Lionsgate released several character posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, as shown below.
In theaters November 21, 2014, the worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig.
Mind freakin’ blown.
Scientists at MIT have found a way to extract audio from silent videos, where the only information presented is the visual component.
Graduate student Abe Davis explains:
“When sound hits an object, it causes the object to vibrate. The motion of this vibration creates a very subtle visual signal that’s usually invisible to the naked eye. People didn’t realize that this information was there.
We’re recovering sounds from objects. That gives us a lot of information about the sound that’s going on around the object, but it also gives us a lot of information about the object itself, because different objects are going to respond to sound in different ways.
Sound moves at a wide range of frequencies, so the better the camera (meaning the higher speeds it can capture), the better the sound one can achieve from the vibrations. The scientists used cameras that can record up to 6,000 frames per second, which is about 100x more powerful than smartphone cameras but well below the commercial high speed cameras that are able to achieve 100,000 fps.
It’d be pretty amazing to see if they could take older silent films, such as Nosferatu and The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, and recover the audio from those.
There’s an amazing video of the process below and you can get greater details about this research here.
IFC Midnight will releasee the acclaimed hit horror, The Babadook, here in the States on November 28.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review) and will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on August 23 at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.
The French release is closer that anywhere else in the world, which is how we just now landed a new trailer, clip, interviews and featurette that takes you behind-the-scenes of this boogeyman tale.
“Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.
When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”
Christopher Denham won acclaim on the festival circuit back in 2008 with his found footage thriller Home Movie. For his sophomore effort, Denham takes on survival horror with Preservation, which feels a bit like You’re Next by way of The Strangers. But while You’re Next was overtly comic, Preservation‘s humor is much more uncomfortable and actually serves to raise tension, rather than release it. It’s final girl also lacks the survival skills of Sharni Vinson’s character and must fight tooth and claw, relying on primal instincts to get by as masked assailants play out their murderous blood sport.
For a horror film, Preservation also takes a unique approach to cellphones. Meaning, they work. Four bars and everything. Technology and its absence is a theme presented early on in the film, as recently returned veteran Sean Neary is repulsed by his brother Mike’s dependence on his cellphone. Mike’s wife Wit is also annoyed by her husband’s phone being attached to his face all to the time, to the point where it’s affecting their relationship.
Denham gives his character’s a lot of room in the beginning of the film to establish themselves and their relationships, which pays off nicely later on. They travel into the forest for a hunting/camping trip, though the thought of killing an animal turns vegan Wit’s stomach. Sean (The Wire‘s Pable Schreiber) is the consummate huntsman, whose PTSD is just beginning to show. Mike (Aaron Staton) has been neglecting his wife, allowing his business to consume his life. Wit (Wrenn Schmidt) is hoping the trip will rekindle their romance as she prepares to make a big announcement to Mike.
As if tension between them wasn’t already thick enough, they awake the following morning to find all of their belongings gone and Xs drawn on their foreheads. The Xs are such a creepy touch. What follows could easily be a run-of-the-mill stalk and slash thriller set in the woods. How many times have we seen that? Thankfully, Denham knows his horror films and defies the traditional beats of the genre that would typically follow such an introduction.
Besides its refreshing path of direction, Preservation also sports one of the most impressive and sympathetic final girls in a while. Wrenn Schmidt, probably best known as Julia Sagorsky on Boardwalk Empire, morphs her character from a big softie who can’t shoot a deer to a primal killer, drenched in dirt and blood but with wide eyes, like the remaining humanity inside her can’t believe the savagery she’s committing. Early on in the film she admits, “I’m not really the hunting type.” By the time the final shot rolls over our eyeballs, she’s a force of nature. And believe me, the final shot is amazing and grotesque – it manages to create nervous laughs while making you do a small fist pump at its implications (think the iconic final shot of Death Wish).
The film isn’t without its faults. Early on there are some heavy-handed allusions to the myth of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt, which foreshadows Wit’s baptism in blood. It’s appropriate in the hunting context that kicks off the film, but feels ham-fisted presented the way it is. More so because Denham is great at writing dialogue, so the piece about Artemis comes off as a shoddily inserted bit aimed at giving the story mythological implications. It’s unnecessary and doesn’t advance the film in any meaningful way. (Without spoiling anything) there’s a set piece during the final act that threatens to shatter the consistently dreadful tone of the film as well, but Denham quickly recovers for the climax.
Preservation is one of those films you go into expecting the expected. A stalk and slash film in the woods in which an innocent girls faces off against masked assailants – seen it before. But with Denham’s new film, he manages to appropriate tropes from the survival genre and deliver his own bloody beast. It’s a wholly satisfying and chilling thriller that says something about society without shoving its message in our face. A violent and beautiful film, Preservation proves Denham is one to watch. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait another seven years for his next effort.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has been receiving rave reviews since its release, with people stating that it’s not just a summer blockbuster but that it also contains an amazing story, a lot of emotion, and some great characters. Plus, it’s got a score from composer Michael Giacchino (Lost, Cloverfield), which never hurts!
Well, now that score is coming to 2xLP vinyl on September 1st, with 2,000 copies receiving a limited “silverback” variant.
Also coming to vinyl is the season 4 soundtrack to the hit HBO show Game Of Thrones, which is composed by Ramin Djawadi. That 2xLP vinyl will also have a limited variant in the form of “iron throne” silver/gray.
Both can be pre-ordered through New On Vinyl.
Metal band Entombed A.D. have released an official music video for their track “Pandemic Rage” and it plays out like a scene from Wrong Turn or a far more violent Deliverance. The shoot follows a woman who is fleeing from a murderous redneck that loves wearing a burlap sack, a lá Jason Voorhees pre-Friday The 13th Part III. Check it out down yonder!
“Pandemic Rage” comes from the band’s new album Back To The Front, which can be ordered here.