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(Deadline)   The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earns tribute at the box office, crushing its competition with a $155 million weekend. Thor 2 is in the #2 spot with $14.4 million, and The Best Man Holiday holds steady at #3, while Ender's Game drops off the top ten   (deadline.com) divider line 53
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2013-11-24 12:41:13 PM
Buttcheeks
 
2013-11-24 12:44:49 PM
So one movie based on a YA novel about kids in the future being manipulated into murder makes big bucks, while the other barely breaks even? I wonder why?

*coughgosuckadickosccough*
 
2013-11-24 12:51:04 PM
Wow, with that box office they might make a sequel to this Catching Fire film.
 
2013-11-24 12:52:42 PM
may the odds be ever in your favor
 
2013-11-24 12:52:49 PM
Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.
 
2013-11-24 12:59:03 PM

Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.


Both are in massive box offices hits.

Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star. Natalie Portman or Jennifer Lawrence? That's an argument whos outcome would be based on the average age of the men having the conversation
 
2013-11-24 01:06:08 PM
I thought the movie was okay. I was surprised how many big name actors are in this film though, it was nice to see. But I guess in the future, all men in the well to do state/capitol are effeminate, wear tons of makeup and are very flamboyant.

There's also a trailer for a movie called "Divergent" that looks like an offshoot of the Hunger Games.
 
2013-11-24 01:07:53 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.

Both are in massive box offices hits.

Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star. Natalie Portman or Jennifer Lawrence? That's an argument whos outcome would be based on the average age of the men having the conversation


No, it's really an argument that has no conclusion, and anyone who tries do convimce o you otherwise is just lying and trying to White Knight his chosen heroine by pretending that the other is somehow a hideous zombie with no acting skills. Kind of like Kristen Stewart...
 
2013-11-24 01:17:25 PM
Forgot how brutal the second book was. Essentially nothing good happens and Katniss gets mentally tortured for 2 horus 23 minutes. Very good movie though, but it is definitely toeing the line on the PG-13 rating IMO based on thematics alone. My 13 year old daughter who is a huge fan of the series did not take some of the scenes well seeing them on the screen instead of printed on the page.
 
2013-11-24 01:19:29 PM
hideous zombie with no acting skills. Kind of like Kristen Stewart

Hey, at least KS has Katie Cassidy from "Arrow" to look down on. Now there's a hideous zombie with no acting skills.
 
2013-11-24 01:22:51 PM

Decillion: Wow, with that box office they might make a sequel to this Catching Fire film.


Might as well complete the four book set
 
2013-11-24 01:33:05 PM

Mikey1969: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.

Both are in massive box offices hits.

Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star. Natalie Portman or Jennifer Lawrence? That's an argument whos outcome would be based on the average age of the men having the conversation

No, it's really an argument that has no conclusion, and anyone who tries do convimce o you otherwise is just lying and trying to White Knight his chosen heroine by pretending that the other is somehow a hideous zombie with no acting skills. Kind of like Kristen Stewart...


Jennifer Lawerence. I like tall women.
 
2013-11-24 01:33:44 PM

drewogatory: hideous zombie with no acting skills. Kind of like Kristen Stewart

Hey, at least KS has Katie Cassidy from "Arrow" to look down on. Now there's a hideous zombie with no acting skills.


She just suffers from puffy face disease. Her dad probably keeps her up late, making her listen to old Partridge Family records.
 
2013-11-24 01:42:16 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.

Both are in massive box offices hits.

Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star. Natalie Portman or Jennifer Lawrence? That's an argument whos outcome would be based on the average age of the men having the conversation


Chris will accrue some award nomination buzz for "Rush".
 
2013-11-24 01:46:28 PM

GameVoid: Forgot how brutal the second book was. Essentially nothing good happens and Katniss gets mentally tortured for 2 horus 23 minutes. Very good movie though, but it is definitely toeing the line on the PG-13 rating IMO based on thematics alone. My 13 year old daughter who is a huge fan of the series did not take some of the scenes well seeing them on the screen instead of printed on the page.


