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Deberg_1990
08-29-2011, 03:48 PM
I know nothing about these movies, just posting this for the fans out there....



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KcMizzou
08-29-2011, 08:45 PM
I think it's like "The Running Man" for the Twilight crowd.

luv
08-29-2011, 09:01 PM
I think it's like "The Running Man" for the Twilight crowd.

It's actually a very good book series.

luv
08-29-2011, 09:03 PM
That's barely even a teaser.

aturnis
08-29-2011, 09:26 PM
It's actually a very good book series.

That's what you said about Twilight!

luv
08-29-2011, 09:28 PM
That's what you said about Twilight!

I've never read Twilight.

Deberg_1990
08-29-2011, 09:34 PM
Jennifer lawerence is hotter as a blonde.

1moreTRich
08-30-2011, 12:52 PM
It's actually a very good book series.

Have you read the entire series?

I think the first one will be easy to adapt to a movie, but the second and especially third aren't quite in the same vein as the first one and I will be curious how they adapt them to film. Also, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch just seems weird to me, idk.

luv
08-30-2011, 01:40 PM
Have you read the entire series?

I think the first one will be easy to adapt to a movie, but the second and especially third aren't quite in the same vein as the first one and I will be curious how they adapt them to film. Also, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch just seems weird to me, idk.

I think that, out of all of them, the first one would make for the most boring movie. The second book was my favorite of the three. I think it would make for the best movie.

1moreTRich
08-30-2011, 01:57 PM
I think that, out of all of them, the first one would make for the most boring movie. The second book was my favorite of the three. I think it would make for the best movie.

Interesting, why do you think the first will be the most boring? Seems to me it has the most action and a good chunk of the character development? The first one was also my favorite of the series so I may be a bit bias in that regard.

Sucky
08-30-2011, 02:58 PM
This is supposedly a teenage girl version of Battle Royale.

KevB
09-30-2011, 01:43 PM
My 12 year old wants this for her birthday.....anybody read it and feel it's remotely appropriate for a 12 year old (albeit a fairly mature one)? The premise just seems very adult to me.

patteeu
09-30-2011, 02:50 PM
My 12 year old wants this for her birthday.....anybody read it and feel it's remotely appropriate for a 12 year old (albeit a fairly mature one)? The premise just seems very adult to me.

It's much more tame than the premise might suggest. No issues with sex or language that I can remember at all. Obviously, there's some violence, but it didn't seem particularly graphic or scary to me. I wouldn't have had a problem with my girls reading it when they were 12. I suspect that there are far worse books in their middle school library or the young adult fiction section of the local library.

KevB
09-30-2011, 05:32 PM
It's much more tame than the premise might suggest. No issues with sex or language that I can remember at all. Obviously, there's some violence, but it didn't seem particularly graphic or scary to me. I wouldn't have had a problem with my girls reading it when they were 12. I suspect that there are far worse books in their middle school library or the young adult fiction section of the local library.

It was the violence (specifically teen on teen) that worried me.

Chiefnj2
10-03-2011, 10:34 AM
It's primarily a violent book. It's Survivor where instead of voting other off, they just kill each other as quickly as possible. If the contestants aren't killing fast enough, the producers help by changing the landscape. I presume the movie will cater to tweens and not show the deaths in detail.

NewChief
10-03-2011, 10:39 AM
It was the violence (specifically teen on teen) that worried me.

It's pretty tame, in my opinion.

luv
10-03-2011, 10:46 AM
Interesting, why do you think the first will be the most boring? Seems to me it has the most action and a good chunk of the character development? The first one was also my favorite of the series so I may be a bit bias in that regard.

It just seemed, to me anyway, that the first book was mostly just character development with not a lot happening. It only started getting good towards the end, which continues into the second book.

Deberg_1990
11-14-2011, 11:18 AM
Full trailer is out now for you fans.



http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/lions_gate/thehungergames/#share

Deberg_1990
11-14-2011, 04:20 PM
Wow, now that ive watched this....i honestly think this looks like crap. Stop the "Young Adult Fiction" crap now Holllywood!!!





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allen_kcCard
11-14-2011, 04:55 PM
I thought it looks pretty good actually. I'd heard about the books but never read them.

luv
11-14-2011, 05:00 PM
I thought it looks pretty good actually. I'd heard about the books but never read them.

Watched that last preview from school without sound. Looks like it follows the book so far. I'll have to watch it again when I get home so I can tell what people are saying. All I can say is that Woody's character looks different than I had pictured. Otherwise, the characters look pretty much like what I would have pictured from the book's discription.

Deberg_1990
11-14-2011, 05:23 PM
I thought it looks pretty good actually. I'd heard about the books but never read them.

Guess im not the target audience.....looks too "kiddie" sci-fi for my taste.

patteeu
11-14-2011, 05:34 PM
Guess im not the target audience.....looks too "kiddie" sci-fi for my taste.

It's definitely kiddie/girlie sci-fi (romantic sci-fi). As someone who thought the books were pretty boring, I think the movies will be OK, especially as family friendly movies (depending on the level of violence your kids can take). I was in the minority thinking the first Twilight movie was OK when I took my two girls to see it though so take this with a grain of salt.

KurtCobain
02-17-2012, 07:20 AM
I am so stoked about this. The first book series I've read since Harry Potter and Left Behind.

Except for Gale, the cast looks perfect. I think Woody was a great pick up for Haymitch. Before I read the last book, somebody told me he was going to be Haymitch in a movie version, so I read Mockingjay with the image of Woody as Haymitch in my head. Works well.

I really hope the movies do these awesome fucking books justice. It should be better than Harry Potter movies because the author was in on the screenwriting, right?

KurtCobain
02-17-2012, 07:22 AM
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KurtCobain
02-17-2012, 07:25 AM
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The messages may initially seem a little conflicting from the stars of The Hunger Games. Earlier we were told by Elizabeth Banks that violence is not the focus of the film, but according to Lawrence, there will be “blood, death, and stabbing.” Okay, so that’s not exactly a surprise; nor is it difficult to understand that some of these things can be shown without being over-the-top on the gore factor.

There’s blood, death, stabbing, spears and arrows going into people. But you can have the impact of violence without being gory,” she said.

Jennifer also spoke about her initial hesitation in taking the role, fearing such a high-profile part rather than portraying the actual character. Luckily, her fears were soothed by her mother, who reminded her, “This is a script you love, a character you love…”

I would love to be Katniss for years… it was more the fear of how my own life could change,” Lawrence said.

Fortunately for us, it appears she will indeed get to fill the hunting boots of Katniss for years to come. I can’t wait to see her full performance on the big screen!

KurtCobain
02-17-2012, 07:35 AM
'Hunger Games' Movie Is 'Very Faithful' To Book, Says Director Gary Ross

Posted 2/13/12 11:34 am ET by Kat Rosenfield in Movie News, Movies, Page Turners, Videos

With only a month to go before "The Hunger Games" hits theaters, now is the time for die-hard fans of the books to start really and truly panicking over what kind of terrible, shocking differences there will be between the literary trilogy we loved and the movie we can't wait to see. I mean, it's Hollywood! They could do anything! And what if they make Peeta a butcher boy, not a baker? Or what if Haymitch isn't as drunk as he's supposed to be? Or what if the infamous tracker jacker scene includes a surprise musical number in which the jackers don't just sting, but also sing, tap-dance and play jazz medleys on tiny dystopian saxophones?!! It'll be anarchy!

