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.

6 Movies to Watch at Home over the Thanksgiving Holiday

If you can pry the TV away from the football fans, there are many good movies available for instant streaming that can be fun for a family holiday weekend. Here are a few ideas for your Thanksgiving viewing.

For the Grown-Ups

Robot & Frank poster
Robot & Frank poster

Robot & Frank is delightful. Frank, warmly played by Frank Langella, is a former jewel thief and second story man who is losing himself to Alzheimer’s. His son, James Marsden, gives him a robot butler to take care of him. The robot makes sure he eats healthy and takes his pills. Plus, the robot can carry on an interesting conversation. One problem – or bonus – the robot makes no moral judgements about theft. The robot is voiced with great charm by Peter Sarsgaard.

Robot & Frank appeals because of its older lead characters. Here’s another.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel poster

A more complex story with many more characters that would do well for the family over a holiday weekend is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The cast includes many of the world’s best actors, most of whom are over 50! There will be a part 2 of this delightful movie in the future.

For the Younger Crowd

If you plan on heading out to the theater to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, why not watch the original The Hunger Games before you go to refresh everyone on the story?

The Hunger games poster
The Hunger Games poster

Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is an inspiring character that everyone in the crowd can root for.

There’s plenty of action in The Hunger Games, but another action-filled option for the late teen/young adult contingent would be The Avengers.

The Avengers poster
The Avengers poster

Everybody loves a good superhero, right?

For the Little Ones

Why not step back in time a bit to something the kiddos haven’t already watched 80 times in the last week. And why not pick something with enough humor to keep the adults interested, too. Once such choice is Cars.

Cars poster
Cars poster

Don’t be afraid to go way, way back to old classics. They always satisfy and keep the little ones glued to the floor until dinner is ready. How about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang one more time? You know you enjoy it.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang poste
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang poster

Our modern world brings so much choice in entertainment into your home every day. Why not put some of these movies in your watch list for the holiday?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Final Trailer

This is the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which stars Jennifer Lawrence. The film opens in the U.S. on November 22.

Are you planning to go see this film in a theater?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Video)

I’m hooked on Katniss Everdeen and looking forward to the next film in the trilogy. Here’s something to give you hints about what you can expect.

This IMAX Behind the Frame look the upcoming movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It includes comments from Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due out in late November for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Love it or Hate it? Funny or Die

Short. Hilarious. Posted on the web. That’s Funny or Die. The site offers a little bit of crazy in many formats, but I want to concentrate on the videos by showing you some and letting you decide for yourself if this web series is for you.

Be aware that much of what follows is off-color and disgusting. Well, okay, if you want something classy, just watch the Jennifer Beals one. Otherwise, things can get gross.

When Harry Met Sally 2

Cop-Puter

Oscar Buzz

What do you think? Funny or not?