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  • paulywalnuts 1:44 pm on January 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Annette Bening, Josh Hutcherson, , , Mia Wasichowska, Yaya DaCosta   

    Sleepy Saturday Morning Review | The Kids Are All Right 

    Movie Review: The Kids Are All Right

    This is a wonderfully executed movie about family dysfunction. The family in question isn’t dysfunctional because it has two lesbian mothers and sometimes-bratty kids that re-connect for the first time with the sperm donor/biological father – although all of that happens. It’s dysfunctional for all the reasons many American families are sometimes dysfunctional* – middle aged parents struggling to connect to their teenagers and each other; teenagers that are not quite adults demanding to be treated as adults; young girls falling in love and looking for guidance; young boys with awful friends that they don’t know how to pull away from. The big difference between this family and most others is that everyone is a great actor.

    Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo are amazing as the family parents and biological dad. Mia Wasichowska (later seen in Lawless) and Josh Hutcherson (later seen in the Hunger Games … for two seconds) hold their own on the screen. It’s a credit to all of the actors that their characters are flawed, annoying, and predictable – but the movie isn’t.

    If you’re just starting out in a lesbian couple, and thinking of getting a sperm donor, this movie may freak the hell out of you. No more than Unfaithful freaked the hell out of straight couples thinking about friends and family. That’s what makes the movie just like any other family drama, but better written and better acted.

    Rotten Tomatoes rating:
    93% of critics loved it / 72% of audiences loved it

    IMDB Rating:
    7,1 out of 10

    This (grooms)man’s rating:
    Watch it on Netflix or OnDemand.

    Wait, wasn't this about kids?

    Wait, wasn’t this about kids?

  • Justin 5:00 pm on September 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amanda Plummer, Catching Fire, , Elizabeth Banks, Francis Lawrence, Jena Malone, , Josh Hutcherson, , , Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, ,   

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Begins Filming | Nov 2013 Release 

    The annual Hunger Games have begun. Filming anyway.

    Lionsgate has announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has officially started production in/around Atlanta. Filming will follow in Hawaii. The Hunger Games’s sequel is being direct by Francis Lawrence (who directed I am Legend, so hopefully less shaky camera this time around 🙂 ).

    Without giving much away, the story surrounds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark as they face off on what Im going to call The Hunger Games: All Stars.

    All of the main cast including Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland  will be back with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson back as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Also joining the cast are some pretty strong actors and actresses including  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer.

    Primary shooting is set to wrap in December with Catching Fire set to be released November 22nd, 2013.

    After filming is complete, Lawrence will then get ready to shoot X-Men: Days of Future Past (Summer 2014) starting in January where she will return as Mystique in the sequel to X-Men First Class.

    • winklevi twins 11:01 am on September 12, 2012 Permalink

      this girl is the busiest girl in Hollywood it seems. Hopefully the second film dives deeper into the characters. Hunger Games comes out on dvd next week. I highly recommend it watching it.

  • paulywalnuts 5:55 pm on March 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Josh Hutcherson, , , Stanly Tucci,   

    The Hunger Games | 155 Million Reasons to Watch It 

    Like many teenage girls, and a surprisingly large amount of teenage boys, I went to the Thursday midnight showing. With such high expectations on it, I was very much expecting to walk away disappointed in something – anything – by the end of the movie. I wasn’t, and you won’t be either.

    For those of you that think this is Twilight redux, let me clear up the plot. At some point in the future, the area once known as the United States is made up of 13 districts and the Capitol (which is somewhere in Colorado area now). After an uprising against the capitol, where the powers-that-be responded by nuking one of the 13 districts, the capitol hosts an annual reminder of their absolute control over the remaining 12 districts. The Hunger Games is when the capitol selects two tributes from each district, one male and one female, to fight to the death in a booby trapped arena as the home districts are forced to watch. That’s right — not so much a teen love story when all the characters you’re getting to know have to kill each other until only one survives.

    The movie was an incredible adaptation of the novel, and kept me interested from beginning to end. The design of each district and the capitol was breathtaking, but the movie rightly focused on the character drama instead of the grandiose locations and overusing CGI. Jennifer Lawrence as the lead proved her previous Oscar nom was not a fluke. Woody Harrelson aced the part of her drunken mentor. I wished the second act was a tad longer so Woody – and Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth – had more screen time, but one can only fit so much in. Plus – Stanley Tucci was amazing as the flamboyant wacky “host” of the games coverage and is quickly becoming one of my favorite supporting actors!

    Although the least developed of all the characters, you still got to know the tributes from the other districts fairly well during the third act, the Games itself. You learned their motivations, flaws, and started rooting for some of them. That made many of their deaths all the more disturbing. This wasn’t a rah-rah-rah, I feel so great movie. It was sad to watch kids killing other kids. Even Cato, the “villain” in the arena that was expected to dominate and win, came across as just a child doing what he was supposed to. I won’t launch into what the Hunger Games says about society – passionate people of every kind will find something for each of their causes in this movie. I can say THG (take that TDK fans!) is the best movie of 2012 so far, and by a longshot.

    The Hunger Games opened to an estimated $155 million this weekend, third all time behind the final Harry Potter ($169.2mm) and The Dark Knight ($158.4mm). It appears to be holding its audience from Fri to Sat to Sun even better than Twilight and Harry Potter movies, and has an A rating from fans. It has the potential to have a long, healthy run in the theaters with no real threats to siphon off its audience anytime soon. Go see it when you have time to come home and think through what it was all about.

    • paulyrodney 6:02 pm on March 25, 2012 Permalink

      Actually, Wrath of the Titans is opening 3/30. “Clash” opened to $61mm, and not everyone that saw it was as disappointed with it as I was. Assuming it’s sequel does about the same or slightly better, and THG loses 60% of it’s audience, we’ll have a fight for first place in the box office next weekend.

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