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REVIEW: The Hunger Games

March 24, 2012 1 comment
Jennifer Lawrence onset for The Hunger Games

May the camera be ever in your face.

To be honest, I’m not sure if I can review The Hunger Games. I mean, I saw it last night among friends and a packed theater on a pretty big screen with fairly astounding sound. I watched a movie I thoroughly enjoyed and would have no problem recommending to everyone I know. The Hunger Games is a really good dystopian science fiction action adventure for the whole family that, if incredibly profitable, will lead to at least two more movies adapted from the popular Panem Trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins. It’s a great movie and is well worth the ticket price to see if you can. But it has one problem that I hope somebody else is mentioning. Cos every reviewer on earth is going to talk about all the great things about this movie–and there are a lot of great things.

Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, a coal-miner’s daughter from District 12 of Panem. The world has ended in a nuclear holocaust and now all that is left is the nation of Panem, divided into 12 districts. They go from 1 to 12, richest to poorest, most populous to least. In order to maintain oppressive power, the Capitol forces each of the 12 districts to offer up two Tributes–a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18, inclusive. These Tributes fight to the death on live TV throughout the entire nation in an annual contest called Survivor. … I’m kidding, it’s called the Hunger Games. When Katniss volunteers to save her 12 year old sister from being sent to her certain death, she’s sent to the 74th annual Hunger Games alongside Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), a boy she is loath to kill because he saved her life and she’s yet to thank him for it. Read more…

Academy Awards liveblog/reaction thing.

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Inception won for Cinematography and Alice in Wonderland for Art Direction–WELCOME! to THIS YEAR’S! ABSOLUTELY! TONE-DEAF! OSCARS! Now, don’t get me wrong, Inception was beautifully shot, but Roger. Deakins. In a perfect world, that man would win every year from now until the end of time. Kirk Douglas is currently being the most adorable Spartacus giving Melissa Leo her award for Supporting Actress–and hey–that was the evening’s first f-bomb! Way to GO, Melissa Le-O! Justin Timberlake, will I ever grow tired of your antics? Of course Toy Story 3 won, but I was really pulling for Day & Night in Animated Short Feature. And now Aaron Sorkin is accepting a screenplay for his gorgeous, luscious and perfect dialogue. Entirely unlike his hairpiece–OH! I AM ON FIRE TONIGHT.

Christopher Nolan is currently looking at a night of snubs for his opus Inception–I mean, sure, it won for Cinematography, but that was Wally Pfister’s award, not his. Cos after all, how many guys who write and direct their own feature films–no matter how many of those are adaptations–are also directing the cinematographer. I liked Seidler’s speech though. Short, classy. Well-written. OOOOOOOOOOH BURN ON WRITERS. I’ve liked all of the speeches so far, but especially Melissa Leo’s. You’re right, Ms. Leo–Kate Winslet did make that look easy, but then again, she had like, eight nominations of practice. Still not as many as Randy Newman, composer for a good 20 nominated feature films. Really, the breakneck pace of the Oscars are unsuited to live-blogging–the Grammies had almost nothing happen due to being slowed down by performances of songs. Now I’m just sitting here, watching the Oscars, trying to write more than a sentence about every award and every speech. Read more…