Reviews of the Incredible Dancing in Duane Adler’s “Make Your Move”

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We all know that critics can be harsh, especially when they critique a movie on what it “isn’t” rather than what it “is.” Make Your Move was released in the United States on April 18 to mixed reviews, some critics damned the film based on its the plot, while others absolutely delighted in it. Hmmmm. Well which is it?

However, thank goodnessthat most all critics agree that the dancing in this “dance” film is absolutely TOPS.  Below are some reviews for you to read about how this movie fares with the critics.  Click on the links to see the full reviews.

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From DVD Talk (July 22, 2014)

 Story-wise, there are a number of complications involving permits, gunshots, viral videos, and sibling rivalry, but Adler is wise enough to blaze through this material, keeping the focus of the film on the dance routines and the sexual chemistry. … There’s a bit of electricity coming off this thing — no guilt in taking pleasure.

Make Your Move doesn’t break ground in the world of fiction, but its high-energy, does-what’s-advertised pleasures will leave plenty of viewers tapping their feet. Recommended.

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From IMDB User Review (April 19, 2014)

“Make Your Move” is one of the best movies about dancing and expressing the feelings through the moves, about passion, hard work and, of course, love. … To say more, I was really amazed by the incredible choreography, the soundtracks were fabulous as well, and I absolutely love the cast and the crew … “Make Your Move” is an amazing movie about dancing, passion, love and so much more ….

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The Nerdist (April 19, 2014)

Duane Adler’s Make Your Move (not to be confused with Step Up, Take the Lead, Stomp the Yard, or any other dance films with an imperative verb in the title) is everything a dance film needs to be. It has dance-talented leads, a hugely charismatic lead actress, an interesting enough story, and enough dance sequences to keep the movie afloat. Indeed, there is a dance sequence in the middle of Make Your Move wherein our handsomely bland hero Donny (Derek Hough) and our chirpy and wonderful heroine Aya (Korean pop idol BoA) seduce and undress one another – in dance – as a form of foreplay. The foreplay dance is one of the best dance numbers I’ve seen in any dance film.

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From Roger Ebert.com (April 18, 2014)

“Make Your Move” has a pretty complicated plot, involving corporate sponsorship, event planning, career moves for dancers, visa and immigration issues, not to mention various family dramas and burgeoning romance. It’s a lot to absorb. But a movie like “Make Your Move” rests on the success of its various dance sequences, not its plot. And the dancing here is exciting, innovative, and specific.

“Make Your Move” has an underlying sweetness that serves it well. … It features a diverse cast, accurately reflecting the dance world and its inhabitants. Adler and Middleton know that when we come to a dance movie, we want a chance to see, really see, those dances. They find a way to do just that.

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From the Hollywood Reporter (April 17, 2014)

The Romeo and Juliet-inspired plotline basically serves as a framing device allowing the opportunity for a plethora of exuberant dance sequences that particularly show off Hough’s considerable talent. Although it takes a while for the main characters to hook up, Hough’s Donny seals the deal with an impromptu dance duet in which he removes his shirt to reveal his admirably chiseled torso. While the Astaire-Rogers movies used dance as a metaphor for sex, in these modern variations it’s an elaborate form of foreplay.

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From the New York Times (April 17, 2014)

Duane Adler, the writer of “Step Up” and “Save the Last Dance,” capably directs “Make Your Move,” a soapy, flashy confection that juxtaposes Mr. Hough’s tap dancing with the Japanese drumming style Taiko, tossed with liberal helpings of contemporary hip-hop moves. Mr. Hough, a “Dancing With the Stars” champion, impresses with his footwork and sufficiently fulfills his romantic-lead duties.

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From the L.A. Times (April 17, 2014)

Duane Adler’s film is a celebration of cultural hybridization. Its core dance styles are a wonderfully frenetic fusion of tap and hip-hop and a truly novel blend of Japanese taiko drumming and K-pop girl-group choreography.

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From the New York Daily News (April 17, 2014)

Director Duane Adler’s energetic dance flick is bound to be dismissed as a “Step Up” wannabe. But most of that series’ recent sequels were not as good as “Make Your Move.”

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From Soompi.com (April 16, 2014)

The wide variety of music and dance styles are sure to entice even the most non-dance friendly of viewers as per writer and director Duane Adler’s time-tested dance romance movie skills. The film is vivid, gorgeous, and definitely worth a watch.

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From Arts Beat L.A. (April 1, 2014)

…You probably haven’t seen taiko drumming to dub step underscoring plus all kinds of dreamy, fluid modern and hip-hop dancing in one sweet movie, so now you can!

