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Reaction Post: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

It’s that time again, that time where the bloggers of Victor’s Village sit down at our respective computers, and chew the fat about the trailers, and in this case it’s the final trailer for Mockingjay Part 1! Yep, the one we’ve been waiting for for about four months!

 

WHERE SOUND OF MUSIC REFERENCES ARE MADE WITHOUT SHAME OR IRONY
The Girl With The Pearl
: Okay, let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to staaaaaart!)

Them There Eyes: Sew… a needle pulling Katniss around like a marionette!

JJ: Katniss’s line is fantastic.

TGWTP: Katniss is talking, and there’s these nice shots of her and Prim and Gale… and then you realize she’s pretty much face-timing with President Snow?

JJ: A big new addition to the screenplay! Snow looks so fiendish there. It’s so unnerving.

TTE: Also Jennifer Lawrence has a Sexy Lauren Bacall voice, which is über important to note.

TGWTP: I’m not sure if I like them chatting. Doubt it will ruin the movie, but it felt weeeeeird. Though the Lauren Bacall voice IS lovely. Read the rest of this entry

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The Mockingjay Is Revealed-ed

The Mockingjay has been revealed! And, and, and– um, well, she looks like a cross between Batman and Jesus. Take a look for your selves!

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To steal from a dear friend from the fandom (thank you Erin), we’re going to call this poster “The Beakness” from here on out. ‘Cause if you look, and not even that closely, the Mockingjay’s beak looks like it is in fact poking out of Katniss’s neck. That’s right folks, Katniss has been impaled by a giant, gold, bird. It’s just what we’ve always wanted, right?! Probably not.

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Yesterday when I saw this poster for the first time, ’cause– hey it was up on a Lionsgate affiliated promotional materials website, so it was fair game, I thought thoughts that were none too flattering. These were not good thoughts to be having about something I’m supposed to hold in high regard, but– I couldn’t help it. I have high standards, like Vermeer kind of standards, and this poster looks like something that was worked over so much with Photoshop that Jennifer Lawrence’s cheeks have been whittled out so much that that may not even be Jennifer Lawrence! That’s a frightening thought, the entire poster could be computer generated, and they were working from a facsimile of Jen, that they forgot what she really looks like, and– and now whoever that is looks like a boy wearing a molded breastplate, or Bat-Jesus. I want to banish these thoughts from my mind! Also if you’ve got a problem with me saying Katniss looks like Jesus, she is a savior figure– it’s not an unfounded comparison. These are not good things to be thinking, damn it! I wish so hard that my impressions of this work had changed since yesterday, but obviously they haven’t. I want to be thinking good things about the materials that are being released in promotion for this film franchise! And to put a bright red cherry on top of this disappointment, we were given another teaser to tease the release of the final trailer!

WHAT?! My actual reaction to this information was a lot more colorful, lemme tell you! F words, people– F words, and C words, and phrases that sound like “flock meeses”, and “flu falls”. If that was not your reaction as well, I’d like you to explain to me how you can, in your right mind be all right with the way in which this film has been advertized so far. Because from where I’m sittin’, it’s been less than stellar– and if that pisses the Powers That Be Off, SO BLOODY BE IT. I’m disappointed! I’m not connecting to the material, it feels empty, and I want better for the franchise based on one of my all time favorite book series’! Is that too much to ask for?

Resting on your laurels only makes one thing happen– people forget you, and will find something else to pay attention to.

Them There Eyes

 

The Naked Pics

We should get this out-of-the-way, I’ve not seen the naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence. Also, I don’t plan on ever seeing the naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence. Why? ‘Cause I already know what a naked woman looks like, I see it every day, ’cause I just happen to share the same genetics as Jennifer Lawrence. No, we’re not related, but we are both women, so that’s something! I may be the billionth person to comment on the crimes against Jennifer Lawrence, which is exactly what they are– crimes. But, I do have a point of view on the matter. I hate that this happened to her, I hate that this kind of thing happens to anybody, I hate that sites like revengeporn.com exists, or that imageshuman beings after all that hard work of evolving from being hairy apes, still don’t have the common decency to stay the hell out of other people’s private lives.

