The Hunger Games – Mockingjay – You Know Who You Are

Mockingjay

 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) – Rated PG-14

When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.”

Well this is a rather pointless review. You already know whether you want to see this film. If you enjoyed the first two, then of course you will want to see how the story turns out. If you didn’t, then you won’t. Mockingjay is quite good even if there isn’t an actual Hunger Game involved.

Regal lines

Everyone returns and Philip Seymour Hoffman is present throughout so most of his scenes must have been in the can before his unfortunate passing. I was fortunate enough to have a day off and went to Regal’s marathon. Not only did I get to see the first two movies on the big screen (again) but I also didn’t have to wait in Regal’s cattle lines (seen here prior to opening crowd showing up).

Mockingjay keychain

 

Marathon attendees also got a $5 medium combo coupon. If you upgrade to a large, you have popcorn and soda for the entire day (I upgraded the soda and had far too much Coke). Attendees also got a FREE Mockingjay keychain (above) and lanyard (below).

Mockingjay lanyard

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) and Maximilian Schell (1930-2014)

Last week, Hollywood lost two actors who enriched any movie they appeared in.

Maximilian Schell

 

 

Maximilian Schell passed away February 1st, 2014 at the age of 83. Instant Netflix has only three of his movies available but two of them are ones he directed (Marlene and My Sister Maria). The other is House of the Sleeping Beauties. I highly recommend the documentary Marlene.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

 

Philip Seymour Hoffman died tragically at the age of 46 on February 2nd, 2014. There isn’t really a need to rehash this as his death, presumably from a heroin overdose, is all over the media. He was one of my favorite character actors.

Instant Netflix has eight of his films available for streaming, from Leap of Faith in 1992 to Salinger in 2013. The best, from a Hoffman perspective, is probably A Late Quartet though my favorite is The Talented Mr. Ripley. The others are Nobody’s Fool, Hard Eight, Punch-Drunk Love, and Mary and Max.

R.I.P. Maximilian Schell and Philip Seymour Hoffman – you will both be missed.