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STEP UP 3D written review

August 8th, 2010 No comments

‘TOPS IN HIP HOP”

posterStarring: Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Adam G. Sevani, Alyson Stoner, Harry Shum Jr. and Joe Slaughter

Directed by: Jon Chu

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.

Genre: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts, Sequel and Dance

Running time: 1 hr. 37 min

Release Date: August 6th, 2010

Studio: Touchstone Pictures

By John Delia

Wow! Step Up 3D takes dance to a higher level through three-dimension cinematography with explosive eye-popping dance routines.  Tweens to Twenties will get the most out of the film, especially if dance and music fuels your fire.

Stepping it up at The Pirates den

Stepping it up at The Pirates den

The film has the usual boy meets girl, they fall in love and a Romeo and Juliet romance begins.  But let me fill you in a little more; in the story we find Moose (Sharni Vinson) and Camille (Alyson Stoner) both characters (and original actors) from Step Up 2 arriving at NYU for their first year looking to further their education.  Walking across campus Moose finds himself dueling with a member of the street dancing team House of Samurai and wins, this puts Moose in a dilemma challenged as to what path he wants to take, school or dance. When Luke (Rick Malambri), the leader of rival team The Pirates, gets his hooks into Moose he makes him a part of his dance squad. From this point on it’s a battle for bragging rights and $100,000.

Sophia Del Carmen leads in a hot dance number

Sophia Del Carmen leads in a hot dance number

Dance and music drive this film with the chorography by Jamal Sims, Nadine Ruffin, Dave Scott, Richmond Talauega and Anthony Talauega and music by Bear McCreary.  Dazzeling acrobatics make up most of the themed dances while individual standouts take the floor facing equal opponents during the ‘battle’ scenes.  Kicking up the beat the soundtrack includes the music of T-Pan, Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys, K’naan, Chromeo, Mims, Jesse McCartney, ELECTRIXX, Tania Doko, J. Randall, Busta Rhymes and so many others that would fill this whole article.  The sounds are hip and in tune with the dancing

The direction by Chu who was the master behind Step Up 2 is good with reservation.  Keeping the chorographers to their task he looses track of the acting by his stars.  Low-grade performances in the

Director Jon Chu on the set

Director Jon Chu on the set

acting department dull the film’s potential for greatness, but most of the audience for this genre will never notice.  Especially because the young tween girls, who will be enamored by the hot boy bods, will probably never hear a word of dialogue.

The film is rated PG-13 for brief strong language. Of course there are copious amounts of suggestive dance moves by both sexes that may be a little much for the immature.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A standout for hip hop fans.  (3.5 of 5)

GOTTA DANCE

October 3rd, 2009 No comments

“KICKING IT UP A NOTCH”

gottadanceposterStarring: Peggy–70, Deanna – 64, Jeri-59, Pat–73, Edie-64, Betty/Betsy–61, Marge–83, Claire–62, Janice–72, Fanny–81, Willa–71, Joe B–62 and Audrey-60

Directed by: Dori Berinstein

MPAA Rating:  Unrated

Genre: Documentary

Release Date: October 2009

By John Delia

It’s campy and self-serving, but Gotta Dance is a must see for documentary lovers that want to enjoy a good laugh and ponder over ageing. And, if you are a New Jersey Nets basketball fan, you’ll enjoy it even more.

The NETSeniors

The NETSeniors

Needing a way to get some of the older fans in Nets seats and also providing some different halftime fun the Entertainment Manger of the New Jersey Nets basketball team Kimberlee Garris came up with a very special idea.  Why not put together a first-ever senior hip-hop dance team much like the younger version Net Dancers that entertain at the games.  To do this, a couple of the leaders of the professional Net dancers took on the challenge of forming the NETSational Seniors.

Willa finds audition tough going

Willa finds audition tough going

After a grueling audition the coaches Marla and Jaclyn chose 12 women and one man to become the senior counterparts of the Net Dancers.  The documentary chronicles their personal lives and the rehearsals, exercises, choreography, and problems of getting the perfect routine acceptable to the New Jersey Net Management.  When the time for the first game arrives, it’s touch-and-go on whether they will perform at all.

80's parners Fanny and Marge

80's parners Fanny and Marge

I liked the personalities of each of the eager seniors and their determination of making it to the professional arena on the Net’s court.  Sometimes comical with a side of seriousness the participants, as old as 83, are moving and remarkable.  I love how 81 year-old Fanny and 83 year-old Marge team up to show their lighter side while working hard on the routine.

The film is a little self-serving as it is based of marketing and promotion, but in the end it is excusable since it depicts some of the lives of our valuable seniors.  It should be also noted that the NETSational Seniors were brought back to perform another year.

NETSeniors rock the house

NETSeniors rock the house

Gotta Dance shows the strength and fortitude of our senior citizens, something that we don’t often see in a public performance.  Let’s hope that other sporting programs pick up on Gotta Dance so we can enjoy more senior entertainment opportunities.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A great chance to applaud our seniors. ( 4 of 5 Palm Trees)

PARTING SHOT: Director Dori Berinstein documents every move of the lively group.

Director Bernstein with an anxious group of talent

Director Bernstein with an anxious group of talent