Weekly Watch: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

As the next sequel in The Hunger Games films dawns closer, it’s trailer time as the Mockingjay Part 1 trailer is released. The trailer, named ‘The Mockingjay Lives’, features a large amount of drama with the districts going to war with the Capitol.

After breaking out of the games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fellow tributes, family and friends battle against the Capitol for a better life. However, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is left behind under the capture of the Capitol and Katniss is determined to set him free.

Mockingjay Part 1 is the third film in the sequel which is based on the series of books by Suzanne Collins.

If the trailer is anything to go by, Mockingjay Part 1 is sure to be a hit with The Hunger Games fans.Although, splitting the book into two films is most likely going to result in part 1 ending with a huge cliffhanger! (If you’ve read the books, this won’t annoy you as much as those who haven’t!)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is to be released in cinemas on November 21st. 


American Hustle Review

Anybody going to see American Hustle has high expectations even before seeing the film due to its star-studded cast, numerous award nominations and remarkable reception. The film takes you back to the late 70’s and allows you to follow the lives of the best con artists in town.

Christian Bale takes the lead in a role far from his comfort zone playing conman, Irving Rosenfield, who makes his fortune through money-loaning scams and forged pieces of arts. Irving meets the charming Sydney Prosser, played by Man of Steel star Amy Adams, and falls deeply in love with her despite being married to Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Rosalyn.

Irving and Sydney team up to become a scamming double act and the charm of a lady boosts business until FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), catches them in the act. DiMaso offers to drop the charges if they help him make four additional arrests which sets the pair off on their biggest con to date.

With laughs and tears along the way, Irving and Sydney team up with Richie to con themselves out of jail but will Irving’s wife, Rosalyn, stand in the way of their relationship, or will they live happily ever after?

The film covers a range of genres with drama, comedy, crime and romance which appeals to a large variety of people. Although, it could be criticised to cover too many genres in a broad manner. If this is the only criticism I can come up with then it must be a masterful film.

The acting performances from the cast are impressive with Bale stepping away from his usual smooth and handsome character and giving a superb performance as the not so attractive conman. Adams, Lawrence and Cooper also give outstanding performances which are certain to entice the audience.

American Hustle won three Golden Globes at this month’s award ceremony receiving the Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical and the female cast members stole the show with Amy Adams winning Best Actress and Jennifer Lawrence being awarded Best Supporting Actress. The film is nominated for ten Academy Awards at next month’s Oscars. It will be interesting to see if they steal the spotlight once again. 

Director, David O’Russell, creates a remarkable film which will have you intrigued, laughing and shocked. You can catch American Hustle at your local cinema now.

Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner.

Director: David O’Russell.

Film Classification: 15.

Released: 01/01/13

Running Time: 138 minutes.

Paul Potts Film Deserves ‘One Chance’

James Corden steps in to the shoes of Britain’s Got Talent winner, Paul Potts, in the new film One Chance. Corden stars along side the treasured actress Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Colm Meaney of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

The film is based on a true story of the life of the opera singer. You’re undoubtedly thinking a film about Paul Potts cannot be very thrilling but it will shock viewers to how many tragic events have happened throughout his life. His life may shock you as much as the first time you heard him sing!

One Chance tells the tale of how an opera singer suffered with bullying throughout his life and battled with self-confidence issues, but through it all overcame his fears and bullies for his love of opera. This was not without a number of setbacks including a burst appendix, discovering a tumour that gives a scare that Paul will never be able to sing again, and getting hit off his bike by a car.

It also tells the story of Paul’s relationships in his life including how he falls in love with his wife beginning on the internet, the struggle he has with his father in not understanding his passion for opera and his love for his supportive mother.

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The Devil Wears Prada and Marley and Me director, David Frankel once again produces a light-hearted, funny and sentimentally touching film, even if it is on the cheesy side.

The film had the cinema laughing at loud in places and holding back tears in others. Nevertheless, One Chance will not be for everyone with its soppy lines, simple narrative and predictable nature. However, this film is perfect for an easy, light-hearted watch on a lazy day.

Surprisingly, behind the flick is Simon Cowell’s label Syco Entertainment that rings alarm bells in heads after the recent One Direction film. One Chance is certainly a different biographical film that actually makes it feel like a story rather than a documentary.

One Chance may not soar to the top of the box office and may be forgotten in a matter of weeks but it is definitely worth a watch if you’re looking for something to watch.

The film is not all opera with Taylor Swift releasing a new song for the film, which features on the credits. You can listen to ‘Sweeter than Fiction’ here.

