Friday, November 29

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Director: Francis Lawrence

The whole world probably saw Catching Fire the weekend it came out. With the array of young adult adaptations, The Hunger Games franchise has emerged victorious among its competitors, lining up to the success of its fellow franchises, namely Harry Potter and the Twilight franchise. While the franchise has yet to earn its ranks as one of the classics, Catching Fire delivers enough fuel to keep its audiences satisfied, triumphing over its predecessor by miles. However, the movie was still lacking in some perspective, with Mockingjay hopefully filling the void and closing the franchise with a bang.

Monday, November 18

Breaking Emotions: Surprise

For instructions, click here. For the set of emotions, click here.

It's a new set of emotions for Mettel Ray's Breaking Emotions blogathon! This week's emotions are tears and surprise. I rarely cry at sad parts of movies, so I thought I'd stick with surprise itself. 

Now You See Me
The mastermind was Detective Rhodes

This is a one-time surprise, because when you see it again, you get the hints and the clues that it was actually him. I was recently talking about this movie with someone, and when the emotions this week came up, this immediately came to mind. I originally thought it might be Melanie Laurent, considering that she was always talking about magic and its history.

Shutter Island
Daniels was Laeddis and he was a patient in the hospital.

I honestly thought that it really was a detective story in a spooky island with mental patients. I was wrong (sort of).  

In Bruges
Harry Waters commits suicide; he thought he shot a little boy.

I honestly did not expect that moment to happen that instant. Harry Waters was a man of principle, and while I wasn't surprise if he was going to punish himself, I don't think it would be right after that whole scene.

Man of Steel
Superman snapped the neck of General Zod

I did not see that coming. It was all speeches when suddenly that whole scene happened. There were other ways as to how Superman could have stopped General Zod, but that was all in one quick motion. It definitely showed the flawed side of Superman, as he was simply thinking the best way possible to stop what was happening...and that was definitely a finite solution. 

Se7en
Detective Mills shoots John Doe

For this surprise moment, I decided to go with the out-of-character approach rather than the surprise itself. I wasn't surprised that he shot him; if I were in his position, I would probably do the same. It was a decision made out of passion, out of wanting to get pure revenge. Detective Mills was a man of the law, and how his character thought was always on the rigid right way...up until that certain point that emotions can get the better of us. Up until that point he was working on his career, going up the ranks. He had aspirations to get to the top leagues and have a family. He might have given in on what John Doe wanted, but in thinking in the lines of passion, it was simply revenge. He lost a lot that day, not just his wife, but his dreams and principles as well.

Wednesday, November 13

Don Jon

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Don Jon was the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, one of the finest actors working in the industry today. It was a good debut for the actor; the film was certainly entertaining. It was geared towards men, but has elements that appeal to female viewers as well. It definitely had its mix of comedy, romance and drama, and did not fail to meet expectations. It has more than what it leads on, and despite the hasty finish, it did have its momentum and an enjoyable cast to go with it.

Thursday, November 7

Breaking Emotions: Fear/Awkward

Mettel Ray is hosting another blogathon! For this week she posted fear and awkward as the emotions. I chose to do both, although the fear-inducing ones are not centered on horror films. For instructions, click here.
FEAR

Schindler's List
This is one of the film's powerful scenes for me, as this was the only scene where they're shown entering a gas chamber, heightening the horror experienced while watching the film.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Until now I am at awe at this film, but someone like Kevin is quite scary, as you never know what goes on in his little head of his. This scene basically culminates his performance, and the role cements Ezra Miller's career.

Gravity
This is just one of the many fear-inducing scenes found in this great work by Alfonso Cuaron. The cinematic experience was amazing, but being in her situation: not so amazing.

AWKWARD

The Way Way Back
Singing on a off-key note wholeheartedly...not knowing that someone else was watching you.

Bridget Jones's Diary
Unaware of a theme change is somewhat similar of not dressing up for a very formal affair.

When Harry Met Sally
I don't think the scene needs some explaining.

Friday, November 1

October Round Up


New Movies Watched: 16
Repeats: 5
Total: 21

I thought I saw more movies this month, but I guess not. The last of the season premieres are starting off this month, and I'm definitely looking forward for Karl Urban's show. I've mostly spent some time binge-watching the first season of The Newsroom and Veep. I am now a converted fan of the former, while I have yet to finish the latter. I'm still catching up on September premieres myself, as I have Hostages, The Crazy Ones, The Blacklist, SHIELD and Sleepy Hollow on my watch list. If you've seen any of them, what did you think?

LINKS


Male and Female Sexiest Movie Stars from Empire

The works of Alfonso Cuaron and Emmanuel Lubezki from And So It Begins

The Great Gatsby review from Cinematic Paradox

Don Jon review from Mettel Ray


James Dean photographs from My Modern Met