The other thing I think of is stepping. So when I saw the preview to Step Up 3D, needless to say, I was excited. In trying to narrow down the things I love about the Step Up 3D movie preview to just 10 items, I felt a lot like Sarah Palin must feel when she is trying to decide which of every newspaper in the world she is going to read on a particular day. There are inevitably going to be tough omissions. For GTOG’s 10 favorite things about the Step Up 3D preview, read on after the jump…
10. Rick Malambri
When you saw this guy in the preview, I guarantee you didn’t think “Oh my God I know that guy…he looks so familiar…where is he from???” Well, unless of course you remember him from that one episode of Criminal Minds in 2009 or when he played the “floppy haired guy” from that 2007 episode of How I Met Your Mother. (His name is Rick Malambri. Great name for a general contractor, horrible name for an actor). The director here seems to be going for a hybrid Channing Tatum (star of Step Up) and Wes Bentley, the guy in American Beauty who held the video camera. I’m not sure if this makes Malambri dumb and creepy or creepy and dumb.
7. The comments on YouTube
I’ll let these speak for themselves.
And my personal favorite…
6. Screen shots
|Looks like Joran van der Sloot at Eyes Wide Shut Party|
5. A house accessible only by “elevator shaftway”
From the 0:35-0:48 mark, we hear the following exchange:
– Welcome to my house.
Think of the house as like a super group.
Dancers work together, live together, battle together.
It’s crazy, right?
– This place is incredible.
“Incredible” is one way to describe it. “Foster home” is another. Apparently there is an abandoned warehouse in the middle of Manhattan that houses at least 36 dancers (that’s what I counted at the 0:45 mark) between the ages of 16-24, is accessible only by “elevator shaftway,” has a wall made of boomboxes, has professional stage lighting, serves sit down meals for 36 people, has a lot of rooms that appear to be cages, and everyone is only interested in drinking water and soda as opposed to alcohol.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t remark that the degree of diversity in this house can only be described as “aspirational.” Diversity is a concept fully embraced by GTOG, but I’m not sure that there are this many different races in a Reading Rainbow advertisement, let alone living together in a boarding house in Manhattan. In fact, I’m not so sure that there are even this many races in existence, period.
(If you didn’t own overalls like the Kid in position #4, then you simply weren’t raised as a human being. Also, free Auntie Anne’s pretzel at Pittsburgh Mills Food Court if you can prove that the girl on the end is not crying.)
(Free Jay Caufield bobble head if you can identify the source of the hand circled in red. And if it is from the kid second from the left, then he has some insanely long arms for his age.)
3. The “biggest battle ever”
At the 0:50 mark, Rick Malambri pulls a flyer off of an outdoor bulletin board and says, “Check this. It’s the biggest battle ever.” Of all the suspensions of belief required to buy into this movie, this might be the single most absurd. From what we have learned so far, this is a group of 40+ people who are unbelievably gifted at dancing and standing on their heads, they live in a warehouse solely designed for the purpose of “battling”…and this girl only learns about the “biggest battle ever” by a street flyer??? This would be like 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Kavya Sivoshankar finding out about the “biggest spelling bee ever” from her spelling partner Manosh pulling a flyer off the bulletin board above a homeless guy sleeping outside the public library and saying, “check this…it’s the biggest spelling bee ever.” Trust me, she would already know about it.
2. “Some people learn to dance. Others are born to.”
…And some consider what this guy is doing to be “withdrawal from crystal meth,” not dancing.
1. The “one move”
Did you know that:
- People dance because dance can change things?
- One move can bring people together?
- One move can make you believe like you’re something more?
- One move can set a whole generation free?
My friend said he thought this was hyperbole, but then I reminded him that this is exactly what Nelson Mandela said when he was released from prison just before he did the wiggle move and stood on his head. Seriously though, what could this move be? And why exactly is this generation considered not “free?” It seems to me that living in a warehouse with stage lighting, your 40 best friends, freshly prepared meals and dancing all day is about as “free” as you can be.
It’s time to Step Up.