Watch This: Trailer for Red Sparrow

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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”

Watch This: Trailer for Joy

Joy stars Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. We’ve seen the names Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro together in films before and it has meant Oscar nominations for Jennifer Lawrence when we do. This film is her 3rd with director David O. Russell.

I’m not sure we need to know much beside the pedigree listed in the first paragraph, but here’s the synopsis for the film:

Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.

Joy tries to teach her children humility. “Don’t ever thing the world owes you anything because it doesn’t,” she says. “The world doesn’t owe you a thing.”

We need more of this attitude in the world today. There doesn’t seem to be a shred of humility anywhere in the United States. In the film Joy overcomes insurmountable obstacles to become the founder of a family empire.

The film is loosely based on the real-life Joy Mangano, who  appears regularly on the Home Shopping Network selling items as like the “JOY FleXassage™ Body Massager Pillow with Neck Massager” and her Huggable Hangers, which are HSN’s all-time most popular product.

The story was written by Annie Mumolo and David O. Russell.

Look for it in theaters on Christmas day.

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: Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2

As if Katniss Everdeen didn’t already have my heart sewed up in an eternal mockingjay bundle of love, check out all the buttons that get pushed in this blood-stirring trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2.

Let’s see, we have martial music, synchronized gun waving worthy of the Marine Corps, and a savior in a cape who makes a grand entrance. Honey, I’m yours. Damn right I’ll stand with District 13.

I love that several faces in the crowd of uniformed boot stompers are female.

Can you believe we have to wait until November to see Katniss and her freedom fighters?

Jennifer Lawrence will Star in a Steven Spielberg Film

Just when I think I want to stop following Steven Spielberg on Twitter because he’s something of a jerk, he goes and decides to make a biopic about war photographer Lynsey Addario called  It’s What I Do.

Jennifer Lawrence signed on to star as Addario. The film will be based on Addario’s new memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.

Lynsey Addario and the cover of her book
Lynsey Addario and the cover of her book

Addario is 41. It isn’t often that a film gets made about the life of someone so young. Jennifer Lawrence is 24, so I’m presuming that the story will be about the early part of Addario’s career as a war photographer.

For a quick education on why Addario is famous as a photographer, visit her web site at lynseyaddario.com and look at the photos there.

This is the first time Spielberg has directed a movie starring a woman since 1985’s The Color Purple, which starred Whoopi Goldberg. 1985. Do the math. That’s 30 years. Truth in reporting, Spielberg has produced women centric stories such as The United States of Tara since 1985.

Surely there’s some deep message to be unearthed from the fact that one of the most famous directors on the planet only undertakes a film about a woman once every 30 years.

Maybe it’s capitalism in action. Jennifer Lawrence is huge now. She’s part of the reason films starring women bring in a better return on investment than films about men. Go, Jennifer! You’re helping to change the world. May the rate of pay for female stars be ever in your favor.

Yes, a hot young 24 year old can get a lead part in a movie by Steven Spielberg. However, I don’t see Hollywood beating a path to the homes of the over 40 women in Tinseltown offering them big parts. I love what Jennifer Lawrence is accomplishing for female-led films – but all is not forgiven, Hollywood. You still need to do better.

There’s no word yet on any other casting choices or when the film will be underway or completed.

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 Serena

The Jennifer Lawrence film Serena, which also stars Bradley Cooper, has an October release date in the UK. A US release date has not been announced. The filming was finished in 2012, so the release announcements are both overdue and highly anticipated. These two actors were such a success together in Silver Linings Playbook, it’s easy to expect great things from them again.

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena

The role is as an anti-hero for Jennifer Lawrence. Her character is ruthless and greedy. She’s not saving the world this time.

Lawrence and Cooper play a married couple with a timber empire, who clear cut whole mountains in North Carolina. Serena, Lawrence’s character, wants to move to Brazil and continue the practice when they’ve cut everything they can in North Carolina. Troubles develop between the couple when they learn that Serena cannot have children. George, Cooper’s character, had a child with a mountain woman before he married Serena, which leads to considerable drama.

Cover of Serena, a novel by Ron Rash

Susanne Bier is the director of the film, which is set in the Depression era. The screenplay, by Christopher Kyle, is based on a book by Ron Rash.

Watch This: Our Leader the Mockingjay

A new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 released. Looks like Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss is getting herself an ragtag army and a rebellion whether she wants one or not. The suggested hashtag from the trailer is #OurLeaderTheMockingjay.

I caught a glimpse of Julianne Moore in this trailer. She’s a nice addition to The Hunger Games franchise. She’s a nice addition to anything.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is scheduled for release in November. What a good way to spend the Thanksgiving weekend. I’m ready to drop my dollars going to see this female-led drama. What about you?

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.