Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Director Francis Lawrence, heard my plea of no shaky cam in the sequel. I get on my knees and scream to the heavens, “For the love of god!” The first film literally made me sick on three separate occasions and I wasn’t able to make it through until it hit glorious Blu-ray. I tell you this because there was enough meat there in the first one that I actually liked. While the first film set the stage and promise of future films, Catching Fire has a been there, done that, is this all there is, feel to it.
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It is nice watching a Superhero franchise where I don’t know much about the hero. Yeah I’m an old school Marvel Fan Girl – can’t stand the Marvel Now stuff, but I never got into Thor. The only thing I know about this character is the mythology they have built in the films. I thought the first Thor was the surprisingly good and the best film out of the first Phase 1 series of movies.
The internet just exploded with excitement when the trailer for Sandra Bullock, and George Clooney‘s latest flick – Gravity hit. People were spooging themselves, using phrases like “life altering,” “stunning,” “changes the very fabric of cinema,” etc. This was just for the trailer. After a week of hype, I watched the trailer thinking to myself “I didn’t get it. It’s two people floating in space for two minutes.
Ok, who doesn’t love the film team of Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost? Their past team ups have lead to sublime comedy classics like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Their latest The World’s End, while not as funny as their previous efforts, this one is probably their most confident and well-conceived film yet. It pays to watch this film a couple of times as there are a lot of nice little Easter eggs and foreshadowing.
When I walked out of the critic screening for Jobs (no it is not a movie about getting a job in this difficult economy) I was thinking that as a purely biographical film exercise and movie, this is probably one of the best ones of the year. Ashton Kutcher gives the performance of his career; he does an amazing job of embodying Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Graphic novels used to be the exclusive property of the geeks and nerds among us – they most definitely weren’t for mainstream consumption. The recent explosion of massively popular movies based on Marvel characters has done much to drag the genre well into the mainstream and with The Wolverine, we have the latest installment of the breakout favorite of the X-Men. This article was created in In Association with Jet2.com.
What is it about Wolverine? He is a fantastic character in very small doses but take him out of team situations and try and expand on his back-story everything sort of falls apart. Wolverine is a great character because he is a soldier, a killing machine, someone with high standards, a strong moral code and a mysterious past. Whenever writers try and fill in that gap and add additional layers, it just doesn’t work.