I will never, ever, ever, ever blame the women who had their personal files hacked, and put on display for the world to see. In my view, and hopefully every one in The Hunger Games community agrees with me when I say they did nothing wrong except do what everyone else does– believe that they are safe in a world where we’re slowly figuring out that we’re not. No one should have to worry about this kind of thing happening, but the unfortunate reality is that is does happen– it happens all the time. And it’s not going to stop until people, men, women, all of us learn that privacy is not something to be trifled with. That women, famous women or other wise, are not fair game when it comes to violating their privacy. I know about a billion people have seen Jennifer, and others like Krysten Ritter naked, and without their permission– I know that some people got off to those pictures, laughed, joked, passed them around like trading cards, and thought nothing of the very real, very painful fact that they were participating in a sex crime. Yep, sex crime– just like rape, or molestation, of sexual harassment. Having those pictures stolen and posted on the internet is an all out, no holds barred, sex crime. And to top it off, some of those pictures it turns out were taken when one of the victims was underage. And that means that not only is it a sex crime, but it’s a child sex crime. Child pornography is no joke, and I can only hope that who ever stole the pictures in the first place will be found out, prosecuted, and jailed for a long length of time.

Imagine if this were Panem? In place of it being Jennifer Lawrence, it were Katniss, or Johanna, or Annie Cresta. Imagine if someone managed to get naked photos taken of Rue before she died, and they released them to the public? Imagine the shock, and the dismay, imagine the sick titillation people would feel as well? After all, they, I mean we are the Capitol– we have no souls, and the Tributes are only there to entertain us for as long as they’re around. That’s how we treat celebrities though, isn’t it? Well, that seems to be the point of view of a few people out there. Luckily, I think I’ve only personally come across those who think the crimes are reprehensible.

Please, let no one write Hunger Games fan fic about this.

Them There Eyes

Sufficiently Teased. Like REALLY REALLY WELL TEASED.

Every week, a new tease to enjoy on our road to November 21. Yesterday we got a cool poster of our long-awaited favorite, OUR LEADER THE MOCKINGJAY.

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Turn around…

It was just of her back, which is yet again a huge tease, cause we would love to see our heroine’s actual face sometime in the near future. But there was a lot of great symbolism that you could draw from her body position, and the poster itself.

Along with the poster we were teased that Our Leader the Mockingjay would return on Wednesday, September 10 with something new. Rejoice!

People were overjoyed thinking it meant that the trailer would be revealed on that day. But one day later, now there is doubt and rumor and uncertainty again. It seems pretty clear going through the various social networks.

The fans are so tired, Katniss.

Movie marketing is all about the tease. You can’t reveal too much or people complain. You reveal too little and people complain. There is a very delicate balance. And fans can only take so much teasing before they get really angry or stop believing all together.

Today I was bemoaning the use of the word “soon” to talk about when things were coming because “soon” is so open to personal interpretation. I know we all wish we had more concrete details on what to expect so we could prepare sufficiently. What we do know – something new will be revealed on Wednesday. It’s extremely likely to be Katniss related (YAY KATNISS REMEMBER WE LOVE HER?).

But it’s also likely that what happens on Wednesday will be a tease for something else down the road, so it’s best we brace ourselves for continued emotional turmoil. It seems to be the theme around here.

I think Katniss would be a really good Batman, btw.

JJ

 

The Big Question

Here we are friends, in September, 79 days until Mockingjay Part 1 is in theaters. And it seems we are still haunted by a big question. That thing, top of every fan’s mind right now. You know what it is.

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The question has been so prevalent for so long throughout the fandom that we can recognize it in multiple languages.

The Brazilian distributor gets asked it so often they even do joke tweets about it.

It’s like April/May/June/July all over again when we asked repeatedly that same question.

If you want a little diversion, look at the latest rebel posters and imagine each of the characters are responding to being asked that question repeatedly.Gale is just kind of smug and silently concerned about your sanity. Boggs disdainfully thinks you’re an idiot for asking. Cressida has no time for you and your petty fan problems. Messalla is startled and a little scared to be asked. Castor looks fierce and defensive about it, and Pollux a little sadly dismayed at the situation.

I know we’re all tired of asking/thinking/reading the question. Tired of that question being the focal point of everything. But there’s a reason WHY it’s the question that won’t go away.

  • Trailers are important.
  • The teaser trailer was very much just a tease.
  • There is still no full length theatrical trailer, or a release date for it.