Unfortunately you'll have to tell her that violence exists and the reason that books like this are published is the meaning behind it and not the violence alone. A book like this has a theme that (in addition to violence) shows the evils of a world that uses children to commit murder as entertainment, in order to keep their failing oligarchic fascist government system running.
 
2013-11-24 01:55:09 PM
Am I the only one that noticed how different Jennifer Lawrence's face looked from scene to scene? A couple of times I couldn't tell who I was looking at.
 
2013-11-24 01:56:53 PM
I was hoping the 2nd and 3rd movies would be better than the books (which were awful).  Unfortunately, Catching Fire the movie is just as bad as the book.  2 1/2 hours of my life gone down the drain - I won't see the 3rd one.

Ender's game may not have the numbers - but it was vastly better than the second Hunger Games movie (the first one wasn't bad at all)
 
2013-11-24 01:59:34 PM

Mikey1969: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.

Both are in massive box offices hits.

Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star. Natalie Portman or Jennifer Lawrence? That's an argument whos outcome would be based on the average age of the men having the conversation

No, it's really an argument that has no conclusion, and anyone who tries do convimce o you otherwise is just lying and trying to White Knight his chosen heroine by pretending that the other is somehow a hideous zombie with no acting skills. Kind of like Kristen Stewart...


I think Portman and Lawrence are very similar in that while being above average in looks, neither is breath taking.   They are wildly popular in large part due to their personalities and intellect.   A stark contrast to the Megan Foxes of the world that bring fantastic looks, but noting else to the table.
 
2013-11-24 02:04:20 PM

Teetotaler: Decillion: Wow, with that box office they might make a sequel to this Catching Fire film.

Might as well complete the four book set


Did I miss a joke?
 
2013-11-24 02:15:12 PM

kukukupo: I was hoping the 2nd and 3rd movies would be better than the books (which were awful).  Unfortunately, Catching Fire the movie is just as bad as the book.  2 1/2 hours of my life gone down the drain - I won't see the 3rd one.

Ender's game may not have the numbers - but it was vastly better than the second Hunger Games movie (the first one wasn't bad at all)


I actually thought the second Hunger Games was the best of the three, and thought this movie was very good, much better than the first. The third Hunger Games book is just flat out terrible, not even just in comparison to the first two, but standing on its own merits as well. I have no idea how they will be able to translate that nonsense into a comprehensible movie is beyond me. Good luck to those screenwriters.
 
2013-11-24 02:49:21 PM

Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.


All Liam has to do is ask Chris if he enjoyed being in that Loki movie all the chicks liked.

/I liked it.
//I liked it a lot.
 
2013-11-24 02:58:46 PM

Dragonflew: Teetotaler: Decillion: Wow, with that box office they might make a sequel to this Catching Fire film.

Might as well complete the four book set

Did I miss a joke?


They are milking it by making the 3rd book into two movies. Third book isn't well received so hopefully they deviate significantly to make up ~ 4 hours of film.
 
2013-11-24 03:16:48 PM

swaxhog: They are milking it by making the 3rd book into two movies. Third book isn't well received so hopefully they deviate significantly to make up ~ 4 hours of film.


They should just rewrite the whole book and make the characters go through a third Hunger Games.

They can still blow up a busload of kids with parachute bombs though, since that was interesting.
 
2013-11-24 03:20:20 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: GameVoid: Forgot how brutal the second book was. Essentially nothing good happens and Katniss gets mentally tortured for 2 horus 23 minutes. Very good movie though, but it is definitely toeing the line on the PG-13 rating IMO based on thematics alone. My 13 year old daughter who is a huge fan of the series did not take some of the scenes well seeing them on the screen instead of printed on the page.

Unfortunately you'll have to tell her that violence exists and the reason that books like this are published is the meaning behind it and not the violence alone. A book like this has a theme that (in addition to violence) shows the evils of a world that uses children to commit murder as entertainment, in order to keep their failing oligarchic fascist government system running.