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VIDEO TEASERS: Behind-The-Scenes, Rehearsal Clips, and Aya’s Drum Class from “Make Your Move”

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Have you seen Make Your Move yet in the theater? If not, here are three more teasers to entice you to see it. If you already have seen it, you’ll still enjoy these video clips of scenes behind-the-scenes. 🙂

 

Behind the Scenes of Make Your Move
(with Derek, BoA, Duane, Yako, Nappytabs, and Joel High commenting)

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Aya’s Drum Class (with Rookie Donny)

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Derek’s Tap Dancing Rehearsal

Great Article on ‘Make Your Move’s Director, Duane Adler!

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Duane directing BoA and Derek in a scene

Did you know that MAKE YOUR MOVE was Duane Adler’s first time directing a feature film? Did you know that he came up with the concept, wrote the screenplay, and found the two main leads Derek Hough and BoA? MAKE YOUR MOVE is Duane’s baby and we are so happy that the movie has finally been released so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful movie!

The Baltimore Sun published an article on Duane (who grew up in nearby Washington D.C.) Below is an excerpt from the aricle:

“I felt I was the best person to interpret this story — and as a writer, I don’t always feel that way,” says the North Carolina-born Adler, 45, who grew up in suburban Washington, D.C., and Odenton and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.” Directing is a different beat. It’s time-consuming, it’s hard. I think you have to be really passionate if you want to go down that road. But this [story] was an idea I had, and I did want to direct it from the start.”

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Adler says he’s perhaps most proud of the diverse cast he assembled for film. “Make Your Move” stars Derek Hough, of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and Korean pop-star BoA. Members of COBU appear in the film, and the supporting cast includes Will Yun Lee (CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0”) and Wesley Jonathan (TV Land’s “The Soul Man’).

“Our industry’s changing daily,” Adler says, “but there’s some trepidation when it comes to cross-cultural love stories and cross-cultural casting.”

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Still, Adler is optimistic that audiences are ready to embrace such a polyglot cast in a film that centers on conflict among people, not races.

“Not one time in this movie is race an issue,” he says. “Not one time does anyone say, ‘You can’t be with that girl because she’s Asian,” or ‘You can’t be with that boy because he’s white.’

Read the rest of the article here!

Derek Hough Tidbits on ‘Make Your Move’ & Fun Instagram Video!

Check out this great interview called “5 Ways to Make Your Move with Derek Hough” from Backstage.com! In the article, Derek explains five important things that keeps him motivated in life and career.. and filming MAKE YOUR MOVE! We’ve posting our two favorites, but be sure to click on the link to read them all!

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Derek’s special message to fans about ‘Make Your Move’

Go the extra mile.
“The character is a tapper, a hoofer, a street performer in New Orleans and I’ve never tapped before in my life,” says Hough. “It was actually one of the things that fascinated me about it and excited me because I knew it was going to force me to learn a new skill.” Although they offered to use stunt feet, it was important to Hough to do all the dancing himself. “I wanted every sound and every movement to be my own, and to be honest about it and to be true.” Hough trained for two and a half months, but luckily, since he was a drummer, picking up the rhythms was fairly easy.

Training gives you freedom.
In addition to his dance training, Hough studied theater in London. The training helped to give him freedom in his acting and dancing. “It’s really psychological, and [you learn] about yourself and being honest with yourself and true to how you feel in that moment.” He’s applied this technique to his acting, dancing, and choreography. “Whether I’m doing a routine where I want to move people, or if I want to feel moved myself, I definitely tap into those moments where it’s not just dancing or movement. It might just be a hand gesture or just a slow look, or even just the way you slightly tip your head forward. These subtleties speak volumes.”

Also check out this fun instagram that Derek posted today in honor of the release of MAKE YOUR MOVE. It’s a behind the scenes video at the filming of the video LET ME IN… you can see Duane Adler in there getting some action too! Haha!

Reviews, Reviews, and MORE Reviews for ‘Make Your Move’! (Critic Reviews)

We have collected a bunch of movie critic reviews that have been released recently! There are some wonderful reviews, some mixed, some not so nice… =P But most all reviewers had something positive to say about MAKE YOUR MOVE! We’ve included our favorite comments from each review, but be sure to click on the link to read the entire review… and remember, it’s all in the eye of the beholder! =)

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NY DAILY NEWS

Director Duane Adler’s energetic dance flick is bound to be dismissed as a “Step Up” wannabe. But most of that series’ recent sequels were not as good as “Make Your Move.” That’s because Adler wrote the original “Step Up” (and “Save the Last Dance”). This time, he brings an efficient, well-choreographed enthusiasm to an earnest, likable romance.

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Director Duane Adler’s film is a celebration of cultural hybridization. Its core dance styles are a wonderfully frenetic fusion of tap and hip-hop and a truly novel blend of Japanese taiko drumming and K-pop girl-group choreography. In an adorable meet-cute, Donny introduces himself to Aya (BoA) by challenging her to an impromptu dance-off on top of a bar. Imagine Fred and Ginger tapping under strobe lights in club gear.

