Step Up: All In

Dance. It’s so beautiful and powerful and also empowering. It is art and an expression of personality. I am in awe of everyone who is capable of controlling their own body to a point where he/she can make movement look deliberate and special. Therefore, there really shouldn’t be a surprise in me loving the Step Up franchise. I’ve watched every movie like a gazillion times and I am so happy that they made Step Up: All In.

Let’s face it, the plot of these movies is always fairly the same. On the one hand it’s a love story, and on the other hand our heroes have to prove their talent in same sort of final audition or dance battle. But the simplicity of the plot and the fact that you always know what you can expect from the film, is one of the reasons why I find them so very entertaining. I am never disappointed and they always manage to deliver, really, what more can one ask for?

While Step Up: All In, the fifth instalment in the Step Up Series, follows the general guidelines of the previous parts, it also pleasently surprised me by addressing the issue of making a living through dancing. While I understand everyone’s passion and enthusiasm for dancing, it is very difficult to actually make money in the business. So far, this issue wasn’t really a big part of the series and I am happy that they dealt with it now. Also, I loved it that there were so many familiar faces to see again. Take a look at the trailer here and see who you can make out in the blur of faces!

Here’s a little fact sheet of Step Up: All In:

Genre: Drama/Music/Dance/Romance

Length: 112 minutes

Cast: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Adam Sevani, Alyson Stoner, Misha Gabriel, Izabella Miko, Mari Koda, Martín Lombard, Facundo Lombard, Christopher Scott, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Luis Rosado, Chadd Smith, Parris Goebel, Stephen “Stevo” Jones, David “Kid David” Shreibman, Celestina Aladekoba, …

Choreographers: Dondraco Johnson, Christopher Scott, Jamal Sims

I’d really advise you to watch all five movies that are available as of now. They are fun and make you want to learn how to dance. Also, it is so much greater to watch, if you recognise some of the faces from previous movies. I still can’t believe that I first saw Channing Tatum and his now wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum in the first Step Up movie and where they are now. I hope the career of many of the dancers and actors will pick up after these movies as well.

Have you watched the new movie? Any of the older parts? What do you think? Do you dance yourself?

New Fantasy TV Shows

So, another sequel on this year’s new fall season TV shows. If you haven’t read the previous posts, I will put the link to the others at the end of this entry.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Season 1 Promo Poster 1

I already love the original show Once Upon a Time from ABC, even though I have to say, that I think it got a lot worse in the second season. Since the show was a huge success, I wasn’t surprised they made a spin-off, called Once Upon a Time in Wonderland focusing on Alice and her adventures. The show stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby, Naveen Andrews, John Lithgow and many more.

You don’t have to know the actual Once Upon a Time series to understand what’s going on in the Wonderland-version. Alice, who fell into a rabbit hole when she was little, tries to proove to her father that she wasn’t imagining her adventures. When she travels to Wonderland again, she falls in love with the genie Cyrus, but after he gets murdered by the Red Queen, she returns home and gets sent to an Asylum by her father. I don’t want to tell you more, because that would be the summary of the entire first episode, and I’d really like it to see it for yourself.

I still think that the visual effects look very computer animated … in a bad way (I’d almost say cheap), but that was the same in the regular Once Upon a Time. Other than that, I quite enjoyed the new take on Alice’s story and I especially liked the character of the Knave of Hearts.

Witches of East End

I am mostly very prejudiced concerning Lifetime-TV-shows, because I barely ever like them. The only one I actually tolerate is the Client List, but I wanted to at least check out the show Witches of East End.

The story is based on the novel of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz and revolves around the witch Joanna and her two adult daughters who don’t yet know about their powers. Things get complicated, when Joanna’s sister Wendy turns up to tell her that someone is trying to kill her family.

Although the show is sometimes ridiculously soapy-romantic, I actually find it quite entertaining. There is a certain level of mystery that fascinates me and I think I am going to keep watching it for a while to see how it continues. Another point that convinced me to check the show out were the actors and actresses. You’ll be able to see the following people: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, Eric Winter, Daniel Di Tomasso, Mädchen Amick, Kellee Stewart, Freddie Prinz Jr., Virginia Madsen, …

 

Here are, as promised, the links to the previous posts:

https://theimpossiblegirlblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/and-some-more-tv-shows/

https://theimpossiblegirlblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/tvs-fall-season-has-started/

 

Are there some shows you would like me to cover? If so, just leave a comment below!

Underrated Movies, Part II

Just like last time,Image my selection for the “underrated movie section” is a film with an excellent cast, that somehow didn’t get noticed by the public. 10 Years is about a group of friends that have their 10-year-High School-Reunion (as you might have been able to guess by the title).

The subject of the film might not be the most creative or original one, but it doesn’t diminish the movie in any way. It is fun to watch, hilarious at times, very relatable and sweet altogether. It is somewhat unnecessary to explain the content in detail, so I will try to convince you with a cast list: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Justin Long, Aubrey Plaza, Oscar Isaac (who once again sings in a movie. I love it when he gets to show off his great voice!), Max Minghella, Ari Graynor, Anthony Mackie, Scott Porter, Kate Mara and Lynn Collins. The thing is, I still don’t think I’ve got everyone who was in the movie on the list.

I thought the movie was really entertaining, and thanks to Oscar Isaac also had a really good Soundtrack. Never Had is one of my favorite songs on my iPod! It might not be highly intellectual and it’s not about deep revelations either; it’s about real life, and that’s why I think it’s such a great movie.

Have you watched it? What do you think about it?