Step Up All In Had Me Groovin’ In My Seat

Last weekend I ventured to the movie theater with my niece to see Step Up All In. Coming from a dancing background (I considered myself a dancer for 14 years, more than half my life.), I have seen all of the movies. I have seen all of the show So You Think You Can Dance. And I have been stoked to see the dances they come up with this time around.

Right off the bat, we’re slapped with a cameo from Travis Wall. He was on So You Think You Can Dance as a contestant for season two. And has been a choreographer in more recent seasons. My favorite dance he was a part of was performed with Heidi and was choreographed by Mia Michaels.

Since becoming a choreographer, he as been nominated for an Emmy several times. Below is a sample of the dances he choreographed for the year 2013.

So basically, I was super stoked that I could pick him out. He doesn’t have an actual part in the movie, rather it’s a slide of him teaching. He’s on the screen for less than thirty seconds, but I was beaming.

Comfort is another one that pops in, along with Cyrus and Twitch and choreographer Christopher Scott. (All are in this movie and have performed together on SYTYCD.) Below is a video that are four are in:
Who else was there? This little spit-fire, who recently tried out for season 11.

There’s even a cameo of Adam Shankman. Let me just say, I was in dancer heaven. Most of my favorites all rolled into one movie. There were so many and I’m sure I missed some. Basically I fan girled all over the place. Let me know in the comments who you saw!

Here’s the actual review:
The acting sucked. The story line was weak. It wasn’t super original at all. The dancing was definitely worth it. I didn’t go to this movie to see A-list actors. I didn’t go to this movie to see cinematographic genius. I went to this movie because these movies have a history of increasing their choreography. Trying to out-do the previous. In this sense, it did not disappoint. There were returning characters like Moose and Andy, but also a butt-load of new ones.

Should you see it? If you love dance and you’re all about new styles and new techniques, yes. If you want something that’s more story-driven and more about the hardships of dancer life after school, no. If you want something that’s going to win awards for script, no. If you want to just have a good time and see some talented dancers get together and show off, yes.

I enjoyed it, from a dancer’s perspective. And I’ll probably go to the next one, just to see what they come up with next.

Let me know in the comments below what you think of this movie! Have you seen it already? Do you plan to? Do you hate dance and all that it stands for (I might slap you)? Like. Comment. Follow.

Until next time!

Maleficent Was… Magnificent

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Maleficent. Now, I’m not going to start this post by saying that Maleficent was my favorite Disney villain ever since I was a little girl. She wasn’t. She scared the crap out of me. Cursing a baby to fall into a deep, coma-like sleep after pricking her finger. Turning into a crazed dragon and fighting off Prince Phillip. I was terrified. She was not my favorite. Alas, Disney is at it again.

From the moment the commercials hit the TV, I just knew I had to see it. Still on the high of Snow White and the Huntsman, I was ready for another dark Disney tale. I’m fast-forwarding through the night. We ate felafel, bought our tickets, sat down. On to the feature presentation!

There is so much awesome from this movie, that I’m having a hard time figuring out where to start. We’ll make a list of the awesome-sauce that occurred.

  • Angelina Jolie
    • Her “evil” laugh had me hooked immediately and I was ready for anything. It was one of those evil laughs that gives you chills. Scares you to pieces, but you totally have a lust for.
    • Her look was on point! The lips, which I cannot get over. The cheek prosthetic. The horns. Just … I literally can’t even right now.
    • She adds so much depth to Maleficent and I loved it!
  • The story is different
    • Of course, being called Maleficent it’s going to be from a different perspective, and I’m definitely pleased with the way Disney worked in the original story, the original darkness (while some was still missing), and a new take which has not been done before (you’ll have to see it to know what I’m talking about – no spoilers here)
  • The Crow
    • He’s a character!

      You might have heard a hub-bub about Maleficent’s wings being taken as a sort of “rape” or “bondage to men” or “loss of self”. I’m not going to give my opinion. Mostly because I didn’t go to this movie to judge it on a higher literary (movie-ary) depth. I saw it as …. Maleficent’s wings were taken. Shit. She’s wingless now. Ok, that’s enough seriousness. (Weird. Time for an awkward transition.)