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The Romeo and Juliet-inspired plotline basically serves as a framing device allowing the opportunity for a plethora of exuberant dance sequences that particularly show off Hough’s considerable talent. Although it takes a while for the main characters to hook up, Hough’s Donny seals the deal with an impromptu dance duet in which he removes his shirt to reveal his admirably chiseled torso. While the Astaire-Rogers movies used dance as a metaphor for sex, in these modern variations it’s an elaborate form of foreplay.

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“Make Your Move” has an underlying sweetness that serves it well. It understands the need for community, for expression, for family. It’s kind to its characters. It features a diverse cast, accurately reflecting the dance world and its inhabitants. Adler and Middleton know that when we come to a dance movie, we want a chance to see, really see, those dances. They find a way to do just that.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

Duane Adler, the writer of “Step Up” and “Save the Last Dance,” capably directs “Make Your Move,” a soapy, flashy confection that juxtaposes Mr. Hough’s tap dancing with the Japanese drumming style Taiko, tossed with liberal helpings of contemporary hip-hop moves. Mr. Hough, a “Dancing With the Stars” champion, impresses with his footwork and sufficiently fulfills his romantic-lead duties. BoA is cute and appealingly impudent, but a bit more remote.

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Hough is athletic as Gene Kelly and has the beautiful lines of Fred Astaire. His beautiful spins and turns and dynamic lines outclass BoA whose hip hop is good, but not as high a level as the crews on “Step Up: 3D.” Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo’s choreography matches Hough and BoA’s disparate talents into a lyrically romantic duet sequences. Gregory Middleton’s atmospheric cinematography makes grunge look glamorous and fills us with the golden light of possibilities including multicultural friendships and romance. “Make Your Move” isn’t a great movie but feature wonderful dance sequences and maybe the first step for Derek Hough into musical stardom. Please someone give Hough a Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire musical and find him a Ginger Rogers.

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YOUNG ADULT HOLLYWOOD

The sexual tention betwen Donny and Aya is hot, and if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve probably seen the dance sequence where Donny and Aya dance/undress before their sexual encounter. The way Donny takes off his shirt is HOT!! I really enjoyed covering Make Your Move! From the red carpet, to the screening, to the fabulous after party, it is a great film, with a great director and cast, and I can’t wait to hear what your thoughts are on Make Your Move!

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Here is a film that truly believes in America and the spirit of diversity upon which this country was founded; its unfortunately infrequent dance sequences depict young people moving, in a guileless effort to move young people. BoA’s cultural dexterity emerges as her most evident gift—Make Your Move takes full advantage of her fame as the only Korean artist to have two separate million-selling albums in Japan (particularly impressive given the fractious history between the two countries). The film foregrounds BoA’s multi-lingual fluency, not only overlooking her mild difficulties with English, but also openly celebrating her worldliness as proof of her right to remain in America as a true New Yorker.

Have You Seen “Make Your Move”? Loved It? Then Review It!

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Hey MAKE YOUR MOVE fans!!

The best way to help MAKE YOUR MOVE become successful (besides taking all of your friends & family to see it this opening weekend!) is to write a review of the movie on the movie websites below. We know that Derek Hough and BoA fans will enjoy this movie, but people who are on the fence about seeing the movie in the theaters might check out the reviews written by others… so let’s convince them to see it!

You might have to make accounts to post reviews for MAKE YOUR MOVE, but it will be such a big help if you can share your positive thoughts about the movie. Please try to write at least a little something on all of the websites listed below. Derek, BoA, Duane, Nappytabs, and everyone on the MAKE YOUR MOVE cast and crew worked SO HARD on this movie, so let’s support them every way that we can!

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Thank you for all your help! Go see MAKE YOUR MOVE this weekend and check out this post if the movie is playing at a movie theater near you!

Awesome Behind-the-Scenes Video of ‘Make Your Move’! See How The Dances Were Created!

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We absolutely love this exclusive behind-the-scenes video that was released by Seventeen Magazine! In the video, we get a little inside look of how the dance scenes were created and the diverse music was incorporated into MAKE YOUR MOVE. We get nice interviews from Duane Adler, Derek Hough, BoA Kwon, Napleon and Tabitha D’Umo, and Yako Miyamoto!

Watch the video here!

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Some quotes that are particularly notable:

Duane Adler on Derek – “Derek Hough is a freak of nature. The guy can do anything and he makes it look easy. But the secret is that he works harder than anybody that I know.”

Napoleon on BoA – “Boa is just…. She shines!! She gets tired like everyone else in rehearsals, but when it’s time to turn it on… SHE SHINES!”

Duane on BoA – “There is nobody I’d rather have in this film playing ‘Aya’ than BoA.”

