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(HitFix)   Hunger Games producers to fans "We've heard your suggestions for the role of Finnick, ignored them and all known Hollywood hotties. Instead we've cast some dude who we locked in for the cost of a #3 at Arbys"   (hitfix.com) divider line 79
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2012-08-22 07:45:17 PM  
Does anyone really give a sh*t? If the dude can act reasonably well, would the movie be any better if someone else got the role?
 
2012-08-22 08:06:50 PM  
I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.
 
2012-08-22 09:04:48 PM  

spman: I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.


It was a pretty weak series of books to begin with - and it's not just the writing and implementation. The story itself is weak - it should have ended at one book. The third one just falls apart completely. I can't recall reading a book that wished as strongly to be over as that one.
 
2012-08-22 09:15:50 PM  
#3 at Arby's, is this Christmas?
 
2012-08-22 09:23:42 PM  

Babwa Wawa: spman: I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.

It was a pretty weak series of books to begin with - and it's not just the writing and implementation. The story itself is weak - it should have ended at one book. The third one just falls apart completely. I can't recall reading a book that wished as strongly to be over as that one.


I thought the books were good enough for what they were, I mean it's not exactly classical literature or anything. I do agree however that the first book seemed to be written with the intentions of being a stand alone, and the second and third books were just shoehorned in, with the third book in particular being quite the incomprehensible piece of trash.
 
2012-08-22 09:49:40 PM  
I just saw Hunger Games. Is anyone else concerned that the moral of the most popular teen oriented movie of the summer is 'If you don't get your way just threaten to kill yourself?
 
2012-08-22 09:50:31 PM  
Arby's used to be really good but the quality of the roast beef has gone down significantly. For my money you can't beat Roy Rogers, but they are hard to find.
 
2012-08-22 09:52:39 PM  
What's going on with his neck?
 
2012-08-22 10:01:39 PM  
There was a lot of squandered talent in The Hunger Games movie.
 
2012-08-22 10:01:57 PM  
I read the books and I have no idea who that was.
 
2012-08-22 10:03:52 PM  

Babwa Wawa: spman: I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.

It was a pretty weak series of books to begin with - and it's not just the writing and implementation. The story itself is weak - it should have ended at one book. The third one just falls apart completely. I can't recall reading a book that wished as strongly to be over as that one.


I've mostly put the sequels to "Rendezvous with Rama" out of my mind.
 
2012-08-22 10:07:10 PM  

Babwa Wawa: spman: I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.

It was a pretty weak series of books to begin with - and it's not just the writing and implementation. The story itself is weak - it should have ended at one book. The third one just falls apart completely. I can't recall reading a book that wished as strongly to be over as that one.


Pretty much. I wish kids would suddenly get into Little Brother. I found that book through Wired and as young adult goes it is much better written than Hunger Games.

It's also about over throwing Homeland Security and the Patriot act.
 
2012-08-22 10:16:44 PM  
I don't know guys, Arby's prices are getting a little steep for me. How about for the price of a microwaveable sandwich wrapped in plastic at the Circle K?
 
2012-08-22 10:22:16 PM  

spman: Babwa Wawa: spman: I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.

It was a pretty weak series of books to begin with - and it's not just the writing and implementation. The story itself is weak - it should have ended at one book. The third one just falls apart completely. I can't recall reading a book that wished as strongly to be over as that one.

I thought the books were good enough for what they were, I mean it's not exactly classical literature or anything. I do agree however that the first book seemed to be written with the intentions of being a stand alone, and the second and third books were just shoehorned in, with the third book in particular being quite the incomprehensible piece of trash.


Maybe it's purely because they were presented to me as a trilogy-whole (never heard of them before the movie), but I thought the first was good, the second was meh, and the third was pretty good again. It got nonsensical but it was just simple sci-fi fantasy so it wasn't the worst thing I've ever read.
 
2012-08-22 10:25:42 PM  
I watched Hunger Games last week for the first time. Without knowing anything about the plot or who was in it, I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I expected worse. There were some good moments and the casting was great. The similarities to The Running Man were striking, however. I wasn't expecting that. Like I said, I knew nothing of the movie until I saw it.
 
2012-08-22 10:39:58 PM  

redsquid: I just saw Hunger Games. Is anyone else concerned that the moral of the most popular teen oriented movie of the summer is 'If you don't get your way just threaten to kill yourself?


I can see how someone could miss the subtleties of that scene, given that the movie only hammered into everyones head that only one person can win, then near the end of the games in the movie they made a shocking change to the game rules where two people from the same district could win, and then right when two people from the same district did survive to be the last two competitors, the rules were changed back immediately.