...Except actually, we don't have to worry about any of this. Because when Josh Horowitz sat down with director Gary Ross, he made sure to grill him real good about just how close he stayed to the source material when adapting the book for film...and Gary came back with the news that not only did he cling as closely as possible to Suzanne Collins' vision, but he was pretty close—literally—to Suzanne herself.

"She wrote the last draft of the script with me," Gary said. "We collaborated. We were in a room together! We locked ourselves up in a room and literally wrote the last draft of the script together."

Okay, then! Consider us assured—because if there's anyone we trust not to muck up the greatness of "The Hunger Games," it's the person who wrote the books. But Gary went one step further, explaining, "It's very, very faithful in the literal sense, but it's even more faithful in the tonal sense. My job is to give you that same visceral feeling you felt when you read the book."

And just in case you still weren't satisfied, Josh went ahead and asked him point-blank: Are there any differences between the books and the movies that are truly going to infuriate fans? Like, say, surprise deaths of characters we expected to see in the sequels?

"Oh no," Gary protested. "No, no, no. It's a faithful adaptation. There are obviously differences, because I'm adapting a book to the screen, but no. It's not like Peeta leaves the story or anything like that."

And by "anything like that," we assume he also means "there will be no singing, tap-dancing, saxophone-playing tracker jackers in this movie." Which is no doubt a great relief to all of us.

KurtCobain
02-17-2012, 07:45 AM
Playing an intense, raging bigot in “Rampart” was “the best part I’ve ever been offered and definitely a challenge. It made me buckle down and get to work,” said Woody Harrelson.That work included “all the other things you try to do to saturate your brain in the cop culture: reading books, watching documentaries, looking at movies, going to the shooting range.

“But none of that meant anything compared to going on ride-alongs with cops.”

Harrelson calls Dave Brown, his character, “not just a bad guy. He loves his family and that’s what’s interesting about him. It’s a complex character with a problematic dark side but he also loves his kids.”

Where did Harrelson, a self-described “hippie from Hawaii,” channel this latest tour de force?

“I’m definitely, I don’t know,” he answered softly, “an A personality in a B façade.

“I think I’m naturally my best self when I’m really lazy and not doing anything. When I’m working hard, which is what’s required of you these days, I’m not sure it’s my cup of tea. I really don’t like working.”

But he does it often. Next month he’s in the anticipated blockbuster “The Hunger Games.”

“My family and I read all three books. It’s just so cool,” he said of playing “Games” character Haymitch Abernathy.

Initially he rejected the role. “Gary Ross wanted me to play this part and it’s definitely a supporting character, but I didn’t feel I had enough to do so I did turn it down.”

Ross came back and pleaded, telling Harrelson, “I don’t have a second choice.”

“So I said, OK. Now I can’t imagine having missed it.”

CHENZ A!
02-17-2012, 07:48 AM
I'm about 3/4 of the way through the first book. I'm enjoying it, and will probably read the other two. Also... Jennifer Lawrence is looking good, never thought much of her (looks wise) in Winters Bone. She's a good actress though and I bet will do a good job.

KurtCobain
02-17-2012, 07:50 AM
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The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, and is directed and written by Gary Ross.

Synopsis: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.

The movie will be released to theaters on March 23, 2012.


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KurtCobain
02-17-2012, 12:40 PM
These fun tykes to fight to the death.

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Bewbies
02-17-2012, 04:19 PM
Loved the books, hopefully the movie does them justice...

KurtCobain
02-25-2012, 01:41 PM
I got my tickets today!!
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Deberg_1990
02-25-2012, 01:41 PM
I got my tickets today!!
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Didnt realize you were a 16 year old girl?

KurtCobain
02-25-2012, 01:59 PM
Sixteen and a half.
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patteeu
02-25-2012, 03:00 PM
Sixteen and a half.
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:LOL:

Ben N 58men
02-25-2012, 03:22 PM
Hate watching teasers, ruins all the good parts. Reading the last book right now.

KurtCobain
02-25-2012, 10:00 PM
The last part of the last book is straight fucked up.
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pr_capone
02-26-2012, 12:10 AM
I've never read Twilight.

LIES!!!

luv
02-26-2012, 12:21 AM
LIES!!!

LMAO

I still haven't, but I will.

KevB
03-21-2012, 11:30 PM
Got to see a pre-screen of this movie tonight. Pretty good flick, stayed true to the book with a handful of adjustments. My daughter loved it. She's halfway through the third book, while I've only read the first one.

Eager audience, but there were instances of cheering/clapping during the movie which is unusual.

Hawk
03-22-2012, 08:33 AM
The last part of the last book is straight ****ed up.
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No doubt. Unneccesarily so IMO.

lcarus
03-22-2012, 08:50 AM
My 12 year old wants this for her birthday.....anybody read it and feel it's remotely appropriate for a 12 year old (albeit a fairly mature one)? The premise just seems very adult to me.

I'm not suggesting what to let your kids watch at what age in any way, but I was watching crap like Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday the 13th when I was like 6. Then again, that wasn't my parents choice. They password protected our cable box and my brother and I started at 0000 and just did as many numbers as we could each day until we got the right code. 0001, 0002, etc. Then when we got tired we would just stop at say 0432, write it down, and start again whenever we felt like it. I know this is a random story, but for some reason your post made me remember that.

Hawk
03-22-2012, 09:19 AM
I think the first book is fine for a 12 year old, and the movie should be as well. There is violence and death, but there's no sex, and the violence is not overly gory in the first book and shouldn't be in the movie (though it is certainly sad).

However, the books get more violent as they go culminating in some fairly disturbing scenes in the third book as mentioned above. So for now, if you are worried about it, I'd just let her read the first and see the movie, and make her wait to continue on with the story. Even if you let her read them all, I'm sure she won't be overly scarred. As the poster above pointed out, most of us watched worse at that age (i.e. for me it was horror flicks like Friday the 13th, Halloween, etc.).

None of them scarred me...well except the original Poltergeist, damn that one got to me in a bad way! Still hate clowns and tree branches outside my windows! I guess the supernatural freaked me out more than just straight violence.

RockChalk
03-22-2012, 09:23 AM
Eager audience, but there were instances of cheering/clapping during the movie which is unusual.

Very awkward. First movie I ever witnessed this in was Independence Day

I shit you not, 2/3 of the crowd gave the movie a standing ovation. It's as if they expected to walk outside and see downed aliens/ships all over the ground. WE WON! WE DEFEATED THE ALIENS!

keg in kc
03-22-2012, 09:24 AM
Independence Day was pretty awesome right when it came out. It was only later when we stopped and thought about it did it start to become less awesome.

oldandslow
03-22-2012, 09:26 AM
Independence Day was pretty awesome right when it came out. It was only later when we stopped and thought about it did it start to become less awesome.

Will Smith punching the alien will always be kinda cool tho.

RockChalk
03-22-2012, 09:32 AM
Independence Day was pretty awesome right when it came out. It was only later when we stopped and thought about it did it start to become less awesome.

I'm not saying I didn't like the movie. Heck, if it's on TV, I'll still get wrapped into it.

