Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review: The Hunger Games (2012)

IMDb Synopsis: Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.

If you've seen the new header on my blog (and if you're reading this, I'm going to guess that you have), it's sort of obvious that I'm a huge Hunger Games fan. I read the first book in 2010 and have been addicted ever since.  My expectations for the film adaption were quite high after watching the trailer, and, fortunately, they were met.

There were so many wonderful performances in the film, but the star of the show is clearly Jennifer Lawrence. She was everything I wanted Katniss to be, and even more, capturing the role of a strong and moving heroine. A few other actors I was impressed with (I wish I could discuss them all) were Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, Wes Bentley and Isabelle Fuhrman. Liam Hemsworth only has a short amount of screen time, so I don't feel that I can fairly judge his acting skills until Catching Fire is released.

You don't have to read the novels before seeing the film, but I would suggest it, for two reasons: One, while the film is mostly faithful to the books, they can't work everything into the film. And two, the film is clearly made for those of us that have read the books and are so familiar with the story- I could see why someone that hadn't read them could be a bit confused with some scenes.

Overall, The Hunger Games is worth your time, both the books and the film. And, in case you're wondering, it's nothing like Twilight.

5/5 stars

Monday, March 26, 2012

My Week In Film March 18-26

1. Lean On Me (1989)

Rating: 4/5
Really, really enjoyed this. One of Morgan Freeman's best performances.

2. My Sister's Keeper (2009)

Rating: 3/5
It would be 3.5 if not for Cameron Diaz.

3. Casablanca (1942). Re-watch

Went to the TCM screening last week. Amazing.

4. Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Rating: 4.5/5
This is a must see if you like The Picture of Dorian Gray and Gaslight.

5. The Hunger Games (2012)

Review coming soon!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Casablanca 70th Anniversary Screening

Two things happened this week: First, I changed the blog name to Forever Films. Most people told me there was no need to change it, but I personally prefer this for a number of reasons. Second, I saw my favorite film on the big screen and it was probably the most glorious film experience of my life.

As some of you may know, this November it will be 70 years since the premiere of Casablanca in 1942. Last Wednesday, Turner Classic Movies held a nationwide screening in its honor which I was able to attend. I had never been to a classic film screening before so I didn't know what to expect, but I was blown away at how amazing it was to see a film like Casablanca up close.

Although I would have preferred going that night, I had plans early Thursday morning, so I ended up going to the afternoon showing. There were around 12 people there- myself included- and, as I expected at 2pm, I was one of two people there under 50 (I think most of the older viewers were surprised to see me there).

Before the film started there was an introduction from Robert Osborne, and it felt like I was watching TCM in a movie theater. The introduction included interviews with some of the films' writers, producers, etc, and also a few clips featuring people such as Stephen Bogart and Leonard Maltin. I really wish they would start playing it prior to the film on TCM.

As a classic film buff, I loved the way it felt to experience it with others, even if there were only a few of us. I hope I'll be able to go to another classics screening in the future (*cough* Gone With the Wind 75th anniversary *cough*), but I doubt few films would make me feel the way this did, since Casablanca is my favorite film.

If you ever get the chance to see Casablanca on the big screen (or any classic film, for that matter), I implore you to go. Also, if any of you went to the screening Wednesday, let me know what you thought!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another Blog Update + My Week In Film March 11-17

In my last post I said that I would be making some changes to my blog, which would probably mean changing the title. Most of you thought I should still keep "Forever Classics", however, I've thought about just making it "Forever Films", since there wouldn't be a huge difference. I haven't made a definite decision yet.

The films I watched last week:

1. The Razor's Edge (1946)

Rating: 3.7/5
I can see why so many people like this film, but I was expecting more from it.

2. You've Got Mail (1998)

Rating: 5/5
I loved it. Don't judge.

3. Notting Hill (1999)

Rating: 2/5
Overrated, in my opinion.

4. Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

Rating: 4/5
Fun romantic comedy. I'd probably watch it again.

5. The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Re-watch

One of my all-time favorites. Henry Fonda is the best.

That's all for this week. Please bear with me while I work on blog changes. Also, I'm seeing Casablanca on the big screen tomorrow, so fingers-crossed that I get a chance to write about it.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blog Updates

It's obvious that I love classic films- they're the whole reason I started blogging. But, lately, I've found myself wishing more and more that I could expand my boundaries more with this blog and discuss modern films as well. (I've been dying to blog about The Hunger Games film adaption). Don't get me wrong, I still love the classics, but I'm planning on making my blog just about films in general. This would probably mean that I'd have to change the blog title and such, which I hope to have done by the weekend.

If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Week(s) In Film: February 26-March 10

The films I've watched during the past two weeks:

1. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982). Re-watch

Can we get this on Blu-Ray already?

2. Rocky III (1982)

Rating: 4/5
I've yet to be disappointed by any of the Rocky sequels (but I haven't gotten to Rocky V yet).

3. Rocky IV (1985)

Rating: 4/5
This soundtrack is the best workout playlist ever.

4. Dragon Seed (1944)

Rating: 1.5/5
Not even Kate Hepburn can save this.

5. Lady and the Tramp (1955). Re-watch

My second favorite Disney film, behind Beauty and the Beast.

6. The Temptress (1926)

Rating: 3/5
Garbo's performance is decent, but I doubt this is something I'd watch again.

7. Grease (1978). Re-watch

Watched it twice last week. Possibly one of my top 20.

8. The Queen (2006)

Rating: 3.8/5
Helen Mirren was amazing, but I found myself getting bored with the plot.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

7x7 Link Award

I'll be posting MWIF for the last 2 weeks tomorrow, but today I found out that I'd been tagged by Rianna from Frankly, My Dear for the 7x7 Link Award. Thanks, Rianna!


-Tell everyone something that no one else knows about

-Link to one of my posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-worthy Piece

-Pass this award on to seven other bloggers 

1. Tell everyone something that no one else knows about

Honestly, I don't think there's anything too exciting about me that I haven't mentioned at least once before. Unless I haven't said that I'm a huge Hunger Games fan and am ridiculously excited about the film coming out next week.

2. Link to one of my posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-worthy Piece

Most Beautiful Piece

I don't consider any of my posts to be "beautiful", but I do consider It's a Wonderful Life to be a beautiful film.

Most Helpful Piece

I was able to include a lot of facts from Poitier's autobiography in this post, most of which I had never read before.

Most Popular Piece

According to Blogger, this has gotten the most views out of all of my blog posts. But year after writing it, I sort of wish I could change some of my choices.

Most Controversial Piece

Nothing I've written so far has caused much controversy, but I have some things planned coming up soon...

Most Surprising Successful Piece

I received more feedback on this review than expected.

Most Underrated Piece

I consider this my most underrated post, partly because the film is so underrated.

Most Pride-worthy Piece

I'll admit I was pretty darn proud of this one since it took forever to write.

And I haven't looked to see who's been tagged yet, so my apologies if I tag you and you've already done this: