Catchup Reviews: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Big Hero 6, Dear White People, The F Word, and Horns

The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay

It’s December which means I have pretty much exactly no time to do anything lately but that hasn’t stopped me from seeing a couple of movies, just from writing them up in a timely manner.

But since I’ve seen so many you’re gonna get the shortest version of each of these reviews that I can muster.

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Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

It’s hard to believe that it has only been a year and a half since The Hunger Games came out. There has been a string of young adult books adapted into movies following the success of Harry Potter, most of them featuring an up and coming young actor in the lead surrounded by Hollywood veterans, usually fighting against some oppressive regime. The Hunger Games was no different. Jennifer Lawrence was aiming for her big break and Lionsgate was looking for a new cash cow.

The film itself wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really good either. Suffering from a small budget and a weak screenplay it fell comfortably into the “good enough” category and made enough money to warrant adapting the rest of the series into movies.

It’s a good thing too because where The Hunger Games was just good enough, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is actually really good.

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American Hustle Character Posters: Bad Hair Never Looked So Good

American Hustle

American Hustle looks like it might be another smash hit from director David O. Russell, he of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter fame. You’ve already seen a trailer for the abscam thriller and now you can get a closer look at the characters.

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American Hustle Trailer has Bigger Balls Than You

American Hustle

David O Russell has made some great films and it looks like he’s basically asked everyone who’s been nominated for an Oscar in his last few to come back and be in his new one, American Hustle. The film is a fictionalization of the ABSCAM FBI sting of the 1970s starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner. That cast alone is enough to get my butt in a seat, but there’s a trailer now too so let’s check that out.

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A Beacon of Hope in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Teaser

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games, like it or not, was a huge hit last year. I didn’t think it was bad, I just wished it were better. So here’s the first teaser for the second movie, Catching Fire:

To be fair, there’s a lot we don’t see here and it is just a teaser, but it any of this is as well executed as it looks and the cast brings their A game (which they are all more than capable of doing) then this might end up being great. Hopefully.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes out this November.

85th Annual Academy Awards Live Blog and Results

85th Academy Awards

Howdy folks. Watch here for all our thoughts on the Oscars tonight! Newest updates at the top, and I’ll update with a winners list as we go.

Winners

  • Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor
  • Paperman for Best Animated Short
  • Brave for Best Animated Feature
  • Claudio Miranda for Life of Pie for Best Cinematography
  • Life of Pi for Best Visual Effects
  • Anna Karenina for Best Costume Design
  • Les Miserables for Best Makeup
  • Curfew for Best Live Action Short
  • Inocente for Best Documentary Short
  • Searching for Sugarman for Best Documentary Feature.
  • Amour for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Les Miserables for Best Sound Mixing
  • Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall tie for Best Sound Editing.
  • Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress
  • Argo for Best Film Editing
  • Lincoln for Best Production Design
  • Life of Pi for Best Original Score
  • Skyfall for Best Original Song
  • Chris Terrio for Argo for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained for Best Original Screenplay
  • Ang Lee for Best Director
  • Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress
  • Daniel Day Lewis for Best Actor
  • Argo for Best Picture