Derek on BoA – “BoA….. There’s a lot of secrets I know about BoA!!! Ohh.. I’m just kidding!”

Duane on Derek & BoA – “BoA and Derek worked their ASSES off [on this film].”

Click on the screencaps in the gallery below to make the picture bigger!

BoA Talks About ‘Make Your Move’ & How She Wants A Boyfriend To Treat Her!

In this new interview from Koreak Joongang Daily, BoA talks about MAKE YOUR MOVE, how she wants her boyfriend to treat her, and her next movie project! BoA also clarifies that she did not want to sing in the film because she wanted to separate herself from ‘Aya’. Check out this beautiful picture they posted with the article! Thanks to @dreamsong91 on twitter for sending us the article!

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Do you think you are similar to Aya’s character?

Yes. Aya and I both are quite independent girls, and we love dance, apparently. Also, as I have spent quite a lot of time in Japan, I could relate to Aya more than anybody else. And we both have older brothers who we are very close to.

In the film, Aya says she doesn’t want a guy to control her. Do you think so too?

Definitely not [laughs]. To be honest, I want my boyfriend to control me and hold the upper hand in the relationship.

How can you compare dancing as Aya in the film to dancing on stage as BoA?

I have been a solo artist for about 14 years, so it’s kind of awkward to dance with someone else. And when that other person is a guy, it gets worse. When I first joined the film, I freaked out when Derek touched me in the dance moves. It took weeks for me to adapt to the situation [laughs]. Dancing in the film was a whole different experience since I had to convey the feelings of my character through dancing. Even when I was shooting the same scene, I could act differently depending on how I perceived Aya and Donny’s emotions. Now that I’ve tried so many different moves with Derek, I think I could dance to anything with him.

Did you think about singing in the film?

No. I did not want my image as a singer to be confused with Aya’s character, and I said so to the production team.

From last year’s KBS special drama series “Waiting for Love,” you seem to be focusing on your acting career at the moment. How’s your next film, “Big Match,” going?

“Big Match” is an action film, and I play the villain, going up against actor Lee Jung-jae in the story. It was fun to put on special makeup and fight against male characters. 

Read the rest of the interview here!

 

How Did BoA, Derek Hough, & the Rest of the Cast Join ‘Make Your Move’

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One of the most interesting aspects of MAKE YOUR MOVE is how diverse the cast is! We found this article from backstage.com about how MAKE YOUR MOVE casting director, Alyssa Weisberg, put together our wonderful cast. Take note that BoA had been attached to the project before Alyssa came on board and that Duane Adler was already interested in Derek as the male lead!

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“When Weisberg joined the project, BoA was already attached. Adler had see Hough at a taping of “Dancing with the Stars” and was already interested in him, as well. “By the time we went into pre-production, it was clear that Derek was our Donny,” Weisberg says. She also quickly cast Nick, played by Wesley Jonathan, and Kaz, played by Will Yun Lee. “Both actors gave fantastic reads!” Weisberg says.

No matter what genre Weisberg is casting, she says she looks for the same qualities. “I look for the best and most interesting actors for the roles. Finding actors who have a great presence and bring something new and fresh is such an amazing challenge.” She enjoys working with directors and producers who are “open to emerging talent and out-of-the box ideas.” Of course, with “Make the Move,” dancing was an important skill and Weisberg knew she needed actors who were great dancers for the roles of Tatianna and Natsumi, which were among the more difficult to cast.”

Read the rest of the article here!

We also found another video interview that Derek did during the MAKE YOUR MOVE press tour! Here he speaks about the movie with The Rhode Show!

Derek Hough Talks to ABC News About ‘Make Your Move’ & More!

ABC News via Good Morning America spoke to Derek about his new film MAKE YOUR MOVE, out this Friday, April 18. In the article, Derek speaks about how he relates to his character ‘Donny’ as he falls in love with Aya. He says that now that he is older, he can appreciate love stories, like his own film! LOL!

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“Hough added another benefit of growing and maturing is he finally in a place in his life where he can appreciate love stories, which is the theme of his new movie out Friday.

“It’s amazing how much clearer you get when you fall in love with somebody,” he told ABC News of how his life now relates to his character Donny.

Though he didn’t say whether there was a certain special lady in his life currently, he added, “love clarifies everything, makes it more enjoyable.”

“I see similarities in Donny [his character] and myself, just trying to figure out what it is you’re meant to do, following your passion,” he added.

Something that was different for the five-time “DWTS” champion was that acting in a movie isn’t live like it is in the ballroom or in some of the theater he has done in London.

He said he was pleasantly surprised after he felt he didn’t quite nail a take that he would get a second chance.

“With this film, I’d be really mad at myself and they’d say, ‘Derek it’s okay, we have more shots today,'” he added.”

Please read the entire article here!