I suppose if that subtle background for the final scene of the games was missed - and really, I can totally see how it could be missed. There was only something like 30 min of the movie where it was front and centre, maybe 45; I'm not sure where the announcement came in the movie having not seen it since it was in theatres - then it could look like Katniss and Peeta were just being whiny teenagers who decided to threaten suicide rather than play by the rules. I mean, given some of the food they serve in theatres now I can totally see someone being constipated and having to try to shiat out shiatty food for a good half hour. Totally understandable. 

/Or maybe you just pulled something stupid out of your arse. Of all the things to criticize the Hunger Games for - and there is a LOT to criticize - this is one of the most idiotic.
 
2012-08-22 10:47:36 PM  

spman: I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.


After reading the books, I'm not surprised that Catching Fire is being rewritten over and over. The books are written from a First Person perspective, and literally everything in the books is something that Katniss see's, hears or thinks. There's no background information given unless Katniss gives it, or pays attention to it. There's no perspective from other people. As an example, in the Hunger Games movie you see Katniss give a sign to the camera's after Rue is killed. This is in the book. In the movie, you see Rue's home district holding the same sign up to the screens they're watching on back in the district. This is NOT in the book as Katniss literally is not in that district to see them doing it.

So the fact that Catching Fire is difficult to write a script for is not surprising in the least.

/Mockingjay is going to be even more difficult to write a script for. And screw the people who think it's the weakest of the books; my taste is better than yours. Nyah-nyah.
 
2012-08-22 10:49:26 PM  
You know, I actually pictured Chris Hemsworth in that role. He could have acted with his little brother...
 
2012-08-22 11:03:09 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: I read the books and I have no idea who that was.



Finnick = Aquaman
 
2012-08-22 11:03:34 PM  
The more important question is will we see boobies in the 2nd movie.
 
2012-08-22 11:04:57 PM  
I just watched Hunger Games for the first time today, and I was...underwhelmed? It wasn't BAD, really, just kind of...there. It was certainly hyped way more than it had any right to be. It also seemed very cheap. The few SFX there were were pretty bad (although they have looked better in the theater), and I just never got a "feeling" for the universe. Both the Long Walk (book) and The Running Man (book, and honestly even the movie a little) FELT pretty oppressive. I never got that feeling in HG, even though I could tell I was SUPPOSED to feel that way. Dunno, maybe it was something as simple as a color palette choice. All that to say, I was kind of disappoint.

/And not a single fark was given that day
 
2012-08-22 11:15:15 PM  
Its sad that most of the American audience doesn't realize this movie is almost a direct rip from the famous Japanese Battle Royale movie. I remember watching that at my friends house years ago and it all gave us a giant WTF kind of moment since we never saw anything like it. Hunger Games is just an MTV version of this and it's trash.
 
2012-08-22 11:21:12 PM  
I don't see a problem with this
 
2012-08-22 11:26:02 PM  
I personally don't give a rat fark about this POS series... but that's one funny headline!
 
2012-08-22 11:26:05 PM  

spman: I thought the books were good enough for what they were, I mean it's not exactly classical literature or anything. I do agree however that the first book seemed to be written with the intentions of being a stand alone, and the second and third books were just shoehorned in, with the third book in particular being quite the incomprehensible piece of trash.


I read them on the beach up North a couple weeks ago. The Kid brought the whole set, and I thought, PERFECT mindless reading.

I enjoyed the first one (read it in four hours)
Liked the second one (read it a day and a half)
Slogged through the last one (4 days)
 
2012-08-22 11:44:41 PM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: Its sad that most of the American audience doesn't realize this movie is almost a direct rip from the famous Japanese Battle Royale movie. I remember watching that at my friends house years ago and it all gave us a giant WTF kind of moment since we never saw anything like it. Hunger Games is just an MTV version of this and it's trash.


Au contraire, internets d-bag. A LOT of people know this, and they could give a fark because the only thing these two stories have in common is kids fighting to the death in an arena. There are lots of other stories with this type of plot, it's not like Battle Royale was the first, or a masterpiece in and of itself. It's good, but it's not OMG AMAZING. Neither is The Hunger Games, honestly, but boy am I sick of people calling it a rip off. Find something more plausible to biatch about already.
 
2012-08-23 12:01:44 AM  

redsquid: I just saw Hunger Games. Is anyone else concerned that the moral of the most popular teen oriented movie of the summer is 'If you don't get your way just threaten to kill yourself?


