THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013)
5 out of 5 stars
WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Jennifer Lawrence is amazing as Katniss Everdeen. There’s something about her acting that makes me violent (damn you, President Snow) and want to cry at the same time.
2) Sam Claflin is hot as Finnick Odair.
3) Jena Malone is fucking amazing as Johanna Mason.
4) This second instalment is darker and more political (aren’t they all?) and twist at the end will leave your jaw dropping.
THE HUNGER GAMES (2012)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
This is possibly one of the most anticipated movies of the year and man, it didn’t disappoint. I mean, if a movie can make one cry and make one root for the underdogs and also go against the system, I’m definitely in.
For the uninitiated, The Hunger Games is based on a series of books by Suzanne Collins. In the country of Panem, one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts are offered as tributes to participate in the annual Hunger Games. Only one makes it out alive. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers when her sister, Primrose, was picked to be the female tribute for District 12.
Jennifer Lawrence makes one mean Katniss. I watched some of the behind-the-scenes footage and she did almost all her stunts! Wonderful! Especially when she had the bow and arrow. The most brutal and chilling scene had to be at the Cornucopia, where the Games begin. For those who haven’t seen it, just mentally prepare yourself although you can’t really. As the Games progresses, it’s not only survival of the fittest but also the slyest and the smartest.
I thought the other more prominent tribute was Rue from District 11. She made me cry and when Katniss did the three-finger salute, it stopped the tears momentarily because you knew that was the start of more to come. (BOOKS 2+3!) But like any book-to-movie adaptation, there isn’t enough spotlight on the other characters and so hopefully I can get my hands on the book fast enough so I can really understand the whole story in its entirety.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard – The Hunger Games opened with an astounding US$155 million – surpassing all the movies in the Twilight Saga!
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JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars
Apparently, this is a sequel. I didn’t know that till after the movie, which makes sense because I wasn’t interested in Journey to the Center of the Earththen, which kinda makes me want to watch now that I know there’s a chubby-faced Josh Hutcherson in it.
Anyway, Sean (Hutcherson) is back to find his grandfather, a fellow Vernian, who is thought to have gone missing while searching for a mysterious island. The effects may have been slightly exaggerated, maybe to enhance the 3D experience but some parts were too obvious to ignore. And, did Vanessa Hudgens really have to wear that on an island fieldtrip? Each time she appears onscreen, I’m distracted. Not to mention Sean, who is raging with teenage hormones. RARRH!
For those who are looking forward to laughs, there’s this scene where Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson starts to pop berries off his pecs. IT IS REAL. I’m just glad there isn’t much action from the giant creepy crawlies because I would have really freaked out. Kudos to Luis Guzman, who plays Hudgens’ father, for providing all the laughs! His facial reactions are priceless!
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
First of all, let me just say that The Kids Are All Right is available at the Cathay Cineleisure because it can only be released on one print. That’s because the film “normalises a homosexual family unit”. Well, at least they bothered to show it in Singapore. That said, I can officially announce that I have watched all TEN films nominated for Best Picture at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! It’s a FIRST!
Back to the film, Nic (Annette Benning) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a married lesbian couple who conceived kids using the same anonymous sperm donor. Their family is turned upside down when Laser (Josh Hutcherson) persuades his sister, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), to contact their biological father (Mark Ruffalo).
Nicole Allgood: You’re an interloper. This is my family. If you want a family, go and make your own!
Watching this film has been a real eye-opener. I mean, you don’t really see much lesbian films out there. They pretty much operate like a conventional family – one’s the breadwinner, one’s the housewife, one’s more strict, one’s more laidback… you get the picture. It’s interesting watching which parent wants the children to eat their vegetables, write Thank You cards, or is the only one bothered about the hair in the toilet. I liked how they interchanged their parental roles effortlessly.
But like all relationships, they have their difficult moments. This is a complicated case because the one causing the friction is the sperm donor, who happens to be a complete stranger before they initiated the meetup. Annette Benning and Julianne Moore deliver heartfelt and raw performances and it’s really hard to take sides because their actions and reactions were reasoned throughout the film. But I guess it’s how they dealt with it that matters. It had 4 nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards and Annette Benning won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 68th Golden Globe Awards.