Louder Than a Bomb 
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DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
Directors: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
Run Time: 100 minutes
Does the hip-hop style of rhyming and its down-to-earth subject-matter about life in the ‘hood deserve the same respect as the classical couplets of Keats and other lofty lyricists whose work benefits from ivory-towered academia’s stamp of approval? The answer to that question might lie in Louder Than a Bomb, a documentary chronicling the Slam Poetry competition of the same name staged annually in the Windy City.
Nate Marshall hails from Whitney Young Magnet School, Adam Gottlieb from North College Prep, Nova Venerable from Oak Park High, and "Steinmenauts" Lamar Jorden, Charles Smith and Kevin Harris represent defending champion Steinmetz High. To the uninitiated, most of their uniformly-strident, high-energy performances highlighted here might be reminiscent of rap.
However, the absence of musical accompaniment makes it easier for an audience to focus on the rich content of the writers’ evocative verses which tend to reflect issues in their personal lives. Given how deeply teenagers tend to feel about their troubles, the staccato rants will probably sound like emotional dumps to the average adult, whether they’re weighing-in on absentee fathers, drug-addicted parents, or even just doting Jewish parents.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed watching this flick, my only worry is whether or not these accomplished poets will ever learn to speak grammatically. Sorry, but I couldn’t help but be concerned upon hearing "When we was on the stage…" and "I plan to go to college and be like a professor…" in post-performance interviews.
Louder than a bomb blasting the King’s English to smithereens leaving Ebonics as the last language standing!
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