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(Deadline)   The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the top film at the box office for the second week, bringing in $31 million. Frozen is a close #2, and both films are on par to bring in record-breaking Thanksgiving numbers   (deadline.com) divider line 42
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2013-12-01 12:18:32 PM  
I saw Catching Fire last night. Aside from one guy cursing up a storm for some reason early on in the movie before leaving, I enjoyed the movie.
 
2013-12-01 12:50:18 PM  
Hunger Games was enjoyable although I don't see the big fuss over her as an actress other than that she can cry a lot.
 
2013-12-01 12:56:51 PM  
Jennifer Lawrence has two very distinct emotions she is capable of portraying on film and she nails them both.

I'm being told she actually has three.
 
2013-12-01 01:06:17 PM  
Mockingjay Part I is being filmed here.
We are going to be "District 12."
It's going to be filmed at an abandoned and partially torn down cotton mill here in town.
Rumor has it filming here starts this week or next. The set has been constructed for the past two months.
Friggin' thing is 40 feet tall.
 
2013-12-01 01:07:06 PM  

syrynxx: Hunger Games was enjoyable although I don't see the big fuss over her as an actress other than that she can cry a lot.


I liked the second one quite a bit.  Seemed more thought provoking than the first, although I enjoyed the first as well.

Are people saying shes the best actress ever or something?  She seemed pretty good, in that her part required mixed emotions and internal turmoil (which I imagine is pretty difficult to portray convincingly) and I don't remember her performance being bad enough at any point that I noticed.  I don't remember any scene where she really blew me away either though.
 
2013-12-01 01:07:52 PM  
But....but pirated movies....
 
2013-12-01 01:18:27 PM  

syrynxx: Hunger Games was enjoyable although I don't see the big fuss over her as an actress other than that she can cry a lot.



That's because you know nothing about movie-making or talent.
 
2013-12-01 01:36:50 PM  
Whoever schedules the release dates for these movies are smart to release them when there's minimal competition. The first HG's only competition for months was John Carter. Not that they wouldn't do well anyway but still,
 
2013-12-01 01:42:24 PM  

Mugato: Whoever schedules the release dates for these movies are smart to release them when there's minimal competition. The first HG's only competition for months was John Carter. Not that they wouldn't do well anyway but still,


There is quite of bit of statistical analyses that goes into scheduling movie releases.  There are reasons why studios announce tentative release dates years in advance.
 
2013-12-01 01:51:27 PM  
The middle third of the movie was just "Hunger Games with Adults."
BUT it was a perfect second movie in the trilogy (it is a trilogy, right?). The first and last third pretty much answered and expounded on some Part 1 storylines. The middle third was boring and dragged. Overall I'd say meh.
Jenifer Lawrence was MUCH better in Winter's Bone thought the movie was an absolute bore (seeing a pattern here). Hope she steps it up for American Hustle.
 
2013-12-01 01:52:52 PM  

boogerwolf: BUT it was a perfect second movie in the trilogy (it is a trilogy, right?)


This is just a guess but if they're following the Harry Potter/Hobbit/Twilight model, the last book will be in 2 parts, whether it needs it or not.
 
2013-12-01 01:58:01 PM  

boogerwolf: The middle third of the movie was just "Hunger Games with Adults."
BUT it was a perfect second movie in the trilogy (it is a trilogy, right?). The first and last third pretty much answered and expounded on some Part 1 storylines. The middle third was boring and dragged. Overall I'd say meh.
Jenifer Lawrence was MUCH better in Winter's Bone thought the movie was an absolute bore (seeing a pattern here). Hope she steps it up for American Hustle.


It's four movies and please watch her other film silver linings play book.

Catching fire was great, better than the first and I wasn't bored once. Probably because I found the aristocracy so amusing and that costume design was fantastic.

Quite frankly between this, gravity, prisoners and Thor 2 winter/fall movies have kicked the shiat out of the summer movies in terms of quality and entertainment. And December looks like its going to be good
 
2013-12-01 01:58:01 PM  
1. Not adjusted for inflation.
2. Not accounting for rise in ticket prices.

Therefore, any movies boasting "record openings" are full of crap. Ever think of giving us movies we'd be happy to watch more than once, Hollywood?
 
