices consisted of either joining the Crips or the Bloods - the notorious gangs of California. Tommy, along with his fellow Clowns go on to invent new forms of competitive dance and in more than a few cases a new religious faith.

Krumping and Stripper dancing have gone on to enter the mainstream commercial music scene, with artist's like Madonna embracing gritty street dancing styles. The film also cleverly documents the link between African tribal traditions and the Clowns face paint and movements.

Above all, LaChapelle creates a visual energetic miracle, that will have you watching in awe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Funny, Exciting, Angry, Sad, Uplifting..., 7 May 2007
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...like the dances that it portrays! This fantastic documentary is a must-see, if you are a dance fan or not.

The director has constructed the film like a musical, with issues like oppression, self-expression, family grief explored and build to a musical dance numbers. It is the most respectful and appreciative documentary I've ever seen about black teenagers from poor areas of affluent West and their struggle to keep their head above negative pressure from all aspects of society. Although the documentary is from LA, USA, I could not help but feel that so many issues are relevant here too. And it is not usual to see young black men so positively portrayed in media!

As one of the 16-year old kids I work with said: "Everyone should see this! Why haven't we seen it before?! They should show it on tv, and not only once. It's... like... so important!"

So, do yourself and those you care about a favour: get Rize. Its meant to be shared and enjoyed and talked about. I, personally, would hate to see this doc just disappear without trace. It has so much to give - validation , values, understanding and awareness - like the young men and women it portrays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars visual feast.., 4 July 2013
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Great energy portrayed, an amazing portal into a world very different from what many of us wake up to every day. Very inspiring!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild, 23 Jan 2013
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As a white European, I can't really comment on the content of this film or cultural aspects of the dance. However what I can say is it is an interesting look at the phenomenom of "clowning" and the life of its creator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing documentary, 25 Jun 2009
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Rize is a great illustration and introduction into the world of clowning and krumping. It explores the social, racial, economic issues intertwined in the movement through chracters such as Tommy the Clown, Lil C, Tight Eyez etc. This is a transition from the work genrally associated with photographer/videographer David Lachapelle, in Rize he strips down all the gloss to reaveal a powerful expressive movement and emerging subculture.
This documentary is well worth the watch, moving and powerful you really feel the director engaged and developed relationships with the people involved in film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class Edutainment, 13 Mar 2009
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An absolutely amazing piece of work which is Factual, Historical, Epical and Substantial but definitely not typical or equivocal.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You got a certain talent...don't be...don't be afraid to express it", 26 Jun 2007
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Says Swoop. I have seen this movie just the other day because it was made by David Lachapelle and since he's such a great photographer, I thought it was going to be visually pleasing movie. But when the documentary was over I was just overwhelmed by how amazing it was. The dance sequences and the sheer force of personality of some of the profiled subjects helps to carry along the film making it more of a matter style over substance.

There were a lot of people profiled in this movie, but never into great detail. They also draw comparisons in the style of dancing and haphazardly layer them with footage from African tribes. That aspect is fascinating, but the viewer doesn't get much more than a teased with where it all came from. The filmmakers obviously know how to make actors look really good, but A lot more thought should have been put into the overall structuring of the film. There are a few scenes which are obviously, and painfully, staged. And the whole structure at times seems rather random, rhythmic, and slow. LaChapelle does has a lot to learn about narrative and treating sensitive topics with decency, not stereotypes.

LaChapelle luckily picked a great topic for his first film and hopefully not his last. The originality of this movie was great and the creativity was impressive. Miss Prissy really stood out on this movie as well as the other dancers which make this movie worth checking out.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see for anyone who loves dance, 5 Feb 2006
a great and real documentary on crumping and clowning.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting and different!, 6 April 2009
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Mr. Michael Brown "book brown" (London UK) - See all my reviews
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As a person that grew up with hip hop in the 80's I was intrigued...LA kids have very little on offer to them so they make stuff up themsleves for fun and escape...and some bloke realised there were no clowns for the ghetto birthday parties , combined that with some hip hop dancing....got a little "buck wild" (crazy to UK kids) and Krumping was born...
The girls are wild but the guys are all a little bit effiminate and look like the guys that could not break in to hip hop due to its sterotype's of homosexuals!
Its just my theory....
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