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Impakt Gaming, News Team
“A Night at the Movies” News Team Newsletter Movies In this Newsletter:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Thor: The Dark World
The Woman In Black
Life According to Sam
Contributing Writers: Mrs xSalacious
This is the first edition of a little thing I put together to bring articles to everyone in a different way. This first newsletter contains articles about recent movies and documentaries. I only have 5 articles in this edition, but next time there will be more. Nevertheless, I hope you all enjoy. Expect another edition coming into your PM’s in the coming weeks! ~IG Absolution, News Lead
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â€œA Night at the Moviesâ€?
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire She's sassy. She's fierce. She is the Girl on Fire... We are all familiar with the arrow-slinging, ass-kicking heroine from District 12. In the most recent addition to the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen returns just as fueled and determined as ever. Catching Fire, the most recent installment in the Hunger Games series, was released recently in late November. As the second movie in the series, it doesn't dissapoint. The characters are dynamic, the plot draws you in, and the cinematics are breath-taking. From the moment your eyes meet the screen you will be hooked.
Author: Mrs xSalacious
Picking up where the Hunger Games film left off, Peeta and Katniss are the victors of the 74th annual Hunger Games. They have returned home to district 12, where conditions have all but improved. The relationship between Peeta and Katniss is practically non-existent, other than the "emotion" they have to portray to the cameras. Gale, on the other hand, begins to grow even closer to Miss Everdeen. Before they can figure out their relationship, Peeta and Katniss are sent on their Victory Tour, where they visit all of the disctricts to give thanks and deliver small speeches. This is where the plot begins to thicken... With each district the pair visits, they see more and more of the resistance that is forming in the people. President Snow recognizes this also, and fears an outright rebellion from the districts. Because of this, he wants Katniss to be removed, so that she cannot be seen as a symbol of hope anymore. He meets with Katniss, giving her a warning to convince the people her affection for Peeta is real, or there would be consequences. At the end of the Victory Tour, Katniss and Peeta are sent home only to find out that the 75th Hunger Games (Third Quarter Quell) consists of selecting the tributes from past victors of the Hunger Games. Inevitably, Katniss is selected from Disctrict 12. Haymitch is drawn as the male victor, but Peeta volunteers in his place. On to the games. The competition is tough, and they aren't too friendly either. Haymitch is back coaching Peeta and Katniss, and encouraging them to make allies while they can. Which for Katniss, is just as difficult as it sounds. Once they are sent to the arena, things move pretty quickly. Tributes fall at a quick place, none seeming to have much of an alliance with any of the others. It comes down to two small groups left. And strangely enough, everyone in Katniss' group seems to be... protecting her. Finally, she has had enough of the Capitol's games. She sends a super charged arrow straight into the top of the arena dome, and brings the whole place down. However, it comes at a cost... She is nearly dead, electricuted by the same thing she destroyed the arena with. She is lifted out, and wakes to find her small group was saved along with her... all but Peeta. An enraged Katniss lashes at Haymitch for not keeping his promise to keep Peeta safe. She learns that the plan the entire time was to get her out, half of the other tributes and the game master were in on it and helping the plan along the whole time. Her tracker was removed, but Peeta's was not. He was captured and taken to the Capitol. Katniss is finally sedated to keep her under control. When she wakes, she finds Gale at her side. The questions flow, and she learns District 12 is no more... but her family was removed safely. The totalitarian government is lashing out to prevent a revolution, planting fear in the districts. We are left with this, as a fire grows in Katniss' eyes and the scene cuts to black... The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is an excellent film that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It has superb actors, Jennifer Lawrence perfectly portrays the girl with the bow and braid. The story is excellent, maybe a slightly slow start, but it picks up speed in no time. The ending is great, but if you are like me then you will have trouble waiting a whole year for the next movie! I give it 5 out of 5 stars, definitely the film of the year. I will be patiently waiting with you for the arrival of Mocking Jay next year. Until then, remember who the enemy is, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
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Thor: The Dark World Marvel Studios came back with another awesome superhero movie this fall. “Thor: The Dark World” is the sequel to the 2011 hit “Thor,” and is the eighth installment to the Marvel movie franchise. This movie stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and many others.
Author: IG Absolution
In this movie, Thor and his companions – Fandral, Volstagg, and Sif, are in the final battle to pacify and bring peace to the Nine Realms. This, of course is following the rebuilding of the Bifrost, which was destroyed nearly 2 years ago. Meanwhile in London - Darcy and her intern Ian, take Jane to an abandoned old factory, where there were some odd reports of things vanishing into thin air. Mysteriously, they test it out, and drop cans, shoes, and whatnot into the hole, and what do you know, they disappear.
This movie awakens a long lost power known as the Aether, a strong dark energy that consumes the body. Thor, his companions, and Darcy and Jane, all combat this evil force, attempting to bring peace to the Nine Realms once more. I personally loved watching this movie, as I have found that Marvel Studios does a superb job in making the films. It is a really intense movie that will keep you on your toes, and wanting more. I would recommend everyone go and see it. It released in theatres November 8th, and the DVD release is rumored to be sometime in March 2014.
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The Woman In Black The Woman in Black directed by James Watkins and staring Daniel Radcliffe is a horror film released in 2012! The movie was given a PG-13 rating due to a minimal amount of blood and gore and lack of curse language. The emission of these did not take away from the movie’s horror and suspense which is very respectable.
Author: IG MSU
The story follows young lawyer Arthur Kips, played by Radcliffe, whom is struggling and must visit a small village and locate the will of a recently deceased woman. The town has a dark secret though and many of the villagers attempt to persuade Kips to leave while he can. He does not listen however, and things begin to take a turn for the worse in the town placing everyone in danger, including the children. This movie was very intricate and well put together. The more you watch it the more you understand and pick up on; while you endure the main plot upon first watching the movie, you will discover so much more each time you revisit the film. Some of my favorite parts of the movie were searching for something in the background or trying to predict what was going to happen. The amount of twists the movie took was great making it very unpredictable and suspenseful. The Woman in Black was a well-thought horror movie that did not overdo the cliché horror film components. This is a great movie to throw on with a group of friends and overall is very enjoyable. I’d give it an 8.5/10 because it was a very respectable movie however there wasn't a major “wow” factor.
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Life According to Sam Death is an inevitable fate for every living creature; however, for people living with the rare disease progeria this fate is met much sooner than most. Progeria is a rare genetic disease, occurring in only 1 of 4-8 million children, in which a mutation occurs on the protein Lamin A resulting in an unstable nucleus in cells. Children born with progeria appear completely normal, but symptoms become noticeable between 10-24 months of age. The affects of progeria are growth failure, loss of hair, loss of body fat, aged skin, joint stiffness, and various cardiovascular issues. With the average age of these patients being 13, these children most commonly pass away due to heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular failure.
Author: IG Blondie
In the HBO documentary "Life According to Sam," a young boy and his family are followed through their fight for a treatment of progeria. Sam, diagnosed with progeria at age two, has two parents who are pediatricians. Having this medical background, finding out their son's diagnosis and the fact that, at the time, there was no treatment or cure for this rare disease was not an answer they were willing to take. Upon doing more research, his parents discovered that there was no research being put into this disease. This is when his mother, Dr. Leslie Gordon, took immediate action. She started the Progeria Research Foundation which soon after discovered the gene in which causes the genetic mutation of the disease. This was a groundbreaking moment for the family giving them hope that a treatment could be found now that they have found the cause. Dr. Gordon then began doing research on treatments of diseases caused by age like cancer. She found that farnesyltransferase inhibitors (FTIs), currently used for treating cancer, might reverse the nuclear structure abnormalities that are believed to cause progeria. Dr. Gordon began testing FTIs on mice with progeria, which had tremendous results. Later on, she began a trial on 28 children with progeria in Boston, Massachusetts. This trial period of FTIs lasted two years. When it was over, they found that there were significant improvements in all areas affected by the disease. In September of 2012, the FDA approved this drug for the treatment of progeria. Amazingly, this research and drug can help everyone prevent diseases associated with age, not just children with progeria. Throughout all these trials and tribulations, you get to know Sam as the child he is. When this documentary began Sam was only 13-years-old. We then see him graduate middle school with top honors and awards. Regardless of his disease, Sam teaches us the joys of life and the significance of taking it one day at a time. Not only does Sam excel at academics, but he is a talented drummer as well. Sam fights for everything he wants and doesn't let his disease hold him back from his dreams. He is truly inspirational and has so much to teach the world about the beauty of life and the ability to overcome the obstacles we face. This young boy has seen many children with progeria pass away over the years, but he still keeps his head held high with the hopes of a future as an inventor in order to help others who face obstacles in life. Sam is extremely selfless and well beyond his years in maturity. This documentary truly is a must-see beautiful story of one families never-ending fight for their future and the future of many other families who face the hardship of progeria.
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Enderâ€™s Game Ender's Game is a movie based on a book in the future by Orson Scott Card. The book was released in 1985 and won the Nebula Award for best book in the same year and in 1986 won the Hubo Award for best book, also. Card, the author, has called Ender's Game "unfilmable", "because everything takes place in Ender's head", and refused to sign a film deal unless he could ensure that the film was "true to the story". Of the film that he eventually agreed to, Card said it was "the best that good people could do with a story they really cared about and believed in" and while warning fans not to expect a completely faithful adaptation, called the film "damn good."
Author: IG Ink The movie is about the near future, a hostile, alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the fabled heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham, Humans would have had to surrender. In preparation for the next attack, the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer, a young, 14-15 year old boy named, Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant boy, who joins the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Overall I very well like the movie's detail, special effects, and storyline. As scoring goes. Detail 8/10, special effects 9.6/10, and storyline 8.3/10. If you haven't seen it yet, the movie came out to theaters November 1st, 2013. We can then expect to see it out on DVD in March of next year. You may still be able to watch it near a theatre near you, I highly recommend it as a movie for you to go see.