Am I the only person who read this and thought 'this poster is a super pretentious d-bag?'
 
2013-11-24 03:24:36 PM

skinink: I thought the movie was okay. I was surprised how many big name actors are in this film though, it was nice to see. But I guess in the future, all men in the well to do state/capitol are effeminate, wear tons of makeup and are very flamboyant.

There's also a trailer for a movie called "Divergent" that looks like an offshoot of the Hunger Games.


The Divergent trilogy has been called a Hunger Games ripoff, but I'm assuming that's only by people who haven't read it.  It's a dystopia that was heavily (and successfully) marketed to the same audience, with similar book covers, but the actual plots and settings are pretty different.  I wouldn't say the writing is exceptional, but it's a good story that actually breaks a few conventions of the YA fantasy genre.  Notably, and both to the author's credit: no love triangle, and an ending that pissed off a lot of teenage fans.  I liked how it wrapped up, and I like the look of the movie trailer too - I'm still kind of astonished that they managed to get Kate Winslet.

I didn't hate The Hunger Games and I'm ordinarily a fan of Gary Ross, but I'm glad they changed directors - Catching Fire was a huge improvement.  Aside from the fact that it was more coherent all around, this movie was a better vehicle for most of the actors.  Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, and Elizabeth Banks were all better in this one; even Lenny Kravitz was, and he's miscast and not a great actor in the first place.  Philip Seymour Hoffman (predictably) and Jena Malone (surprisingly) were both fantastic additions.  But holy hell, Stanley Tucci.  I can't think of many times I've seen an actor take a relatively minor supporting character and just completely nail it the way he does.  Makes me hope they somehow manage to write him into the third one, even though I don't think his character made an appearance in Mockingjay at all.
 
2013-11-24 03:46:01 PM

INeedAName: DarkSoulNoHope: GameVoid: Forgot how brutal the second book was. Essentially nothing good happens and Katniss gets mentally tortured for 2 horus 23 minutes. Very good movie though, but it is definitely toeing the line on the PG-13 rating IMO based on thematics alone. My 13 year old daughter who is a huge fan of the series did not take some of the scenes well seeing them on the screen instead of printed on the page.

Unfortunately you'll have to tell her that violence exists and the reason that books like this are published is the meaning behind it and not the violence alone. A book like this has a theme that (in addition to violence) shows the evils of a world that uses children to commit murder as entertainment, in order to keep their failing oligarchic fascist government system running.

Am I the only person who read this and thought 'this poster is a super pretentious d-bag?'


I am a super pretentious douchebag! (you can spell it out, Fark doesn't censor that) But I shouldn't of said "unfortunately", I think children should be told by their parents what the meaning is behind certain things in media is. The Hunger Games, unlike movies such as The Fast and the Furious 666 (I wish they would make that, maybe they'll have a hearse in a race!), some movies actually have a point to make behind the violence. Like in Escape from New York, the "Good Guy" wasn't the president trying to get away from random gangs in the newly formed "Prison of Manhattan", it was about a fascist society that was formed in the United States and the perils that could occur if we let it happen in real life (I am still hoping to see a movie about Snake surviving Cleveland, but I doubt the studios would greenlight it).
 
2013-11-24 03:47:08 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: INeedAName: DarkSoulNoHope: GameVoid: Forgot how brutal the second book was. Essentially nothing good happens and Katniss gets mentally tortured for 2 horus 23 minutes. Very good movie though, but it is definitely toeing the line on the PG-13 rating IMO based on thematics alone. My 13 year old daughter who is a huge fan of the series did not take some of the scenes well seeing them on the screen instead of printed on the page.

Unfortunately you'll have to tell her that violence exists and the reason that books like this are published is the meaning behind it and not the violence alone. A book like this has a theme that (in addition to violence) shows the evils of a world that uses children to commit murder as entertainment, in order to keep their failing oligarchic fascist government system running.

Am I the only person who read this and thought 'this poster is a super pretentious d-bag?'