      Absolutely go see it. Definitely not just a “chick” movie. Definitely not a story for the children. It’s for you. Yes, you, dear reader. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. As I said before, I literally can’t even right now. Literally. (Serious, but also mocking this silly phrase.) Hmm… looking back now, my list of awesomeness does not seem super long. Well, I don’t want to give anything away. There’s a ton of other awesome that happens, buuuuuut I’m keeping it secret. You’ll have to go see it to find out!

      Have you seen it? Are you going to? Who’s your favorite Disney villain? Let me know in the comments below! Like, comment, and follow.
      Until next time!

A Million Ways To Die In The West And Seeing It Is One Of Them: Movie Review

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Holy crap! I went out for a movie two weekends in a row. Look out, someone is having too much free time. (It’s me.) Last weekend I went on another adventure to the moving pictures and saw A Million Ways to Die in the West. Your first question might be Eww. Why? Fair enough. Seth MacFarlane was super active in this movie, if you haven’t seen the trailer – he is. I used to be a huge fan of Family Guy and was curious as to what was going on in the noggin of his lately. Turns out – not much.

We get to the theater early, as usual. Snackage was bought. Tickets were ripped. Seats were grabbed. The theater was a lot less crowded than The Amazing Spider-man 2. That should have been my first hint. We sat down and no little kids were kicking my seat. No one was super talkative. Off to a great start!

The movie itself. Not funny. Let me clarify. I did laugh at a few parts, I’m not going to lie. The funniest parts were given away as freebies in the trailers, unfortunately. The humor was insanely crude, which I expected, but it was done in such a way that wasn’t even funny. It was mostly just gross. (Some background on me: I love crude jokes. I think fart jokes are funny. Slapstick – incomparably funny. Witty humor is the ultimate in my book.) This – I don’t even have words for. The whole movie was about how MacFarlane’s character hates living in the Wild West. Why he hasn’t moved before this movie was made is beyond me. He has a friend who is dating a prostitute at the local bar. He has a thing for this woman who swoops in out of nowhere and changes his world. Sound corny? It is, and this movie was too.

My advice to you, if your boyfriend, friend, significant other, girlfriend, teacher, relative, dog, whoever, wants to see this movie – say no. Say you want to see something else instead and then wait until the movie is no longer in the theaters and act sad that you didn’t get a chance to see it. Rent it, if you absolutely have to. But don’t pay more than a dollar for it.

The best part of the movie was the Maleficent preview.

What are your thoughts on this movie? Have you seen it? Do you want to see it? Am I besmirching all that is MacFarlane and the art of film? Let me know in the comments below. Like, comment, and follow.

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Swinging Life Away With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

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Last weekend I had the priviledge of going out, which is something I don’t do that often. The outing of choice was to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Let me just say that I was excited. He’s definitely in my Top 3 of Superheroes. (Also Iron Man and Wolverine.) The previews looked super awesome, but I was a little worried as I always am when it comes to Superhero movies. What if they only showed the best parts in the previews? What if Gwen Stacy turns into a character more like Mary Jane Watson (ugh)? What if Jamie Foxx is horrible? All very legit questions and fears.

We get there early and the theater is still packed. All those people who thought it wouldn’t be busy, since it opened the weekend before, came and made it busy. (Shakes fist.) We found a place where we could all fit (all three of us) in the first row of the second section. So we’re not craning our necks to see what’s going on and we can put our feet up on the railing. (Not that I would ever break such an important rule as keeping my feet off the railing.) As soon as the movie started, (the actual movie, not the previews) the kid behind me kicks my chair. He was surprisingly strong for such a little kid. Good god. My knight in shining armor (my beau, my boo, my sugar daddy, my lover, my boyfriend) turned and asked the kid nicely to stop. The kid did. Awesome! We’re off to a great start. False hope, only later did we all find out that that kid is the most talkative kid in the whole world. Slight exaggeration? Nope. He talked through the whole thing. He’d miss important whispery parts and then ask his dad why something was happening. UGH!

