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"The Hunger Games" (sudden smash movie)
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Posted on 03/24/2012 4:50:45 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network

It seems a box office phenomenon is happening right now.

"The Hunger Games", from previews, seems to be setting all sorts of records this weekend.

Very captivating camera work, and a sort of 'blade runner' sort of theme it would seem.


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Wondering if any FReepers have seen it?

Is it in any way the typical Hollyweird leftwing agenda propaganda film?

Does it subject viewers to unwelcome homosexual crap? Like most Hollyweird stupidity anymore?

Or worth watching?

1 posted on 03/24/2012 4:50:55 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

sudden smash?

no, people have been waiting for this movie for some time.

The books were all big sellers.


2 posted on 03/24/2012 4:52:35 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I saw it today. It’s a girl power movie. It’s going to make a ton of money.


3 posted on 03/24/2012 4:53:41 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

it is good

i saw it twice with my daughter, who is infatuated with the books

it can easily be used to point out how evil that government control is


4 posted on 03/24/2012 4:54:10 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: vladimir998

So is it Hollywood leftist crap?

Never heard of it before 5 minutes ago.


5 posted on 03/24/2012 4:54:16 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: vladimir998

I just started reading this series of books on my Kindle and so far it is very good. I can’t detect any obvious lefty slant so far at least.


6 posted on 03/24/2012 4:54:59 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Saw it today and read the series. REALLY GOOD! It combines the roman gladiators with the short story The Lottery. Shows how governmentcan get out of control. Worth seeing.


7 posted on 03/24/2012 4:56:22 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I saw it yesterday and was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. There was a pretty high body count, but no profanity or sex.

At the beginning there was some of that “shaky camera” stuff, but thank goodness that didn’t go on very long. If I was the film’s editor I might have found 15 or 20 minutes to cut, but overall I would recommend it.


8 posted on 03/24/2012 4:57:30 PM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I saw it yesterday. Wanted to see what all the hype was all about. I haven’t read any of the books so thought I would have issues understanding the movie, didn’t have any problems. Every showtime for the film was completely sold out. I really enjoyed the movie. Didn’t notice any lefty ideology in it at all.


9 posted on 03/24/2012 4:57:55 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I’m curious about this one too. It’s been on the radar for a while as an upcoming blockbuster. My hope is that it’s not pure leftist agitprop (like, say, Avatar) since it will be seen by lots of skulls full of mush.


10 posted on 03/24/2012 4:58:13 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; vladimir998

I havent seen the movie yet, but the books are definitely not leftist propaganda. Underlying theme is seeking to be free of an oppressive government that rules by terrorizing the population with annual sacrifical games. A few postings I’ve seen elsewhere state that the movie has not received the ususal Hollywood leftist rewriting.


11 posted on 03/24/2012 4:58:48 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Basically, much less then normal.

Best Indicator: Several liberal newspapers (which is nearly all newspapers) have printed columns wondering if the movie is, “too violent.” They’ve never given a crap about rap movies, vampire movies, and most of the other garbage Hollywood turns. So it must have something to do with the message.

And at a fundamental level, if the lefties are against it, I’m almost always for it.


12 posted on 03/24/2012 5:00:32 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: I cannot think of a name

wow.

I’m sort of amazed at the comments.

I’m watching this. Thanks.


13 posted on 03/24/2012 5:03:37 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: Mr. K

May I ask what the recommended age limit is for this book? Is there questionable content, i.e. bad language, smut, etc.?


14 posted on 03/24/2012 5:04:52 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Saw it last night and didn’t find it exactly uplifting but it is well made. It is probably a cross mix of Gladiator, Running Man and Alice in Wonderland.


15 posted on 03/24/2012 5:05:21 PM PDT by excalibur21
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

sudden?


16 posted on 03/24/2012 5:06:30 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

It’s a great movie. I think better than the book.

The left spins it this way: the evil, capitalist 1% lives in the Capitol and exploits the lives of the 99% to live absurdly overindulgent lives.

Yet they don’t mention that this structure is a GOVERNMENT creation, not one that arose naturally from a capitalist economy.

The right sees the movie’s oppressive government as the oppressive government it is.

I say go see it and help boost their record-setting weekend—they’ve made a great movie that’s well-acted, well-produced, and except for 5 minutes in the beginning, nicely filmed.


17 posted on 03/24/2012 5:08:12 PM PDT by Feline_AIDS (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: Drango

Hey what can I say? :D

Every time I come to the unavoidable conclusion some channel is nothing but propaganda, I take it off my list to watch.

There’s so much leftist propaganda, that’s taken a lot of the “trendy” stuff off my radar.

(which I’m fine with)

I had never heard of the movie or the books. I’m just not that interested in Hollywood anymore.

Think I’ll make an exception for this one.


18 posted on 03/24/2012 5:09:50 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Seen it. To cover your questions: Highly recommend it. It is not typical Hollyweird leftist crap and the overriding message is the evil of a decadent, dictatorial government and the beginnings of rebellion against it. Low key almost romance. No Sex. Quite violent, but not graphic. It would be useful to either read the novel or a detailed summary before seeing the film, but that is not required.
19 posted on 03/24/2012 5:14:09 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Feline_AIDS

I thought it was interesting in the movie to see the contempt the president had for the “underdogs” living in flyover coal country.


