Upcoming movies in 2014

I am so excited for these movies that are coming up this year!

22 Jump Street – an exciting sequel from the hilarious movie 21 Jump Street which was released in 2012! Can the same team of actors and filmmakers pull off the same trick twice with next year’s sequel? We certainly hope so.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 – The first film, How To Train Your Dragon, was a triumph for DreamWorks Animation, and arguably one of its very best films. Therefore, I hope that DreamWorks will sustain their reputation with this movie and create an equally, if not better, exciting sequel this year!

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Divergent – In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. I am in the middle of this thrilling, and page-turning bestseller book at the moment, and I truly cannot wait for the movie as I feel that it will certainly do the book justice.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Survivors of the simian plague trigger an all-out war between humanity and Caesar’s growing forces. The hit movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, proved to be a huge success in 2011 and so, I am sure that this sequel will live up to its standards without a doubt.

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The Fault In Our Stars – Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who leads us through the struggles and enjoyments of her life. John Green’s New York Times #1 bestseller has been described by Time Magazine as “damn near genius,” and will most definitely result in being one of the biggest movies of 2014.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) – Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol. I am sure that most of you will know about this extremely popular set of movies called “The Hunger Games”, and at the end of this year I am so pleased to hear that they will be releasing the first part of their final movie, Mockingjay! This is one of the movies that I just cannot wait to see this year starring one of my favourite actresses, Jennifer Lawrence.

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Quote of the day

I quite like this quote, because it demonstrates the fact that in a way, it is good that the book sometimes tends to be much different than the movie, as they both originate from the same source but interpret it in a dissimilar way creating a controversial way for people to see what may or may not be already in their imagination.

“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit but taste completely different.”

– Stephen King

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Pitch Perfect

Overview

Most of you teenagers, like myself, would recognize this as being one of the most iconic teen movies created in 2012. The movie was released on the 21st of December 2012, and has blossomed some incredible actors and actresses, such as Anna Kendrick (Becca) and Skylar Astin (Jesse). This hit film has been widely known as the birth of the “cup song” which Becca performed in the movie during her audition for the “Bellas”, which were an all-girls singing group in her college. As you teens may already know, this “cup song” had proven to be very popular in schools around England. In fact, in Canada at Saint-Bernard school in Drummondville, Quebec, 1500 students from kindergarten to high school, plus all the staff, got together and broke the world record for most people performing Anna Kendrick’s ‘Cups’ song (Pitch Perfect’s ‘When I’m Gone’) at the same time, according to the World Record Academy! This goes to show how global Pitch Perfect had grown. As a result of this hit film, Anna Kendrick won a MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment in Pitch Perfect, after being nominated for an Oscar and Bafta in 2010 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Up in the Air. Although she did not win these two prestigious awards in 2010, her exceptional work in Pitch Perfect had been demonstrated and led her to win an MTV award in 2013.

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Plot

The Barden Bellas are a collegiate, all-girls acappella singing group thriving on female pop songs and their perfect looks. After a disastrous failing at last year’s finals, due to their lead singer vomiting on the audience during her solo, they are forced to regroup. At first they struggled to find anyone who had the slightest interest of joining, and who more specifically looked like they could be part of the Bellas. However, after much enquiring and handing out leaflets, they finally recruited the number of girls that they required, regardless of the fact that they looked and sung nowhere near the standard that the two leaders were hoping for. Among the new recruits is freshman Beca, an independent, aspiring DJ with no interest in the college life. But after she meets Jesse, from the rival all-male acappella group, Beca has a new outlook and takes it upon herself to help the Bellas find their new look and sound and get back into the competition. This modern take on choirs in schools, has inspired many children to start acapella groups and has strived in the film industry due to their keen efforts on this hit teen movie.

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My review

As a teenager, I jumped to watch this movie as it was something which I knew I would enjoy. However, I understand that some older people had a rather controversial view and they were skeptical to watch it. This is completely understandable, as I am aware that it is aimed at a very limited audience, children and teenagers. My particular favourite moment of the film was when Fat Amy met the two leaders of the Barden Bellas for the first time towards the beginning of the movie. She was showing off her “musical talent” and her awesome dance moves, including a very special and unique “mermaid dance”! I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is interested to watch this film, that I have watched a few times over, as I feel that it enhances many aspects of a comedic, dramatic, and musical teenage movie. Personally, I cannot wait for Pitch Perfect 2 to be released later this year, and I’m sure that many of you can’t wait too!

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This is the Canadian Saint-Bernard school in Drummondville, Quebec performing the cup song.