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Groove Review


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According to Groove, the economics of throwing a rave: Charge $2 a head for some 200 people to inhabit an abandoned warehouse for one night. Provide free food, water, massages, and of course, music from a parade of 5 or 6 DJs. Sounds like a losing proposition to me.

In fact, the last time I went to a rave (in 1991, when the scene was already on its way out), it cost $8. Today, it's like $20. Groove's $2 rave sounds a little phony, a little dated.

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November Review


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I remember when Greg Harrison was going to be The Next Big Thing. It was 1999, and he was shooting Groove, a movie about this crazy "rave" scene that the kids were into, which was going to be the next Blair Witch Project.

Well, the lackluster Groove eventually made a little over a million dollars at theaters, despite a crush of marketing and hype. (Blair Witch earned $140 million in the U.S.) And Harrison slipped back into obscurity.

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Double Dare Review


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A well-meaning and informative documentary about Hollywood's unsung stuntwomen, Double Dare is lucky enough to have a pair of charismatic women at its heart, but fails to look deep into the industry, preferring to follow its two stars around and see what they get into. Fortunately these ladies are pretty fun to tag along with, so the relative lack of more background is not necessarily missed.

The ranks of stuntwomen are pretty thin - one scene at a meeting of their union seems to show about a dozen members, tops - but filmmaker Amanda Micheli found two of the group's icons, Jeannie Epper and Zoë Bell, who serve as sort of bookends for the industry's last couple decades, as they were both the stuntwomen for iconic female TV action stars. In the 1970s, Epper did stunts for Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman (astonishingly campy scenes from which are included here), while Bell was hired at the age of 18 to be Lucy Lawless' stuntwoman on Xena: Warrior Princess. It's one of the film's primary attractions that, besides simply being icons, both Epper and Bell are intensely animated, engaging and likeable people, whom it's nearly impossible not to root for.

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