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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…

REVIEW: Battle Los Angeles

March 21, 2011 1 comment

Dear Rachael B.,

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The Marines are guilty of living. You go, Alien.

Hi, Rachael. How are you, today? I hope you had a good day between the hours of 13.47 and 17.47 today. I hope you had a fantastic day. Because I saw Battle Los Angeles. You’re probably aware that we were supposed to hang out today, meeting downtown at Jackson Square at 13.30. Knowing that for some strange reason, my friends (including you, Melissa and Ailish) have this habit of being late or standing me up due to irresponsibility the night prior to when we’re supposed to meet up, I was totally prepared for the news that you slept in until 13.30 after going to bed “around 5”. I’d invited you to hang out with me downtown. Because you are, as you say it, “broke”, I even said we could hit up the library, true exploring-the-city-for-free style. It’s a big library and we could have found something to talk about. We could have gone to the comics section and read classic Batman comics and discussed Marvel vs DC–the perennial debate. We could have hit up the sci-fi/fantasy section and talked about how science fiction and fantasy differ. We could have talked about Tolkien or Ellison or any number of things. Instead, you slept in and I saw Battle Los Angeles. Read more…