Jon M. Chu
BAMcinematek opened it’s latest film series 3D IN THE 21ST CENTURY at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas on Friday night.
The festival explores the state of the art in recent stereo film, stating “The unprecedented resurgence of 3D in the last decade has expanded the visual and emotional possibilities of cinema in frequently wondrous—and sometimes divisive—new ways. At its best, the technology creates almost hallucinatory immersive landscapes and retina-dazzling surprises with an immediate visceral impact. From big-budget blockbusters to high-concept mind-benders by arthouse icons, this first-of-its-kind series surveys recent films that showcase the full range of stereoscopic cinema’s expressive potential.”
Kicking off the opening night of the series was an eye-popping pair of films, both from director Jon M. Chu: STEP UP 3D and JUSTIN BIEBER NEVER SAY NEVER.
The BAM site says about STEP UP 3D: “This visually dazzling hip-hop musical gives filmed dance an innovative 3D update. The wisp of a plot—in which a ragtag group of young New York City hoofers compete to win an epic dance battle—is just a pretext for the nonstop stream of exhilarating dance sequences, in which the novel use of three dimensions gives the breathtaking displays of popping, locking, and spinning a visceral jolt.”
“This is jump-n-jive cinema done right, with cinematography to match.”
—Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Regarding JUSTIN BIEBER NEVER SAY NEVER, BAM says: “Bieber is bigger than life in this slick monument to a pop culture sensation. Part behind-the-scenes documentary, part Madison Square Garden concert spectacular, it’s all engagingly engineered to drive legions of tweeny bopper fans to hysterics. For non-Beliebers, it’s a frighteningly effective glimpse of the teen-idol-generating hype machine.”
The film also features Usher, Miley Cyrus, Ludacris, Jaden Smith, Sean Kingston, Boyz II Men, and Scooter Braun.
BAMcinématek presents classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives, with appearances by filmmakers, actors, and critics.
BAM Rose Cinemas (BRC) opened in 1998 to offer Brooklyn audiences an alternative to the standard multiplex, screening independent films that might otherwise not play in the borough and making BAM the only performing arts center in the country with two mainstage theaters and a multiplex cinema. In July 1999, beginning with a series celebrating the work of Spike Lee, BAMcinématek was born as Brooklyn’s only daily year-round repertory film program.
Over the course of its decade-long history, BAMcinématek has presented major retrospectives by such well-known auteurs as Michelangelo Antonioni, Shohei Imamura, Manoel de Oliveira, Luchino Visconti, and Vincente Minnelli and has introduced New York audiences to contemporary filmmakers, such as Pedro Costa and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In addition, BAMcinématek has programmed the first US retrospectives of directors Arnaud Desplechin, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Hong Sang-soo, among others. BAMcinématek has also featured many exciting marquee guests, including Gena Rowlands, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Milos Forman, David Byrne, Jonathan Demme, Isabella Rossellini, Paul Thomas Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Larry Clark, D.A. Pennebaker, Catherine Deneuve, and many more.