What I am saying is that these people in the theater (Glenwood 4 off of Metcalf - RIP) thought they were witnessing the real thing. They cheered as if they believed Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman really saved the world.

http://photos.cinematreasures.org/production/photos/6264/1308624827/large.jpg?1308624827

KevB
03-22-2012, 10:26 AM
I think the first book is fine for a 12 year old, and the movie should be as well. There is violence and death, but there's no sex, and the violence is not overly gory in the first book and shouldn't be in the movie (though it is certainly sad).

However, the books get more violent as they go culminating in some fairly disturbing scenes in the third book as mentioned above. So for now, if you are worried about it, I'd just let her read the first and see the movie, and make her wait to continue on with the story. Even if you let her read them all, I'm sure she won't be overly scarred. As the poster above pointed out, most of us watched worse at that age (i.e. for me it was horror flicks like Friday the 13th, Halloween, etc.).

The post Icarus posted by me was several months old. It's water under the bridge at this point, as my daughter is almost through all three books and we saw the movie last night.

She's really grown up in the last 6 months, so I let her read them. Odd how quickly she's transformed from little kid to thoughtful young adult. She and I have had several conversations about the content of the first book and now the movie.

In terms of the cheering, the scene that caused the cheers was especially odd/awkward IMO. Without giving much away, let's just say it was a scene when Katniss was in serious peril, got some help and there was a death. Crowd cheered for demise of the "bad guy" in this scene, but in this case the bad guy was just a pawn. Struck me that people watching weren't really considering what just happened....I mean, really happened. It was actually a sad commentary to be honest. I almost felt like I was in the Capitol crowd.

Hawk
03-22-2012, 10:43 AM
That is kind of ironic, but people love a good death. My wife and I have been watching the Spartacus series, and every time they show the crowds in the gladiator arena, she just cringes and murmurs in disbelief. You wonder what those crowds were really like back in Roman times because the depiction of them in Spartacus and their reaction to the deaths in the arena are pretty wild.

Buehler445
03-22-2012, 11:03 AM
I know nothing about this series. Is it a kids movie? Or something an adult would enjoy.

Great Expectations
03-22-2012, 11:12 AM
I know nothing about this series. Is it a kids movie? Or something an adult would enjoy.

I was wondering the same thing, I thought it was another twilight type series.

patteeu
03-22-2012, 11:22 AM
I know nothing about this series. Is it a kids movie? Or something an adult would enjoy.

My take on the target audience is teen girls and women, but it's got considerable action including some significant violence in addition to the romance so it's not something that would completely turn guys off. The story includes children killing other children gladiator-style so it's probably not particularly good for young kids.

Hawk
03-22-2012, 11:30 AM
Nearly all the adults I know who have read these books have enjoyed them to some degree. I enjoyed them, they are entertaining and not overly long so they are quick reads. Not really kids movie so much as teen movie.

kaplin42
03-22-2012, 12:11 PM
Nearly all the adults I know who have read these books have enjoyed them to some degree. I enjoyed them, they are entertaining and not overly long so they are quick reads. Not really kids movie so much as teen movie.

Don't know anything more about this book than what I have read here. It seems, at first glimpse, Lord of the Flies on crack, but I could and probably am most definately wrong.

I will see the movie though, because, well, Jennifer Lawrence is hawt.

Deberg_1990
03-22-2012, 12:24 PM
This really seems like and odd premise to be so popular amonst the young adult fiction crowd. A combonation of 70's dystopia sc-fi and the Japanese flick Battle Royale.

luv
03-22-2012, 12:28 PM
This really seems like and odd premise to be so popular amonst the young adult fiction crowd. A combonation of 70's dystopia sc-fi and the Japanese flick Battle Royale.

Have you read the books?

Deberg_1990
03-22-2012, 12:33 PM
Have you read the books?

No, not at all. But just on the surface from the previews and trailers its alot deeper than the typical Twilight audience would go for. Like i mentioned, its a mashup of 70s sci-fi and Battle Royale.

KevB
03-22-2012, 12:41 PM
No, not at all. But just on the surface from the previews and trailers its alot deeper than the typical Twilight audience would go for. Like i mentioned, its a mashup of 70s sci-fi and Battle Royale.

Definitely a little bit "deeper" content than Twilight. Politics, freedom, elitism, etc. are all topics that come up when talking to my daughter about this book/movie. I'm not suggesting the book is the end all/be all on those topics by any means, but for a tween/teen it starts to introduce these things.

NewChief
03-22-2012, 03:23 PM
This really seems like and odd premise to be so popular amonst the young adult fiction crowd. A combonation of 70's dystopia sc-fi and the Japanese flick Battle Royale.

Dystopian is the new vampire.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/03/06/148042865/spurred-by-success-publishers-look-for-the-next-hunger-games

JD10367
03-22-2012, 04:30 PM
No, not at all. But just on the surface from the previews and trailers its alot deeper than the typical Twilight audience would go for. Like i mentioned, its a mashup of 70s sci-fi and Battle Royale.

Someone else I know mentioned Battle Royale. You could also mention Logan's Run, The Running Man, The Long Walk, etc.,.

All I know is, this movie has gained in popularity as release date approached. We started with a midnight Imax show and a midnight show on the regular-theater side. We added a 2nd midnight. We added a 3rd midnight. They're all sold out and today we added a 4th midnight. I'm sure the film will die down significantly in popularity but, just based on the opening weekend, it should turn a healthy profit.

Deberg_1990
03-22-2012, 04:33 PM
Someone else I know mentioned Battle Royale. You could also mention Logan's Run, The Running Man, The Long Walk, etc.,.



yea, thats what i said earlier....mashup of 70s Sci-Fi Dystopia (Soylent Green, Logans Run, Clockwork Orange, etc..) and Battle Royale. Very odd subject matter for young adult fiction. Not something girls would normally be attracted to.

KurtCobain
03-22-2012, 05:17 PM
All I know is I am stoked.

NewChief
03-22-2012, 05:20 PM
And there are a ton of fantastic YA dystopian novels (it was my pet genre for a while). The Uglies series by Westerfeld will likely be a movie soon. Shipbreaker is really good. Unwind by Westerfeld is awesome. Little Brother by Doctorow is amazing though it's near future dystopian.

1moreTRich
03-22-2012, 05:27 PM
yea, thats what i said earlier....mashup of 70s Sci-Fi Dystopia (Soylent Green, Logans Run, Clockwork Orange, etc..) and Battle Royale. Very odd subject matter for young adult fiction. Not something girls would normally be attracted to.

I have to think that the main draw to these girls is the strong female lead along with the love story. That is what draws them in and they stay for the ride that Katniss goes on.

NewChief
03-22-2012, 05:30 PM
I have to think that the main draw to these girls is the strong female lead along with the love story. That is what draws them in and they stay for the ride that Katniss goes on.

It all starts with teachers though. Schools across the country are pushing these "social" novels as a way to get kids to read and compete with the diverse media clamping for their attention. I'm torn. On one hand I love that kids are reading. Unfortunately it doesn't really translate to tolerance for or enjoyment of more complex works.

1moreTRich
03-22-2012, 05:35 PM
It all starts with teachers though. Schools across the country are pushing these "social" novels as a way to get kids to read and compete with the diverse media clamping for their attention. I'm torn. On one hand I love that kids are reading. Unfortunately it doesn't really translate to tolerance for or enjoyment of more complex works.

Very true, my husband is a middle school language arts teacher and he went and bought a couple extra copies because of the demand. I wouldn't say he was pushing them, but at this point it's a word of mouth thing. I heard a story on NPR today about a school having their own hunger games, without all the killing of course. : ).