20 posted on 03/24/2012 5:15:14 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: diamond6

SPOILER ALERT!! kind of...

We are all very into the books right now and I have just finished reading book 2 (can’t wait to get the last one!) There is no bad language, no smut, no sex HOWEVER there is some discussion about nudity and the two main characters sleep together for comfort (sleep only)

The main concern for the books is the violence. The children are pitted against each other to fight to the death. And it gets pretty gory. The story is on the dark side, not a light, uplifting story at all. But very interesting, very thought provoking. My 3rd son is dyslexic and is not that fond of ready, he reads VERY slowly. But he can’t put the book down.


21 posted on 03/24/2012 5:15:39 PM PDT by georgiagirl_pam (STEP ONE: SECURE YOUR DOOR (gives you time to get your gun!) mysafedoor.com)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Official Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgssLmsOa2s

I haven’t seen it.


22 posted on 03/24/2012 5:16:33 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Is it about when the stop delivering food to the local Pigly-Wigly, or whatever? Otherwise I'm not interested.

ML/NJ

23 posted on 03/24/2012 5:20:56 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; vladimir998
Steven Greydanus did a good review (Link) over at Decent Films. I wouldn't go see it myself (I haven't the stomach for horrendous violence) but Greydanus (whose judgment I trust) says it's worth seeing, and esp. worth discussing, for older teens/ adults.
24 posted on 03/24/2012 5:21:14 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


25 posted on 03/24/2012 5:21:42 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

The wife and I are going to go during the day this week. Looks good.


26 posted on 03/24/2012 5:22:17 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

I read The Hunger Games and found it tolerable, but not good enough to make me pursue the other parts of the trilogy that were sitting in my Kindle. Basically I considered it silly. Maybe because it was written on a sixth grade level (graduate school for those in the government system) the book seemed kind of flat. It lacked the character, background and plot development I usually complain about.

I actually found the movie much better than the book. The movie created the atmosphere that supported the story. The main problem was that, as usual, Hollywood sanitized the characters. It’s like real people make us too uncomfortable; we have to give them the “palm beach look” while they are living in apocalyptic squalor. Believe me, I lived in District 12 and the people there didn’t look like MTV. Jennifer Lawrence was too old and too fit for her character. She did a good job as the heroine, but she didn’t bring the emotional wallop of her performance in Winters Bone. Her partner in the games seemed more like her little brother than a serious romantic contender.

The movie did begin to drag in the last hour. Twenty minutes of scenery and dramatic pauses could have been cut or better yet, devoted to character development. Obviously you can bet on a body count of at least 23 participants; nevertheless the gore was handled tastefully.

I give it four stars. With all the schlock that comes out of Hollywood, anything that doesn’t send you reaching for the barf-bag, running for the fire-exit, or feeling you need a bath gets two stars. Hollywood has trouble with apocalyptic movies these days. They seem to close to reality.


27 posted on 03/24/2012 5:24:09 PM PDT by Babba Gi
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To: diamond6

The movie is PG13. It seems that most of the junior and senior high school kids in our church have read the trilogy and so have most of the parents. It is being recommended because of its story line of seeking freedom from an opppressive government, or perhaps I should say a dictitorial government. A friend at church loaned me the trilogy and I read through it in less than 2 weeks. It is also semi-science fictionish. Well written and flows nicely. Definitely not the type of book the current leftist oriented school and college teachers want their students to be exposed to. It might make them begin to think for themselves and resist their socialist indoctrination.


28 posted on 03/24/2012 5:26:22 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Mr. K; Cringing Negativism Network

i saw it twice with my daughter

Twice? I have been trying to take my wife and three kids (4th child too young) since it began on Friday and every show has been sold out. How on Earth did you get to see it twice? You are so lucky. This is a movie I can’t wait to see and neither can the family. Between everyone wanting to see it and the weather, EVERYONE is going to this movie. Hopefully tomorrow we will have better luck in seeing it.


29 posted on 03/24/2012 5:28:05 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Smashes Box Office
30 posted on 03/24/2012 5:33:04 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Babba Gi

>> Hollywood has trouble with apocalyptic movies these days. They seem to close to reality.<<

Are you kidding? 2012 is one of the funniest movies EVER. Except for Skyline which was even funnier...


31 posted on 03/24/2012 5:34:04 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Sarah Barracuda

No lefty ideology? Hmmm, maybe that’s why there was a hand-wringing article about whether children should see a movie where children kill other children. Good golly, I don’t think anyone cared when it was Harry Potter doing it.


32 posted on 03/24/2012 5:35:28 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: carriage_hill

Hmm, the government characters look like haughty French aristocrats. Is the point that they’re one percenters?


