Tag Archives: Mockingjay

Coffee Time News 10/07/15

New trailer for Doctor Who season 9 as well as a clip from the Sherlock Christmas Special, and Black Ops gets a 1940’s era Zombies mode. With Jeff Goldblum.

Film

So far the Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, has a director and a few main characters, well now the  cast is being fleshed out a little bit. Singer songwriter Alison Sudol has been cast as Queenie, the sister to Newt’s potential love interest.

Take a look at the NEW look of Katniss all ready for the revolution and that in this new motion poster for the Mockingjay Part 2.

On Wednesday we showed you the new look Ecto 1 from the reboot of the Ghostbusters, well now we’ve got another little treat, straight out of comic-con; Ecto 2. It’s a bike. 

Television

Twin Peaks, oh Twin Peaks. At first you were back, then you weren’t, then you were back for a longer series than we’d thought, now you’ve been delayed until 2017.

Doctor Who Season 9 gets a trailer for its return on the 19th of September, which you can check out here. It’s got all the good stuff, running, screwdrivers, quarries.

Speaking of Trailers for British institutions, check out the first look at Victorian England in the standalone Christmas special of Sherlock, it’s full of references to the original stories, and the issues some of the characters have with them.

Games

GTA V has another free expansion for you, Ill Gotten Gains part 2 will introduce a new radio station, as well as the regular new vehicles, weapons and missions for you.

Gears of War Ultimate edition is to be bundled with every new Xbox One until the end of the year once the game releases on August 25th, while stocks last.

Call of Duty’s Zombies mode will be making a return in Black ops 3, and this time it will be set in the 1940’s. If that isn’t enough to entice you (and why wouldn’t it be, 1940’s ZOMBIES) check out the voice talent this time around, Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Ron Perlman and Robert Picardo. Check out the trailer.

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Here’s the Thing: Splitting Movies is Wrecking Stories

By Joe Strange


Here’s the thing, last week I wrote about Hollywood’s penchant for writing for sequels, and mentioned that I’d probably do another piece on Hollywood’s equally annoying habit of splitting the final instalment of a series into 2 films. Now I was going to leave it alone for a week or so, but then Neill Blomkamp came out earlier this week saying that Alien 5 (not it’s official name) is big enough that it could be split into two films.

It’s like he’s goading me to write about it. Well, I’m not rising to it Blomkamp! I’m not!.

Who am I kidding, I totally am.

So this trend, the idea of splitting the final instalment of a series into two separate films, is  not always a bad thing, there are definitely some really great positives to be gained from clefting films in twain, but just as with everything, there’s the nasty underside to it as well.

The idea of splitting a story in two to tell it isn’t new, but there’s definitely been a resurgence with the influx of young adult story adaptations. It ‘started’ back in 2010, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1. The seventh Harry Potter book is far from the longest, (that prize goes to The Order of the Phoenix for it’s chapters upon chapters of teenage angst) but was chosen to be split into two separate feature films for the sake of telling the whole tale, and since the Harry Potter fandom is rather… enthusiastic, it seemed like the right thing to do. After all, The Deathly Hallows doesn’t just take place in a school, there’s forest wanderings, house visits and magical bank heists, so it made sense to split the instalment with the most set pieces into two films and tell them a year apart.

Except it didn’t work quite as well as WB hoped. Sure on a commercial level it totally did; Part 1 took over $960 million worldwide, while Part 2 took over a billion monies. But fundamentally they destroyed the pacing of the whole book, and while together Part 1 and Part 2 are great, separately they just don’t tell a good story. I mean, when, at the beginning of a film you have to have what amounts to a ‘previously, on the Deathly Hallows’ something’s not quite right.

You can’t deny that part one feels more like a prologue to part 2 than its own film, even if it did have that wicked animated scene with the three brothers, that was awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I bloody love Harry Potter, and by splitting the films they did manage to cram in some of the more complicated lore that was necessary to the story. You know, the stuff that Rowling just seemed to put in the last book like it’s been there the whole time… WAND LORE.

(What the hell am I doing? I’m giving J.K Rowling a hard time on the internet…)

So, onto something a little less universally adored…

Twilight! That’ll do! Shortly after Warner Brothers pulled the ol’ saw-a-book-in-two magic trick with Deathly Hallows, Summit entertainment did the same with Breaking Dawn; the final book in the Twilight series.

Now, on the record, I’ve neither read the books or seen the films, so I’ll keep this short.

The critical reception of the film was less than great, reviewers called it ‘slow and joyless’ and many called it ‘unintentionally hilarious’.