1moreTRich
03-22-2012, 05:37 PM
And there are a ton of fantastic YA dystopian novels (it was my pet genre for a while). The Uglies series by Westerfeld will likely be a movie soon. Shipbreaker is really good. Unwind by Westerfeld is awesome. Little Brother by Doctorow is amazing though it's near future dystopian.

Thanks for the recommendations. I am on a bit of dystopian kick myself, not YA right now, but could go that direction. I'm reading Swastika Nights at the moment. Quite disturbing.

NewChief
03-22-2012, 05:43 PM
Very true, my husband is a middle school language arts teacher and he went and bought a couple extra copies because of the demand. I wouldn't say he was pushing them, but at this point it's a word of mouth thing. I heard a story on NPR today about a school having their own hunger games, without all the killing of course. : ).

I'm secondary ELA. I feel like the Common Core is about to smack our kids in the face with the rigor of texts it requires.

1moreTRich
03-22-2012, 05:58 PM
I'm secondary ELA. I feel like the Common Core is about to smack our kids in the face with the rigor of texts it requires.

I haven't heard too much about what is going to be required with it. I know Kansas adopted it, but I don't know when it actually goes into effect? Right now they are using America's Choice for their curriculum guides, if it's anything tougher than that, his kids are in trouble too. He is in a Title IX school with 98% on free and reduced.

Valiant
03-22-2012, 07:44 PM
It's much more tame than the premise might suggest. No issues with sex or language that I can remember at all. Obviously, there's some violence, but it didn't seem particularly graphic or scary to me. I wouldn't have had a problem with my girls reading it when they were 12. I suspect that there are far worse books in their middle school library or the young adult fiction section of the local library.

So it rips off Battle Royale but leaves out the gore??

If anyone wants to see it how it should be netflix battle Royale on netflix, the sequel sucks though.. And you have to watch it subtitled..

NewChief
03-22-2012, 07:46 PM
So it rips off Battle Royale but leaves out the gore??

If anyone wants to see it how it should be netflix battle Royale on netflix, the sequel sucks though.. And you have to watch it subtitled..

Author, fwiw, claims she knew nothing of BR when she wrote book.

Valiant
03-22-2012, 07:48 PM
Someone else I know mentioned Battle Royale. You could also mention Logan's Run, The Running Man, The Long Walk, etc.,.

All I know is, this movie has gained in popularity as release date approached. We started with a midnight Imax show and a midnight show on the regular-theater side. We added a 2nd midnight. We added a 3rd midnight. They're all sold out and today we added a 4th midnight. I'm sure the film will die down significantly in popularity but, just based on the opening weekend, it should turn a healthy profit.

Whereas those other movies are similar, Hunger Games is damn near and exact copy of Battle Royale though..

This movie is geared more towards girls, Royale is for the guys, think of it as a Tarantino movie..

jiveturkey
03-22-2012, 08:40 PM
I saw it an a preview event this evening and I also read the books about a year and a half back.

It felt flat and rushed. I know that they're trying to cram a lot into 2 hours and it's never the same as the book, which makes it OK to skip a lot of things but the parts that they kept still felt rushed.

As best I can remember they stayed true to the book, which is rare.

The special effects were really terrible in a few spots.

For someone who hasn't read the books there will be no expectation for a 2nd or 3rd movie. It just kind of ends. One of my friends after the movie who hasn't read it just said "that's it?".

Buck
03-22-2012, 08:45 PM
Whereas those other movies are similar, Hunger Games is damn near and exact copy of Battle Royale though..

This movie is geared more towards girls, Royale is for the guys, think of it as a Tarantino movie..

I'm not debating this, but how do you know? Is the movie already out? I haven't been paying attention to movie releases lately.

Valiant
03-22-2012, 08:53 PM
I'm not debating this, but how do you know? Is the movie already out? I haven't been paying attention to movie releases lately.

The reviews of moms and teenage girls from what I have read.. There is violence, but not the main focus.. They said it is decent, but their target audience is women it seemed..

Valiant
03-22-2012, 08:55 PM
For you Buck.. ;)
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Buck
03-22-2012, 08:59 PM
Oh. I had no idea this was a girls book / movie.

I knew the main character was a girl, but that was it.

NewChief
03-22-2012, 09:01 PM
Oh. I had no idea this was a girls book / movie.

I knew the main character was a girl, but that was it.

It's not a girls book. There re just a lot of teenage girls who like it.

Deberg_1990
03-22-2012, 09:04 PM
I have to admit, Jennifer Lawrence is smokin. Love that she's not rail thin too. Prefer her as a blonde though.

KcMizzou
03-22-2012, 09:42 PM
I have to admit, Jennifer Lawrence is smokin. Love that she's not rail thin too. Prefer her as a blonde though.She a hell of an actress. (Winter's Bone)

Fairplay
03-22-2012, 10:24 PM
I have to admit, Jennifer Lawrence is smokin. Love that she's not rail thin too. Prefer her as a blonde though.



She is perfect for the part. Thin and not overly attractive and she can act.
Woody Harrelson is great casting as well. I seen an interview where he let
it slip that he signed on for 3 more movies.

I'm thinking this movie will box office around 70 million first weekend.

KevB
03-22-2012, 10:48 PM
She a hell of an actress. (Winter's Bone)

She was really good in this. There are a lot of quiet parts where her acting is just her facial expressions. She handles it well. The thoughts of Katniss that are able to be expressed in words in the book are pretty well reflected in Lawrence's acting IMO. She is a really nice casting decision.

Sure-Oz
03-22-2012, 11:28 PM
She a hell of an actress. (Winter's Bone)

XMEN:First Class

Deberg_1990
03-23-2012, 03:52 AM
XMEN:First Class

The Bill Engvall Show

luv
03-23-2012, 07:16 AM
Going to see this tonight on IMAX, and I cannot wait! Yes, the romance aspect of it draws you in somewhat at first. I also think it's partly the fact that she has basically taken on the role of taking care of her mother and little sister in hard times. It's not just the romance aspect, it's the fact that she's a strong young lady with a good head on her shoulders.

1moreTRich
03-23-2012, 07:48 AM
She is perfect for the part. Thin and not overly attractive and she can act.
Woody Harrelson is great casting as well. I seen an interview where he let
it slip that he signed on for 3 more movies.

I'm thinking this movie will box office around 70 million first weekend.

It will hit at least a 100M, but think it will be much higher than that, prob in the 120M-140M range. Kids on spring break will be going all day on Friday, not to mention the Midnight shows last night were completely booked. They had 1 million presale tickets for today's shows. Theater's are adding shows as fast as they can. It's going to be huge.

patteeu
03-23-2012, 09:04 AM
I'm not debating this, but how do you know? Is the movie already out? I haven't been paying attention to movie releases lately.

The book is geared toward girls (girl protagonist, romance is a key component) so the movie probably will be too.

patteeu
03-23-2012, 09:07 AM
It's not a girls book. There re just a lot of teenage girls who like it.

What is a girls book if it's not one that's more attractive to girls than guys?

jiveturkey
03-23-2012, 09:17 AM
What is a girls book if it's not one that's more attractive to girls than guys?This is an interesting question.

Is there such a thing as a girl book or a guy book? There are certainly genres that fit this mold... Romance novels vs war stories.

