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On the evening of November 21st, 2013 I was thrilled to go to the opening night showing of Catching Fire. Catching Fire is the 2nd book in the trilogy by Suzanne Collins. My review of the book is here.
Catching Fire is the continuing story line from The Hunger Games. Now Katniss and Peeta are living back in District 12, still pretending to be in love when in front of the cameras and about to go on tour of the districts as is their duty as the winners of the last Hunger Games. President Snow has a strong disliking for Katniss, feeling that her heart and her fire for what is right could bring on an uprising, he keeps a close watch on her and monitors what she can say and do when on screen and in front of the people of the districts. In the midst of this battle of Katniss and Snow, a plan is developed that all the tributes will enter the Hunger Games as a “Quarter Quell”, a twist to the 75th anniversary of The Hunger Games.
And this is when this movie really comes alive.
Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence shows such appropriate emotion throughout the movie that I could not help myself but feel anger when she felt anger and yes, cry when she cried. (Way to go new director Francis Lawrence!
As the tributes from all districts prepare to go back into the games, Peeta and Katniss are sure that there is no way they will allow for two victors again. Love or just deep friendship, the two struggle with how they will handle this when the time comes.
Cinna, the creator of the costumes that both Peeta and Katniss wear comes up with an amazing dress for Katniss, which if you have read the books… you know… well…. we will save that for the spoiler page
All in all I found this movie to be even better than Hunger Games and that surprised me. Of the books, Hunger Games was my favorite and they went down from there. Not that I didn’t still enjoy them, just that was the order they fell in for me and so I did not expect this movie to be loved by me to the extreme that it was.
If you are a fan of the books, do not miss out on seeing this one on the big screen. I am pretty sure as soon as I can find someone to go with, I will be seeing it again.
Want to talk about the movie in a bit more detail? I have wheeled the Spoiler Button out of storage so we can do just that! If you HAVE seen the movie, join me in the spoiler room to discuss what we loved, what we didn’t, and everything in between.
Katie (actress Julianne Hough) has had enough of walking on egg shells whenever her husband, Tierney (David Lyons), is near. The abuse both physical and mental raises to such a level that Katie fears for her life. One night she decided there is only one thing she can do.
After cutting and dyeing her hair, Katie seeks shelter in a small North Carolina town where townsfolk are curious about this newcomer who keeps to herself and has rented the small home in the woods on the outskirts of town. Alex (Josh Duhamel), a widowed store owner seems particularly curious about Katie, as she turns down any offer of help he gives for home improvements or transportation. Eventually Katie befriends another single girl named Jo who lives not far from Katie and becomes a kind of confidant.
But as Katie is starting to relax into her new life, Tierney has not given up on looking for his wife and the longer it takes to find her the angrier he becomes. Practically psychotic with thoughts of her with someone else he finds a clue that sets him in the right direction.
Holy awesomeness! When I read Safe Haven a few months back, I was so impressed by the book that I was nervous about the movie not living up to it. I need not have feared. Once I put this DVD on, I stopped everything and just watched.
Safe Haven was beautifully done, and while you may think you have it all wrapped up in a neat “Sparks like” bow you will (oh yes you will!) find yourself blown away by a plot twist that is ovation worthy and really took me for a loop – yes, even after I had read the book. I loved this movie. The acting was well done, I was fully engaged in the story line – Tierney was every bit of whacked out creepy that I felt he should be for a crazed abusive nut case husband (think Sleeping With The Enemy creepy… and then double it).
I hope you will consider renting or purchasing this movie. Not only is a good cold evening chick flick, it also would make for a good couples or girls night in showing. I was impressed and I will definitely watch this one again.
Thank you to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
for the review copy of this movie in exchange for an honest review.
As readers/book lovers I believe we take the reading experience quite personally. From the discussions I have had here at Book Journey to the discussions I have participated in or just read all over the web, books can touch our very innermost soul. They make us laugh, cry, become angry, and take us to places we may never step foot in if not for the book. The characters become a part of us… we may know them, or wish we could know them. Some books cause us to wear t-shirts saying ‘Team ______________”, and some make us publicly defend their honor. Some books stay with us for years afterwards, and just thinking of them brings up fond emotions as we gush to a friend, “It’s one of my all time favorites!”