One Chance is released in cinemas this Friday 25th October.

Stars: James Corden, Jemima Rooper, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook and Colm Meaney.

Director: David Frankel.

Film Classification: 12A.

Released: 25/10/13.

Running time: 103 minutes.

Gatsby the Great


The Great Gatsby has high expectations from any individual who has read the worldwide famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film features a star-studded line up of talent, with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, that shows the first signs that it will be a hit.

The creation from Baz Luhrmann, director of Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, takes a classic tale and turns it into a modern masterpiece. The contemporary, cinematic edge makes the film unique but the superb storyline remains.

As I walked into the cinema I hoped the film would give me the same reaction as the book and without a doubt, it fulfilled my hopes. Although, the impact of the climax of the film would be heightened if you are unaware of what happens in the story.

The soundtrack to the film is remarkable and is the perfect fit for the Great Gatsby. The music includes a mixture of songs from the likes of Florence and the Machine, Jack White, Jay-Z and Lana Del Ray. The soundtrack is available to buy on CD and is a great way to relive the film through sound.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as Jay Gatsby is astounding and he creates amazing chemistry with the relationships he makes in the film. His friendship with Tobey Maguire’s character, Nick Carraway, shows a unique bond which is hard to find. The whirlwind romance of Gatsby and Daisy, played by Carey Mulligan, really highlights the talent and passion the cast put into their roles.

The Great Gatsby takes a classic tale and modernises it with top quality music and marvellous effects. The film is a must watch just like the book is a must read. Catch the Great Gatsby in cinemas now.

The Hunger Games Sequel Ignites

The first footage from the highly anticipated Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, has been released. Returning to our screens will be Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark as their victory causes a rebellion of the Districts vs The Capitol.

After, Katniss and Peeta, the district 12 tributes, win The Hungers Games together, the Capitol are not too pleased with their act of rebellion. The girl on fire and her Mockingjay pin become a symbol of hope and revolution. How will the game makers restore order in the districts?

The teaser trailer looks as if the film will live up to the success of The Hunger Games with it’s dramatic storyline, extravagant costumes and romance.

For readers of the book the film adaptation must be an accurate representation of the story and live up to the picture in every reader’s head.

Fans can expect the films to hit their screens on the 22nd of November 2013. Will Catching Fire be the film of the year as expected?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyPnQw_Lqds – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer courtesy of TheHungerGamesMovie

By Danielle Ricketts

Journalism Exposed

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Based on a true story, ‘Shattered Glass’ attempts to be a film covering a media topic which is rarely covered; journalism. The controversial and opposing view which the public hold of journalists is tackled within the film.

Stephen Glass, played by aspiring actor Hayden Christensen, captures a charismatic charmer who is able to fool his fellow journalists into believing his phony stories are utterly truthful.

As the film progresses it is revealed that Glass’ ‘remarkable’ talent to find and produce unusual and entertaining news stories comes from his ability to write fraudulent articles.

Working at ‘The New Republic’ (TNR), based in Washington D.C., Stephen Glass nearly shatters the reputation of the magazine. TNR is a highly renowned magazine which relies on its accurate content and serious tone.

Christensen is joined by Hank Azaria and Peter Sarsgaard who play opposing good cop, bad cop characters. Michael Kelly (Azaria) plays a well respected, strong leader who is more than willing to stand up and fight for his writers. When Kelly is given the sack, Chuck Lance (Sarsgaard) unwelcomingly takes his place.

As Stephen Glass’ article ‘Hack Heaven’ flags up issues of fraud, Chuck Lance doubts Glass’ credibility as a journalist. Loyal friends and fellow writers deny the possibility of Stephen being a phony. As Glass’ life crumbles and cracks around him Lance takes the role of the good guy by restoring the honour of journalism.

The film, set in 1998, tells a story where the message is timeless. It teaches all wishing journalists to never take a risk by printing something inaccurate and dishonest, no matter how much you want your writing to be noticed.

With Tom Cruise working behind the scenes as executive producer it is surprising this film is not more renowned. Cruise appears to keep a low key profile around the film, however, his name is revealed in the beginning credits exposing his work in the film.

Shattered Glass’ can be merited for its originality and courage to cover a truly tricky subject. Cinematically, the film visually from the very start grabs the audience’s attention with the slow motioned pace and voiceover welcoming watchers. Not only does it begin with this fascinating sequence, it ends with it too. Although, ‘Shattered Glass’ uses innovation it does however lack real depth in its narrative. The plain, basic storyline may cause any reader not interested in journalism to bore extremely quickly.