I am a super pretentious douchebag! (you can spell it out, Fark doesn't censor that) But I shouldn't of said "unfortunately", I think children should be told by their parents what the meaning is behind certain things in media is. The Hunger Games, unlike movies such as The Fast and the Furious 666 (I wish they would make that, maybe they'll have a hearse in a race!), some movies actually have a point to make behind the violence. Like in Escape from New York, the "Good Guy" wasn't the president trying to get away from random gangs in the newly formed "Prison of Manhattan", it was about a fascist society that was formed in the United States and the perils that could occur if we let it happen in real life (I am still hoping to see a movie about Snake surviving Cleveland, but I doubt the studios would greenlight it).


Please forgive my grammar errors! :-P
 
2013-11-24 03:50:13 PM

Pumpernickel bread: Mikey1969: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.

Both are in massive box offices hits.

Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star. Natalie Portman or Jennifer Lawrence? That's an argument whos outcome would be based on the average age of the men having the conversation

No, it's really an argument that has no conclusion, and anyone who tries do convimce o you otherwise is just lying and trying to White Knight his chosen heroine by pretending that the other is somehow a hideous zombie with no acting skills. Kind of like Kristen Stewart...

I think Portman and Lawrence are very similar in that while being above average in looks, neither is breath taking.   They are wildly popular in large part due to their personalities and intellect.   A stark contrast to the Megan Foxes of the world that bring fantastic looks, but noting else to the table.


They both seem to be the caring / nice sort.  Portman seems to be more on the proper/reserved side though, possibly indicating a good bit more vanity.  Lawrence has an attitude that takes no vacations, seems more fun.

As for breathaking, that's purely subjective.

IMO, Portman can be, but she just looks like she can be a real biatch as well, as if her smiles are fake and she wants to stab you in the neck.

Lawrence is very attractive, but time may tell a different story(that round face thing someone mentioned above). It's not that it is unattractive, far from it, I just wouldn't want to see her lose a ton of weight like some round faced celebrities have and end up looking like a crack addicted starved version of themselves. nor would I want to see her balloon up.  One of those "stay just as you are" girls.  Sure, age, but take care of yourself.
 I'm sure she could be a biatch too, but more like any normal person.  Almost all of her smiles seem genuine, she's actually happy and it shows.(or if not, it demonstrates her acting ability).

Lawrence just seems more genuinely that good girl(despite the attitude and such), and Portman seems like she wears that as a costume.  Lawrence seems warm and approachable, Portman seems cold and pretentious underneath a facade.

/ah....lazy sunday afternoons where I can even think about such things
 
2013-11-24 03:51:03 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: swaxhog: They are milking it by making the 3rd book into two movies. Third book isn't well received so hopefully they deviate significantly to make up ~ 4 hours of film.

They should just rewrite the whole book and make the characters go through a third Hunger Games.

They can still blow up a busload of kids with parachute bombs though, since that was interesting.



They should recast the 4th movie with Japanese actors.

threerowsback.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-11-24 03:58:26 PM
DarkSoulNoHope:

Please forgive my grammar errors! :-P

Your on Fark.  Its not going to happen.
/snerk

IMO, you're right.  Hunger games is just the sort of material that should be discussed with kids.  At first I thought you were one of those christian movie reporter types blasting the movie, and that is why it should be discussed, like the dreaded sex talk with parents.

IMO, the movie/book, has some interesting aspects, especially for a young adult target audience, and we should engage our kids about it, instead of letting them get by like zombies and taking it at face value.  Entirely too much of that in society is already permitting them to become drooling barely functional humans at an astounding rate.
Make them think.
 
2013-11-24 04:05:04 PM

8 inches: Am I the only one that noticed how different Jennifer Lawrence's face looked from scene to scene? A couple of times I couldn't tell who I was looking at.


