Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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The amount of hype that surrounded the release of the next instalment of The Hunger Games has been huge and has managed to create a voice that is loud enough to command debate amongst a raft of hotly talked about film.Peruvian Bears, Dwarves of Middle Earth and plenty of Comic Book reboots have all fallen mute to the arguments played out over whether this film is a purely cynical commercial move or an necessary and acceptable expansion to the franchise.

I came back into the franchise though, completely cold. I haven’t watched a Hunger Games film since I sat in the Cinema 12 months ago to watch Part 2: Catching Fire. And so, the first thing that really hit me was just how little back story this film rekindles. How little this film is capable of standing on it’s own two feet. If you’ve never seen any of the previous incarnations then do not start with a trip to see Mockingjay Part 1, because you will have no idea what is going on. Read more

Film Review: Winter’s Bone

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I can’t remember exactly how Winter’s Bone came to cross my radar, whether it was movie magazine recommendation or pure internet review site pot luck. But I am glad it did. It truly is a remarkable and unforgettable film, which is still in my head 24 hours after I sat down to watch it and I’m sure will linger for a lot longer yet.

The strangest part of it all though is that Jennifer Lawrence, taking the lead role, essentially gives her breakthrough performance, she even earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination as a result, and even with the strength of her performance, Winter’s Bone has somehow managed to totally avoid the mainstream gaze. I doubt many people have even heard of it, let alone have a clue what it’s about! And that is such a shame
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