Yesterday, when this was tweeted, I smiled to myself and thought, they just set everyone up to ask the trailer question perfectly.

 

Check out the replies and you’ll see that is exactly what happened. Though pretty much every tweet from that account gets random “Trailer?” responses, this one seemed tailor made for it. Was this like a therapy exercise allowing fans to just vent one more time with the trailer question? Or is there some kind of office pool to see how many trailer related replies they can get to a tweet? (If not,  it could be a good way to deal with the stress of always being asked about the trailer.)

When we ask “where is the trailer?” we really mean “when is the trailer?” And the only hopeful thing we can tell ourselves is “soon” because time marches on we know it’s an inevitability considering the November 21, 2014 release. But even if “soon” is still a few weeks away, it would be nice to know the date for the trailer release now. Fans could do countdowns and build buzz and excitement for it that way. And it would allow that particular question to finally STOP.

I bet we’ll have an answer to “Where is the Katniss poster?” first though.

JJ

When Camera Crews Go Renegade

So we’ve definitely settled on the fact that the new posters are cool. Not perfect, but pretty damn cool. Still, there’s one isty-bitsy teeny-weeny fairly obvious detail that is driving us crazy…

Since when does a two-man camera crew, their director, and her assistant = BADASS WARRIOR MOTHERFUCKERS?

Observe!
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Mind you, we like the idea of badass warrior motherfuckers in general. BWMFs, if you will. But in comparison, we must admit this feels kinda forced.

While some tactical gear and even the small side guns on Castor and Pollux seem reasonable, check out the massive weapons Cressida and Messalla are sporting. That is meant for once thing: Taking out large numbers of enemies in a relatively short time period. Those are for straight up soldiers, not the people hired to film soldiers.

Meanwhile, Pollux is described as “the silent soldier” and Messalla, who seems skittish at best all the way up to his brutal end in the books, is called “the fearless renegade”. Seriously, somebody had way too much fun misappropriating these character descriptions while scripting this film!

In my initial commentary on these posters, I mentioned that Cressida and Messalla didn’t look much like Capitol defectors who, despite not agreeing with political choices, were still culturally Capitol at their core. The more we think about it… What if the filmmakers found it easier to not have them be Capitol defectors at all? The District 13 area doesn’t have many recognizable faces other than Boggs in the books, especially in what will be considered Part 1 territory. Audiences will connect with the District 8 scenes more if they see who Katniss is fighting with and what they stand for, so why not take already recognizable names and match them up with the mostly unrecognizable soldiers?

Yet we hesitate to wholeheartedly accept that theory. There is value to Cressida and Messalla being wet-behind-the-ears rebellion propo makers who don’t fully understand the dangers and implications of their work until they experience it firsthand. Their Capitol origins show that not everyone in the city is a drone supporting Snow and display tensions within the fragile alliances. Yes, it would be nice to have another kickass chick in the mix and Effie will be more firmly taking on the role of “Capitol lady who doesn’t truly get it”, but are there not shades of gray that can distinguish characters adjusting to the same situation differently as Cressida gets more and more proactive?

Maybe we’re just opposed to change.. but usually we’re not opposed to change when it seems reasonable and justifiable. We just don’t get why this group now has to be fierce soldiers. We’re hoping this pans out into something spectacular that we aren’t seeing yet, but right now, we must admit that we’re a liiiiiiittle weary!

If Camera Crews Are Now Super Soliders, Are The Original District 13 Soldiers Like.. X-Men?
The Girl With The Pearl

Gale Hawthorne– Blue Steel

So, this happened.

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Along with that we also got the other equally as anticipated for character posters. The Girl With The Pearl, and JJ both covered this topic, but they didn’t cover this topic. Liam Hemsworth has one facial expression. You can take that one of two ways, that I’m poking fun at him, or that he’s got to make the best impression on casting directors– because if they paid more attention to his ability to express emotions with his face alone– he’d have to do a whole lot more than chat, or say lines, or whatever the hell those crazy kids are doing in casting rooms now.

In all seriousness, look at the evidence.

Exhibit A. Remarkable that he hasn't aged as well.

Exhibit: A. Remarkable that he hasn’t aged as well.

I don’t know about you, but to me that looks like the same expression he has in the character poster! Maybe I’m being overly critical, because there’s been so very little promotional material of real circumstance for this film as of yet. Yeah, we’ve got the tie-in propos, we got the teaser trailer, but we’re only now getting in character representations of new and old favorites– it feels a little stagnated. And then we get a patented Hemsy Blue Steel expression.

Exhibit B. Same every time.

Exhibit: B. Same every time.

Exhibit Do I Really Have to Say C?

Exhibit: Do I Really Have to Say C?

I feel like we’ve been hoodwinked a little bit, ’cause seriously! That’s the same friggin’ facial expression! True, it’s the same person in all of these photos, but isn’t he supposed to be expressing something else? Capitol Portrait Gale looks a little like he’s holding down a sneeze, I’ll give him that much! But the rest, even the examples of Liam not playing a character other than himself, those are undeniably similar to uncannily similar facial expressions. I’ll throw Liam one bone, ’cause I know I haven’t been that nice to him today. He’s much better outside of still photographs, granted he’s done his fair share of modeling, and he is without a doubt a very handsome young man, but his acting ability is not in his Blue Steel, it’s in his presence on screen, his entire body in movement, acting opposite other people– or with a better director off to the side giving him feedback. Stills are not his game, it’s just unfortunate, or fortunate depending upon how you look at the world, that the world at large’s first impression of Commando Gale looks about as annoyed as he might if his mom asked him to take out the trash. 

Until next time– this has been Them There Eyes with her wacky point of view on a piece of still photography.

Getting Excited for Hunger Games 3 with the Hunger Games 2 Image

As we Hunger Games fans scrounge around for any news about our beloved Mockingjay, we got a few more bread crumbs in the October edition of Empire magazine.

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Yes! News about Hunger Games 3! Wait. Are you new, Empire?

Well, not really. But using Hunger Games and then a number is a big pet peeve of fans. Granted, the official title of the film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is a REALLY long title. You can’t expect THAT to be used all the time. And Mockingjay by itself doesn’t mean much if you’re not familiar with the books. I don’t mind the use of Hunger Games on the cover. It’s the main brand of the stories/films. But right next to it they put Exodus: Gods and Kings.  Would it really have been so hard to find a way for Hunger Games: Mockingjay to work?

The naming issue wasn’t the only thing to irk fans though. The BIGGER wound is that they use A STILL FROM CATCHING FIRE on the cover. What happened here? Seeing above the use of Hunger Games 3, Empire is trying to remind people quickly about this movie.  So Hunger Games AND the lead – Katniss.  If they had used one of the Coin/Plutarch stills from May this could have confused non-fans. Beyond that, THIS IS THE COVER. YOU PUT THE STAR ON THE COVER. And the only still of Katniss in Mockingjay that has been released yet is the one from Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Movie Preview.  Did EW still have exclusive rights to it and that’s why you’ve got good ol’ Quarter Quell Training Katniss here? And since the article inside is just a short tease with very little new information, I guess we shouldn’t expect much on the cover either. But it stings that they used a still from the prior movie to promote Mockingjay in the October edition of their magazine. If it were a January edition promoting the whole year’s movies, ok that’s totally understandable.  There’s still 10 months to go. But for an October magazine of a movie opening in November, it’s just mind-boggling. What is going on here?

Which leads into the whole “where is Katniss?” refrain that’s been floating throughout the fandom all summer. The main two themes in the fandom for months have been “where is the trailer?” followed closely by “Is Katniss even in this movie?” Now that we’ve gotten a character poster of pretty much every main player except Katniss, we know it’s coming soon.  Though it seems I’ve been writing about “soon” since March, so we must always be careful to keep those expectations in check.

Fans are left to wonder at what the strategy was here – is this attempt to be REAAALY in-universe and have us pretend that Katniss is dead? But we all know she isn’t because Beetee told us that in early July. And if you’re completely out of it you’ve still seen her for a few seconds in the teaser trailer showing us that yes, indeed, THE MOCKINGJAY LIVES. How long is this game supposed to last?

Or does this no-Katniss approach have nothing to do with the storyline of the in-universe marketing at all? Rather, maybe it’s an attempt to keep the suspense by revealing as little as possible about the thing people want the most? Then, finally in October through November bombard the world with Katniss everywhere?  All we can do is speculate and hope that it happens before the November magazines come out.

No more Hunger Games 2 stills please.

JJ

The Mockingjay Challenged (with the #ALSIceBucketChallenge) Continued

Yesterday JJ wrote about the internet phenomena now termed the Ice Bucket Challenge. In truth it has become a phenomena, sort of like Planking, or Grumpy Cat– only in the case of this so-called fad, money is being put to good use, and more remarkable than that– it’s being donated to a good cause. When I think of viral money-making ventures on the internet, I am left with very few times in our most recent history where the money being gathered was for an all out altruistic cause. Kickstarter for instance has been home to some pretty fast-moving, and lucrative viral money gathering campaigns– but those campaigns were more often than not to gather money to help make a fan favorite TV show come back from stasis in the form of a feature-length film like Veronica Mars, or help with packaging and distribution of DVDs box sets for web video series’ like The Lizzie Bennett Diaries. The Ice Bucket Challenge is quite the fad for sure– but it’s for a good cause, and it’s bringing awareness to the masses about a debilitating, degenerative disease that has no cure, and is in near constant need of funding for research. Government subsidies can only take certain causes so far, and that includes medical research. ALS is not a sexy disease, meaning there are no famous people that are in the limelight right now who will come out and say “hey, I’ve got ALS– we need to pay attention to this disease right now!” That’s why it’s still known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, for an American baseball player whose hay-day was in the 1920s and ’30s. Soon however more people might become aware of another famous sufferer of the disease, Stephen Hawking the world renowned physicist– as a biopic about his early life will be out in time for the Oscar season.

Celebrity endorsements always seem to give the masses a good jolt though, right? That’s why when 90% of Hollywood starts to post seconds long videos of them selves dousing them selves with icy water– makes well, such a big splash. And since this is a Hunger Games themed blog, when a quarter of the principle cast, and the director, and producer of the film franchise step onto the band wagon– we pay attention like hungry Disney orphans. So, when Josh Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin posted their Ice Bucket Challenge videos a couple of days after the 24 hour challenge clock was set for them, the Hunger Games fan sites had a little 3 am Field Day in their jammies.

Sam however was dressed from head to waist in a rain coat, and waist to knees in swim trunks. And our dear Peeta (Josh), joined the ever growing club– AKA the White Wet T-Shirt Club– then ran like crazy to jump into a warm swimming pool’s depths. Sam wins for originality, Josh wins also for failing to keep a stiff upper lip. The videos will keep us entertained for days on end, the GIFs alone should more like. However, as this point for The Hunger Games community buckets filled with ice water are a mere distraction from the near constant, and nagging mantra of “where is the full length trailer, where is the full length trailer, where is the full length trailer?”

It’s cold, it’s hard– but I’m just saying what everyone is thinking, right?

Them There Eyes

Our Leader the Mockingjay

Over the last two days the internet has been inundated with photos featuring the hashtag #OLTM, an acronym for Our Leader the Mockingjay. The photos have been spread, and shared all over social media, from Tumblr, to Twitter, to Facebook, and of course Instagram. The photos them selves started out pretty broad, pretty scenes from famous locations across the globe, places like the Great Wall of China, Times Square in New York City. And then they started to get less predictable in location, or– they became photos featuring indiscernible buildings, and landscapes that lacked mundane clues to their specific locations. Corrogated steel sided buildings, graffiti covered walls.

The photos have been steadily streaming in over the last day, and they’ve been diligently collected by most, or all prominent Hunger Games fan sites. Every time a new photo was shared by a fan site or sometimes a seemingly random Hunger Games fan usually known through Twitter, all the fan sites like Welcome to District Twelve for example, would latch on to it, and post it for the masses to gobble up, and spit out. This morning, to be honest, I was starting to wonder when Victors Village would be sent an email containing our stock photo, decaled with the now almost infamous hashtag, and phrase. It showed up though, and I honestly don’t know where the photo was taken, or what it’s of. But who cares! We got one! Yaaaay!!

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Perhaps the most important detail has yet to be addressed however? There’s a series of number, a date actually, that has accompanied all of these photos– 21.08.14. Also known as August 21st, 2014– tomorrow to be precise. The question on everyone’s finger tips, and lips, and brains is this though–

What’s happening tomorrow? Also, why did Liam Hemsworth decide to wear a Ninja Turtle costume when he accepted, and did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Them There Eyes

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