Now… let’s say (Insert a Favorite book title here) is going to become a movie. Enter Joe the Director (yeah, for this post we will call him ‘Joe’). Now Joe has big – BIG ideas of how he is going to turn your beloved book into a movie. He has a vision and you start to hear and see the hub bub of who might play this character or that one….
BUT (and it’s a big one, I will not lie) what if this Director, Joe Whats-his-face’s vision does not line up with what you or I had felt was the heart of the book? What if Joe takes the book an entirely different direction and now what you loved, what you admired, seems to be gone…
Are you in camp:
A. I hate it when my favorite books become movies – it ruins what I loved about the book. I do not see movies that were made from books.
B. I am so excited when a book becomes a movie, I LOVE to see what they will bring out on the screen and how their vision may differ from my own.
C. I am ok with a book becoming a movie as long as they stick true to the nature of the book – like when ____________________ became a movie.
D. I have no opinion either way…. I am just reading the post to see what you are up to.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Can you choose a camp you fall into? Can you name a book to movie that was extremely successful in your opinion? Can you name a book to movie that was an epic fail?
For the second time this afternoon, I went to see Breaking Dawn II at the theaters. I would have reviewed it when I seen it opening night but life busyness has not made it possible until now.
And believe me when I say I want to review this book.
Like most Twilight fans I have read the books a long time ago. I have heard the feedback on books and the movies, even have written reviews for all three books. I have watched the movies and have understood the jokes people had made of them – but let me say… no matter what you have thought of the Twilight books/movies in the past, this one is worth seeing.
Visually the movie is amazing. Everything that has true up to this point pulls together for a dynamic finish that is in a word….
Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and yes, Kristen Stewart (she must have read the online comments) were at top game. The supporting actors are pretty incredible too and we are treated to many new faces. While we did not get a gratuitous shirt removing from Jacob (Taylor) like we were treated to in Breaking Dawn part 1, we are treated to many laugh out loud moments, as well as intense ones. It’s a good mix.
The ending – well, the ending is BRILLIANT. I can say nothing more than that, I can say – readers of the books and fans of the movies alike are in for a real treat.
My final thoughts…. treat yourself to this finale.
Fact: Edgar Allen Poe was found walking the streets on October 3, 1849 in clothes not of his own, delirious and calling out the name “Reynolds”. He never became coherent enough after being found for anyone to know the cause of his distress or to even know what had made him this way and he died on October 7th – one of the sad and unsolved mysteries of our time…
Edgar Allen Poe. The poet. The writer of Gothic Fiction, deep and dark and appealing to the public masses. A man tortured by his own soul and the hot pursuit of the love of his life, Emily.
Meanwhile, gruesome, unthinkable murders are taking place in the town and Police Detective Fields is finding a familiar ring to the way the murders are taking place, the way the crimes are being set up… they are as Poe has written them in his fictional stories, down to the last detail. Edgar of course is shocked and mortified that someone has taken his dark writings and created true crimes out of them, he agrees to help the Detective try to solve the crimes and capture the killer by deciphering clues that are left either with victims or delivered mysteriously into the hands of the detective or Poe.
As each clue is unraveled Poe’s inside track on the stories help the police move into the next spot quickly but only to find yet another clue. The murdered is quick and knows Poe’s work well creating a fast paced and heart pumping mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.
John Cusak has come a long way since the first movie I remember him in, Better Off Dead. He has really grown into his characters and his role as Edgar Allen Poe is brilliant in The Raven.
I have to say going into this movie I did not know a lot about Poe’s life or death for that matter, never a big fan of poetry although familiar with his work of course, I admit to never having read it. I do love it though when fact meets fiction and when I discovered the opening lines of the movie are actually factual regarding how Poe had died in such a mysterious way, I had a good (and turns out accurate) feeling that this movie was going to be a good one.
Fast paced, I love how the move took pieces of Edgar’s work and wove them into the crimes. It reminded me a bit of Copycat, another amazing movie of crimes being copied, in that case it was a serial killer copycat.
I really was impressed how this all came together, I did not have a clue who did it although now after having read a bit today about Poe’s real life and death I think I may have been able to have made an educated guess.
HIGHLY recommended to those who love a good mystery to solve. I was very impressed with the entire movie.
Sherrie Christian was just a small town girl… living in a lonely world. Then she took a midnight train, going anywhere….
(lol… ok 80′s peeps… I had to use that because well…. that pretty much is the story..)
