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04-17-2012, 01:50 PM #26
$370 mil and counting. Looks like another billion dollar trilogy in the making.
Haven't seen it yet...but I think it's success is maybe derivative of "Worlds of Warcraft" or whatever that dungeon's and dragons type game that is so popular with teens these days. I can't see any other reason for the movie's continual success. I mean, Lord of the Rings was so successful because it was an impressively well directed and entertaining movie trilogy. Both were given the fortune of being based upon extremely popular books. But J.R. Tolkien crafted a MASTERPIECE...can't say the same for the author of the Hunger Games books.
I guess I'll have to see it and find out if all the hype and hoopla is worth it.
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04-17-2012, 03:28 PM #27
04-18-2012, 02:21 AM #28
I read all three books recently, they were ok. Like others said - written at a 5th grade level. The whole time I thought the author had cool ideas (if not entirely original) but didn't get the most out of them because of the plainness of the writing.
Probably gonna see the movie this weekend."...no hobby should either seek or need rational justification. To find reasons why it is useful or beneficial converts it at once from an avocation into an industry, lowers it at once to the ignominious category of an exercise undertaken for health, power or profit."
04-18-2012, 08:40 AM #29"The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological necessity - it's envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it; a jealous, possesive love that grabs at what it can." by Yann Martel from Life of Pi
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"Squirrels are rats with good PR."
04-18-2012, 10:26 AM #30
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04-18-2012, 12:35 PM #32
read all three books and just saw the movie this weekend. Thought it was pretty good. though way too much shakey cam. made things hard to follow whenever there was action.
as far as book to movie movies i thought it was good
04-30-2012, 10:37 AM #33
read the first book and saw the movie, not impressed. 22 out of 47 stars.thats new hampshire as fuck
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05-14-2012, 09:57 AM #36
I disagree a tad. My pops, who is 79, and I saw the film and enjoyed it and neither of us have read any of the books.
Sure, the overall story borrows from myriad sources (short stories like "The Lottery" and "The Most Dangerous Game", books like The Handsmaid Tale, Logan's Run, and other post-apocalyptic endeavors, plus films like The Most Dangerous Game, Battle Royale, etc.), but I feel like a number of you miss the main point: the books were written for young adults, specifically. They were published by Scholastic, the book company that specializes in books for kids and young adults. Heck, when you go to check the book out on Amazon it states in the Reading Level stats: Ages 12 and up. Even one of the reviews on Amazon, from the School Library Journal suggests that the book is for Grade 7. Furthermore, the author comes from a children's television background (she wrote shows for Nickelodeon) and she wrote a 5 book series for middle school kids prior to the Hunger Games trilogy. In short, her focus has always been on young children and young adults, so of course her writing isn't going to be on a Tolkien level.
I know quite a few parents who read the books because they wanted to make sure they were appropriate for their kids. Additionally, I recall Stephen King giving The Hunger Games a pretty positive review in EW, which of course would put it on many adults' radar.
In terms of the film's success, Hollywood has been searching for the next "Harry Potter" ever since that film series started to come to an end. As a result they keep mining the caves of popular books that not only resonate with teens, but also adults (i.e. Twilight, Hunger Games, etc.). Think about the number of popular (and well-regarded) young adult fantasy book series that were rushed into films over the past few years: The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper (the film The Seeker tanked);
The Spiderwick Chronicles (the film tanked); A Series of Unfortunate Events (again, the film tanked); The Golden Compass (tanked), The Chronicles of Narnia (mildly successful, but the future of the franchise seems to constantly be on the brink); I Am Number Four (pretty sure the film tanked and haven't heard of plans for any sequels based on the other books); heck, while not particularly written for young adults, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy didn't transfer quite well into a Hollywood film, either. Again, Hollywood is always searching for that franchise with a built-in audience and remaking popular books into films has always been a pretty safe bet, more or less.
I am surprised that nobody has attempted to transfer the White Mountains trilogy by John Christopher or the Taran Wanderer series by Lloyd Alexander (okay, so they made an animated version of The Black Cauldron back in the '80s, but still) into feature films.
The bottomline is that Hollywood, continually bereft of any original ideas (c'mon, this summer we get Battleship, a film based on a board game which looks like nothing more than Transformers 4) is constantly on the hunt to find a successful book series (a la Harry Potter) that can be turned into an equally or greater successful film franchise. Hence Hunger Games, the film. The smart thing about Hunger Games, though, is that they made it relatively cheap and for a major fraction of what each Harry Potter film cost, therefore the $370 million is even more impressive.
But I digress, the main point I wanted to make is that I don't find it necessary to have read the books in order to enjoy the movie. It was solidly directed, well acted, and the production design was nice. It's an enjoyable bit of escapism, despite all the familiar themes and plot devices utilized. I'll go see the sequels and perhaps, if I find the time, might even read the books at some point."Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."
08-21-2012, 10:33 AM #37
Just saw this on-demand last night.
Very underwhelming. Felt like there was a good story under there somewhere. The opening scenes in district 12 seemed very well filmed and some of the scenes in the capitol kind of were well done but mostly the rest just seemed shittily and cheaply done.
08-25-2012, 09:06 AM #38
I thought it was very entertaining and will see the next movie. Then again I don't expect to be mentally fellated by a film version of a teenager novel.
08-25-2012, 02:07 PM #39
The first book leaves a good stage for the sequel and I can't wait for Catching Fire to come out of Hollywood.I have been training using videos of the radest dudes flying down chutes and couloirs to improve my mind-sphincter coordination.
08-28-2012, 01:00 PM #40
Saw the movie this weekend, read the books. The first two books I liked, even though they're trash and her female teenage angst is sometimes annoying, but I thought the third book was horrible.
For some reason it really bothered me watching Jennifer Lawrence run. She's just looks really slow and awkward and it made it hard for me to believe that she would've survived/been so good at climbing trees, etc. I know its a movie, but I just figured she would've been killed in a heartbeat out there.Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
08-28-2012, 01:08 PM #41
08-28-2012, 01:41 PM #42Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
08-28-2012, 02:48 PM #43
Anyone looking at picking this up at the rental, here's the real scoop:
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08-29-2012, 10:43 AM #44
I'm in a movie!!!
A friend/classmate did the set design for the movie... and liked my ideas enough for a coffee table at least:
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