Trailer: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' - Nov 21
Directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright.
As with ‘Hunger Games’ teaser trailers, we really get nothing here. This is ultimately less exciting than the interrupted Capitol announcement. But most disappointing is that they’re showing us nothing of District 13. Going by this, and excluding one shot of people walking down stairs, it looks like District 13 is an empty warehouse.
‘Catching Fire' is a vast improvement over 'The Hunger Games'. This is mostly thanks to the fact that it doesn't need to waste a lot of time on exposition, but it also managed to solve the problem of 1st person vs. 3rd person perspective. The first film departed from the book in that it gave us a much broader world view of Panem. This was fine for establishing the universe, but in the process it lost the emotional connection to Katniss and the whole point about it being her specific experience. The sequel wisely doesn't leave Katniss very often and does so only briefly and with great reason to. This means that the emotion between the characters, her frustration, the tension of the games, her confusion and lack of knowledge and the twist ending all work. The Capitol felt much more menacing in this installment which added an unprecedented gravitas, but that has more to do with the source material I'd say. regardless, the movie looked amazing in IMAX. When the top and bottom of the screen opened up (you'll need a true IMAX screen for this experience) during the Games sequence, I was giddy. I was so very glad I saw it on the biggest screen possible.
‘The Day of the Doctor’ had massive, impossible hype to live up to, but left me feeling satisfied for what it was. It struck the right balance of clever plotting, frightening monsters, touching emotion, self reflexive references both big and small and humor. Despite a deus ex machina ending that practically rewrote the modern era’s origin story*, it didn’t get bogged down by too much timey-wimey Moffat intricacies. Hurt gave a standout performance that makes me wish he had his own ‘Who’ series. I’m interested to see how the fans react to Billie Piper’s role, as it wasn’t really “Rose” and may not have been what many were expecting. Regardless, they opened up the door for an endless possibility of stories both backwards and forwards in time, and isn’t that what good ‘Doctor Who’ is supposed to do? Plus Tom Baker and Capaldi. Amirite?
*Except not really because Gallifrey instead of being destroyed is now missing and the Daleks are still nearly wiped out. Same place as we were before, but there’s a chance Gallifrey could be found.
In The Hunt, 12 tributes teams of two are dropped into the wilderness without food, water or shelter. They must compete in a game where they’ll rely on their physicality, survival skills and hunting skills to endure the harsh conditions and kill capture one another. Also, the winner gets food for life cash.
What’s the show’s tagline, “May the odds be favorable to you, the players of this completely original game”?
Before Jennifer Lawrence struck it big with ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ she was in a little indie film no one’s ever heard of called ‘The Hunger Games’ and the odds are clearly in your favor because it’s down from its $40.00 list price. For the next four hours only.