2013-12-01 01:58:23 PM  

proteon: Jennifer Lawrence has two very distinct emotions she is capable of portraying on film and she nails them both.

I'm being told she actually has three.



Are people on Fark starting to hate Jennifer Lawrence now, too?

Boy, that was fast.
 
2013-12-01 02:07:46 PM  
thecpt:
Quite frankly between this, gravity, prisoners and Thor 2 winter/fall movies have kicked the shiat out of the summer movies in terms of quality and entertainment. And December looks like its going to be good

So much THIS. Summer was a major disappointment.

Will check out Silver Lining Playbook. It was one of those movies that slipped through my movie viewing crack.
 
2013-12-01 02:33:13 PM  
Frozen is actually pretty bloody great.  Brought my nephews to see it last night.

It's a wonderful throwback to the old Disney musicals.
 
2013-12-01 02:51:32 PM  
I thought Oldboy was okay. Worth seeing for a rental anyways. I thought all the actors did well and the version Spike Lee made is good.
 
2013-12-01 03:03:56 PM  

mokinokaro: Frozen is actually pretty bloody great.  Brought my nephews to see it last night.

It's a wonderful throwback to the old Disney musicals.


Agreed.  I was not looking forward to seeing it, but glad I did.  It was well done.
 
2013-12-01 03:39:41 PM  
Frozen was horrible. It's what you get if a marketing team creates a movie. Save some money and watch the much better Tangled with the kids instead.
 
2013-12-01 04:04:23 PM  

Abner Doon: Are people saying shes the best actress ever or something?


I think that might be going too far, but at 23, she has an oscar nomination, an oscar win, and has starred (and frankly, is a huge part of the success of) a massive cinema franchise. She certainly could be one of the greats.
 
2013-12-01 04:12:13 PM  
BTW Saw this today. Thought it was pretty good. More involved in the politics of the games than the first.

That said, see Gravity first in 3D. Utterly, utterly breathtaking.
 
2013-12-01 04:17:24 PM  

proteon: Jennifer Lawrence has two very distinct emotions she is capable of portraying on film and she nails them both.

I'm being told she actually has three.


Are you sure you're not attempting to bag on Kristen Stewart?
 
2013-12-01 05:21:49 PM  
The hunger game movies get right the same thing the Harry potter movies got right, the casting. Jennifer Lawrence is as good as advertised and all the supporting actors nail it (Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, etc.)

I haven't seen Frozen yet but I'm sure I will between now and Christmas - I've heard good things.
 
2013-12-01 05:38:41 PM  

rjakobi: Ever think of giving us movies we'd be happy to watch more than once, Hollywood?


I saw frozen yesterday and today

and paid ticket price

/matinees
 
2013-12-01 05:41:09 PM  
Frozen was frickin outstanding. Hands down my favorite Disney movie, better even than tangled (I know it was the same crew, Rapunzel even had a small cameo). Loved the twist at the end. The music was perfect. Enjoyed it way more than I thought would.
 
2013-12-01 05:43:02 PM  
So my only choices are "Catching Fire" or "Frozen"? Where is "Lukewarm: The Movie"?
 
2013-12-01 05:49:35 PM  

Edward Rooney Dean of Students: Frozen was frickin outstanding. Hands down my favorite Disney movie, better even than tangled (I know it was the same crew, Rapunzel even had a small cameo). Loved the twist at the end. The music was perfect. Enjoyed it way more than I thought would.


the funny thing is about the twist (if you are talking about a characters motivations being revealed) is that I kinda suspected it from the moment that character put a champaigne glass on a tray at the ball... if you are talking about the spell, then yeah, I kinda expected that they were going to avoid the simple kiss by prince charming thing if for no other reason that it was written by a woman.

/yes, that last line probably makes me sound sexist and I stand by my comment that different genders are more capable of approaching story telling from different angles (please don't flame me)
 
2013-12-01 06:04:58 PM  

rjakobi: 1. Not adjusted for inflation.
2. Not accounting for rise in ticket prices.

Therefore, any movies boasting "record openings" are full of crap. Ever think of giving us movies we'd be happy to watch more than once, Hollywood?


Kinda like NFL passing stats.