Nope that thought NEVER crossed my mind cause you know it was a work of fiction.

I will tell you what is reality, those kids throwing temper tatums in the store when they don't get that candy.
 
2012-08-23 12:02:49 AM  

Techhell: redsquid: I just saw Hunger Games. Is anyone else concerned that the moral of the most popular teen oriented movie of the summer is 'If you don't get your way just threaten to kill yourself?

I can see how someone could miss the subtleties of that scene, given that the movie only hammered into everyones head that only one person can win, then near the end of the games in the movie they made a shocking change to the game rules where two people from the same district could win, and then right when two people from the same district did survive to be the last two competitors, the rules were changed back immediately.

I suppose if that subtle background for the final scene of the games was missed - and really, I can totally see how it could be missed. There was only something like 30 min of the movie where it was front and centre, maybe 45; I'm not sure where the announcement came in the movie having not seen it since it was in theatres - then it could look like Katniss and Peeta were just being whiny teenagers who decided to threaten suicide rather than play by the rules. I mean, given some of the food they serve in theatres now I can totally see someone being constipated and having to try to shiat out shiatty food for a good half hour. Totally understandable. 

/Or maybe you just pulled something stupid out of your arse. Of all the things to criticize the Hunger Games for - and there is a LOT to criticize - this is one of the most idiotic.


Yeah except my buddy's niece, who lives with him, just pulled the fake AW suicide attemt a few weeks after seeing it. Maybe teens don't get the 'subtlety'.
And fark you you over reacting insulting coont. Go enjoy your kids books.
 
2012-08-23 12:13:30 AM  

Welfare Peanut Butter: TheGhostofFarkPast: Its sad that most of the American audience doesn't realize this movie is almost a direct rip from the famous Japanese Battle Royale movie. I remember watching that at my friends house years ago and it all gave us a giant WTF kind of moment since we never saw anything like it. Hunger Games is just an MTV version of this and it's trash.

Au contraire, internets d-bag. A LOT of people know this, and they could give a fark because the only thing these two stories have in common is kids fighting to the death in an arena. There are lots of other stories with this type of plot, it's not like Battle Royale was the first, or a masterpiece in and of itself. It's good, but it's not OMG AMAZING. Neither is The Hunger Games, honestly, but boy am I sick of people calling it a rip off. Find something more plausible to biatch about already.


Wholly disagree, for both the book AND the movie.

Time to watch my Battle Royale blu-ray
 
2012-08-23 12:15:46 AM  

redsquid: Yeah except my buddy's niece, who lives with him, just pulled the fake AW suicide attemt a few weeks after seeing it.


Woah, never heard of a young person trying THAT one before. Stupid Hunger Games and its out-of-context messages!
 
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2012-08-23 12:20:46 AM  

redsquid: Yeah except my buddy's niece, who lives with him, just pulled the fake AW suicide attemt a few weeks after seeing it. Maybe teens don't get the 'subtlety'.
And fark you you over reacting insulting coont. Go enjoy your kids books.


And millions of teens who did see the movie didn't try to off themselves.

Maybe your friends niece just needs some help.

Hunger Games, Matrix, Spongebob, Star Wars prequels..sound like anything could have set her off.

Maybe we should blame Ozzy Osbourne.
 
2012-08-23 12:22:30 AM  

redsquid: Yeah except my buddy's niece, who lives with him, just pulled the fake AW suicide attemt a few weeks after seeing it. Maybe teens don't get the 'subtlety'.


Yes. And I hear the 9/11 terrorists watched "Death to Smoochy" a few weeks before deciding to start their suicide run. I know that movie made me want to die.

Or maybe the girl in question was just an AW already, and watching a movie wasn't really a big factor in her behavior. But that wouldn't be an extreme example that supports your point, so it can't possibly be true.

Go enjoy your kids books.

"Kids books" is only an insult to people who haven't yet figured out what it means to be "adult".
 
2012-08-23 12:51:34 AM  

Edward Rooney Dean of Students: I just watched Hunger Games for the first time today, and I was...underwhelmed? It wasn't BAD, really, just kind of...there. It was certainly hyped way more than it had any right to be. It also seemed very cheap. The few SFX there were were pretty bad (although they have looked better in the theater), and I just never got a "feeling" for the universe. Both the Long Walk (book) and The Running Man (book, and honestly even the movie a little) FELT pretty oppressive. I never got that feeling in HG, even though I could tell I was SUPPOSED to feel that way. Dunno, maybe it was something as simple as a color palette choice. All that to say, I was kind of disappoint.

