Posts Tagged ‘Katniss Everdeen’

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Mocking Jay: Part 1
Release Date: Nov. 21, 2014
Director: Francis Lawrence
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The next Hunger Games installment comes out next month, much to excitement of fans everywhere! The last movie had a cliff hanger ending and we don’t know what happened to Johanna Mason or Peeta Mellark! ::Bites finger nails:: Although, if you have watched any of the trailers, you know they are alive. That’s all you get to know.

The next movie has Donald Sutherland back as the creepy President Snow. He’s back up to his old tricks by trying to drive public opinion in his favor while rumors of the Mocking Jay rebellion swirl around. Katniss finds herself in the hands of the rebellion lead by survivors of District 13. No one knew there was another district out there, some where.

Will Katniss be able to draw from deep within and lead the rebellion? Will she still be able to fight? I can’t wait to see what happens.

This movie looks fantastic. Julianne Moore is spooky as President Alma Coin. Take some time to look through the promotional portraits floating around out there and to watch the various trailers that have been released. We are in for a roller coaster as we find out if our heros can survive in a teenaged wasteland.

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Maze Runner
Release Date: Sept. 19th, 2014
Director: Wes Ball
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Thomas can’t remember anything but his name. Waking up to find himself trapped in a maze with a group of other young men, he has to figure out what is going on. Just as he’s adjusting to his world, a girl arrives named Teresa. There has never been a girl there before. Thomas becomes a maze runner mapping and looking for a way out as they try to survive.

There are some crazy mythological stories from Greece and one of them is the story of Theseus and another the story of Icarus and Daedalus.  Once upon a time, a crazy king had a minotaur. So he built a maze and put the minotaur in the middle. Then he fed the minotaur anyone that displeased him. Then they went to war with other city states and demanded that 7 young men and 7 of the best unwed young girls be sent every year to the feast of the minotaur. They were then sent into the maze and the minotaur would hunt them and kill them. This happened every year till Thesueus hunted and slayed the minotaur through wise trickery. That my friends, is the inspirational back ground for this type of story.

Kill the minotaur! Escape the MAZE!

In other news, the movie is based on a book. The book is supposedly fantastic. I haven’t myself read it but so many people have enjoyed it they sent the book to the FEAST OF SCREEN ADAPTATIONS! It happened to win. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is in the movie. You may known him as the voice of Ferb on Phinneas and Ferb. Chris Sheffield plays Ben and he was on Happy Land. Finally Dylan O’Brien plays the main character Thomas. You may have seen him on the TV show, Teen Wolf.

I think I am going to wait for NetFlix though I encourage everyone else to see this in the theater. There are some great young actors and actresses in this movie that we will see more of in the future.

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Young Ones
Release Date: Oct. 17, 2014 ( Limited US release)
Director: Jack Paltrow
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Water, it’s the most precious substance known to man. Imagine growing up in a world where your father tells you stories about green pastures. That is this world. Wouldn’t you do anything possible to protect your family in a world where dust is more abundant than rain or good morals? Join a young man and his equally young companions trying to survive in a near future filled with famine.

I love, love, love genre mash ups. This is not just post apocalyptic, it’s not just young adult, but it’s also a sci-fi western. Yes, you read that correctly. Just like Cowboys and Aliens, this is a sci-fi western. It’s also getting a limited US release. Right now the movie is just finishing up the film festival circuts, which is why you probably haven’t heard or seen anything about it. The director, Jack Paltrow, also wrote the movie. ( Yes, that’s Gwen’s brother.) The movie stars Elle Fanning (Super 8, Maleficent), Nicholas Hoult (Skins), Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNorman) and Michael Shannon ( Boardwalk Empire).

You should be outraged if you are not getting this movie in your city. Some films deserve to be seen. Ask your local theater for a showing… demand it. THROW THINGS… wait, don’t do that. Keep suggesting it till a wide release is scheduled.

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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!