The actual movie: was awesome as hell. The fight scenes were great! They really used the slow motion to their advantage. About my fears: There were parts I recognized from the trailers and previews, but there were so many other great scenes that I was not disappointed. Gwen Stacy did not turn into a whining Damsel in Distress. Heck no. She was awesome and a kick-ass female lead. Jamie Foxx rocked it hard. He was great in both roles he played. He did a great job in making his character complex and not one-dimensional. Harry Osborn was insane. He was a great character and had a mad-scientist sort of smile that gave me chills. There were a couple scenes that could have been taken out, but the movie didn’t seem to drag at all. I was sucked in and was swinging right along with Peter Parker. His humor is ever-present and appreciated. I love when characters have a sense of humor. The flashback scenes were great! Looks like the actually used scenes from their filming of the first movie. No other actors being told they are young Peter Parker or young Aunt May.

Should you go see it: Duh. Yes. Go right now. Well, make sure you watch the first one. There are cross-over moments that you might need the first one to guide you as to what’s going on. Overall a great movie and a great start to this summer movie season.

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Star Trek: Into Darkness Tracks Me Down, A Movie Review

Star Trek: Into Darkness

My Trekkie Cred

I’m going to be completely honest with you. Before this movie, I had never watched Star Trek. None. None of the previous movies. No shows, regardless of the generations. I was more into Star Wars and prided myself on this fact. That being said, I did not live under a rock. I knew that “live long and prosper” (insert appropriate hand sign) was from Star Trek. I knew that William Shatner played Captain Kirk. I knew that “beam me up, Scotty” was a Star Trek thing. I know that Dr. Spock is part human and part Vulcan. (Both a curse and a gift.) So, just because I did not sit down and watch a ST anything does not mean I was insanely out of the loop.

So, why would I subject myself to something that I have been able to avoid for 23+ years of my life? Well, for one, I’ve been told multiple times that it’s something that I just had to get into. Many people couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen anything (taking into account my nerdy love for Star Wars and Firefly). At work, in the office (yes, I work in an office by day and crusade the streets at night), my boss frequently makes metaphors and similes regarding Star Trek. I am one of two people who had no idea what he was talking about. I could guess it was something obscure and just nodded in agreement. Also, I had been asked to go see it and I wasn’t doing anything else more important that night.

The Theater

We left for the theater more than an hour ahead of time because nerds like to get there early and make it so groups cannot sit together. (Please keep in mind, I am not using “nerd” in a derogatory term. I consider myself to be nerdy about such things and take pride in it, as mentioned above.) So, we want to get there early so there’s time to get snackage and so we can find a spot where we can all sit together. Turns out, we were like the second group in line. And much to my dismay, no one was dressed up. Yes, this is something I expected. Then again, we did not go to a midnight showing.

Story Line

Like I said before, I am not the most versed in ST knowledge. I don’t speak Klingon and I don’t wear costumes to Comcon. (Just a reminder.) The story line was super easy to follow. It was not one of those movies that you should have watched every single episode or every movie. They weren’t continuations (that I could tell). I was not lost and in fact, found this to be a good introduction to this enterprise. Were there twists? Yes. Were there plot holes? Not that I noticed after only watching once. I was pleased. Delightfully pleased.

Special FX

Of course there are SFX. It’s a movie with aliens and takes place in space. This kind of movie strives on SFX. The delivery was subtle. The SFX were not super loud and put in only to get males into the theater. (This was no Michael Bay or Fast and Furious movie.) That’s really all I have to say on the matter.

Should I See It?

Short answer: yes. Whether you’re a Trekkie or never heard of Star Trek, this movie is pretty great. It’s a little long, so definitely go to the bathroom first. You don’t want to miss out on any part. I could keep praising this movie, or you can just go out and watch it. It’s for sure a movie you should see in the theaters. So, with that: Live long and prosper.