1.  Not adjusted for 16 game schedule.
2.  Not adjusted for changes in defensive pass interference rules.

You also missed the increase in the number of theater screens across the country.
 
2013-12-01 06:42:35 PM  

Broktun: rjakobi: 1. Not adjusted for inflation.
2. Not accounting for rise in ticket prices.

Therefore, any movies boasting "record openings" are full of crap. Ever think of giving us movies we'd be happy to watch more than once, Hollywood?

Kinda like NFL passing stats.

1.  Not adjusted for 16 game schedule.
2.  Not adjusted for changes in defensive pass interference rules.

You also missed the increase in the number of theater screens across the country.


Shhhh. He might slip from his soap box. Never mind that movies now open on 3,000 screens instead of 300. Never mind that some older films got bigger box office returns because their was no home video and they were re-released 2, 3, or 4 times. Never mind that yes, Gone With The Wind set an unpassable mark for tickets sold, but it also played in theaters for more than a decade.

He's a man on a mission. Wannabiatch, Needabiatch, Gottabiatch.
 
2013-12-01 06:43:47 PM  

llort dam eht: The hunger game movies get right the same thing the Harry potter movies got right, the casting. Jennifer Lawrence is as good as advertised and all the supporting actors nail it (Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, etc.)


I don't agree. Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are horrible actors, either flat, or when they are supposed to be very emotional, they ham it. It's only Emma Watson who is convincing of the 3. In the last film, Neville pretty much steals it as a memorable performance.

It's got a good supporting cast of great British actors, though.

Also, Potter is badly written stuff. I'm not even going to go into all the asspulls and easy magic the series has and how Harry has no character development.
 
2013-12-01 06:45:36 PM  

fusillade762: So my only choices are "Catching Fire" or "Frozen"? Where is "Lukewarm: The Movie"?


I believe Thor is still in theaters at the moment.
 
2013-12-01 06:59:20 PM  

farkeruk: llort dam eht: The hunger game movies get right the same thing the Harry potter movies got right, the casting. Jennifer Lawrence is as good as advertised and all the supporting actors nail it (Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, etc.)

I don't agree. Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are horrible actors, either flat, or when they are supposed to be very emotional, they ham it. It's only Emma Watson who is convincing of the 3. In the last film, Neville pretty much steals it as a memorable performance.

It's got a good supporting cast of great British actors, though.

Also, Potter is badly written stuff. I'm not even going to go into all the asspulls and easy magic the series has and how Harry has no character development.


While I don't dislike Harry and Ron as much as you do - i was mostly talking about the supporting roles. The Harry Potter movies were a job program for British character actors.
 
2013-12-01 07:19:31 PM  
 
2013-12-01 08:58:36 PM  
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Well, la dee freakin' dah!
 
2013-12-01 09:10:42 PM  

syrynxx: Hunger Games was enjoyable although I don't see the big fuss over her as an actress other than that she can cry a lot.


Was it the first film you've seen her in? She doesn't just star in popcorn movies.
 
2013-12-01 09:45:00 PM  

Abner Doon: syrynxx: Hunger Games was enjoyable although I don't see the big fuss over her as an actress other than that she can cry a lot.

I liked the second one quite a bit.  Seemed more thought provoking than the first, although I enjoyed the first as well.

Are people saying shes the best actress ever or something?  She seemed pretty good, in that her part required mixed emotions and internal turmoil (which I imagine is pretty difficult to portray convincingly) and I don't remember her performance being bad enough at any point that I noticed.  I don't remember any scene where she really blew me away either though.


Really?  Not in the last scene where she went from shock to hurt to inchoate rage to Mockingjay within the space of a few seconds?

Then I'd second the recommendation for Silver Linings Playbook.  Both leads do a good job of playing a very tricky kind of crazy person, the kind you could work with for years and never think they were more than a little odd then one day you suddenly realize why they're on meds.

Lots of actors make a big show of playing someone 180 degrees from normal, SLP works with characters that probably would've gone their whole lives without a medical diagnosis 50 years ago.  Hell, even 30 years ago.
 
2013-12-01 10:25:59 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: Abner Doon: syrynxx: Hunger Games was enjoyable although I don't see the big fuss over her as an actress other than that she can cry a lot.