It's one of the things I like about her as an actress. She is quite the chameleon and I often have to do double checks to confirm that it is her Also she is a good actress and plays a major role in carrying the Hunger Games movies. The actors playing Peeta and Gale, on the other hand, come from the Kirsten Stewart school of acting (look pretty and just be a blank canvas).
 
2013-11-24 04:09:04 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.

Both are in massive box offices hits.

Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star. Natalie Portman or Jennifer Lawrence? That's an argument whos outcome would be based on the average age of the men having the conversation


No love for Kat Dennings?
 
2013-11-24 04:11:00 PM

hooligan sidekick: skinink: I thought the movie was okay. I was surprised how many big name actors are in this film though, it was nice to see. But I guess in the future, all men in the well to do state/capitol are effeminate, wear tons of makeup and are very flamboyant.

There's also a trailer for a movie called "Divergent" that looks like an offshoot of the Hunger Games.

The Divergent trilogy has been called a Hunger Games ripoff, but I'm assuming that's only by people who haven't read it.  It's a dystopia that was heavily (and successfully) marketed to the same audience, with similar book covers, but the actual plots and settings are pretty different.  I wouldn't say the writing is exceptional, but it's a good story that actually breaks a few conventions of the YA fantasy genre.  Notably, and both to the author's credit: no love triangle, and an ending that pissed off a lot of teenage fans.  I liked how it wrapped up, and I like the look of the movie trailer too - I'm still kind of astonished that they managed to get Kate Winslet.

I didn't hate The Hunger Games and I'm ordinarily a fan of Gary Ross, but I'm glad they changed directors - Catching Fire was a huge improvement.  Aside from the fact that it was more coherent all around, this movie was a better vehicle for most of the actors.  Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, and Elizabeth Banks were all better in this one; even Lenny Kravitz was, and he's miscast and not a great actor in the first place.  Philip Seymour Hoffman (predictably) and Jena Malone (surprisingly) were both fantastic additions.  But holy hell, Stanley Tucci.  I can't think of many times I've seen an actor take a relatively minor supporting character and just completely nail it the way he does.  Makes me hope they somehow manage to write him into the third one, even though I don't think his character made an appearance in Mockingjay at all.


They will have Tucci in Mockingjay, or at least the first film of it. Tucci's character interviews Peeta during Petta's pro-Panem propaganda appearances. Those should be quite interesting scenes. It almost makes sense splitting Mockingjay into two films (I see the first film ending after a certain couple of characters are rescued and the second film being about the aftermath of that rescue and the attack on the capitol). The trick will be keeping all of the action of the attack on Panem from going Baysian.
 
2013-11-24 04:55:07 PM

Pumpernickel bread: Mikey1969: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.

Both are in massive box offices hits.

Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star. Natalie Portman or Jennifer Lawrence? That's an argument whos outcome would be based on the average age of the men having the conversation

No, it's really an argument that has no conclusion, and anyone who tries do convimce o you otherwise is just lying and trying to White Knight his chosen heroine by pretending that the other is somehow a hideous zombie with no acting skills. Kind of like Kristen Stewart...

I think Portman and Lawrence are very similar in that while being above average in looks, neither is breath taking.   They are wildly popular in large part due to their personalities and intellect.   A stark contrast to the Megan Foxes of the world that bring fantastic looks, but noting else to the table.


Yep. Although I can't comment on Jennifer Lawrence since I don't know anything about her nor have I seen anything she's in. After a quick GIS I can say meh, not my type. But being cool and smart can bump someone up a lot.
 
2013-11-24 05:06:09 PM

swaxhog: Dragonflew: Teetotaler: Decillion: Wow, with that box office they might make a sequel to this Catching Fire film.

Might as well complete the four book set

Did I miss a joke?

They are milking it by making the 3rd book into two movies. Third book isn't well received so hopefully they deviate significantly to make up ~ 4 hours of film.


Ah, I understand now, I was not aware of that. I didn't mind the third book, but enjoyed the first two much more.
 