Would it be based off of who winds up liking it more? What if it's a brutal war book that more girls wind up liking (not likely)?

When I read the Hunger Games I didn't think it was a girl book but later I found out that I was told that it was a young adult book and now I'm seeing all of the screaming idiot teenage girls on TV and I'm wondering what I got myself into.

Frazod
03-23-2012, 09:49 AM
Seems like I already saw this when it was called Running Man.

patteeu
03-23-2012, 10:00 AM
This is an interesting question.

Is there such a thing as a girl book or a guy book? There are certainly genres that fit this mold... Romance novels vs war stories.

Would it be based off of who winds up liking it more? What if it's a brutal war book that more girls wind up liking (not likely)?

When I read the Hunger Games I didn't think it was a girl book but later I found out that I was told that it was a young adult book and now I'm seeing all of the screaming idiot teenage girls on TV and I'm wondering what I got myself into.

LOL. The book was kind of meh to me, but good enough to keep reading. I happened to be reading it when I went into the hospital for a minor surgery and 3 different female nurses noticed and gushed about how much they loved the book. After surgery, I had some physical therapy and two of the female therapists also gushed about the book. Those were my first hints that women seemed to be getting more out of the book than I was.

Fairplay
03-23-2012, 10:02 AM
Seems like I already saw this when it was called Running Man.



If you put Arnold in a wig and a dress the movies would be identical.

luv
03-23-2012, 10:04 AM
I love how everyone is comparing this movie to others whenever they haven't seen it (and in some cases have not read the books).

Fairplay
03-23-2012, 10:08 AM
I love how everyone is comparing this movie to others whenever they haven't seen it (and in some cases have not read the books).



I was just teasing in that last comment luv.

I read the book and liked it, good story. Looking forward to seeing the
movie.

Frazod
03-23-2012, 11:03 AM
I love how everyone is comparing this movie to others whenever they haven't seen it (and in some cases have not read the books).

Let's see - futuristic drama set in a totalitarian state about contestants in a to-the-death competition put forth as bread-and-circuses entertainment for the poor huddled masses?

Been there, done that.

Chiefnj2
03-23-2012, 11:06 AM
Let's see - futuristic drama set in a totalitarian state about contestants in a to-the-death competition put forth as bread-and-circuses entertainment for the poor huddled masses?

Been there, done that.

Actually its contestants in a to-the-death competition for entertainment for the wealthy privileged capitol. The poor huddled masses revolt against the Hunger Games.

1moreTRich
03-23-2012, 11:33 AM
LOL. The book was kind of meh to me, but good enough to keep reading. I happened to be reading it when I went into the hospital for a minor surgery and 3 different female nurses noticed and gushed about how much they loved the book. After surgery, I had some physical therapy and two of the female therapists also gushed about the book. Those were my first hints that women seemed to be getting more out of the book than I was.

I enjoyed the books for the most part. My husband liked them as well, but not near the level as many others. He cited the main cause being that he found Katniss to be whiny and indecisive throughout the books and it pretty much annoyed him to no end. I, myself, did not really find it that bothersome. Did you have a similar feeling? I'm curious if that is a common difference between the males and females reading the book.

Chiefnj2
03-23-2012, 11:40 AM
I enjoyed the books for the most part. My husband liked them as well, but not near the level as many others. He cited the main cause being that he found Katniss to be whiny and indecisive throughout the books and it pretty much annoyed him to no end. I, myself, did not really find it that bothersome. Did you have a similar feeling? I'm curious if that is a common difference between the males and females reading the book.

I did not find her whiny or indecisive. She is naive. All she really wanted was to take care of her little sister and mom and be left alone.

patteeu
03-23-2012, 11:58 AM
I enjoyed the books for the most part. My husband liked them as well, but not near the level as many others. He cited the main cause being that he found Katniss to be whiny and indecisive throughout the books and it pretty much annoyed him to no end. I, myself, did not really find it that bothersome. Did you have a similar feeling? I'm curious if that is a common difference between the males and females reading the book.

I didn't care for the Peeta/Katnis/Gale romantic triangle and all the time spent examining Katnis' thoughts about it. I think the whininess and indecisiveness has to do with her confused feelings about the two guys.

Hawk
03-23-2012, 12:06 PM
I'd be willing to bet your husband didn't read the Twilight books. I found Bella to be an incredibly whiny and annoying character, ugh, so I guess Katniss seemed okay in comparison and I don't remember really thinking that about her too often when I read the hunger game books. Sometimes, sure, but not in a way that caused me not to enjoy the books. I guess Katniss' pretty frickin horrible situation throughout, she didn't seem too overly whiny about it to me.

patteeu
03-23-2012, 12:10 PM
I'd be willing to bet your husband didn't read the Twilight books. I found Bella to be an incredibly whiny and annoying character, ugh, so I guess Katniss seemed okay in comparison and I don't remember really thinking that about her too often when I read the hunger game books. Sometimes, sure, but not in a way that caused me not to enjoy the books. I guess Katniss' pretty frickin horrible situation throughout, she didn't seem too overly whiny about it to me.

Yeah, I probably wouldn't have thought of "whiny" as a reason I was ambivalent about the books. I just thought the action and suspense was kind of boring and the romance aspect didn't do anything for me.

1moreTRich
03-23-2012, 12:13 PM
I didn't care for the Peeta/Katnis/Gale romantic triangle and all the time spent examining Katnis' thoughts about it. I think the whininess and indecisiveness has to do with her confused feelings about the two guys.

That seems pretty right on with what he was saying. Thanks fellas.

jiveturkey
03-23-2012, 12:19 PM
That seems pretty right on with what he was saying. Thanks fellas.

I'm with patteeu regarding the love triangle but I liked the action.

Chiefnj2
03-23-2012, 12:32 PM
I didn't care for the Peeta/Katnis/Gale romantic triangle and all the time spent examining Katnis' thoughts about it. I think the whininess and indecisiveness has to do with her confused feelings about the two guys.

Didn't the triangle really evolve in the 2nd and 3rd books?

Hawk
03-23-2012, 12:33 PM
Really, it's a pretty good approach if you think about it. Include a love story to draw in the chicks, but not so much that it overshadows the action and killing so you still draw in the guys. No wonder it is such a hit.

1moreTRich
03-23-2012, 01:08 PM
Didn't the triangle really evolve in the 2nd and 3rd books?

Sure, the first one was mostly is she just faking or does she really. Some of my feelings about the relationship throughout the books:

Even in the end to me it still feels like she never really chooses one or the other, it was basically chosen for her and she didn't care. I understand the author's intent to show how devastating war is, but I was upset with the ending and epilogue. Katniss never seems to get any redemption or peace.

Chiefnj2
03-23-2012, 02:45 PM
She is perfect for the part. Thin and not overly attractive and she can act.
Woody Harrelson is great casting as well. I seen an interview where he let
it slip that he signed on for 3 more movies.

I'm thinking this movie will box office around 70 million first weekend.

My guess is around 120 million.

listopencil
03-23-2012, 03:39 PM
I took the kids to see Secret Of Arietty last night and there were some goobers already in line for the Midnight showing of this. Three middle aged moms and ten girls apparently aged ten to fifteen. On a Thursday night. And the chances of that theater being sold out at show time are about zero.