But oh yes, there is more.
Sherrie is hoping to make it big with her voice in LA but her start turns out to be a little more rocky than rock and roll. When she meets Drew, he invites her to apply for a job where he works at the once famous Bourbon Bar where at one time they raked in the big names – including giving Arsenal(Ton Cruise, errr…. Stacy Jaxx’s band) their big start *insert swoon here* …
Payin’ anything to roll the dice… just one more time…
Meanwhile, the mayor and his wife, are all about shutting out the awful rock and roll music down as part of their “cleaning up the city” program and Patty (Catherine Zeta Jones), the Mayors wife has an odd obsessive desire to start with The Bourbon and Stacy Jaxx.
Some will win…. some will lose… some were born to sing the blues….
what happens next… is pure… rock and roll.
I am die-hard loves of all things 80′s (leg warmers, aerobics, Music, big hair, and yes, Bubble Yum) and I… didn’t think I wanted to see this movie. :shock: I thought the preview was a big cheesy, a bit musical….
but then a friend of mine said “Best movie I have seen in a long time”, and I was sold on giving it a try. Then I watched it a second time with my husband. Then a third time with College Son…. then probably watching it again tonight with both sons.
Rock Of Ages is not only song upon song on awesome 80-ness (my word), it is also many great stars…. Alex Baldwin’s role will shock you and make you laugh, fans of Russell Brand will not be disappointing in his brilliant portrayal of Bourbon Manager Lonny, and love him or hate him – you are bound to be impressed with Tom Cruise who – (I looked it up) sings all the songs himself and had written into his contract that he would not allow any voice improvements… just pure Cruise…. and I was impressed.
Rock Of Ages is a funny look at the 80′s, a semi cheesy love story in the mix but that is sooooooo 80′s and some quick wit mixed in (watch the dance moves closely when the ladies are dancing in the church) and I do love me some quick wit!
My hubby who usually falls asleep half way through movies actually likes this one which is a testimony in itself!
Over all rating… a big visually risky in points but no foul language, and no sex (implied but not seen)
80′s fans… you are going to LOVE it.
I have been meaning to post about this for a while now and life and shiny things apparently got in the way… BUT I am posting now and maybe a few of you would like to join along ans we gather speed (and people) as we go.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to read The Meryl Streep Movie Club book by Mia March and I really enjoyed it. Actually, I was surprised and interested in the many movies Meryl has been in and found out that in fact, I had seen very few of them – most of them in the last ten years, and then mainly her comedy ones. In fact, as I started to look into this more, I discovered that Meryl has been in over 50 movies in her career… and she is still going.
Then I won a chance to host a Hope Springs party ay my house (starring, you guessed it, Meryl Streep). The party was a lot of fun and as I sat and chatted with my friends over a glass of wine (or two) and delicious hor duerves, this idea began to form…
what if we watched all her movies – one month at a time.
SO…. some of the wonderful Bookies Book Club (YAY!) and some of my friends (YEAH!) will be gathering ay my home on 4th Thursdays to watch whatever movie we have randomly drawn of Meryl Streep’s. A asked that each person bring a little movie snacky item and we hang out and watch a movie.
This first movie, randomly chosen is going to be The Deer Hunter. We watch it this Thursday and if any of you wish to join in online that would be super cool! We will discuss on the Friday following the movie night here at Book Journey – and we can also use the hashtag #MSMC on Twitter on Thursday and on Friday.
Oue random pick for September 27th is….
The Deer Hunter
Ok, so this late in sharing this news I will just say if you are interested feel free to rent the movie or watch it on line and hope to see you at the Movie Club!
Matt King is a lawyer based in Honolulu and the sole trustee of a family trust of 25,000 acres of pristine land on island of Kauai that has been handed down from generation to generation. The trust will expire in seven years so the KIng family has been taking offers in from developers. Just before the family is about to endorse the deal, Matt’s wife, Elizabeth, is in a jet ski accident that leaves her in a coma.
Matt and Elizabeth have two daughters, 10-year-old Scottie and the rebellious 17-year-old Alex. Matt has been a “back up” parent throughout the girls lives and now he is thrust into the driver’s seat as things are not looking good for Elizabeth.
When Matt is told that Elizabeth will not be waking up from her coma he has to tell his daughters, and an angry Alex blurts out that Elizabeth has been having an affair. Matt confronts close family friends who confirm this.