2013-11-24 05:07:23 PM

milkyshirt: Yep. Although I can't comment on Jennifer Lawrence since I don't know anything about her nor have I seen anything she's in. After a quick GIS I can say meh, not my type. But being cool and smart can bump someone up a lot.


Watch some interviews with her, and check out a couple of her movies. She is cool, smart, and extremely funny. It's almost impossible not to fall in love with her after watching a few interviews.
 
2013-11-24 05:44:41 PM

Dragonflew: milkyshirt: Yep. Although I can't comment on Jennifer Lawrence since I don't know anything about her nor have I seen anything she's in. After a quick GIS I can say meh, not my type. But being cool and smart can bump someone up a lot.

Watch some interviews with her, and check out a couple of her movies. She is cool, smart, and extremely funny. It's almost impossible not to fall in love with her after watching a few interviews.


i1211.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-24 06:24:51 PM

hooligan sidekick: even Lenny Kravitz was, and he's miscast and not a great actor in the first place. Philip Seymour Hoffman (predictably) and Jena Malone (surprisingly) were both fantastic additions. But holy hell, Stanley Tucci. I can't think of many times I've seen an actor take a relatively minor supporting character and just completely nail it the way he does.


I actually like Lenny Kravtiz a lot in the part (yeah, I'm the guy sniffling a bit in Cenna's last scene in this movie).

Jena Malone, I almost want a short film of her character.  She did damn nice work there.

Tucci is....wow.  Pulling that off in outfits that should be completely clownish and yet he just makes them work for him.  Same for Elizabeth Banks, who I think really pulled off a couple of scenes where her anger started to show through at the magnificent screw job all the tributes were getting.
 
2013-11-24 06:25:08 PM
Asa Butterball looks really creapy
 
2013-11-24 06:25:51 PM
When they keep jacking up ticket prices, its no wonder movies keep setting money records. Show me attendance numbers instead.
 
2013-11-24 06:39:21 PM

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: swaxhog: They are milking it by making the 3rd book into two movies. Third book isn't well received so hopefully they deviate significantly to make up ~ 4 hours of film.

They should just rewrite the whole book and make the characters go through a third Hunger Games.

They can still blow up a busload of kids with parachute bombs though, since that was interesting.


They should recast the 4th movie with Japanese actors.

[threerowsback.files.wordpress.com image 850x608]


Ah yes, the inevitable "The Japanese version was better" post. Great for hipsters who not only want to appear out of the mainstream, but also good to let people know that you can read subtitiles.

/Battle Royale was also derivative of a dozen other stories.
 
2013-11-24 06:56:55 PM

greentea1985: They will have Tucci in Mockingjay, or at least the first film of it. Tucci's character interviews Peeta during Petta's pro-Panem propaganda appearances. Those should be quite interesting scenes.


Thanks, I had forgotten about those interviews, but you're right.  If those scenes are anywhere near as good as I'm picturing, I might be tempted to start a grassroots Oscar campaign for Tucci.

I don't remember if the book mentioned Caesar's ultimate fate, but it wouldn't be that hard to write at least a brief appearance for him into the fourth film.  Likewise, I wouldn't be surprised if Effie gets a little more screentime than the books would indicate - Elizabeth Banks has done a lot for that character.
 
2013-11-24 07:06:00 PM

stoli n coke: Ah yes, the inevitable "The Japanese version was better" post.


the oddest thing is that it always feels they're contractually obligated to make the comparison. I thought the same thing about how threads about Twilight would inevitably lead to people bringing up Let The Right One In as being the real Trve Vampyre story.
 
2013-11-24 07:09:08 PM

JosephFinn: Same for Elizabeth Banks, who I think really pulled off a couple of scenes where her anger started to show through at the magnificent screw job all the tributes were getting.


Somehow I ended up on Banks' IMDB page a week ago and saw that she was in The Hunger Games.  Really?  I didn't remember that.  Rewatched it the night before going to part II and she just disappears into that role.  Solid job that she pulled it off and I had no idea it was her.
 
