Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 was the only one of the series I missed seeing in the theaters. It’s been a long wait for it to reach a streaming service, but it is at last on Amazon Prime. This film seemingly ends the saga of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her quest to save the world. Continue reading “Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2”

Go Read a Play

My book club just read An Enemy of the People, an 1882 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It’s about a doctor who knows his town is about to open a spa using water polluted by a tannery upriver. The night before this discussion about a whistleblower, I watched Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower. The combination gave some depth to the topic for me. Continue reading “Go Read a Play”

Watch This: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Official Trailer

I know I’m really late with this. Everyone has probably seen it already. But I couldn’t let the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 “We March Together” go unacknowledged.

With President Snow (Donald Sutherland) being his most menacing and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) being her most heroic, Mockingjay Part 2 promises an epic final battle in this epic film series with its pointed commentary on modern life.

Katniss is leading the attack on Panem with an army from District 13 behind her. Her two closest supporters, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) Gale (Liam Hemsworth), are right there with her.

The film will release on November 20, 2015, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday crowds and should be a huge hit. Another female-led blockbuster can’t be anything but good news.

Watch This: Hunger Games: The Mockingjay Pt. 1 Final Trailer

It’s November! That means The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be in theaters soon. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is going to draw a line in the scorched sand and take on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and all the evil.

This scene from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 looks like an Italian masterpiece from the Renaissance.
This scene from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 looks like an Italian masterpiece from the Renaissance. Is it CGI?

It’s worth a trip to IMDB to scroll through the photos for the film because there are stills of all the main characters.

There will be high demand for seats on the first few days, but tickets can be pre-ordered. Advanced ticket sales are already setting records, so – hurry. It opens on November 20, the weekend before Thanksgiving. If you can go that first weekend it will help push this female-led blockbuster into the box-office record breaking category. Every time a female led show does well at the box-office, it enables more female led movies to follow.

We are dealing in real life with a broken government, corruption the highest levels, a planet in peril, and capitalism run amok. Let’s go join Katniss and enjoy the fantasy rush of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Maybe it will inspire some good ideas for how to fix the real world.

Watch This: Trailer for The Calling

In The Calling Detective Inspector Hazel Miscallef (Susan Sarandon) realizes there’s a serial killer loose in her area of Ontario, Canada. Generally all I need to know about a film is that Susan Sarandon is in it to be interested.

Susan Sarandon in The Calling
Susan Sarandon in The Calling

From the trailer the film looks grim and a bit gruesome.

However, the thriller does have a great cast. In addition to Sarandon, there’s also Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, and Donald Sutherland.

Here’s the plot description:

Detective Hazel Micallef hasn’t had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

The film opens August 29 but it’s a limited release, so you may have to watch for it to make it to most locations.

Watch This: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Here’s the first trailer released for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 which will be out in November.

The preview features President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and a very noticably missing Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), however, looks under President Snow’s control. Based on what we know about these characters, I’m guessing Peeta’s compliance is a sham.

The whole Hunger Games series is such a metaphor for our current political situation that it’s fascinating even though it’s somewhat predictable. Katniss is the perfect female leader and heroine.

If you didn’t watch the first Hunger Games film because you thought it was a young person’s film, I urge you to take another look.