33 posted on 03/24/2012 5:37:36 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Tammy Bruce plays the handicapper general in 2081 (Harrison Bergeron)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvqsv1pPSbg

Everyone is finally equal

No one is smarter than anyone else

No one is stronger than anyone else

No one is better, everyone is worse

But in a world where the extraordinary is outlawed

only the outlaws will be extraordinary


34 posted on 03/24/2012 5:40:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: napscoordinator
"Twice? I have been trying to take my wife and three kids (4th child too young) since it began on Friday and every show has been sold out. How on Earth did you get to see it twice? You are so lucky. This is a movie I can’t wait to see and neither can the family. Between everyone wanting to see it and the weather, EVERYONE is going to this movie. Hopefully tomorrow we will have better luck in seeing it."

Provided the budget can support, look for an IMAX showing nearby. It is a little more expensive, but that may cut the crowd when running side by side with regular prints. Also, go on line and use a ticketing service (like Fandango) for that location, if possible, and book your tickets in advance.

35 posted on 03/24/2012 5:40:07 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I saw it Friday afternoon. I really liked movie. I haven’t
read the book, but the movie seems ok for older teens.


36 posted on 03/24/2012 5:41:12 PM PDT by jusduat (on the mercy of the Lord alone.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Read the books, saw the movie. I highly recommend them. No left wing propaganda. If anything, it shows how easy is it for a dictatorial government to oppress it’s people.


37 posted on 03/24/2012 5:45:01 PM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: carriage_hill

Thanks.
Found another trailer.

This movie looks quite powerful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUmWyeRFDZg&feature=related


38 posted on 03/24/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: diamond6

I would say not younger than 13..it is an intense series. No profanity or sexuality but violent.


39 posted on 03/24/2012 5:47:40 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Hot Air has a review of the film.
40 posted on 03/24/2012 5:48:39 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: cripplecreek

Hadn’t heard of this story. Thanks.


41 posted on 03/24/2012 5:50:08 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

My 14-year old daughter has a good eye, and thought the shaky camera was to show the difference between District 12 and the nice Capitol district - where the camera was in focus and not shaky from then on out. Sort of like in the Wizard of Oz.

As a 51-year old guy that hadn’t read the book, I really enjoyed the movie.


42 posted on 03/24/2012 5:50:39 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

The left hijacked it of course.

It’s more of “The Running Man” novel by Stephen King. Not the movie adaption with Ahnold.

Frankly I am tired of movies where waif girls beat all the larger boys and men. That’s not how it woudl really go down and I cannot suspend disbelief enough to stomach it.


43 posted on 03/24/2012 5:55:31 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

It is violent, but I don’t think it is any worse than what you might see on a T.V. show. However, there was a boy sitting next to us that was 9 or 10 and my wife exclaimed that he was too young. After the death of a special character he and his death left. Although the death was not too graphic or violent, combined with good character development it left me with a tear in my eye.


44 posted on 03/24/2012 5:55:31 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

That’s not a real trailer. It is a fan production, but pretty good for conveying the mood of the contest.


45 posted on 03/24/2012 5:55:44 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: 21twelve

Didnt Schlinders list have the shaky camera at times to show the intensity of the situation? When the capitol police were lining up the children for the reaping was when i noticed the shakiness. Hard scenes to watch as a parent.


46 posted on 03/24/2012 5:56:37 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Suzanne Collins says she got the idea for The Hunger Games while sleepily flicking channels between some reality-show game and footage of the invasion of Iraq until the images began to blur in her mind.

Right, the po' folks send their kids to the meatgrinder while the chickenhawks get fatter. The Iraq war, er, I mean the hunger games, are just entertainment for the wealthy.

There’s also an economic-oppression angle: Poor citizens can barter for food and other necessities by increasing the number of times their names go into the pool for the lottery. Thus, the rich are sheltered, and the poor are disproportionately at risk.

Ah, of course, an "economic oppression" angle!

And I notice that Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz are listed as producers. Who here thinks these guys would put their names on something with a real conservative message?

I can see this thing from a mile away. It is indeed leftist agitprop. Conservatives who see a conservative message in this film are being punked just like the ones who thought Avatar was about respecting property rights.

47 posted on 03/24/2012 6:04:44 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Truth29

Provided the budget can support, look for an IMAX showing nearby. It is a little more expensive, but that may cut the crowd when running side by side with regular prints. Also, go on line and use a ticketing service (like Fandango) for that location, if possible, and book your tickets in advance.

That is great advice. Thank you. I will try that. I especially like the IMAX idea. I am not sure why I didn’t think of it. Most likely because it is about 45 minutes from me, but that would be worth the trip.


48 posted on 03/24/2012 6:06:31 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I decided to take my 18 year old son out to see it as a surprised, after I bought the tickets and was in a terribly long line inside the theater he then tells me he saw it yesterday on a school class field trip.

So I returned the tickets for a refund.

It was a multiplex theater house and even with multiple showings it was sold out every single show.

I’ll wait for it to come out on Blueray, funny thing is when the overhyped Girl with the Dragon Tatto came out I passed up on it, picked up the BD movie and I must say it was actually extremely good!


49 posted on 03/24/2012 6:09:01 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: vladimir998

I’ve never heard of the book and am very skeptical about anything coming out from Hollywood. Just watched the movie with my wife and highly recommend it, powerful and disturbing, in my opinion...


50 posted on 03/24/2012 6:09:01 PM PDT by exinnj
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