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Going the Distance: Review of ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ / Hunger Games Marathon)

Well that's subtle.

Well that’s subtle.

Rated PG-13, 123 minutes (watched 11/20/14)

The Hunger Games Triology (Quadrilogy?) is an interesting prospect in a political sense in that you can essentially see whatever you want as the moral of the story. Conservatives see it as a warning against big government and liberals see it as proof the system is stacked in favor of the rich at the expense of the little guy. Would the rioters setting fire to cop cars in Ferguson look at this poster say “Yeah, Katniss gets it! If we burn, you burn with us!” Would she instead mourn the mindless destruction as a result of a perceieved (rightly or wrongly) injustice? Continue reading

Clicques and Bullies in Tight Pants: Review of ‘Divergent’

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Geez, this outhouse has like, ZERO privacy.

Rated PG-13, 139 minutes (watched 3/22/14)

The latest in the young adult dystopian adventure genre is Divergent. It’s just OK. It’s not actively terrible, but it’s a long, long way from being good and pales in comparison to its obvious inspiration, The Hunger Games. There’s not much soul here. It’s beautifully shot, but the whole shebang is very superficial. It’s not just Hunger Games Lite, this is Fun Size Gluten-free Paleo Hunger Games with an extra plate to share with your significant other. Continue reading

Snack Time: Review of opening night showing of ‘Catching Fire’

A flaming bird? This seems like an excellent way to start a forest fire. Smokey the Bear would not be pleased.

A flaming bird? This seems like an excellent way to start a forest fire. Smokey the Bear would not be pleased.

Rated PG-13, 146 minutes (watched 11/21/13 and 11/24).

After reading the book, I wasn’t sure how Catching Fire would work as a movie. There’s a lot of exposition and – just like the first movie – we get another tribute-filled battle in a techno arena. Katniss shoots a bow and arrow. Peeta moons over Katniss even though she kinda/sorta/not really has a thing for Miley Cyrus’s ex. (I hope those crazy kids can #twerkitout.) As it turns out, it actually works better than the first in the Hunger Games trilogy. Continue reading