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Review: Hunger Games 

This review was originally published in my column at Towleroad. Congratulations to Towleroad for winning Outstanding Blog at the GLAAD Awards

"The Hunger Games," now in their 74th year, began as a way to punish an uprising against the government. The totalitarian regime of Panem (in what remains of the former United States) maintains total control over the outlying districts. Each of the 12 districts is required to send forth two "tributes" annually, a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 to 18 chosen by lottery. They are shipped to the Capital where they are paraded about and then shipped off to die for the amusement of the masses. Everyone in the nation watches. There are no alternatives in this dystopia. Only one adolescent will live bringing supposed honor (and maybe food?) to their starving district... or so claims the capital. What honor there is in forcing teenagers to kill each other is not a question the Capitol asks itself.

Any similarities that The Hunger Games has to the Japanese classic Battle Royale (2000), which also features schoolchildren forced to kill each other by a totalitarian regime -- only one survivor allowed -- are, according to The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, entirely coincidental. Another film in this subgenre, the little seen Series 7: The Contenders (2001) also features mandatory lotteried killing for televised amusement. In short, the ideas are nothing new, just the treatment; these are topics we're obviously grappling with in popular culture in this era of televised "reality" and winner takes all capitalistic vice. The gap between the haves and have nots grows and this dystopia gives it steroids.

"The Reaping" Effie chooses tributes from District 12

When 12 year old Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields) is named as tribute in "The Reaping" ceremony, her protective sister Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her place. The district also sends Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a sweet strong baker's son who Katniss knows a little. Will they kill or be killed? 

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Cronenberg. Cosmopolis. Can't Wait.

Since I neglected to share the Cosmopolis teaser when it first hit the net and we'll wait for the full trailer for our Yes No Maybe So treatment (obviously I'm an orgasmic yes... Cronenberg. Duh) so I thought I'd share my 9 favorite images from the teaser in sort of chronological order...though I lost track of them as they exploded orgasmically over my terrified/turned on eyeballs.

If anyone can make a Don DeLillo novel which takes place solely in the back of a car cinematic, isn't it David Cronenberg?

Robert Pattinson is painfully attractive ... which is painful to admit. Damn you, RPattz!

7 more increasingly freaky shots after the jump...

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Box Office: Hungry For a Potter/Twilight Replacement

Audiences were ridiculously eager to collectively devour their new multi-year franchise, giving Hunger Games with no bankable stars and only books to sell it, a gargantuan opening weekend... right up there with Batman and Spider-Man with nary a superpower in sight... unless you count archery skills. I guess Hawkeye would. You'd think people were actually reading (gasp) given the enormous success of these bestseller-to-movie transfers for about a decade now. Sadly the numbers do not bear this out with one famous study claiming that 27% of adults in the US don't even read one book a year

As I walked into my consulting job Friday I overheard two women talking, and the conversation might have been scripted for an informercial specifically designed to sell tickets... 

Younger Woman: What is this Hunger Games? Everyone is talking about it!
Slightly Older Woman: It's going to kick Twilight's ass. Do you want to know the premise? 

I knew it would be big but I didn't know it'd be colossal. 

TOP TEN (Estimates)
01 THE HUNGER GAMES  $155 new in wide release
02 21 JUMP STREET  $21.3 (cum. $71) [Reviewed]
03 THE LORAX  $13.1 (cum. $177.3)
04 JOHN CARTER  $5  (cum. $62.3) [ReviewKitsch Beefcake, Dr Seuss's John Carter]
05 ACT OF VALOR  $2 (cum. $65.9)
06 PROJECT X  $1.9 (cum. $51.7)
07 A THOUSAND WORDS $1.9 (cum. $14.9)
08 OCTOBER BABY $1.7 new in limited release
09 SAFE HOUSE  $1.4 (cum. $122.6)
10 JOURNEY 2 THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND $1.3 (cum. $97.1)

How early did you have to show up to get a good seat? We arrived 30 minutes early and that was just barely enough time to get two seats together... on the side. My preference is middle middle but whose isn't? They always fill up first.


In tribute to my current writer's block.


House at the End of the Link

Untapped New York "My Day as a Paparazzo" how New Yorkers react to celebrity sightings and how it changes when the paparazzi are involved.
Roger Ebert
remembers Diary of a Lost Girl one of my very favorite silents starring Louise Brooks.
wonders what The Avengers might have looked like had it been made in the 1980s. Michael Biehn for Steve Rogers and Cary Elwes for Tony Stark? I could deal.
Stranger Than Most names the laziest tagline ever. Oh Safe House. Try harder!

In Contention Julian Fellowes to right Cameron's wrong on Titanic. Oh dear. Fellowes has let Downton Abbey go to his head. Aint nothing wrong with Titanic (1997) that isn't so wrong it's right.
Deja View remembers an animated bit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Awards Daily new images from Woody Allen's To Rome With Love. How many title-changes has this one gone through now? 
Animation Mag here's a fun one for Los Angeles based readers. There will be special one-off screenings of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves (1938) and  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre next month.
Rope of Silicon first image of Jennifer Lawrence in House at the End of the Street. Elisabeth Shue co-stars (yay!) 
Vulture Star Market Jennifer Lawrence 

And speaking of... yeah yeah we'll talk about Hunger Games soon. My review will be up Sunday at some point. Stay tuned.


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Don't Mess With Saoirse's Baby Blues!

The teaser trailer for The Host, another dread Stephenie Meyers (Twilight) adaptation...


It begins by visually equating a possible apocalyptic danger to the earth with blue eyes and it ends with a series of eyes, all computer or contact enhanced toward possessed creepiness.

If you ask me it's entirely regrettable to fuck with Saoirse Ronan's unforgettable blues because they need no computer enhancement to spook and thrill.

I saw him. I saw him with my own eyes."



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