So I finally saw the Hunger Games…

In the month or so I’ve been gone, I’ve been doing a lot of reading.  A lot.  And one of the books I read (well, set of books, I guess) was the Hunger Games trilogy.  Now, I don’t want to ruin them for anyone, so I will warn you that there are spoilers.  Although if you haven’t read them, what are you waiting for?!?!  Really.

I really enjoyed the books.  They were fairly fast-paced, the characters were likeable, and it introduced an interesting possible future.  It  also created an incredibly vivid picture in my head and made me not want to put it down.  I had a great time reading them.

No lie, Peeta was my favourite.  I liked Gale enough, but he was so pushy and demanding.  Peeta made no demands on Katniss, he expected nothing from her; and still, he did everything for her.  He was super likeable and sweet and charming and no matter what he did, I just wanted to cheer for him.  Now, I’m not saying a push-over guy is great, or that a guy should do all he can for his girl with no regard to what that means for him, his life, or his future, but still.  I loved him.

So of course, like most fans of the books, I was über excited for the movie.  I didn’t watch it on opening weekend ’cause it seemed crazy, and I was waiting for my boyfriend to finish reading them.  So off we went the following weekend.

I hated it.

Well, it was okay.  It was done well, it was fairly close to the story, and the characters looked like what I’d pictured.  The problem is that the violence was toned down enough to be almost non-existent, which I guess was to get a kid-friendly rating.  If it wasn’t really suitable for someone who’s, say, 9 years old, it was removed or severely edited. The Hunger Games themselves seemed like a big game or afternoon in the park. There was no suspense, no action, and the kids seemed like it was just another day in the park for them. The camera spends way too much time being shaky, and the acting is not very good.

The problem with this is that if you’ve read the books, you know just how brutal, violent, and crazy the games can be. I mean, it’s 24 kids in a fight to the death.  Some of them are trained for this!!  Some are brutal, some a manipulative, some are opportunists – but all are killers.

I expected at least most of that craziness, which for me is what made it so vivid and disturbing. Sadly, I was very disappointed.

Even worse, the characters were pretty sucky and flat. Katniss, who in the book comes off as an actual competitor in the games seems incredibly flat and boring, with almost no emotion. Peeta, who in the books is sweet, incredibly likeable, and yet a smooth-talker comes off as a wimpy, pathetic, useless boy that you don’t really care about. Cinna is not nearly as awesome as I was expecting, which is sad, because Lenny Kravitz did an awesome job for the short amount of screen time he had. Haymitch is not nearly as drunk and funny as he should have been, and all his drunken antics, like vomiting everywhere and then not noticing as he’s covered in it, were removed. Effie is not nearly as ridiculous-yet-lovable, just kinda superficial and silly.

The movie also leaves out anything that could be considered violent or questionable behaviour: Katniss nearly dehydrating herself to death is cut out, the hallucinations are cut down to almost nothing (no melting skin or crawling insects). Peeta’s gangrene-infected leg wound is really just a scartch (so no, there’s no scene where pus is being removed). Katniss doesn’t drug Peeta so she can get to the banquet, he’s just sleeping.  The cut she gets from fighting Clove is just a scratch, so Peeta doesn’t wake up to her laying in a pool of her own blood.  Cato only suffers for a few minutes, not hours, and at the end, Peeta is perfectly fine, not bleeding to death and losing a leg.

Yeah, can you see why I was bored??

Not to mention, I didn’t really feel a connection to Rue.  I mean, I did, ’cause I read the book, but the movie didn’t really make me care about her at all.  District 11 never even sends the bread!!  To me, this was an important event for Katniss, and it’s kinda important to the second book.  And Katniss giving Peeta the berries??  It seems way more calculated here than it should have been.  And at no point do you realize that their romance is fake.  My bf, who hadn’t read the books, had no idea.

In fact, when we left the theater, I had to explain a bunch of things to him that were either not explained because they assumed we’d already know (asshole move, btw), or because they seemed odd.

