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The Hanging Tree – Jennifer Lawrence

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There are two versions of the song made popular during the recently released new Hunger Games (Mockingjay Part 01) film currently doing the rounds.

The Radio Edit – (which Hypable feels is off point [thanks to @not_johnstamos for the link]) – by James Newton Howard featuring the almost unfeasibly talented Jennifer Lawrence.  She acts. She dances. And now, she sings!!

I personally prefer the simpler version that was actually used in the mooovie. And the second I can find a link to it, I’ll post it!

The Hanging Tree

Lyrics by Suzanne Collins

Melody by the Lumineers

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man
They say murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it seem
If we met up at midnight
In the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where the dead man called out
For his love to flee.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it seem
If we met up at midnight
In the hanging tree.


Trailer to The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 01

Christmas Moovies – While You Were Sleeping

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My Christmas movie marathon has begun.

While I do adore the festive season; I’m an even more complete sucker for the feel good films that it spawns.

Have spent my Sunday evening curled up in front of a fire, sipping hot chocolate with tiny pink and white marshmallows and welling up at the loveliness that is one of the finest rom-coms ever.

It’s so refreshing seeing a film with romantic leads that are over 25; have faces that move; funny and witty dialogue; secondary characters that consist of more than just quirks and a decent storyline…

Ok the storyline is daft…but beautifully so!

For any of you that might have missed it, check out the trailer below.

This is undoubtedly a Christmas film primarily because it’s set at Christmas time but I could watch it any time of the year…over and over again which is why I’ve made one of those mental rules that only allows me to watch it…well…about now!

So…are ye’s all of you judging me? Or do you have any build-up-to-the-holidays films that you’re watching? As always, comments muchly appreciated!

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Comic Book Tradition

In our most recent podcast, Culturally Fixated 2.0, I talked very briefly about seeing Spiderman and X-men movies on my birthday.  It was a ritual which began with the first X-Men movie in 2000.  I took a chance on taking my, then, 11 year old sister to see it, assuming that she would get into it.  I was right! One of the benefits of having a birthday on the 3rd week of May is that there is usually a big summer movie to watch.  I have spent recent birthdays watching 3 X-Men movies, 3 Spiderman and various other big event movies.  This year it was a little more low key, spending it watching ‘Win, Win’.
I want all of the movies we talked about during the episode to be good, but I just don’t think they will.  My big hope is that they don’t screw up the Avengers movie, but again, who knows? Now what I want is for there to be a Deadpool movie, and for it to be good, and a really good Gambit story.

I can live without a stand alone Gambit, but he really needs to be a big part of the next X-movie.  The character is in good hands with Taylor Kitsch, one of my favourite young actors and there are acres of backstory to explore.  But then, I’m happy anytime Kitsch gets something good to do!
Another Friday Night Lights alum dabbled with the superhero/comic book genre in recent months, this time not successfully.  She was slated to be Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s reboot of the show.  She looked good in the outfit, is statuesque and a hell of an actress.  I would have given it a shot, but the powers that be decided otherwise.

Well, hopefully one day we can have a Hannibal King spin off and I can rest my man crush on Ryan Reynold’s penis pointers once again!

Did everyone else know about this?!?!

So, just found out via twitter that they are rebooting/relaunching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (heroes in a half shell)!

And I am ridiculously excited about this.
Now I know what you’re thinking.
And it’s not that easy to explain. Well, it is, I just feel a bit silly.
I LOVED the cartoon. I mean, I really LOVED the cartoon.
I still know every line of the theme song. I still call them ‘hero’ turtles. I genuinely thought the ‘turtle tips’ would turn out to be vitally useful in later life.
Heck, I still refer to bad hair cuts as Bebop or Rocksteady worthy.
My first exposure to direct marketing cartoons, and I didn’t care a bit. (Thankfully I also had parents who were happy to get us one set of toys, then resolutely refused to bow down to pester power.) From about 3 years, I was happiest when I’d a tea towel tied around my head, home made nun chucks (toilet rolls and string – it was all very MacGuiver) in hand, and a sofa to do my totally authentic ninja rolls.
By the time the life action films were being made, I had started to move on. I enjoyed the first film, but thankfully was out of the continent when the sequels were released. I did unfortunately catch the 2007 TMNT atrocity.
Least said best I think there.

But this one…this most recent reboot…it’s got geeks attached.

Like Sean Austin – who proved his worth (to me anyway) by accurately identifying Raphael as the coolest of the turtles. He also happens to be providing that characters voice. (ahem)
Joining him is Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo) and Rob Paulsen (Donatello).
Next year has just started to look a little brighter to me.
(And if you were wondering, it’s why I say dude so often. I used to lie – say it was a Wayne’s World or Bill and Ted thing. But it isn’t. It was the turtles. I’m so ashamed.)
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