L.A. Riot Spectacular
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After the explosive, destructive Los Angeles riots of April 1992, the controversial figure in the eye of the storm, Rodney King, meekly queried the charred, smoldering city with one of the most memorable catchphrases of the 90s: "Can't we all just get along?" Well, apparently more than a decade later, we have-so much so that we're able to laugh at our predicament. The urban offspring of Spinal Tap and the Naked Gun series, L.A. Riot Spectacular wittily satirizes the Rodney King verdict and its riotous aftermath, spoofing the LAPD, the media, and the stereotypes that continue to haunt African American, Jewish, Mexican, and Korean citizens today. Rapper/actor Snoop Dogg serves as a hip-hop Greek chorus and joins a cast that includes George Hamilton, Charles Dutton, Emilio Estevez, TK Carter, Charles Durning, and Ron Jeremy. In director Marc Klasfeld's consistently amusing version of this West Coast legend, Rodney King and Reginald Denney get to walk a paparazzi-lined red carpet, a hospitalized King gets hooked up to a 40-ounce I.V., and the police officers responsible for his beating become tour bus-riding rock star-like heroes. Intercut with actual news footage from the King beating, riots, and looting, this send-up takes a critical look at the volatile class issues of our multicultural society, always remembering never to take itself seriously.
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[LARIO] | 2005 | 80 | Narrative Feature
Foreign Title: (The L.A. Riot Spectacular)
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Marc Klasfeld is one of the top music video directors in the world. His award-winning and breakthrough videos for such diverse artists as Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Nelly, Sum 41, Beyonce, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Bon Jovi, N'Sync, and Jewel have dominated MTV playlists and established Klasfeld as a director with a very unique voice. Klasfeld grew up in New Jersey and graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and founded his own production company, Rockhard Films. He has also directed many commercials for such clients as Nike, Subway, Gateway, Reebok and ESPN.