I liked the second one quite a bit.  Seemed more thought provoking than the first, although I enjoyed the first as well.

Are people saying shes the best actress ever or something?  She seemed pretty good, in that her part required mixed emotions and internal turmoil (which I imagine is pretty difficult to portray convincingly) and I don't remember her performance being bad enough at any point that I noticed.  I don't remember any scene where she really blew me away either though.

Really?  Not in the last scene where she went from shock to hurt to inchoate rage to Mockingjay within the space of a few seconds?

Then I'd second the recommendation for Silver Linings Playbook.  Both leads do a good job of playing a very tricky kind of crazy person, the kind you could work with for years and never think they were more than a little odd then one day you suddenly realize why they're on meds.

Lots of actors make a big show of playing someone 180 degrees from normal, SLP works with characters that probably would've gone their whole lives without a medical diagnosis 50 years ago.  Hell, even 30 years ago.


Winter's Bone.  It's not very common to be nominated for an Academy Award at age 19.  Then win one at 22.  If she had never made Hunger Games she'd be considered one of the most important new actresses in a generation.
 
2013-12-02 03:02:32 AM  
Regarding Frozen... how much of that annoying snowman character is in the movie? The trailer with ALL SNOWMAN CHARACTER, LOOK HE'S INEPT AND (not really) FUNNY kind of killed any desire to see it.  This is a serious question because I can't believe how much I disliked that character from a trailer and I was sort of looking forward to it.
 
2013-12-02 05:31:50 AM  

syrynxx: Hunger Games was enjoyable although I don't see the big fuss over her as an actress other than that she can cry a lot.


"Hunger games" is not really the best showcase for Jennifer Lawrence's talent. "Winter's bone" is the one where you can see what she's capable of, although I haven't seen "Silver lining playbook", for which she got the Academy Award.
 
2013-12-02 11:07:23 AM  
I saw Oldboy on Friday, it wasn't too bad. Spike fell short on the hammer scene but his ending was a little better than Park's. Josh Brolin looks so much like a young Nick Nolte its uncanny.
I also saw Nebraska, it was pretty good if you're into indie films. I'm a sucker for B&W so I wanted to see it on the big screen.
 
2013-12-02 04:53:16 PM  

Qaiwolf: Regarding Frozen... how much of that annoying snowman character is in the movie? The trailer with ALL SNOWMAN CHARACTER, LOOK HE'S INEPT AND (not really) FUNNY kind of killed any desire to see it.  This is a serious question because I can't believe how much I disliked that character from a trailer and I was sort of looking forward to it.


he comes into it at about the halfway mark, is played by josh gad (elder Cunningham in book of Mormon if you're familiar) and was not annoying in my opinion.  he has a fantasy song which acts as a nice diversion.  I certainly wouldn't avoid it based on him alone.

farkeruk: I don't agree. Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are horrible actors, either flat, or when they are supposed to be very emotional, they ham it. It's only Emma Watson who is convincing of the 3. In the last film, Neville pretty much steals it as a memorable performance.


I feel this may be relevant to your interests....

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2013-12-02 10:22:30 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: Abner Doon: syrynxx: Hunger Games was enjoyable although I don't see the big fuss over her as an actress other than that she can cry a lot.

I liked the second one quite a bit.  Seemed more thought provoking than the first, although I enjoyed the first as well.

Are people saying shes the best actress ever or something?  She seemed pretty good, in that her part required mixed emotions and internal turmoil (which I imagine is pretty difficult to portray convincingly) and I don't remember her performance being bad enough at any point that I noticed.  I don't remember any scene where she really blew me away either though.

Really?  Not in the last scene where she went from shock to hurt to inchoate rage to Mockingjay within the space of a few seconds?

Then I'd second the recommendation for Silver Linings Playbook.  Both leads do a good job of playing a very tricky kind of crazy person, the kind you could work with for years and never think they were more than a little odd then one day you suddenly realize why they're on meds.

Lots of actors make a big show of playing someone 180 degrees from normal, SLP works with characters that probably would've gone their whole lives without a medical diagnosis 50 years ago.  Hell, even 30 years ago.


I wasn't super impressed with that scene.  My friends and I all got a pretty good chuckle out it and agreed that they should have cut to black rather than show her reaction.
 
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