QuikSsurfer
03-23-2012, 03:56 PM
My lady friend is all over this series.. I've only seen a trailer for it but it seems awfully similar to the Japanese book turned movie "Battle Royale"
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTj_9tDDj2kRWgg6SvWOyWQyBm2jkUOg9slFp51c-7j0_c_XcKfBs8nattE
I own both the book and the movie and there were talks of a US re-make but doesn't look like that would happen now.

Either way, I'll be seeing this tonight.

Valiant
03-23-2012, 05:55 PM
My lady friend is all over this series.. I've only seen a trailer for it but it seems awfully similar to the Japanese book turned movie "Battle Royale"
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTj_9tDDj2kRWgg6SvWOyWQyBm2jkUOg9slFp51c-7j0_c_XcKfBs8nattE
I own both the book and the movie and there were talks of a US re-make but doesn't look like that would happen now.

Either way, I'll be seeing this tonight.

Yeah looked this up on netflix, watched it in 06.. I might have to rent it again..

Ben N 58men
03-23-2012, 08:56 PM
Watching it tonight. Read the first two books haven't had time for the third one.

luv
03-24-2012, 12:04 AM
Enjoyed the movie. There were, of course, a few characters from the book left out, but they fit most everything rather nicely. Some of the back story that couldn't be described like it was in the book was done through showing certain memories. Overall, I was very pleased with how the movie followed the book.

ChiefFripp
03-24-2012, 12:39 AM
Great movie.

1moreTRich
03-24-2012, 07:06 AM
Great movie.

Going to see it today. So pumped!

kaplin42
03-24-2012, 11:21 AM
Took the wife last night. Neither of us knew jack about the books other than what I have read here. The movie was very enjoyable and fun to watch. And, as previously noted. J. Lawrence is HAWT.

Bowser
03-24-2012, 12:17 PM
My daughter went to see it last night. She said it was underwhelming, and she is a huge fan of the books.

ChiefFripp
03-24-2012, 12:47 PM
My daughter went to see it last night. She said it was underwhelming, and she is a huge fan of the books.

That's probably why it was underwhelming. I think Shawshank Redemption is the only movie I've seen that lived up to the original written story. The Road came close.

petegz28
03-24-2012, 10:49 PM
Just got back from the movie. Very good. Not much left out from the book.

petegz28
03-24-2012, 10:51 PM
My daughter went to see it last night. She said it was underwhelming, and she is a huge fan of the books.

I loved the books. I didn't think the movie was disappointing at all. Sure there are parts left out but for the most part they stayed true to the books. Even parts I didn't expect.

DaFace
03-24-2012, 10:52 PM
The wife dragged me along to this last night. Overall, I thought it was mildly interesting, but it dragged on FOREVER towards the end, and I just couldn't get over the overall premise. I'm sure the books are great, but in movie form, it was pretty bland.

jspchief
03-25-2012, 05:49 AM
I just can't get into media with female protagonists, whether it be books, tv, whatever. I suppose that's some kind of indication that I'm a male chauvinist.

Maybe its at least partly because in real life, these type of women are more likely to be dikes that resemble Patton Oswalt than sexpots like Jennifer Lawrence.

Deberg_1990
03-25-2012, 08:30 AM
I just can't get into media with female protagonists, whether it be books, tv, whatever. I suppose that's some kind of indication that I'm a male chauvinist.

Maybe its at least partly because in real life, these type of women are more likely to be dikes that resemble Patton Oswalt than sexpots like Jennifer Lawrence.

Didn't like the Alien series then? There have been lots of strong heroines in movies.

KurtCobain
03-25-2012, 10:20 AM
I loved the books. I didn't think the movie was disappointing at all. Sure there are parts left out but for the most part they stayed true to the books. Even parts I didn't expect.

Fucking this! They started very true. I just can't get over the exclusion of Madge. I mean, that's who started the whole fucking mockingjay thing! And I was really ready to see haymitch fall of the reaping stage, and they left him out of that part! You don't get the hate for him in the beginning in the movie like you do in the book.

Pablo
03-25-2012, 10:29 AM
I haven't read the books. Probably never will. I enjoyed the movie for what it was. It was engaging with some emotional scenes and an easy to follow, interesting story-line. I don't think it quite lived up to the hype; but I wouldn't discourage anyone from going to see it.

It's a pretty good film.

DBOSHO
03-25-2012, 10:46 AM
I really liked it

and jennifer lawrence is stunning.

QuikSsurfer
03-25-2012, 10:50 AM
Saw this last night and I agree even more with my initial comment about similarities between it and Battle Royale.
Overall I was pretty underwhelmed.. It was interesting but really drug on towards the end. I doubt I'll see the others as my lady friend, who is obsessed with the book, also came away disappointed.

alnorth
03-26-2012, 12:53 AM
I just can't get into media with female protagonists, whether it be books, tv, whatever. I suppose that's some kind of indication that I'm a male chauvinist.

Maybe its at least partly because in real life, these type of women are more likely to be dikes that resemble Patton Oswalt than sexpots like Jennifer Lawrence.

Well, except in this movie the lead didn't act like some solid, strong, male-like character.

alnorth
03-26-2012, 12:55 AM
My guess is around 120 million.

Looks like its going to end up at 155 million US, 214 worldwide.

Munson
03-26-2012, 03:28 PM
I read the book a couple days ago just to see what all the hype was about, and decided to go see it today.

Obviously, there are more detailed parts in the book that were left out for the movie. But I thought that Jennifer Lawrence played the part pretty well. And by the way, she is smoking hot!PBJ

It's a 2 1/2 hour movie, but it didn't seem like it to me. Overall, I'd say its worth seeing.

DaFace
03-26-2012, 04:02 PM
I went to see it with my wife on Friday. She's a huge fan of the books, though I'd never read any of them. I think the books must've added a lot of detail (obviously) that wasn't in the movie, because she thought it was awesome and I thought it was fairly "meh."

It was well-done for sure, but I had trouble buying into the overall premise in the first place, which was a lot of the issue. Apparently it's explained much better in the books. Also, my perception was that, while the whole drama of the Games was certainly compelling, it was just another year where a bunch of kids die. Apparently Katniss's actions were more significant to society as a whole, which I didn't really get.

Anyway, it's not a bad flick, but I think I'll read the books before I watch it again.

luv
03-26-2012, 04:23 PM
I went to see it with my wife on Friday. She's a huge fan of the books, though I'd never read any of them. I think the books must've added a lot of detail (obviously) that wasn't in the movie, because she thought it was awesome and I thought it was fairly "meh."

It was well-done for sure, but I had trouble buying into the overall premise in the first place, which was a lot of the issue. Apparently it's explained much better in the books. Also, my perception was that, while the whole drama of the Games was certainly compelling, it was just another year where a bunch of kids die. Apparently Katniss's actions were more significant to society as a whole, which I didn't really get.

Anyway, it's not a bad flick, but I think I'll read the books before I watch it again.

The books definitely go into a lot more detail on the political aspect, and it also gets much further into it in the second book. IMO, each book got progressively better, so I'm looking forward to what they do with the next movie. The parts with the president tried to give you an idea, as well as Haymitch telling Katniss how serious it was and how she had to make the love story between her and Peta (sp?) believable.

I'm with Joey in that they made Haymitch much more likable in the movie.

