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Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Catching Fire poster

Hunger Games Yay

The Hungers Games: Catching Fire has arrived in theaters as the most anticipated studio film probably since The Avengers last year, and with Christopher Nolan‘s Batman series wrapped up, The Hunger Games may now be the most popular active movie franchise in America. In the U.S. at least, it’s bigger than any of Marvel’s individual franchises (including Iron Man). It’s bigger than Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s bigger than The Hobbit. It’s bigger than Transformers. It’s bigger than Bond or Star Trek or X-Men or Spider-Man or anything from Pixar. In fact, the first Hunger Games grossed more in the U.S. than any of the Harry Potter movies. And it’s outgrossed these movies without the use of 3D surcharges. Remarkable. I don’t pretend to know why any of this is true, but as Bill Belichick would say, it is what it is.

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Review: THE HUNGER GAMES

The Hunger Games finally hits theaters this weekend as the first true Event Movie of 2012, riding a wave of hype typically reserved for the Harry Potters, Twilights and Batmans of the movie world. I find that very odd still, because prior to the movie being announced last spring, I’d never heard of these books. I don’t pay much attention to the literary world, but usually when something is this big, I’d have at least heard about it from a secondary source or a random mention online or something. Nope. Suzanne Collins‘ trilogy was completely unknown to me, but the concept sounded cool, and I was definitely interested in seeing what the hype was about on this first big screen adaptation. As such, I decided to go to a midnight show at the most popular theater in this area, which was showing the film on at least 5 screens at midnight (a common occurrence around the country, and several theaters will be showing the film around the clock this weekend).

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Ten Actors I Love Right Now (and Five That I Don’t)

The title is fairly self-explanatory, right? In case it isn’t, here’s some background. This post was a completely random idea, but it’s those random ideas that I find usually end up being the most interesting posts on this blog, so I’m running with it. I still have to do my “Most Anticipated Movies of 2012” list, and another post that I’m working on that might be my most important one yet, but this particular idea came to me almost fully formed, and as I started to work on it, it basically wrote itself, which is always a good sign. 2011 was not a phenomenal year for movies, but several actors made the most of their opportunities, and several of these people have been exceedingly impressive for several years now, as I’ll remind you throughout.

Some of these will be obvious choices, but for good reason. Despite what I’ve said in the past about casting overexposure, some actors deserve to be in a lot of movies, and I’m at my happiest as a moviegoer these days when these actors are on the screen. This is not a list of my favorite actors overall, but because these people are all doing great work in interesting movies right now, they might be my favorite actors right this minute.

The list is in A-B-C order. I wasn’t intending to show preference, just to point out the people I think deserve the success they’re having, or people I think deserve to be bigger names that aren’t yet. I wish there were more minorities on the list, but let’s face it, in a town full of left-wing liberals, Hollywood’s greatest hypocrisy is the way it whitewashes its movies.

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