If you're a fan of director Craig Brewer (and you should be), then the first thing you need to do is go download a free copy of the dude's first feature film, The Poor & Hungry, which Brewer is self-distributing as we speak. Not only can you buy what Brewer feels is his best film to date on Blu-ray, DVD and via digital download, but he's also giving folks the chance to download it for free by tossing him your e-mail. It's a great little scratch-made debut feature that's got some dirt, some grit and a whole lotta Southern soul. If you're looking for something to watch, we whole-heartedly recommend the movie that paved the way for Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and Footloose. Watch the trailer below, and find out more at the film's official website.
And speaking of Brewer's Footloose remake, which I already think is one of the better '80s remakes out there, the director posted this rehearsal video on YouTube the other day. In it, we see a portion of the cast rehearsing one of the larger dance numbers in the film. What's really cool about this, though, is that Brewer floats through the rehearsal with his Flip camera running, capturing a loose feel for how he'll eventually want to shoot the scene. But unlike the final version, Brewer "directs" this all in one single shot.
Not only is it ridiculously fun and invigorating to watch, but without the cuts it's also easier to see everything that's going on in this scene. How each of the four leads (the film's choreographer acts as a stand-in for Miles Teller's Willard) have specific moments that need to be captured within the chaos of it all. There's just something about seeing this filmed all in one shot that makes it feel more alive, at least in our opinion.
(Also: It's impossible to take your eyes off Julianne Hough. Go ahead, try it. We dare you!)
Check it out below.
And here's what the final version looks like in the movie.
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