Coming Features

Posted: November 14, 2013 by Noccie in Movies, Noccie
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There are a great number of movies coming out that I am looking forward too. Here are a few of the features, some are a long way out and some are coming very soon.

Nov. 22, 2013 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing example of a great actress in an amazing role. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the follow up the first book/movie. The second movie fills in the details of how President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland (the father of Keifer Sutherland),  plans to get revenge against Katniss Everdean. President Snow was very unhappy with the stunt she pulled at the end of the last games. Since then, the people have shown their love for Katniss as an underdog hero. They even go so far as to ban Katniss and Peeta from speaking in public because people love them so much. The government is afraid that Katniss will incite a riot that will take down the government. President Snow needs to find a way to turn Katniss kill her and make sure she’s not a Martyr. They use the guise of the Quarter Quell to call Katniss into the games again. She is the only surviving female Tribute from District 12.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this movie. I loved the aesthetic from the first movie and think they did an amazing job adapting the book to screen. They give such dignity to amazing characters like Rue, Cinna and even Effie Trinket. The costume and make up design were thoughtful and evocative of all the different environments in within the Hunger Games movie. I can only anticipate the next movie to be more of the same magic. These movies have the same feel as Logan’s Run and a lot of the same social structure and aesthetic. They Capitol is opulent, wasteful and yet hiding the grimy  decay behind beautiful but blood adornments.  I will be seeing this Thanksgiving weekend. Look out for my review. Take a few minutes and look at the website. They made it very interesting with a fake fashion magazine for the Capitol.

The Hunger Games Explorer

Official Hunger Games Trailer

Dec. 13, 2013 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit was fantastic. I enjoyed the movie more than the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s also my favorite book that Tolkien wrote. Martin Freeman makes the movie version of Bilbo Baggins interesting and worth watching. If you aren’t familiar with Martin Freeman, he’s been Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dr. Watson in Sherlock, Tim on the Office (Original British one) and also played small parts in many Simon Pegg movies. He’s an authentic Every Man but is also just a great actor. Richard Armitage plays Thorin Oakenshield, the King of the Dwarves Under the Lonely Mountain. He is unrecognizable in this role as the stoic, troubled king. He wants to reclaim his home for his people left as refugees. Ian McKellen reprises his role as Gandalf once more and is both inspiring and hilarious at the same time.

Although The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was amazing, we didn’t even reach the Lonely Mountain. They’ve split the journey into three movies. The second deals with the final leg of their path and also managing to form an army that can deal with the dragon Smaug. We will get to see the dragon finally, voiced by Benedict Comberbatch (aka Sherlock.)

I am eagerly awaiting the confrontation with the dragon and to see how they work other source material into the movie. The only thing I am not looking forward to is Legolas. Yes… he was alive at the time the story takes place but really? They just wanted blond heart throb, Orlando Bloom back to reprise his role as extreme sports elf. He lost me when he was shield surfing at the battle of Helms Deep. That is not ok. Regardless of Legolas, I am going to see this opening weekend.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

May 30, 2014 – Maleficent

Disney… sometimes you are just so beautiful. I’ve always loved Sleeping Beauty. When I was a child, I used to watched the animated movie because the cartoon was art. Everything was just beautifully drawn and painted to look like stained glass. The moving images were illuminated as if light through stained glass. Maleficent was and still is a regal and unyielding threat to the child Aurora. The upcoming movie Maleficent has once again made that world beautiful and foreboding.

Angelina Jolie has been cast to play the legendary Black Fairy. In the original tales, she was slighted by the parents of Aurora by not being invited to the celebration of her birth. Aurora’s parents were short the golden plate needed for each of the fairies invited and so, since the Black Fairy never came to these events, they didn’t invite her. Aurora is being played by the younger Fanning, Elle Fanning. From the trailer, she’s doing a good job playing the innocent young Aurora. It’s hard to say what story they will use in this new version but the trailer is impressive.

They describe the story as follows:

“From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.”

The movie doesn’t have a website yet but they have an about section at the Disney site. Here is the IMDB. 

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