FINAL TRAILER: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1"

I know I said I wasn't going to post any more of these endless teasers and trailers for this movie, but since the studio itself has now promised it's the final one, I guess I'll go ahead and give in one more time. You know, it's funny- even though I thought the last movie was decent and better than the first, somehow I'm less interested in this one than I've ever been for anything about this franchise. Nothing about it looks good to me anymore, the whole thing just seems like a corporate controlled money-making machine with directors for hire who must check creativity at the door. Ugh. Don't even think I'll see it.

TRAILER: "Paddington"

Hmm. Not too sure about this one, but it does seem like the kind of material you have to be familiar with already, and I really don't know anything about the Paddington books. It's based on the bestsellers, where the character of Paddington was introduced in 1958, so I'm sure it has a devoted fanbase. The movie seems to have a great cast, but it's coming out in the UK on November 28th and not in the US until mid-January, so it looks like they're expecting it to do most of its business overseas.

Blu-Ray Pick of the Week: "Begin Again" (2014)

The blu-ray choice this week is another selection from this year, and was one of my favorite movies of the summer, the delightful Begin Again, with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. From John Carney, the writer-director of Once, who crafted a completely feel good movie with a great soundtrack of original songs that managed to make you smile all the way through without ever feeling too saccharine to take in. The performances are charming, New York City never looked better, and it was just a perfect sort of romantic comedy that really doesn't get made anymore by the big studios. You should see it.


RED BAND TRAILER: "Nightcrawler"

Here's the red band trailer for the dark thriller Nightcrawler, coming out on Friday. The movie opened in Toronto to some very enthusiastic reaction, although most seemed to agree it's more a cult movie than a mainstream one. Right now it's sitting pretty at 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, so you may want to check this one out- both Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo are said to be great in this: