What are you watching this weekend? We recommend THE HUNGER GAMES – CATCHING FIRE #film

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 16.37.24If you had any worries or concerns that Director Gary Ross’s successor would be turning this sequel into a Twilight esq format, where each film has its own unique stamp per director, and the lead character looks more and more bizarre as the films progress, then fear not, as The Hunger Games – Catching Fire  continues the franchise brilliantly.

In the second installment of the hugely popular film adaptation, Tribute victors of the 74th Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. As a result, President Snow decides to hold the 75th Hunger Games in which all previous victors will once again fight against each other.

If you have been a fan of the books and then watched the first film, you may have felt a little short changed in terms of the detail throughout the Games section itself. Catering to a 12a audience, the first installment of this franchise lacked some of the more graphic scenes of violence throughout, and replaced this with clever jump cuts and edits to keep the action flowing. I for one, was one of those people, and felt slightly underwhelmed when walking out of that original viewing.Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 16.40.18

However, this second film seems to have found its feet much more – realizing that there is a large share in terms of older audience members, it quite purposefully takes more risks. There is a whipping scene involving Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) the shooting of an old man who dares to acknowledge the revolution, and a very unceremonious punch to the face for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Although these are all wincing to the eye, they are a refreshing progression for the film, and as the film tackles more grown up subject matter, you very much feel like you’re watching a much more grown up film.Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 16.37.46

Once again the lead characters are portrayed well. Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen is brooding and thoughtful, more of the relationship between herself and Hemsworths Gale is explored, and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark has realized that he must suppress his feelings in order to play the game and put on a great show. There is also an influx of new cast members (all the other Tributes get killed off in the previous film – in the style of a less brutal Battle Royale!) and one of the biggest surprises of this is Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair. With a flawless American accent, a smile to melt a lot of hearts in the female share of the audience, this British actor will probably use this character to cement his place in the Hollywood heart throb elite – Robert Pattinson better watch out!

Out with the old and in with the new is the way this second running of the film works, the style has been cleverly matched by Director Francis Lawrence to its predecessor and not a minute of filming is wasted. Even if you’re coming to the movie having loved the book, its truthful approach to what is written will be a welcome relief, and it may even hold some surprises for you too. Plenty of action for everyone, some eye candy for both boys and girls, and a very enjoyable film to watch. You will not be disappointed!

4 Stars

Get into the Capitol Couture as we celebrate The Hunger Games – Catching Fire!

Lionsgate and luxury clothing brand Net-a-Porter have developed  “Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville” which consists of 19 ready-to-wear pieces as well as jewelry and leather goods inspired by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and designed by Trish Summerville, the film’s Costume Designer.  The collection comprises of dresses and separates including a laser-cut patent dress, leather bomber jacket, silk and leather jumpsuit and slogan t-shirt is out now!

What we particularly love about this collection is that it doesn’t go overboard with the Hunger Games theme, its subtly and stylishness allows for a sleek sophisticated look with the odd hint of Mockingjay!Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 23.13.02

Prices start at £60. 

Need to complete your look, then check out Barry M – they have a fab collection of masterful make up that would make any Tribute proud! Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 23.07.27

Prices start at £4.49.

So go watch a great film and get fabulously fashionable at the same time!

 

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Forget the doom of winter and keep on shopping! @tjc_uk @opOceanPacific @shimlajewellery @lucetmundi

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Yes the days are getting shorter, the mornings are getting longer and night time approaches quicker. But don’t get all doom and gloom about the pending winter months because we’ve found some last minute Summer specials for the family and also a few bits and bobs to get you looking forward to Oct, Nov, Dec…basically we just found a whole load of cool stuff from some amazeball brands which we think would suit you lot a treat… enjoy and let us know if you buy any of these treats!

The Jewellery Channel isn’t just a TV show it’s a way of looking gorgeous and glam!

The Jewellery Channel is an online store that stocks over 16,000 pieces ranging from £2.99 to £5,000 so there’s literally something for everyone!  In addition to being known for their diverse range of stunning items, TJC is also well known (and respected) for doing everything possible to undercut normal retail prices so that jewellery is made more affordable. So if you’re after a bargain, this is the place to be, and here are a couple of our favourite pieces currently on offer!

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Get the kids still remembering their summer holidays with Ocean Pacific!

If you’re still planning a holiday with the kids, then we recommend you make them look like the coolest kids on tour with these cute swimming trunks from Californian surf lifestyle brand OP (Ocean Pacific), sold exclusively at Sports Direct. OP launched this Summer and is one of the leading lifestyle brands in the US, even Twilight star Kellan Lutz has been seen rocking a pair of board shorts!

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Delve into some Dutch Delights this Winter with Barts!

Or if you’re properly preparing for winter there is nothing nicer than these winter warmers from Dutch brand Barts!  Far beyond the selection we have to show you today, the collection has woven scarves in linen, viscose and cotton, which are designed using a pallet of beautiful basic colors as well as radiants, checks, stripes and flower- and other beautiful prints.

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Get in touch with your spiritual side with Shimla’s gorgeous jewellery! 

And if you’ve ever felt like you just needed some jewellery with some secret hidden powers to give you that va va voom in life then look no further than Shimla!

Named after the picturesque Shimla Valley in the Himalayas, Shimla’s shamballa style bracelets are highly detailed, interwoven with sparkling fireball crystals, semi-precious stones, stainless steel beads and beautifully crafted charms. This Autumn/Winter collection sees a range of beautiful hand-made bracelets adorned with charms said to ward off bad luck, including Hamsa or the “Hand of Fatima,” a palm-shaped amulet recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the Om symbol, a sacred and important mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin, and the Evil Eye symbol, said to protect the wearer from evil spirits.

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Make money look fabulous with Lucet Mundi!

And finally, we’ve got a celebrity special for you! Lucet Mundi is an elite jewellery brand famous for its iconic interchangeable coin necklaces and earrings designed in a stunning array of metals including Rhodium Silver Plated, Rose Gold Plated and Gold Plated, Lucet Mundi have taken the market place by storm and are now stocked across the globe in leading jewellery retailers including Ernest Jones and Goldsmiths. Whats more here’s just a few of the long list of celebrities who just love to wear it! Peter Andre, Maria Fowler, Lauren Goodger, Robbie Savage, Nicola Mclean, JLS and Emma Rigby.

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So what are you waiting for, stock up on yourselves before you start blowing your hard earned cash on everyone else for Christmas!!!

Happy Monday snoochers!

Step into another world this week with The #MortalInstruments #outthisweek #film #filmreview

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So what happens when you grow up as a normal teenager and suddenly one night you start drawing symbols all over the wall? Well you get pretty freaked out… and who do you turn to? Your mum of course, but she’s keeping secrets from you and suddenly disappears. Things really aren’t going to well are they? Its tough being a teenager, its even tougher being a Shadowhunter teenager as Clary Fray (Lily Collins) finds out…Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 08.44.21

Based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones looks like the successor to all the Twilight and Hunger Games books that have started to send screaming fans into a frenzy. This big budget Hollywood film has a predominately British led which is refreshing, and although it opened here yesterday with the help of the cast and director stepping through a major global promotional tour, its currently slightly underperforming over in the US.

However we shouldn’t take that too literally because despite the doom and gloom that some are saying about this film, its really rather enjoyable. You have a strong female protagonist (quite like what audiences related to with Bella Swan in Twilight) and there are lots of laughs and one liners – some more forced towards the end – plus there are demons, ghouls and a whole underworld that is living right under Brooklyn… what’s not to love?! Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 08.43.16

The film keeps you guessing and is a classic case of a first film in a series where characters are being established and so there are only three main parts, Clary, Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Simon (Rober Sheehan). The rest come and go and one assumes we will see more in the second installment. There is so much going on in this film that you can’t really help but be swept up in it all and despite it feeling ever so slightly over long in form, its not unwatchable, quite the opposite.

What fans of the book may feel is that this film has tried to be so true to the original content that it maybe fits a little bit too much in it, in order to be truthful, and that unfortunately provides more of a clumsy outcome in parts. Others may feel that the casting isn’t quite what they imagined, and in the press conference Jamie Campbell Bower was particularly vocal with his thoughts on the matter saying that some rather nasty social media reactions to his casting “were based on image and image looks alone and that was two and a half years ago, and I think as an actor and as a performer I’m very much aware of the fact that my job is to change both physically and emotionally and that was what hurt the most, that people were judging me based on nothing.” Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 08.42.44

Although there are clear issues with this film and it won’t please everyone, there are lots of great elements to it, the CGI is out there but not too over the top and the characters are believable, watchable and sympathetic. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is certainly for the younger audiences out there, but even if you don’t believe in magic or demons, there’s still a rollercoaster ride for you to watch…just remember to not walk out of the cinema when the unforgivable comment about the musician Bach is made, just take a deep breath and carry on. When you watch the film, you’ll know what we mean.

3 Stars