Monday, March 26, 2012

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

I was so excited to see this movie! It is really weird to watch a movie when you've read the book because you know everything that is going to happen, so it is almost as if you have seen it before. I've never really been a fan of book to movie series that have big fandoms like Twilight and Harry Potter, but I have definitely jumped on the Hunger Games bandwagon. I loved the book, so I knew I was going to love this movie, and I was not wrong. It was fun to watch and still really exciting even though I knew everything that would happen. There is a lot of violence that happens in the book, and think that they did a good job showing it, but still making it able to be seen by kids. A lot of people were disappointed that they didn't make it a really violent R rated movie, but considering that a big percentage of the readers can't get into an R rated movie without a parent, I knew that that would never happen. I also think that the casting was really great for these characters, especially Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. It is one thing to cast a budding young starlet in a role like this, but they picked a very accomplished Oscar nominated actress to play a girl who volunteers for the Hunger Games after her younger sister's name is called.  I also loved Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale. I'm getting to that age (I'll be 22 next month!) where all of the actors in teen movies will be younger than me, so I kinda feel like a creeper for crushing on them. I mean jeez, I remember seeing Josh Hutcherson in Bridge to Terabithia. Anyways, I'm looking forward to the next two movies where we see more of these two, especially Gale. He really doesn't play a big role in this movie at all. I just knew what they were going to do with him though. Everytime Katniss and Peeta had a kissing scene I kept thinking, "okay, where's the Gale reaction shot? There it is!" He plays a much bigger role in the second two books, so I'm excited to see that. I do think that this movie had way to much shaky cam however, it seemed like all the smooth camera work was for places like the capitol, and the shaky camera was for places like District 12 and when things were getting rough in the Hunger Games arena, but I think that they used it a bit too much. I was getting really frustrated with it at the end when Peeta was fighting Cato. They're both blonde guys, so it was really hard to tell who was who. Speaking of the ending, although I thought that this was a good adaptation of a book, I thought that the ending was missing one of the most important plot points of the story. I could forgive the exclusion of the mayors daughter because her character isn't really that important but I can't believe that they excluded the fact that Katniss doesn't love Peeta. We know this throughout the book, and Peeta finds out that the ending that all of the kissing and love stuff was all for the cameras in order to help the two of them survive the games. But...I'm guessing that the filmmakers wanted to leave this movie with a happy ending, and save that for the beginning of the Catching Fire movie. Also, why did they have to pick the most beautiful child in the world to play Rue? As soon as I saw her face on the big screen I'm just like "oh shit, she's gonna die! NOOOO!!!!" The fact that she had the face of an angel just made it that much worse. My rating: 9/10

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Prometheus Trailers!

This movie just keeps looking cooler and cooler.  I just got done watching both the full length US trailer that was released yesterday, and the UK trailer that was released a few hours ago. They are pretty similar, except the UK version has a little more Michael Fassbender.

I am so curious about this movie! These trailers just leave me with so many questions. Like, who is this guy?
Is it a human with some weird disease? Is it some sort of alien? Speaking of aliens, check out this guy...
 I don't know what this thing is, but it definitely stuck out when I was watching the trailer. I'm also becoming more and more curious about Michael Fassbender's character, David. I know that he is a cyborg made by Weyland Industries, a company that planned to make robots look exactly like humans. Theres the part in the trailer where someone implies that he is supposed to be able to read some alien language, so maybe he is kind of a C-3PO type robot that is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.
 Then there's the question of is he a good robot like Bishop from Aliens, or a bad robot like Ash from Alien. I'm leaning towards bad robot, considering his mischievious little smile at the end of the trailer after he says "big things have small beginnings." He also says that in the cool little Weyland Industries promo. We get to see a bald robot Fassy still in the box. Where can I get one?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

My Review: 21 Jump Street

Here is what I expected with this movie: Channing Tatum being hot as usual, and some occasional funny dialogue. I was expecting most of this to be kind of stupid, but this movie was actually hilarious! It is just further proof that Channing Tatum is much better in comedic roles than dramatic ones. Anyways, this is based on the old TV show 21 Jump Street that starred a very young Johnny Depp. It is about these two young cops who go undercover in a high school to try to figure out who is supplying a type of drug that killed a student. Jonah Hill plays the smart one, and Channing Tatum plays the dumb, but very sexy one. While they expected their second high school experience to be just like their first, it turns out that Jonah's character becomes the popular one, while Channing's character becomes friendly with the nerds. I really enjoyed watching this movie. Everyone in the theater was laughing their asses off, including myself. The whole movie I was waiting for the Johnny Depp cameo, and when it finally happened I was shocked even though I knew he was in it. I was expecting him to be the drug supplier, but I was wrong. Also, I kept waiting for Jonah and Channing to just start making out with eachother! There are quite a few time when you think its going to happen but it never does. My rating: 8/10

Saturday, March 3, 2012

American Horror Story Returning Cast

I was totally bummed at the end of season one when I found out that season 2 would be a completely different story from Season 1. It it is going to be a different story with a different setting and different characters. This was disappointing since the first season left me with so many unanswered questions, and like with most shows that I watch, I became quite attached to a few of the characters. I was excited, however, that some of the cast would be returning. Ryan Murphy stated that none of the Harmons would be coming back, but I really didn't care because the only three that I really wanted to come back were Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, and Zachary Quinto. Last night it was announced that not one or two, but all three of these actors are returning for season two!!!

Joining them are Sarah Paulson, who played psychic Billie Dean, and Lily Rabe, who played Nora Montgomery.

While I'm bummed that we will see no more of Constance and Tate Langdon, it is probably a good thing that the story ended for the Harmon family and Murder House. After watching the season finale, I really don't see how the story could have continued.  Now heres hoping that season two will be as good as the first. I'm pleased with the cast members that are returning, and am curious about who else will join the cast. My one big complaint about season one is that the show was filled with plot holes, so hopefully they'll  have a more cohesive story line for season two.