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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is here, if you are anything like me you have been waiting for this since last year. I was there at 11:00 in theaters on Thursday ready to see the movie. I will admit no Katniss braid this time, but I did not do a good job with it last year because my hair is short.
Let me start off by saying, as a fan of “Parks and Recreation,” it was delightful seeing Andy Dwyer in space.
Although there are certainly a good number of goofball moments, Chris Pratt’s performance was a great balance of criminal, hero, dork, and suave muthafucka. His Starlord really rather perfectly captures the qualities of the Everyman.
And then there’s this.
After watching this movie… I don’t know what to do with my life.
Don’t get me wrong; it was an excellent movie! It really was! The animation was flawless, the story was coherent and amusing and easy to follow, characterization was good, and it pretty much covered the entire spectrum of human emotion.
OR, “Something’s wrong with Sleeping Beauty, you guys…”
So, three of us from TFP went to a Thursday evening showing of Disney’s newest live-action film, “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie in the titular role.
It was… Rather different than perhaps we had been expecting.
Spoilers after the jump.
Seen Days of Future Past? Grateful for Anna Paquin being mostly cut from the film but still a slave to morbid curiosity and therefore curious as to what exactly her story would have been? Well, here’s a look into what that might have entailed.
According to screenwriter Simon Kinberg:
“The biggest chunk we took out of the film from first cut to final cut was the Rogue plot. And that was the sub-plot that has now been well-publicized, but that I created, not actually to bring Rogue into the movie, though that was a wonderful consequence, but more that I wanted to have—and this was in the early script phase—I wanted a mission for old Charles and old Erik, for Magneto and Xavier to go off on a mission together.”
This would have amounted to roughly 10 additional minutes of screen time. Plus, it featured more screen time for older Professor X and Magneto, going on a solo mission of their own, a little road trip that had something to do with Rogue. Awesome, right? Except for maybe not…
“Just to see what that would look like. I mean, truly, seriously, it was like, ‘What would it be like to have Patrick and Ian on a road trip together?’ And that was kind of, you know, it got condensed as I wrote it and then when we shot it, but it was just a sub-plot. It was a perfectly good sub-plot and people will see it one day, and Anna was great in it and it was well-directed; it just didn’t serve the overall story. And it didn’t, it never did, it was created outside the core story. As a result, when you watched the movie, you were like, ‘Why are we on this detour, on a movie that already has two time periods, two types of Sentinels, 10-12 main characters, just as a lark?’ And so it ended up getting cut.”
Above, I’ve got a screengrab taken from one of the first trailers. It shows Magneto and Rogue and some dude supporting her, probably Ice Man. So, really, it looks like this is a whole damsel-saving deal and, frankly, if it features more of Rogue being useless, then I’m alright with her having been almost entirely cut from the film.
Guess we’ll have to wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray to see what exactly it all entailed. Be sure that we’re going to revisit this scene then.
See you there!
OR, “You’ll Believe a (Spider-)Man Can Cry!”
Spoilers Ensue. Please don’t give me crap if you read the article but didn’t want to be spoiled. Only read if you’ve seen the movie or give zero fucks.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” Opened this past weekend to a strong, but hardly record-breaking, 92 million dollars. On Thursday, three of the TFP Fangirls went to go see it together, enthused for another Marvel movie, especially after the awesomeness that was “Captain America: the Winter Soldier.”
We walked out a bit… confused.
Spider-Man movies, including the Tobey Maguire films of yore, have always been entertaining, at least. Andrew Garfield’s second appearance as the Web Head was not different. In fact, his Peter Parker and Spidey gave some particularly entertaining one-liners, comebacks, and banter.
But he was also batshit crazy.
The start of the New Year always brings something to look forward to. One of those things is new movies. I complied a list of the anticipated movies coming out this year. Lets take a look at what will be gracing the movie screens this month and the upcoming months.
Legend of Hercules (Jan 10)
Pretty much looks like Gladiator meets 300, unfortunately that is enough to put me off the movie. I will not be rushing out to see this one.
Lego Movie (Feb 7)
Legos, do I really need to say anymore.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman (March 7)
I grew up watching reruns of Rocky and Bullwinkle as a kid, naturally this movie fascinates me. Not sure if I am going to see it in theaters or wait for to come on TV yet. If people are going to see it, I don’t see why I wouldn’t tag along.
300: Rise of an Empire (March 7)
I will probably be killed for what I am about to say but I did not like the first one. I found the movie to be over hyped, thus making it a let down when I saw it. While I am not going to see it, the trailer does look good. If you liked the first one, then you should go out to see this one.
Need for Speed (March 14)
While I was never a huge fan of the Need for Speed video games (that probably has something to do with the fact I suck at racing games), but the trailer looks interesting. If you liked the game or like racing movies, then you should probably check it out.
