Friday, April 20, 2007

Movie Review : Scratch

NetFlix says: "This energetic, insightful film which was a big hit at the 2001 Sundance Festival, traces the birth of turntablism." 2002: 1 hr. 32 min.

I would not label the flick particularly energetic or insightful, but I did learn some important vocab words:
  1. Turntablist: A kind of DJ who understands record albums cannot just be stuck onto a record player and left unattended.
  1. Digging: DJs on the prowl for the good beats. Most of the time, the good beats are on records in the basement of the record store.
  2. Break: Some good beats.
  3. Clarinet: Instrument a lot of DJs played in fourth grade.
  4. Crew: Like a band, except everybody plays the turntable. Most crewz likely comin up short. They cannot afford to buy a vowel. For example, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz.
  5. U gots 2 B what U drop: Rule to live by.
  6. Routine: The song played by a Battle DJ at a DJ contest.
  7. Your DJ Name: It's gotta represent. Alliteration goes over well, like Mix Master Mike and Cut-Chemist. Others are just kewl, like Q-Bert or Afrika Bambaataa or DJ Shortee.
SRank: 6.75 (out of 10). I watched the whole thing, but considered bailing at least twice.
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