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Review: Divergent (2014)

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***THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OVER AT THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 3RD, HERE***

Director: Neil Burger.

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Christian Madsen, Ansel Elgort, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ray Stevenson.

Running Time: 139 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

SynopsisBeatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into factions dependent on personality. When she turns sixteen, she must choose whether to stay within Abnegation for the rest of her life, or live with another faction she believes is right for her. But Beatrice is keeping a secret that puts her life – and that of her family – in serious danger.

It’s incredibly unfair to compare DIVERGENT to the YA (that’s ‘Young Adult’, to those not in the literary loop) adaptations that have come before it. But it’s almost impossible not to. Boasting a central love story, action scenes and a futuristic setting, it is considerably less saccharine than TWILIGHT, less violent than THE HUNGER GAMES and less futuristic than ENDER’S GAME. But, perhaps the most easily accessible when feeling far more of this world, it finds itself sitting rather comfortably amongst the bunch.

Opening to Beatrice’s narration (apparently a necessary YA trope), we are swiftly introduced to each of the five factions – Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intelligent). Born into Abnegation, her family lead a modest life focused on helping the Factionless – homeless wanderers who didn’t make the grade elsewhere – and surviving on a low-calorie diet most Hollywood stars would be proud of. Continue reading

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Alliance Of Women Film Journalists Award Winners

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The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists really do crack me up. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a woman, but some of the categories these ladies use to reward feminism or slap the hand of those who aren’t doing us many favours are downright hysterical.

Zero Dark Thirty is their outright winner (it led the nominations) and the other acting awards don’t defer from what we’ve already seen, but with awards such as ‘Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star’ and ‘Actress Most In Need Of A New Agent’, you need to give this list of winners a proper look – even if they do piss all over my love of Anna Karenina. But they do give Adam Sandler a stern telling off and, at present, that can only be a good thing.

Check out their winners below: Continue reading

Casting Society Of America Awards

And just when we thought we’d never have to write Michel Hazanavicius’ name again…

Fashionably late but boringly predictable, the Casting Society of America have released the nominations for their October Awards ceremony. Sticking very much to the films lauded by different circles in the run-up to the Oscars, having their nominations now allows some leeway for 2012 films, but exposes a glaring omission in the shape of Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris.

The full list of nominees for a category that many feel the Oscars should bring in can be seen below: Continue reading

What I’m Watching – March 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! (Dir: Peter Lord, 2012) ***

Mirror Mirror (Dir: Tarsem, 2012) ****

We Bought A Zoo (Dir: Cameron Crowe, 2011) ***

21 Jump Street (Dir: Phil Lord, Chris Miller, 2012) ****

The Hunger Games (Dir: Gary Ross, 2012) ****

Moneyball (Dir: Bennett Miller, 2011) ****

Battle Royale (Dir: Kinji Fukasaku, 2000) ****

Whip It (Dir: Drew Barrymore, 2009) ****

27 Dresses (Dir: Anne Fletcher, 2008) **

Monster (Dir: Patty Jenkins, 2003) ***

Sleeping Beauty (Dir: Julia Leigh, 2011) **

The Future (Dir: Miranda July, 2011) ****

The Adjustment Bureau (Dir: George Nolfi, 2011) ***

Fargo (Dir: Joel Coen, 1996) *****

The Deep Blue Sea (Dir: Terence Davies, 2011) ****

The Hunger Games Super Bowl Spot According To Nadine

I can say by this point that I am excited by The Hunger Games. I love Jennifer Lawrence and I think both trailers and marketing have been very strong for the film. However, I have yet to read the books, so I don’t feel I can give a very fair appraisal of the Super Bowl Spot from a fan’s perspective. So, I’m letting Nadine (check out her blog here) give a closer analysis for all you lovers of the books – I’ve heard she’s a bit of a fan girl….! Check it out below: Continue reading

The Great Trailer Debate – Week 3

Nadine (check out her blog here) and I are spoiling you this week with rather a big selection to look at! There’s (deep breath) The Hunger Games (TRAILER OF THE WEEK!!!), Brave, Mirror Mirror, The Iron Lady, Gone, Carnage, Being Flynn, Titanic 3D, Shame, The Sitter, Happy Feet Two, The Deep Blue Sea and Pirates! A Band Of Misfits/In An Adventure With Scientists, depending on which country you’re from! So take a look and tweet or comment your opinions! Continue reading