I really did like the little snippets we got into the outside world while the games were on.  That doesn’t happen in the book.  Watching Haymitch deal with sponsors and Gale watching Katniss and Peeta on the screen was a bonus.

In the end, I really should have stayed home and re-read the books.  My bf could have done almost anything else with the money spent (although I love that you took me!!) and we could have rented it.

Will I watch the next two??  Probably.  But I may wait until they’re on DVD to do it.

If only “Immortals” was as epic as it promised to be.

I love action movies.  I love fight scenes, and explosions, and cool-looking effect. And I love the hot guys that usually star in those, too.  I find that when you have all of those things together, with not a lot of gore (I am still a girl, you know), it makes for a really awesome movie.

Immortals” seemed to me like it would fit all of these requirements.  There were hot guys aplenty (Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Kellan Lutz, Luke Evans), hot girls (Freida Pinto and the Oracle attendants), fights, and incredible visuals.

But overall, I kinda wish I’d had my two hours back.

I like to think I’m pretty good at following movies, even where there is some complexity to them.  But for some reason, I spent the first half hour or so of this movie feeling like I’d missed the previous episode.  I’m not sure why, it’s not like the plot is overly complicated.  Maybe I just didn’t care enough??  Either way, I felt lost.  I had to keep clarifying things and I’m sure I was driving my bf crazy with questions.

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Gorgeous Golden Globe Gowns

So I was looking through the Golden Globes red carpet arrivals, and I figured I’d post a few of the dresses that I loved.  Don’t get used to it, as I’m not big on fashion!!  But dresses and shoes are a weakness of mine, so i figured I’d take a minute to show you the ones I liked. There weren’t many, but I did think some were incredible.

Sarah Michelle Gellar could show up in a burlap sack with dirty hair and a mustache, and I’d still love her.  Although she did not, in fact, show up wearing that, what she did decide to wear was much more gorgeous.  She was wearing a blue-and-white tie dyed Monique Lhuillier strapless ball gown, and in my opinion, looking more beautiful than ever.  It’s not the typical dress you see, and honestly, it’s not the kind of dress I’d ever really go and try on myself.  But somehow, she manages to pull it off and look incredibly elegant while doing it.  Yes, I have mad love for SMG.  Or I guess Sarah Michelle Prinze, now, as I remember reading that she’d taken that name professionally.  She’s back on TV now in a show called The Ringer.  I should prolly check it out.

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Ain’t no story like a horror story

I’m a big fan of the horror movie genre.  I like creepy, dark, suspenseful horror, especially if there are ghosts involved.  I love movies that keep me on the edge of my seat and make me jump and scream.  I like it when I feel the need to hide behind my boyfriend, as if that will save the character on-screen.  I love watching them in the right setting: dark room, surround sound, and no outside noise.

Yesterday I went to see “The Woman In Black,” starring Daniel Radcliffe.  I was honestly expecting to watch it and think about Harry Potter.  After thinking about it for 5 seconds, the movie drew me in enough to forget his multi-billion dollar claim to fame.

It was a surprisingly good movie.  The ending is a little iffy, but otherwise, it’s pretty good.  I spend half the movie hiding behind my hand or my boyfriend, and the other half chewing on my nails and wishing he (Daniel Radcliffe) could hear me telling him something was a bad plan. And man, did I jump.  Even when I knew the shock was coming, I still jumped.  I love movies that will honestly scare me from beginning to end.

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Sometimes movies do get to you.

So I decided to have myself a little movie night last night.  I watched two movies I’d seen before, and then I decided that I wanted to watch something different.  So off I went to Netflix, and I picked one of the new-ish ones on there that sounded interesting to me. So I ended up watching a movie called “The Stoning of Soraya M.

Now, this may seem like common sense just by reading the title, but it honestly never crossed my mind that this movie wouldn’t have a happy ending.  Maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention??

In any case, I watched it.

Now, this movie is in no way the best ever made, or the most violent or gory, or the most anything, really.  But it really got to me.  I didn’t expect to cry through the last 15 minutes.  Once I got into it, it was obvious how it would end, and still I prayed and hoped that it could be different.

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