Compared to the boy wizard story, Twilight‘s splitting gambit didn’t fair too well; a story that was pressed for content anyway, having that content stretched further made for sluggish watching. But here’s the thing; combined, Breaking Dawn part 1 and part 2 grossed over $1,500,000,000.

That’s a LOT of money.

Now how would you feel, as a producer,if someone said; “look, the WB did this great thing; they split their movie into two and made more than twice what they could have with one. We could tell a concise story or, OR, we just do that and go and buy an island somewhere”.

It’s going to be the island right?

Of course money is involved, and the majority of studios care only for the figures at the box office, but as fans, and as story-lovers, we shouldn’t be taking this lying down, because it’s detrimental to the things we love.

Though I’ve not seen Mockingjay Part 1, I have read The Hunger Games series. But I can tell you from just reading the book and seeing the version of the world that they’ve crafted in the 2 films prior that there isn’t two films worth of story in there. Sure, there’s the politics and the rebellion, but here’s the issue; your demographic isn’t particularly interested in that side of the story. Look at the bloody Star Wars prequels: Trade embargos? Treaties? Just give us the damn light sabres!

This shows in a lot of the criticism for Mockingjay Part 1, it seems to many to just be a prologue for a story that they’re kind of ready to tell any way. If any book in that series had the content to be split into two it would have been Catching Fire, but they just rushed the personal development at the beginning (And super drunk Haymitch) and leapt right into the arena, which itself didn’t get all of the attention it deserved, that clock thing was fantastic.

I know, if they had done that then we wouldn’t have seen much of the arena in Catching Fire Part 1 and would have had a boring, slow film that seemed like a warm up for the next part. (Sound Familiar?) But Part 2 would have been great, you could actually develop Finnick and the other characters instead of, whatever they actually did with them, I honestly forget.

But yeah, the point stands, it was a series that just didn’t need to be split. Stop splitting movies Hollywood, and Blomkamp, buddy, maybe just make a story that doesn’t have to be told over 4 years, just tell a good short one. As much as I love great big expanded universes, it’d be nice just to have a movie we can sit and watch without worrying when the next one’s out. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, like stretching a 300 page book into 9 hours worth of Hobbit-y CGI action.

Wait a second….


Thanks for reading guys, if you enjoyed this article then take a look around the site where we’ve got plenty of other discussions and articles which are far less rant-y than this one and by authors far better looking than me. We’ve also got a couple of comic series to feast your eyes on, so check those out too.

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Stay Excellent, 

Joe Strange, Editor/Sort-of-idiot

Coffee Time News 18/11/14

Film

Jurassic World is on its way, and a promo site has popped up with a load of images, it would also seem that a trailer could be on the horizon.

Speaking of teaser trailers, there’s some details on the teaser trailer for the Force Awakens, which could be attached to Into the Woods.

Natalie Dormer, in an interview for the Mockingjay part 1, has some things to say about gender irrelevance in cinema, and it’s a pretty simple, but spot on point of view. 

Television

NBC’s the Blacklist could be starring Ron Perlman as a big bad thief who causes chaos everywhere,

HBO has ordered a TV series based on the Michael Chrichton novel ‘Westworld’. It will be penned by Jonathan Nolan, who’s worked on the screenplays for both his brother’s work in Interstellar and the Dark Knight.

If you didn’t catch Gotham last night, here are 6 clips from the episode; Harvey Dent.

Games

Patches galore today as both Destiny and Assassin’s Creed Unity see big patches. Check out Destiny’s lengthy update here, which prepares not only for the launch of Iron Banner today but also for the DLC coming next month, and AC Unity’s is here though the framerate issues are still around.

Finally check out this epic launch trailer for Dragon Age Inquisition. Chilling no?

Coffee Time News 16/09/14

Film

The Hobbit; the Battle of the Five Armies, has a new massive banner which you can check out here in the form of broken up pictures, it’s actually quite pleasant.

Dracula Untold, the newest attempt at making Vampires relevant again, by telling the story of the big man himself, has a new trailer.

The Mockingjay Part 1 has its first full length trailer, showcasing the rebels and their fight against the capital, it looks like they’re really focussing on the juxtaposition of Catniss and Peeta as the symbols for each of their sides.

Television

Sleepy Hollow season 2 has a host of new images for you, apparently these are slightly spoilerific, so only if you’re sure your sure.

Star Wars Revels shows off more cool stuff in this new clip, and it’s in the form of a spinning dual lightsaber. You’ve got to wonder what happened to all these wicked things in the original trilogy.

The pilot for Gotham isn’t even off of the runway yet, (the show doesn’t take off until September 25th) but we’ve already got a synopsis for the second episode for you.