2013-11-24 07:13:41 PM
My outing to the theater this weekend involved watching the Doctor Who simulcast. It was so much fun seeing it with a big crowd of fans.
 
2013-11-24 07:16:39 PM
You could really see the wide Doctor Who fansbase, too. It was a healthy mix of young and old, with a lot of kids and teens who will likely keep the show going in one form or another for another 50 years.
 
2013-11-24 10:12:45 PM

JosephFinn: hooligan sidekick: even Lenny Kravitz was, and he's miscast and not a great actor in the first place. Philip Seymour Hoffman (predictably) and Jena Malone (surprisingly) were both fantastic additions. But holy hell, Stanley Tucci. I can't think of many times I've seen an actor take a relatively minor supporting character and just completely nail it the way he does.

I actually like Lenny Kravtiz a lot in the part (yeah, I'm the guy sniffling a bit in Cenna's last scene in this movie).

Jena Malone, I almost want a short film of her character.  She did damn nice work there.

Tucci is....wow.  Pulling that off in outfits that should be completely clownish and yet he just makes them work for him.  Same for Elizabeth Banks, who I think really pulled off a couple of scenes where her anger started to show through at the magnificent screw job all the tributes were getting.


I was unexpectedly invited to the opening of the film by a friend-with-benefits.  I figured I'd tag along because "hey free movie", but then was pleasantly surprised at the experience.  My thoughts pretty much mirror what you wrote.  I'd seen the first, thought it was pretty good but not amazing.  The second was just great though, mostly because of the great performances therein.  Tucci's phenomenal, Jena Malone is captivating in that very "should I be sleeping with one eye open" way, and Woody Harrelson manages to make a washed-up drunk look like he's five steps away from becoming a truly powerful and commanding war veteran, for lack of a better term.  Also, Lenny Kravitz really does do a good job for the role he's in, which admittedly isn't a huge role but is still something that requires at least a little acting talent.

Now I'm not saying Catching Fire was the best movie ever and deserves some Oscars, but I think if I'd paid for my ticket I would have gotten my money's worth.  At the very least it has one of the same distinctions as Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire: I do not want to read the books until the movies are done, because having no idea what's coming has really made them that much more enjoyable.
 
2013-11-24 10:14:52 PM

milkyshirt: Pumpernickel bread: Mikey1969: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Trocadero: Xmas at the Hemsworth house should be fun.

Both are in massive box offices hits.

Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star. Natalie Portman or Jennifer Lawrence? That's an argument whos outcome would be based on the average age of the men having the conversation

No, it's really an argument that has no conclusion, and anyone who tries do convimce o you otherwise is just lying and trying to White Knight his chosen heroine by pretending that the other is somehow a hideous zombie with no acting skills. Kind of like Kristen Stewart...

I think Portman and Lawrence are very similar in that while being above average in looks, neither is breath taking.   They are wildly popular in large part due to their personalities and intellect.   A stark contrast to the Megan Foxes of the world that bring fantastic looks, but noting else to the table.

Yep. Although I can't comment on Jennifer Lawrence since I don't know anything about her nor have I seen anything she's in. After a quick GIS I can say meh, not my type. But being cool and smart can bump someone up a lot.


It must be SO great to be cool enough that you don't know anything about Jennifer Lawrence and to be able to say she's "not my type". It's hard to understand why she would not be someone's type. But you stay cool.

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2013-11-24 10:56:01 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star.


This is no argument at all. Jennifer Lawrence is leagues above Portman, not that Portman isn't also good looking. Jennifer is the better actress too, though the gap there isn't quite as large (Portman is also a fine actress).
 
2013-11-24 11:45:31 PM

BigJake: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Really the only argument I could see is who had the hotter co-star.

This is no argument at all. Jennifer Lawrence is leagues above Portman, not that Portman isn't also good looking. Jennifer is the better actress too, though the gap there isn't quite as large (Portman is also a fine actress).


See I feel just the opposite.

Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful, but I would spelunk inside Natalie's butthole just to harvest brown treasures.
 
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