Shag
03-26-2012, 05:10 PM
The books definitely go into a lot more detail on the political aspect, and it also gets much further into it in the second book. IMO, each book got progressively better, so I'm looking forward to what they do with the next movie. The parts with the president tried to give you an idea, as well as Haymitch telling Katniss how serious it was and how she had to make the love story between her and Peta (sp?) believable.

I'm with Joey in that they made Haymitch much more likable in the movie.

You really thought the books got better? What about the rest of you who have read the books?

I thought the first book was far and away the best, and the last two were big steps down...

1moreTRich
03-26-2012, 05:52 PM
You really thought the books got better? What about the rest of you who have read the books?

I thought the first book was far and away the best, and the last two were big steps down...

The first one was my favorite as well, but I enjoyed them all except for some of the third (especially disliked the epilogue).

I was really upset that they didn't bring up the fact that Gayle was the one who was the master trap maker. That seems like such a big foreshadow for the series. To leave it out entirely just doesn't seem right.

KurtCobain
03-26-2012, 06:17 PM
Rue should've gotten her bread, too.

luv
03-26-2012, 06:29 PM
You really thought the books got better? What about the rest of you who have read the books?

I thought the first book was far and away the best, and the last two were big steps down...

Second book was my favorite.

KurtCobain
03-26-2012, 07:30 PM
Second book was my favorite.

Me too.

The third book was good, until the death of finnick. That was wrong. And everybody else, Prim, too. But you just knew this crazy bitch was gonna kill off Prim, or atleast I had that feeling from the first book. Is it bad that I think it's fitting and cool that Gale's bomb killed her?

NewChief
03-26-2012, 07:46 PM
This is some crazy shit:

http://jezebel.com/5896408/racist-hunger-games-fans-dont-care-how-much-money-the-movie-made

mnchiefsguy
03-26-2012, 07:53 PM
Kurt, you might want to spoiler your last post.

jiveturkey
03-26-2012, 09:01 PM
This is some crazy shit:

http://jezebel.com/5896408/racist-hunger-games-fans-dont-care-how-much-money-the-movie-made
Wow!

I totally pictured Rue and Thresh being black. I'm not sure what I picture Cinna being but it didn't matter either way.

Jennifer Lawrence pulled off the part of Catnis just fine but I pictured someone smaller and with a middle eastern or even latino look.

patteeu
03-26-2012, 09:47 PM
This is some crazy shit:

http://jezebel.com/5896408/racist-hunger-games-fans-dont-care-how-much-money-the-movie-made

I thought the Cinnas character was pretty ideal and the guy reminded me of a gay Lenny Kravitz. I didn't realize it really was Lenny Kravitz until now.

The Dawg
03-26-2012, 09:53 PM
I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. Looking forward to see the next 2.

rocknrolla
03-26-2012, 10:06 PM
I know nothing of the books and never heard of it. But maybe it's my age. The trailer I have seen makes no sense to me.
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JD10367
05-01-2012, 02:23 PM
Finally got around to seeing this film this afternoon. It was good, but not great. Seems like it tried to do a bit too much. First half was a bit long, second half was a bit short, didn't come to any real conclusions either politically or personally for the characters. But it was well-done (although I'm not a fan of the shaky camera work). And Jennifer Lawrence is stunning. (Although probably too fat for Omaha.)

Fried Meat Ball!
05-01-2012, 02:35 PM
I thought the Cinnas character was pretty ideal and the guy reminded me of a gay Lenny Kravitz. I didn't realize it really was Lenny Kravitz until now.

I went through the whole movie thinking, "My gosh, that man looks exactly like Lenny Kravitz." As we were walking out, I glanced up at the credits just as Kravitz's name came up. Surprised the hell out of me.

jjjayb
05-01-2012, 03:02 PM
That's probably why it was underwhelming. I think Shawshank Redemption is the only movie I've seen that lived up to the original written story. The Road came close.

I'll add another Stephen King movie: The Green Mile.

Deberg_1990
08-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Finally got around to seeing this film this afternoon. It was good, but not great. Seems like it tried to do a bit too much. First half was a bit long, second half was a bit short, didn't come to any real conclusions either politically or personally for the characters. But it was well-done (although I'm not a fan of the shaky camera work). And Jennifer Lawrence is stunning. (Although probably too fat for Omaha.)

So I watched this with my daughter today. It was ok. Certainly better than I expected. It reminded me a lot of 70s scifi like Logan's Run and Soylent Green. Just the style and feel of it.

I think my favorite parts about it were Woody Harelson and Lenny Kravitzs characters. They were both basically mentors for Katniss. Hopefully they expand on those characters because they were great.

Hated the shaky cam work. WTF? Maybe they were trying to disguise the violence to get a PG13?

I'm still amazed that a book series and movie about kids trying to kill each other became this huge pop culture event. Heh.

Bump
08-19-2012, 02:53 PM
I'll add another Stephen King movie: The Green Mile.

I'll add another, No Country for Old Men

Buehler445
08-20-2012, 03:13 PM
So I watched this with my daughter today. It was ok. Certainly better than I expected. It reminded me a lot of 70s scifi like Logan's Run and Soylent Green. Just the style and feel of it.

I think my favorite parts about it were Woody Harelson and Lenny Kravitzs characters. They were both basically mentors for Katniss. Hopefully they expand on those characters because they were great.

Hated the shaky cam work. WTF? Maybe they were trying to disguise the violence to get a PG13?

I'm still amazed that a book series and movie about kids trying to kill each other became this huge pop culture event. Heh.

Geh. My wife made me watch this after she read the books. You could tell it was made for teeny boppers. For as vicious and violent as the event would have to be, there wasn't much violence. At all.

probably not a spoiler, but I wouldn't want to wound any vaginas. And FFS, if she could shoot a goddamned bow, she should have set in the trees and picked fuckers off. She killed precisely nobody from a elevated or camouflaged position.

And creating the dogs and fire out of thin air? Come on. That's just hilariously terrible.

Harrelson is always typecast, but he does it so damn well it is hilarious.

Overall, the story is just not very believable, the action was meh, and there were several parts of the movie that were part of the books but were WTF moments without that explanation are just out of place.

Jennifer Lawrence is epic hot and played the part well. The other kid, Peter, I think did OK. The rest were meh.

It was just overall a bad movie. But it was better than I was expecting.

ragedogg69
08-20-2012, 03:34 PM
Not sure if this has been posted yet but it is very relevant to my thoughts on this over hyped movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hp_xsUg9ws&feature=player_embedded

ThaVirus
08-20-2012, 08:28 PM
It was ok. I was surprised at the violence as well.

When the games first began and they were offing eachother immediately, I was like "Holy shit!!!!11one!1". Killing off little kids and shit; that was kind of cool. But then it was really kinda gay and didn't make sense. The whole alliance things and "I'll let you live just this once, 12. For Rue!". Get the **** outta here! You guys do realize you're going to have to kill each other at some point, right? Your life is at stake here; this isn't Big Brother! Turn your back or trust the wrong person and you're ****ed. Stupid.

Cool concept but made less cool by PG-13 rating and target audience.

WoodDraw
08-20-2012, 08:34 PM
I thought they fucked up most of the good parts from the books. It was a really poor adaptation.

NewChief
08-20-2012, 08:37 PM
Not sure if this has been posted yet but it is very relevant to my thoughts on this over hyped movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hp_xsUg9ws&feature=player_embedded

Haha. I totally agree, though I thought the book kind of sucked as well. There's better YA Dystopian fiction out there, imo.

