I've been really busy. It turned out that Spring Break was full of me being sick and working a bit, and finishing school projects. So much for getting a lot done. But, the awesome news is that I have a total of one more class after this semester before I can apply for transfers. Finally! I've just got to cross my fingers that this and summer semester I pass math.
In my English Lit class, I also discovered a fantastic writer, and I feel very ashamed for not knowing him before John Ruskin. The man is a genius. Read and glory in him. He had admirable ideas and intellect. But alas, I am about to have my test on the Victorian Period, and go onto the Moderns... I wish I could just read Victorian prose and essays all semester long.
Not much else going on otherwise
except that Tim Burton doesn't have creativity and is just out to wreck good media now. See, I went to see his Alice in Wonderland, hoping it to be more accurate of the books. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was very accurate, after all. Instead, I got a great sequel that was entirely misleading. He could have at least put a subtitle on, so the audience knew what to expect.
And now, he's wrecking the only soap opera that's ever had any merit to it: Dark Shadows
. I watched this and The Twilight Zone
all the time till high school, when the two shows disappeared off television. The thing about Dark Shadows was that it was good, it didn't go on too insanely long, and it wasn't your typical soap opera. Sex, lies, and crimes weren't the point. Supernatural, revenge, and finding oneself were what the story was about.
I'm not a diehard fan, since soap operas are admittedly stupid and not played well, but the film looks to be a comedy loosely based on the fact Barnabus got turned into a vampire by Angelique. I really want to wring Burton's neck; would it seriously kill to be original, or not make a film based on something if unable to do it at least half right?
But this leads right in to the journal, which I bet you guys cannot ever guess, given what happened a few nights ago!
Hunger Games time! It was pretty fun. The midnight showing wasn't as big(about half-ish) as the Harry Potter ones, nor as many costumes. It was mostly a few friends and I who were dressed up, everyone else wearing some memorabilia. However, lots of people asked for pictures with us, and I procured a fan club with the group behind us in line. I'm just amazed middle school kids can go to midnight showings; it wasn't till I graduated high school that I could do so without putting my grades at risk.
The movie was really good. In fact, it was very close to the book. It had deviations, and while some things were cut out, the deviations and add-ins were on the whole very good. I'm crossing my fingers that it'll stay this way for the other two films. People really deserve to have such adhering movie adaptions. As I've said before, I prefer miniseries to movies for accuracy, but miniseries just don't generate as much money.
And now, the review of one of the three movies I want to see this year. Obviously, there will be spoilers. I suggest turning back if you don't want to ruin the book/film for yourself.
What made the movie awesome:
The lack of music a lot of directors seem to be afraid of this. For at least half of the film, there is no background music. As much as I want my own personal theme song, the lack makes everything more tense. And dare I speak blasphemy makes the viewer immersion closer.
The shaky camera okay, so this is a half-and-half. The shaking wasn't as if it was a hand-held camera thank goodness. But it added to the realistic qualities. Usually I hate shaky cameras in big films, but here it works and at appropriate times.
The absence of Hollywood glitz I prefer indie film quality to Hollywood "make dirty sparkle", especially for this sort of film. The Capitol is glammed up beyond belief, giving a sense of shallowness to it behind the crazy fashions and money. But outside of it? No glimmer. That's how it should be corruption and death aren't meant to be pretty in the first place. Why hide the truth?
Subtlety and foreshadowing usually the most foreshadowing we get in a movie of the next film is at the very end, and a character's thoughts are placed directly on a platter instead of being presented in a way we must think it out. I like these things; the foreshadowing doesn't apply, but Inception
made great use the whole way along of coming to your own conclusions.
In The Hunger Games
, we get a few discussions between Seneca and President Snow, which gravitate towards the totalitarian government attitude. We also see Haymitch in the bidding zone, watching with what seems to be resentment(to me) of two children unwrapping a toy sword and play-fighting as if part of the Games themselves, smiling the whole time. And after Rue's death, we see the D11 riot mentioned in Catching Fire
when it first occurs.
I also liked that for non-readers of the series who watched the movie, Caesar and another Capitol reporter spoke as sportscasters to explain a few things during the Games. The use of media tie-ins was wise, and didn't hinder the flow or mood. Once again, it's awesome how anything Capitol was super-showy and contrasted with the more real situations.
What I wanted that wasn't in the movie:
Haymitch before the train I always laugh when reading about him at the Reaping. It's a shame we didn't get a drunkard yelling at the Capitol cameras and subsequently knocking himself unconscious.
Katniss and Peeta inside the helicopter, and their talk at the end both were pretty powerful in the book. Like with Deathly Hallows Part One
's absence of the scene with Dudley, I want to know why they wouldn't
want to add those.
No Madge she didn't have a big role in the books, but how are they going to present the 2nd Quarter Quell without Maysilee? But at least the Mockingjay pin was free in the movie. I was having doubts with just the trailer, since no one in D12 would honestly buy something frivolous like that.
The people complaining about the movie are also complaining about the lack of meaning in some areas. But I'm cutting slack for those areas, (most of the meanings aside from the Mockingjay pin's symbolism are fine anyway). The books are first person, so much of the meaning is within Katniss' head. How exactly would everything be translated unless we had constant inner monologue talking throughout the movie? It wouldn't. And having a character's voice telling us what they are thinking is messy outside of books. As in, thinking that the character is speaking and after you figure out that it's not, having to see the scene again. It's used a lot in anime, and at least for me, causes a bunch of headaches.
I think that the film made good use of Katniss' contemplative expressions, too. From the leaked scenes and trailers, I was afraid at first that she would be similar to Bella in the Twiblight films stuttering and without emotion. How silly of me to think that, since Katniss is actually developed and can think on her own.
The worst part of the midnight showing was when I had to go to work three hours after going to bed.
On my way home after the movie, I had some time to think about what I would say about it. And something struck me I hadn't ever thought of until then: by watching the movie, reading the books, and buying the promotional material, I and my friends were Capitol citizens in a sense.
This made me go back to the Kony issue, and why I was against the Kony 2012 activity. Except, I think promoting The Hunger Games
is a good type of consumerism. The series is a message for people to not be blind or remain stagnant with the government, but to rise up to action and do the right thing. And this might have cheesiness in it we need that message more than ever. A lot of people wonder why their country is going to pieces, or why bad laws are being forced despite the people obviously detesting them. Sure, politicians and companies have the money to infringe on us, but as shown in the series, a discontent majority can work wonders.
Comments welcome, as always. Stay awesome, everyone!
Awesome Groups and Activities
I don't know of anything this week. Awareness would be appreciated.
Thirty Day Music Challenge
Day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty - Breathe
Or the closest thing to it; feeling crazy.
Day 27 - a song that you wish you could play Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster (Neptunes Remix)
Day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument Funky Town
Day 25 - a song that makes you laugh Stuck Like Glue
Day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral Brighter Than the Sun
Thirty Day About Me Challenge
Day 23 - Give pictures of 5 people who are famous who you find attractive.
I'm not really into celebrities and actors, but here goes(and the images hate me, so I'm not bothering):
Audrey Hepburn. She's classy.
Yoda, a.k.a. Fountain of Knowledge and " 'Midget' is short for 'manliest man in all manlydom' "
Emma Watson, who has brains AND acting ability. She's got loads of money, but continues to go to... Ivy League, I think? Way to live a full life!
J.K. Rowling. Two guesses why.
That dude from Doctor Who. I'm not planning to start watching it and become obsessed(30+ years of episodes to catch up on? No freaking way!), but his derp faces I see on Facebook are pretty entertaining.