Games

Microsoft purchased Minecraft creator Mojang yesterday for $2.5 billion, but that’s not the biggest news of the story as Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, as well as some more of Mojang’s staff have left the studio.

Nintendo’s Hyrule Warriors has its first TV advert, and it’s got deep voices and impending doom. 

The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros has sold over one million copies in Japan in its first week, which is hopefully a sign of things to come over here as well.

Coffee Time News 11/09/14

Film

There’s a very short announcement trailer for Mockingjay, the announcement is that there’s a new trailer coming out in a few days. But, it’s not all a disappointment, because we also have a new poster too.

Zach Snyder, in a retaliation to the leaked Batman vs Superman batmobile images has released an official look at the Dark Knight’s new ride, and it looks good.

Since the Amazing Spiderman 2 got such a mixed reputation, the Venom spin off will take precedence. Alex Kurtzman, the director, has stated his excitement saying that ‘you can do things with venom that you can’t do with Spiderman’.

Television

The Legend of Korra, which has improved substantially since it’s lack lustre season 1 finale, has a fourth season on the way, on October 3rd. Seems silly that there was such a break between the second and the first season really.

Get a better look at the villains of Gotham in this new banner to promote the show.

We’ve already announced that Hayley Atwell’s Agent Carter will feature in the Agents of SHIELD season 2 premier, but it’s now been announced that the Howling Commandos, Captain America’s War buddies, will as well.

Games

Take a look at the inner workings of a French hospital heist mission from Assassin’s Creed Unity. Frankly it doesn’t look much different to how I’d play AC normally.

Hyrule Warriors’ roster is full up, and here’s an in depth look at all the characters you can use to kick ass in the up coming Zelda hack and slash.

WiiU owners will finally get to play Watchdogs on the 21 of November in Europe, or the 18th in America.

Coffee Time News 05/09/14

Film

Take a first look at Vin Diesel in the Last Witch Hunter, which could be released next fall, since summer is a little overcrowded.

 

Speaking of images, here’s one of Jennifer Lawrence (at least, her back) in this promotional shot for Mockingjay part 1, and she looks kitted up for kicking ass.

Shadow of the Colossus is an incredible, emotional and poignant video game and with the right director the film adaptation could bring video game movies out of the drain, and is ‘Mama’s  director Andres Muschietti the right guy?

Television

Arrow has cast the demon, Ra’s Al Ghul. Unfortunately it’s not Liam Neeson, it’s Matt Nable from the recent Vin Diesel sequel Riddick.

The Flash is shaping up to be a bit of a lighter fair than its sister Arrow, or at least it was until this new ‘guardian angel’ trailer.

The Supergirl show, which is a terrible title, so thankfully it’s not the official name, won’t be airing on the CW (the home of Arrow and The Flash).

Games

Run Sackboy! Run! is a new app/game from the creators of little big planet that will feature unlockables in a style, presumably, similar to temple run and that sort of ilk. It’ll be out in October. 

A new Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby trailer is out. Sure it’s in Japanese, but you’re really only looking at it for the pretties right? It showcases a lot of the returning and new features of the 3DS remake.

Remember after Robin Williams’ death we reported that a Genie inspired character had been found in the code of WoW? Well it’s been found in game, with quotes from Robin’s more well known films. Whether it will yell ‘Oh Captain my Captain’ is still unknown.

Coffee Time News 28/08/2014

Film

Tom Hanks and Director Ron Howard will be returning to the Dan Brown series with Inferno, and they’re starting filming next year.

Did you know they’re making an ACME film? As in, that company that Wile E. Coyote is being ripped off by? Details are pretty scarce but Steve Carrell is in line to star.

Some new posters from Mockingjay part 1 have been released, and they show off some of the rebel soldiers in all their badass glory.

Television

There’s a new Flash trailer, it’s not much more than we’ve already seen, but you know you’re going to watch it anyway.

There’s also yet another TV spot for Gotham, and it juxtaposes the good things people have to say about our man Jim Gordon with a very angry demeanour.  

Finally there’s some new TV trailers/teasers for The Walking Dead season 5, go, watch, savour the moments you have left with your favourite characters, they’ll most likely die tomorrow.

Games

Hey, people, Destiny is nearly here. And if you’re still deciding what platform to get it on, well this Playstation exclusive trailer might help.

The court has thrown out the case made by Lindsay Lohan against the makers of GTA for that whole ‘using my likeness’ thing. Apparently it was all for publicity.

And here’s the list of free games available on Playstation Plus this coming month.