Veronica Mars (March 14)
While I never watched the show, it does have its fan following, which is why I added it to the list. I have to say the trailer does look rather interesting, it does feel like it can stand alone from the show.
Divergent (March 21)
I have never read the books, but they have been recommended to me since I love Hunger Games. The trailer and concept look interesting, I not sure if I am going to see it in theaters yet. If you are a fan of Hunger Games, this is supposed to similar so it might be worth checking out.
Muppets Most Wanted (March 21)
It’s the Muppets, does anything else really need to be said.
Captain America: Winter Solider (April 4)
Seriously who is not going to see this? Also is it just me or does Winter Soldier look like Sub-Zero?
The Amazing Spiderman 2 (May 2)
If you are a fan of the first one then you’re going to see this. I like the new approach so I will be checking this out. I do worry that they might be trying to do too much and we all saw how well that worked out for the 3rd one. Is it just me or does Harry look a bit emo?
Godzilla (May 16)
This one is an oldie, who has not seen at least one Godzilla movie? It has been awhile since someone has remade a Godzilla movie (not since 1998). With all the improvements to CGI and other special effects, I am curious to see how it looks. I am not anticipating a great story. I doubt I am going to rush to see it in theaters but I’ll have no problem checking it out when it comes on TV.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)
Ok, so First Class wasn’t the greatest of movies but it was nice to see things from the beginning (even though is barely followed lore but lets just not get started on that). I am an X-Men fan so I am going to see this. I’m curious how they will execute the story line, I am planning keeping an open mind.
Maleficent (May 30)
Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite Disney movies, so that alone is enough to get me to see this. I like the approach of telling a well-known tale from the antagonist point of view. I am a huge fan of the Wicked book for this reason. I am looking forward to seeing this when it comes out.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)
If you liked the first one obviously you are going to see this one.
Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)
Well the 3rd movie was pretty horrible, the 2nd was one was only alright. I am pretty much on the Michael Bay why won’t you just give this franchise up already bandwagon. Without a trailer it is hard to make an accurate call, but it really feels like Michael Bay is still trying to capitalize the success of the first one. Granted this one will have a whole new cast and possibly bring in the Dinobots (I am a fan of Beast Wars) but I don’t think that will be enough to save it. I am reserving judgement until I see a trailer.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
I am not a Planet of the Apes person so I am not going to be seeing it. I just could never get into the whole talking Apes controlling the world. I do appreciate the fact they have been starting from the beginning and doing prequels. If you are a fan of this franchise then you should probably check out the new one.
Hercules (July 25)
After seeing the trailer for the first one and seeing many of the Rock’s other movies I am a bit hesitant. I just can’t help but feel like this is going to be another big money movie with no real story. I do want to see what the trailer looks like before I make that call.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug 1)
I will admit I am not as familiar with this series or story lines, so I have some research to do. It is a Marvel movie so I will be seeing in theaters for that reason alone.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Aug 8)
Not really looking forward to this based on everything I have heard about it. First the turtles are from an alien race, then they are from another dimension. Shredder is also from another dimension. OK, let’s be fair we all know the whole ooze thing is completely impractical but we didn’t care. The ooze is what made them, there was no need to change that. Megan Fox as April O’Neil, really? There will apparently no Casey Jones. Not really looking forward to this, but as a Turtles fan I will check it out – more than likely when it comes on TV.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Aug 22)
Lets be fair the first one was good, but how long has it been since the first one came out almost 10 years. While I am more than likely going to see this in theaters, I am worried about it. I am really worried that it will become over hyped and just not live up to the expectation. Here is to hoping that it will still be as good as the first one.
Dracula Untold (Oct 17)
Not sure about this one yet, since I have not been able to find much about it. I am a fan of Dracula and vampires, I do like how they are not doing the Bram Strokers tale but instead a story about Vlad the Impaler. It would be nice to see something about the man who started the legend.
Big Hero 6 (Nov 7)
With Disney now in charge of Marvel they seem to putting out all as many Marvel movies as they can. Since it is a Marvel movie, I will naturally be seeing it. I do like the fact that this one will be animated, that will give the movie a different vibe. I would like to say I am excited for the movie but it is another series/story line that I am not familiar with, so I see a bit of Marvel research in my future.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Nov 21)
Since I am a HUGE Hunger Games fan, I will be in the theater on thurs night seeing it. I just really hope they end it at a certain point in the story so that it will be cliffhanger to all those who have not read the books. I am also curious to see how much of other people’s point of views they show. I expect this to be great since Francis Lawrence did a great job with the second one.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again (Dec 17)
With any luck I will have finally seen the other 2 Hobbit movies which I have not seen and I will have read the books by this point. Hopefully by then I will have gotten into the movies and will want to see this one in theaters. Better late then never, besides let’s be fair anyone who is a fan of the fandom is going to see this movie since it is the last one.
Here is the movie list for 2014, let us know what movies you are most looking forward to and why?