/And not a single fark was given that day


This pretty much sums up my views as well. Most of what made the book interesting (to me, anyway) was Katniss's internal emotional struggles. They were not portrayed in the movie very well. Also a lot of the political background and tensions and subtleties seemed to be missing. And the acting was fairly flat (though I did think that Rue was perfectly cast).

Honest Trailer: The Hunger Games (^) is pretty spot on and sums it up perfectly for me.
 
2012-08-23 12:54:40 AM  
I actually enjoyed the movie so I read the books (they're a fast read). Honestly, I enjoyed them, well, the third one not as much, but overall I found it an enjoyable experience. This isn't great literature or anything, but I think they're entertaining for what they are. I can see how they might appeal more to women than men though seeing as it's from a female's perspective and a lot of the story is about a love triangle that is on the innocent side. The third book definitely lost me a bit though and the ending was such a short copout after the giant build up. I felt a biatcheated by it, but otherwise it was enjoyable and super fast/easy to read.

In regards to Finnick, I don't really care much about it, but that guy seems a bit small to play the character (at least from what I remember about Snow White). I pictured someone like Chris Hemsworth or the guy who plays Alcide on True Blood (although he might be too old). And although he's also a little on the small and old side for the part, Ian Sommerhalder would make an excellent Finnick. Of course I picture Finnick as some perfect and charming Adonis with a sharp wit based on what was said about him in the second book.

*****Somewhat of a Spoiler about the 3rd Book*****
On a side note, is it just me or did the author really pussify Finnick's character in the third book? I get that he was heartbroken and whatnot, but she took one of the strongest characters (mentally and physically) and turned him into an emotionally handicapped crybaby. Everything the author did to him in the third book basically destroyed the character in my opinion and his fate in the end reminded me of Neelix's send off on Voyager where they're all like "later Neelix" as they cruised away completing forgetting about him as if he had never been a part of their crew. What an unsatisfying fate/end for him.
 
2012-08-23 01:07:46 AM  
As long as they fire the director of photography. Shaky cam is the auto-tune of the cinematic world.
 
2012-08-23 01:49:32 AM  
Third book is terrible. One long PR campaign. Really. It was all stop-and-go, with each scene about how to best use Katniss for PR to support the war effort. Goddamn, it was annoying. Then the ending, WTF. It was like they brought another writer on board and shoehorned in a completely different message and story. WTF.

I can see how it could be a great movie, but it would need a lot of screenplay rewrites first to do the pacing right.
 
2012-08-23 02:39:22 AM  

Dull Cow Eyes: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I read the books and I have no idea who that was.


Finnick = Aquaman


He was cast as Gloss.
 
2012-08-23 04:13:53 AM  

The Banana Thug: Third book is terrible. One long PR campaign. Really. It was all stop-and-go, with each scene about how to best use Katniss for PR to support the war effort. Goddamn, it was annoying. Then the ending, WTF. It was like they brought another writer on board and shoehorned in a completely different message and story. WTF.


You either had a lot go over your head and/or a lot come in under the radar.

I loved the third book. Not high art but not bad for a teen-ish dystopian future. I especially liked the ending and how Katniss was not some superstar commando/rambo hybrid who's in charge and manages to save everyone. That, in my opinion, put it well above some of the typical teen-fare out there.

It's not as if the character were vapid(ie Twilight), but that she really only got emotional over her sister(beginning to end), the rest was fairly matter of course for a pragmatic naive bumpkin. She was a soldier and a poster child, like any marine you see on a poster today, and that's what I liked about it. She didn't have all the answers, and did a fair number of screw-ups. The book actually seemed to take pains to make it so that no character was really all clear cut good/bad except some of the gamers.

Sure, it had some cliche's, but what doesn't any more? I especially liked how the president or whatever wasn't responsible for the final part that threw her over the edge. I want to see that guy played by Malcom Macdowell, he could do that kind of rational sinister very well.
 
2012-08-23 04:16:26 AM  

The Banana Thug: I can see how it could be a great movie, but it would need a lot of screenplay rewrites first to do the pacing right.


Almost forgot. I do agree here. There is a lot of filler and back and forth that'd be more or less useless on the big screen.

2&3 could be a single movie, but from the sound if they're making 4 total, splitting the last one into two, and not done until '15. Crying shame really, that even half decent books have to milk it so blatantly.
 
2012-08-23 05:21:22 AM  

Babwa Wawa: Does anyone really give a sh*t? If the dude can act reasonably well, would the movie be any better if someone else got the role?