NewChief
08-20-2012, 08:42 PM
Ready Player One
Little Brother
Unwind
The Shipbreaker

All kick the shit out of the Hunger Games.

I also prefer The Uglies series to the Hunger Games, because it at least made no pretenses about being written for chicks.

CHENZ A!
08-20-2012, 08:48 PM
Stop being a snob, man. :D

Hunger games was an easy, entertaining read.

NewChief
08-20-2012, 08:50 PM
Stop being a snob, man. :D

Hunger games was an easy, entertaining read.

I don't know... I immersed myself in YA literature of that sort for about 5 years, and the Hunger Games found me on the tail end of that kick. As such, I didn't really like it that much, but I wasn't liking a lot of YA that other people were loving around that time... so the problem is probably mine, not the books.

I mean, the Uglies series isn't really better, but I enjoyed it more. And the Hunger Games just felt derivative of it, even though they're very different. Probably because I read the Uglies about 4 years before the Hunger Games.

patteeu
08-20-2012, 08:57 PM
I don't know... I immersed myself in YA literature of that sort for about 5 years, and the Hunger Games found me on the tail end of that kick. As such, I didn't really like it that much, but I wasn't liking a lot of YA that other people were loving around that time... so the problem is probably mine, not the books.

I mean, the Uglies series isn't really better, but I enjoyed it more. And the Hunger Games just felt derivative of it, even though they're very different. Probably because I read the Uglies about 4 years before the Hunger Games.

Nah, you're right. It wasn't nearly as good as it was hyped to be. At least not for guys.

Deberg_1990
08-20-2012, 10:09 PM
For as vicious and violent as the event would have to be, there wasn't much violence. At all.



Im sure its a very fine line the filmakers want to walk. Honestly, this material truly deserves a violent and gritty take. But they have no interest in that. Its a movie designed to pull in the 10-20 year old crowd with a PG13 rating which = more $$$$$$. No way they go with hard R rated take.

mnchiefsguy
08-20-2012, 10:16 PM
Im sure its a very fine line the filmakers want to walk. Honestly, this material truly deserves a violent and gritty take. But they have no interest in that. Its a movie designed to pull in the 10-20 year old crowd with a PG13 rating which = more $$$$$$. No way they go with hard R rated take.

I would agree with this. The books as well were also geared toward the same age group, and while the books might be considered more violent and gritty, the filmmakers have a tougher line to walk to maintain a PG-13 rating.

Deberg_1990
04-15-2013, 06:55 AM
Catching Fire teaser is out




<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jyPnQw_Lqds" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Lzen
04-15-2013, 08:54 AM
I hadn't heard of The Hunger Games until the movie came out last year. I really enjoyed it. Sure, there are things that I probably would have done differently if I had written it. Still, it was very enjoyable to me. Certainly a much more interesting and creative premise then another bank robbery/zombie/slasher/chick flick movie that Hollywood seems to make over and over.

After seeing the first movie, I decided to check out the book. I just recently finished up reading the series. It was pretty good. Not great, but good. I enjoyed them.

For fans of the books, here is something I found on Youtube that you might think is pretty cool.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7mUjssn86h4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Buck
04-15-2013, 08:43 PM
I just watched on Netflix.

So without giving too much away, do the next couple stories take place outside The Hunger Games?

Buck
04-15-2013, 08:51 PM
Catching Fire teaser is out




<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jyPnQw_Lqds" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Oh ok, disregard my last post. This is cool.

Glad they put The Hunger Games on Netflix, you usually don't get such big time movies on Netflix so soon after they are released.

I'll definitely catch the next one in theaters.

patteeu
04-15-2013, 09:10 PM
Oh ok, disregard my last post. This is cool.

Glad they put The Hunger Games on Netflix, you usually don't get such big time movies on Netflix so soon after they are released.

I'll definitely catch the next one in theaters.

That trailer doesn't really answer your question, I don't think.

Buck
04-15-2013, 09:11 PM
That trailer doesn't really answer your question, I don't think.

It seemed like it to me, unless in that trailer they totally misrepresented what is happening in the next movie. Didn't look like we're getting the 75th Hunger Games, but the story is still following Catness or whatever her name is.

Sorta like how The Matrix continued outside of The Matrix for Neo past the first movie.

Deberg_1990
04-15-2013, 09:43 PM
I just watched on Netflix.

So without giving too much away, do the next couple stories take place outside The Hunger Games?

Some of it takes place outside the games yes, but there are more games. The trailer doesnt even show much of the next games, if any footage at all?

patteeu
04-15-2013, 09:56 PM
Some of it takes place outside the games yes, but there are more games. The trailer doesnt even show much of the next games, if any footage at all?

Mild spoiler, I think.

WoodDraw
04-17-2013, 03:35 PM
Spoiler, but not too much (it's said in the trailer):

Pay attention to that last statement in the trailer. It basically describes the second movie.

Deberg_1990
07-20-2013, 07:46 PM
New trailer. This actually looks alot better than the first film. I like that they ditched the shaky cam BS.


<iframe width="624" height="351" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="http://movies.yahoo.com/video/hunger-games-catching-fire-trailer-021017530.html?format=embed&player_autoplay=false"></iframe>

notorious
07-21-2013, 02:50 PM
I watched the first one last night.


5.5/10

pr_capone
07-21-2013, 03:38 PM
I watched the first one last night.


5.5/10

I just got done watching the first one. Not to be contrarian but... 8.5/10. Trying to decide whether to read the next book or wait for the movie.

notorious
07-21-2013, 03:42 PM
I just got done watching the first one. Not to be contrarian but... 8.5/10. Trying to decide whether to read the next book or wait for the movie.

I love the concept, I just think they could have executed a little better.

sd4chiefs
12-02-2013, 09:03 AM
I finally caved in and went with my Wife (kicking and screaming) to see Hunger games 2 last night. It got a lot of good reviews but I just don't get it. I thought it was boring, stupid, and predictable. Yesterday was not a good day.

Sorter
12-02-2013, 06:04 PM
It was fine.


Certainly wasn't Thor: The Dark World though.

Gravedigger
12-02-2013, 06:06 PM
It was fine.


Certainly wasn't Thor: The Dark World though.

Nope it was better.

Sorter
12-02-2013, 06:11 PM
Nope it was better.

Disagree entirely.



I'm afraid I'm biased though.

Deberg_1990
12-02-2013, 06:26 PM
I haven't seen it yet but My daughter said it was great. I'll probably take her again this weekend to the IMAX version.

mnchiefsguy
12-02-2013, 06:58 PM
Disagree entirely.



I'm afraid I'm biased though.

I would agree. I thought Catching Fire was good, but the first one was better. (I thought the same thing about the books.) I enjoyed Thor:The Dark World more--

pr_capone
12-02-2013, 07:03 PM
I watched the new HG on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm gonna wait until I can watch Thor on Netflix or Epix because I thought that the first one sucked thunder cock and I'm not hopeful that this one will be any better.

Sorter
12-02-2013, 07:04 PM
I would agree. I thought Catching Fire was good, but the first one was better. (I thought the same thing about the books.) I enjoyed Thor:The Dark World more--

http://31.media.tumblr.com/10cbff83772edbd277a8830b42ee5e6f/tumblr_mvzx2pW8Cn1rnt5mao2_500.gif