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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Battle of the Year trailer: dudes dancing

Huh. I thought the fad for these dance-contest movies was over. This one is fresh, I guess, because all the dance crews are exclusively male. Because that’s how you shake up a tired genre: you eliminate half the human race.

And hey, Josh Holloway has heart. Good thing they told us that, because I suspect we’d never ever figure it out for ourselves.

*shakes head*


US/Canada release date: Sep 20 2013 | UK release date: Nov 15 2013
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  • lannalee

    It’s in 3-D!

  • Robert McCoy

    Wow. I forgot about Josh Holloway because, at first, I thought he was Jaime Lannister.

  • Mike D

    Another remake, this time of Dodgeball. Who plays Ben Stiller?

  • RogerBW

    So… it’s Rocky IV without the death?

  • Jess Haskins

    When I clicked the link I thought it was going to be dudes ballroom dancing together. Oh, well.

  • singlestick

    RE: When I clicked the link I thought it was going to be dudes ballroom dancing together.

    Strictly Balls Room?

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    During the audition phase of one season of “So You Think You Can Dance”, two men did actually audition as a ballroom couple. The judges were a bit squicked out by it, and I couldn’t disagree. I’ve spent a couple of years trying to unpack that for myself, but to this day I can’t say why it bugged me, outside of an appeal to gender essentialism.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Because that’s how you shake up a tired genre: you eliminate half the human race.

    I appreciate the sentiment here, but on the other hand, male dancers need the support and positive depictions as well. They are not a group that the patriarchy values.

  • singlestick

    I recall reading somewhere that in Argentina, men would practice tango steps with each other; men dancing with men may be part of the history and tradition of ballroom dancing.

  • LaSargenta

    Western gender essentialism. It is very common for men to dance with men and women with women in many other places. (Times I’ve seen it personally: greek wedding, a hasidic wedding.)

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    It’s not just that, because it’s ballroom in particular that set everyone off. The show has partnered men with men, and women with women, in every other style they feature. And some (but by no means all) of those dances have highlighted the homoeroticism. But ballroom, for some reason, just looks wrong without both genders. Still no clue as to why.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    And yet…

  • singlestick

    RE: But ballroom, for some reason, just looks wrong without both genders. Still no clue as to why.

    Ballroom dancing reminds me of pairs figure skating. Sometimes a performance is about “presenting” the other partner. The male showcases the female in some moves, the female showcases the male in other moves. The performances are built around this opposite sex pairing. But it can work just as well for single sex couples. As an aside, some ballroom performances leech all sexuality from the performance, and you simply have hyper-stylized movements that at best parody a sexualized scenario without any eroticism at all, of any variety.

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