In anticipation of the next installment in The Hunger Games saga, we now turn to three classic films featuring cast members from the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. May the rental picks be ever in your favor.
And one thought that baseball stories had overrun their innings. That is, until the Bennett Miller-directed effort teamed up with the writing powers of Steve Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin to create a brilliantly executed story about the significance of using the means that you have been given. With fine acting by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, and one must not forget the solid performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays the coach whose frictitous attitude (if such a word could be given) towards Beane’s (Pitt) ownership style provides an incredibly well-told complexity of the struggle for power and success.
Pride & Prejudice, 2005
A beautifully produced rendition of Jane Austin’s timeless classic, Joe Wright’s directorial effort proved to be massively successful. Well liked by critics, this step back in time to classic romance is a great look into the honesty of relationship, the strength that is family, and the sometimes maddeningly illogicalness that is love. Donald Sutherland plays to perfection the father of Elizabeth Bennet, providing a well-balanced sense of a man who deeply loves his family and whose life’s daily decisions matches that love.
Winter’s Bone, 2010
A razor sharp thriller that wastes no time in its story telling. Ree is played with a raw sincerity by Jennifer Lawrence that an actor 50 years her senior would be honored to possess. After being told her drunkard father disappeared shortly after putting up their house as collateral in case he didn’t show for court, she is forced to find him or lose the only house that she and her family have ever known. One of my favorite thrillers of the past several years, this is an excellent look into the love of family and how that loves leads to courage in the face of fear.