Watch This: A nostalgic doc celebrates one of the craziest chapters of the video-store era
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This month: The A.V. Club atones for its sins of omission, recommending the best movies of the year that we didn’t review.
Electric Booglaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (2014)
Mark Hartley, the documentarian behind Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story Of Ozploitation! and Machete Maidens Unleashed!, has made a career out of celebrating cinema’s more lawless outposts. And despite a notable lack of exclamation points in the title, Hartley’s newest, Electric Booglaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films, is an equally lively portrait of an equally colorful period in B-movie history. Movie lovers raised on weekly trips to the local Mom-and-Pop video shop are probably already familiar with the Cannon name, which conjures up images of blue-eyed ninjas, off-brand barbarians, and other odd interpretations of …