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Hank Green video on the message of the Hunger Games, and it's reflections on society.
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^ I think THG goes beyond our society. Yes, Panem is a reflection of our (i.e. Western) culture, but THG addresses a larger issue: the unchanging human heart. You can pretty up our countries all you want, but ultimately it isn't the system that's the problem - it's us. I didn't fully appreciate this until my re-reading when I viewed the first two books in a different light after Mockingjay. The Greco-Roman character names struck me as a little odd the first time, but now I see that it ties into the theme of history repeating itself. In many ways Panem is like ancient Rome, yet it's a not-too-unimaginable future for our culture. When we see Panem becoming a Republic again (how often has that happened in history?), we might feel good until we hear Plutarch talking excitedly about his plans for producing a new American Idol-esque reality show. Then we know the rebellion was ultimately for naught and that the cycle will begin all over again.
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Lionsgate has confirmed Francis Lawrence as director for Catching Fire. Thank God, no more shaky cam.

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I honestly didn't mind the shaky cam.

Francis Lawrence is gonna do great though, I love his cinematography.
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I'm not going to be watching this movie, so who directs it doesn't really affect me, though I would like to weigh in on the subject of shaky cam.

I have no problem with shaky cam, when it's used sparingly. Much the same as I'm okay with lens flare and slow motion moments. They're okay, but they should be used sparingly. Take Firefly, for instance. For the crew of Firefly, hand-held cams were used, with shaky/unsteady effects - yet for the government and its employees, steadycam (and sweeping shots) were used. So I'm inclined to think not overusing and using them in contextually correct scenes is best.
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I liked the shaky cam and I wouldn't be surprised if it makes its way into Catching Fire, because it masked the violence.

I'm not feeling good about Francis Lawrence. He's made three movies (I haven't seen any of them) and two have a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the other has a decent 69%. Doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. Lionsgate had better directors in consideration, but they couldn't fit in the tight schedule. The rush to get these movies out will kill the franchise, mark my words.
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@Reep: Don't trust Rotten Tomatoes man. They are notorious for their critics letting trivial things get in the way. One guy rates everything without an African-American male lead with a 20% or less because its racist, another will give anything with Nicholas Cage rave reviews. Rotten Tomatoes is a place where people are paid for opinions, and I don't trust them as much as metacritic and such.
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His ratings on Metacritic are even worse. Wink
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Well, I liked I am Legend and Constantine. I think he's a good fit for Catching Fire. I Am Legend is also post-apocalyptic so he can do that.
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I Am Legend was great, but Constantine could have been better to me. But I Am Legend was more recent and shows more maturity as a director so I'm ok with his appointment.
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I loved Constantine! Such an underrated flick, IMO. I Am Legend, however, I didn't like at all. Well, I liked the first half. Then I thought it really stunk. But both movies had a nice period in developmental hell, so you can't really put their faults on the director.


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I've never seen any of Lawrence's films, so I have no opinion right now.
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I Am Legend was totally awesome, the ending could have been better though.


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VileZero wrote:
I loved Constantine! Such an underrated flick, IMO. I Am Legend, however, I didn't like at all. Well, I liked the first half. Then I thought it really stunk. But both movies had a nice period in developmental hell, so you can't really put their faults on the director.


Constantine took a good graphic novel and did odd things with it. Honestly I hated Shia, other than that it was a decent film, but the need to toss him in as obnoxious comic relief took away from it for me.
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I'm going to watch either Constantine or I Am Legend (probably the latter) in the near future so I can judge for myself.
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