The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Chocolate-Oreo cupcakes on ‘fire’)
Plot Summary: After Katniss & Peeta emerge victorious from the 74th Hunger Games they must face the wrath of their oppressive leaders angered by the political acts of defiance their actions have caused. The pair find themselves fighting for their lives as the fire of rebellion begins to roar.
Directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Water For Elephants)
Written by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) & Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) based on the novel by Suzanne Collins
Starring Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson
**SPOILER ALERT** I will do my best not to discuss details that would in any way ruin the plot of this story, however I do intend to discuss the plot. Just a fair warning.
As with the first Hunger Games movie I was fairly skeptical and walked into the theater with low expectations for this movie. Yet again, I was very pleasantly surprised, Catching Fire is intoxicating. It’s far from a perfect film but there’s much more to compliment than criticize.
Currently, we are in the early stages of what is looking like an EXCELLENT Oscar season. In an effort to stay with the theme of this blog, every Friday I’ll be posting a review of a film I’ve recently seen accompanying a recipe inspired by that film. This week I begin with my rather belated review of Gravity with galaxy inspired champagne cupcakes.
Plot Summary: An astroid strikes the aircraft of a medical engineer and astronaut in space. Despite their lack of ability to control their environment, they must work together to survive.
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men)
Written by Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron
Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney
I resisted seeing this movie for a long time. The premise did not intrigue me and I feared that Gravity would rely on ‘wow’-style 3D effects to make it interesting. I am a strong advocate for the value of traditional 2D films. Given that very strong opinion, it literally hurts me to say this: You have to see Gravity in 3D.
I don’t even like to think about the hypocrisy of that sentence, but whether I like it or not, it’s the truth. Gravity is an example of 3D being used properly. It operates in the background, with very few moments when it is flashy or showy. It has a genuine immersive quality that really brings you into the world and the mindset of our one, and practically only, character.