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Catching Fire is one of the most amazing movies I’ve ever seen. The story, acting and special effects were outstanding, uplifting and mind blowing. Don’t go any further if you don’t want spoilers.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire finds our hero Katniss Everdean back home in district 12. There are a lot of things going through Katniss’ head now and she needs to sort them out. Being home is unbelievable and even though Katniss and Peeta should feel safe, they aren’t at ease. Things are changing and President Snow is putting pressure on our Champions to put on a good show on the Victory Tour. Traveling through the districts, Katniss has been threatened by President Snow, that if people aren’t at ease and aren’t believing that her and Peeta are madly in love their will be consequences. Meanwhile, the districts are unsettled and whispers of rebellion start to travel far and wide. To solve the issue the 75th Hunger Games, Quarter Quell will draw tributes from the existing pool of victors. There will be one male and one female victor from each district. This puts our heroes back in danger. Haymitch Abernathy is chosen as male tribute but Peeta volunteers. Once back at the Capitol, our heroes find out the other tributes are just as pissed off about this decision. Teams start to form to try and keep districts 1 and 2 from dominating the field. Everything is complicate though and allies are lost in battle before Katniss finds the bravery to really stand against The Hunger Games as a symbol and as a leader.

They did a really amazing job bringing this movie to life. The first movie is good but doesn’t go deep enough into the characters to come out with any meaning. Catching Fire on the other hand expands the universe, introduces new characters that won the games previous and fills you in on each characters motivations. Even the supporting roles get more time, like Haymitch, Primrose, Gale and Peeta. The story is so full and lush that 2.5 hours goes by in a blink of an eye. The character dialogue in the movie is used much more artfully than in the first movie. Everything is their for a purpose and helps craft what is really going on in the world around Katniss.

I also loved the fashion. You get to see more of the wacky clothing that all the different districts and the Capitol wear. The costume designer should get an award because of all the beautiful sweaters and knit wear they incorporated. Here are some amazing examples:

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Hollywood finally did something right. First, they cast Jennifer Lawrence as the main character. Jennifer Lawrence looks like a real person with curves. It’s amazing to see an actress on screen that isn’t starving herself for the role. Secondly, everyone else gives the best performance ever, especially Donald Sutherland as President Snow. Thirdly, it’s great to see a female role with such integrity, bravery, wit and complexity as Katniss Everdean. They didn’t dumb her down for the screen. THANK YOU! It’s also fantastic to have a lead character that’s not chasing around a boy because she wants to get in his pants or become a vampire. The male characters are all so diverse and fully developed around her it makes this movie very special. This is a rare gem.

Furthermore, they are making the last book into two movies. I am tortured because I have to wait a year for part 1 but… I may just read the books to keep myself happy. I didn’t want to ruin the movies by reading the books. Some how, I don’t think that will be an issue.

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Happy Hunger Games and may the odds, ever be in your favor.

I am going to see this movie again this week. That’s how AWESOME it is.

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I was a pretty big fan of the first Hunger Games movie. I had a few minor issues with it. I wanted more background on the setting. Why did everyone just accept that this was their fate? Why was their no fighting back? Why was this even happening? What we were told in the first movie is that their was a rebellion and after it was quashed, they started having what amounted to child sacrifice to the Capital government. At the time, I wanted more depth for the setting because it WAS well done. The characters were well done and carried the action well.

So, where does this one fit into the formula? First, the games are not just children this time, making things far FAR less horrific. The politics are delved into MUCH more deeply. The characters still carry the action well, but it is less of a focus this time around. This time, it is all about team building.

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Everyone around Katniss begins to realize that she is becoming more and more of a symbol of freedom and defiance. Each in turn starts to find a place at her side supporting the coming uprising. Some characters, such as Effie, who are not necessarily likeable the first time start to realize just how rotten things have become and slowly shift their allegiances.

The plot takes some pretty swift turns. Things never lag and the whole movie flows at a great pace that is never too slow or too fast. Surprises come often enough to keep you intrigued without feeling out of place or just there for shock value.

All in all, highly recommend the movie. Even if you were not necessarily a fan of the first, I would recommend this one as a great near-future sci-fi film. The horrors of the first movie are much less prominent this time around. The aftermath of what happened in the first is still highly emotional, but they don’t dwell on the awful things that happened. This is about the people coming together and realizing that things don’t have to be like this. I can’t wait for the next of the series, which I understand is broken into two parts. Should be a heck of a ride!

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.

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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.

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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.