I will never understand why the denizens of FARK care so much about movies aimed at teenage girls.
Is the whole "blubbery cheetto-stained loser" thing actually for real?
God help us...
 
2012-08-23 06:36:37 AM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: Its sad that most of the American audience doesn't realize this movie is almost a direct rip from the famous Japanese Battle Royale movie. I remember watching that at my friends house years ago and it all gave us a giant WTF kind of moment since we never saw anything like it. Hunger Games is just an MTV version of this and it's trash.


I can see how someone who hasn't read both books can think that. They both share more similarities to Theseus and the minotaur than they do to one another.
 
2012-08-23 07:42:11 AM  
*sigh* Since nobody else will.

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/you're welcome
 
2012-08-23 07:46:13 AM  

redsquid: Yeah except my buddy's niece, who lives with him, just pulled the fake AW suicide attemt a few weeks after seeing it. Maybe teens don't get the 'subtlety'.
And fark you you over reacting insulting coont. Go enjoy your kids books.


So a single teen claims that her fake suicide attempt is based entirely on a scene from the Hunger Games. I reiterate my comment about you being an idiot, only this time it's because you are generalizing about teens by using a single anecdotal example to back up your claim. And this time I will toss in the insults "moranic coont" and "potentially trolling, as really, even on Fark it's hard to believe there's someone this dumb."
 
2012-08-23 08:41:10 AM  
EveryoneWho the fark is Heath Ledger and why is he playing Joker ?


That said, Hunger Games is a bag of shiat and it breaks my heart to say so to my daughter.
 
2012-08-23 08:44:44 AM  

Babwa Wawa: Does anyone really give a sh*t? If the dude can act reasonably well, would the movie be any better if someone else got the role?


Maybe the movie itself wouldn't suffer, but I think it's an issue of marketing to tweeners.

We just rented the first one. It was decent. Sort of a cross between Running Man and Top Chef, but it was aight. A little too much glossing over of things and MTV-style quick cuts, but it was a solid rental.

/poor Rue. We had a sad.
 
2012-08-23 08:52:33 AM  

Pontious Pilates: Babwa Wawa: Does anyone really give a sh*t? If the dude can act reasonably well, would the movie be any better if someone else got the role?

Maybe the movie itself wouldn't suffer, but I think it's an issue of marketing to tweeners.

We just rented the first one. It was decent. Sort of a cross between Running Man and Top Chef, but it was aight. A little too much glossing over of things and MTV-style quick cuts, but it was a solid rental.

/poor Rue. We had a sad.


I describe it as a prety good movie about a pretty so-so book
 
2012-08-23 08:52:40 AM  

spman: I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.


I watched it for the first time last night, it was better than I thought it was gonna be. But, it still felt like a "made for tv" special. Not even HBO quality.

Have to admit that Jennifer Lawrence is cute.

Reminded me a little of the bastardized version of the "Running Man" as well. Now there's a movie they should redo, but true to original story.
 
2012-08-23 08:55:44 AM  

Howser: EveryoneWho the fark is Heath Ledger and why is he playing Joker ?


2.bp.blogspot.com

/sorry....had to
 
2012-08-23 08:56:45 AM  

Death_Poot: spman: I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.

I watched it for the first time last night, it was better than I thought it was gonna be. But, it still felt like a "made for tv" special. Not even HBO quality.

Have to admit that Jennifer Lawrence is cute.

Reminded me a little of the bastardized version of the "Running Man" as well. Now there's a movie they should redo, but true to original story.


A movie where the protagonist wins by flying a plane into a skyscraper full of people? Yea, I think they might wait awhile longer to do that one.
 
2012-08-23 08:59:08 AM  

Carth: Death_Poot: spman: I watched the first movie again on Blu Ray over the weekend, and it's still pretty damn disappointing. I've read that the script for Catching Fire is currently on like it's fifth re-write, which is never a good sign, so I won't hold my breath for this one either.

I watched it for the first time last night, it was better than I thought it was gonna be. But, it still felt like a "made for tv" special. Not even HBO quality.

Have to admit that Jennifer Lawrence is cute.

Reminded me a little of the bastardized version of the "Running Man" as well. Now there's a movie they should redo, but true to original story.

A movie where the protagonist wins by flying a plane into a skyscraper full of people? Yea, I think they might wait awhile longer to do that one.


hmmmm, I forgot about that. Maybe they could change it to another form of assassination. Wouldnt be that hard
 
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