As Matt tries to make sense of all that is happening he is left to deal with his daughters who are hurt and feel betrayed, his own family that is waiting for Matt to get the papers in order to sell the land, his wife’s family who think if Matt had been a better husband Elizabeth would not have been such a thrill seeker and of course, now this mystery man who has been seeing his wife.
I received a preview screening of this movie from Fox and after seeing it was up for awards this year, I was curious about it.
Starring George Clooney as Matt, there is a lot going on in this movie. With beautiful scenes of Hawaii, this is a story of love, and family, and hard decisions. While on the outside Matt’s life looks like the life to have, this whole movie is about a closer look… a painfully close look into a family’s life.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Matt King:
My friends on the mainland think just because I leave in Hawaii, I live in paradise, like a permanent vacation. We’re all just out here, sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, catching waves. Are they insane? Do they think we are immune to life? How can they possibly think our families are less screwed up, our cancers less fatal, our heartache less painful?
In the end, The Descendants is not a high action movie like I am normally drawn to, instead this is an emotional drama that will leave you once again in wonder of what the human heart can withstand.
It is Bloggiesta weekend and as promised…. I was going to have giveaways! I have a bonus copy of this screening to give away (full movie!) Just leave a comment here and I will enter you into the drawing. Using random.org I will choose a winner on Tuesday morning.
Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), is the general manager of the Oakland A’s, who has just had his best players poached by teams that can afford to pay a lot more. Fed up with how money twists the game, he listens to Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who persuades him that certain players are being undervalued for trivial reasons, such as age, ability to catch, ability to hit the ball hard enough to run all the bases… Statistics revealed hidden strengths that could, when used in the right combinations, produce a winning season. Beane takes Brand’s advice going for the more “bang for our buck” strategy, then has to fight everyone else around him to follow it through. His job is at stake but Billy Beane hangs tight, believing that this formula could change the way people think about baseball, and the value of players.
I am not a big sports movie fan and at first sight, this movie for me would have been (and was) a pass for me. It was not until the night of the Oscars when I listened to the awards it was up for, and seen a few clips of the movie that it started to peek my interest.
What sealed the deal?
It is a true story. Always one to cheer for the underdog, I do like true stories of triumph against all odds. When I did rent Moneyball for Al (hubby) and I to watch, in my head, it was more for him. As busy as he is, it is hard to engage him in a movie, any movie, without him falling asleep.
He fell asleep.
But here is the kicker, or I guess the hitter, in this case… instead of turning it off at that point and seeing if he wanted to finish it the next evening, I kept on watching. Billy Beane sets out to beat the budget, and the big wigs who have far more years and experience than he, fight him all the way to the field.
I was invested, connected to Billy Beane and his vision of taking several lesser valued players, benched in some cases, and giving them back their dream, or at least the chance to reach for the stars again. And the magic of this? Is that they do just that, and the rest is history at its finest.
As for Al, well… he did finish the next night, which is not always the case, and when out with friends I heard him asking the guys if they had seen Moneyball as it was an incredible movie.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes true stories, great goals, Brad Pitt (or not), baseball (or not), an excellent drama that is easily family friendly.
Ally thinks she is just your average woman looking for the right guy. When a magazine (think Cosmo) tells her that the average amount of men women are with is much (MUCH) lower than her own score, she starts to panic. Perhaps she had the right one and let him get away! So Ally, not wanting to add to her number, cuts a deal to have her neighbor Collin help her locate the men of her past.
I received this movie for review from Think Jam Publicity. I was excited to give it a try as it sounded like a cute story – and for the most part it was.
Anna Faris is a funny actress (think Hot Chick, The Scary Movie spoofs…). When I seen she was in this movie I was thrilled. Add Chris Evans to this mix (Cellular, Puncture, Captain America) and you have a fun couple of main actors.
The story line as I mentioned above is Ally (Anna) decided there is no way she is going to add to her already significant number of men so she is going to instead go back through the men of her past to make sure “the one” did not slip through her fingers. By recruiting cute neighbor guy Collin to assist her, while she helps him escape his own messes in life, the outcome is pretty funny.
While over all the movie is predictable, it was also funny.
The movie is rated R for a reason – there are a few sexual references and a couple racier moments in the movie.
Thank you to Think Jam Publicity for sending me a copy of this movie to reveiw