This sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is one of the better second chapters in recent memory. I’m not an advocate for the books, never read them, I’m just a casual fan of the first film and a huge fan of the second. Catching Fire is full of emotional highs and lows, mostly lows, as Katniss tries to fight back against the Capitol and their tyrannical regime.
The last time Godzilla got the blockbuster treatment was in 1998, when director Roland Emmerich created an admirable, but lackluster film. 15 years later, the radioactive monster is getting a whole new approach from newbie director Gareth Edwards, and it looks pretty amazing. Feast your eyes on the first trailer for Godzilla after the jump.
When I first posted about Her awhile back, I was intrigued but skeptical. The story of a man falling in love with an artificial operating system just seemed so silly, no matter how gorgeous the cinematography or how talented the cast. But I’m a big fan of Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) and I was willing to give the film a shot. I’m surely glad I did. Her is funny, thoughtful and a marvel of subtlety. It’s an achievement for the crew, who created a believable futuristic world of ever growing technology and ever shrinking human interaction, and for the cast, who populated it with regrets, longing and relentless humanity.
If you’ve been watching a lot of television in the last couple weeks, then you have without a doubt seen Ron Burgundy on just about every single channel at one point or another. To ramp up the publicity for the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2, Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) has been popping in on news casts to show these “sub-par” news anchors how it’s really done. First he took to Bismark, North Dakota. Check out the rest of the story to see Ron Burgundy’s KVMB news broadcast.
Since Thursday, I’ve been on my perennial Christmas movie kick. So far, I’ve got The Santa Clause and Jingle All The Way under my belt. I’m saving my favorite Christmas movie for a couple weeks, though, so I can squeeze the most nostalgia out of it I can. I’m talking about of course, Home Alone, a holiday cinematic classic. Today I stumbled upon a throwback Honest Trailer that rips on the insane cruelty of the McCalillister family, Kevin’s tell-tale signs of sociopathic behavior and many other satirized aspects of this beloved movie. And as with most Honest Trailers, it’s pretty hilarious and spot-on. Hit the jump.
In a world where culture has found so many ways to reach us, it becomes increasingly easy to question the relevance of sitting in a dark theater room. Thankfully, in the last couple of months, a handful of movies have made it a point to remind us just how powerful, challenging, and necessary cinema is. Blue is the Warmest Color, a transcendental tale of sexual and sentimental education, and Gravity, a vivid rendering of life in emptiness and a call for renewed purpose, are among the finest examples of this. Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) uncensored look at America’s most shameful institution in 12 Years a Slave further elevates the seventh art by making it impossible for the audience to look away from raw history. The movie tells the story of Solomon Northrup, a free man living in New York who is deceived, kidnapped and sold into slavery. It’s an uncomfortable watch, filled with chains and flayed backs and infused with the darker facets of humankind, but it’s an essential and brilliant film.
November 18th marked the 28th anniversary since a boy and his tiger first began appearing in newspapers. Calvin and Hobbes is undoubtedly, in my opinion, the greatest comic strip there ever was. It was consistently smart, funny, charming, and not to mention beautifully drawn from its humble beginnings in 1985 until its famous conclusion in 1995. A few months back I happened to discover that a documentary on the strip was going to released later in the year, which I was overjoyed to hear. It wasn’t as if new Calvin and Hobbes strips were coming out, but I was excited nonetheless. Since the documentary wasn’t widely released, I had to watch the film via iTunes. In short, it was worth the $10 I paid.
Stephen Frears’ (The Queen, Tamara Drewe, Dangerous Liaisons) last movie, Philomena, is based on a book about the true story of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman whose son was taken away by Catholic nuns following an early unwed pregnancy. The movie follows her as she attempts to find him years later, helped by a disgraced government worker turned journalist (Steve Coogan). Philomena continuously raises the stakes but never compromises its intimate scale. It never loses sight of its characters — thanks to expert performances — or its audience, who is made to laugh, cry and clench their fists.
Matthew McConaughey’s career reversal in recent years has been praised by critics and audiences alike. His mesmerizing performance in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club propels him to new heights and he is already receiving well-deserved Oscar buzz. The film tells the story of real-life Ronald Woodroof, a heterosexual ain’t-nothing-gonna-kill-me Texas cowboy/electrician diagnosed with AIDS in 1985, in the uncertain early years of the HIV epidemic. After obtaining AZT, the only FDA-approved HIV drug at the time, and merely dying from it, he seeks drugs from other countries and starts to sell them to other patients in need.
Back in August, Josh wrote a post on the debut trailer for Divergent — to say the least, he was not impressed. The film looks very similar to The Hunger Games, just like another teenybopper flick geared at readers of Twilight. I for one am a huge fan of Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, so the fact both are starring in this film, you at least have my attention. The worldwide trailer for Divergent dropped this week, and this one shows off a bit more of what the film has to offer.