Destabilizing tyrannical governments is nice and all, but given a choice between that and slaying a dragon, obviously the latter takes precedence. And judging from this latest Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster, that is precisely what’s happening. This is not “Fighting a revolution against a technologically advanced enemy” art work. This is “I’m gonna go shoot a dragon in the eye!” art work. Which I think we can all agree is an odd direction for the series to go, but anything is better than Katniss moping around and whining about how evil the capitol is but not actually doing anything about it for another dang movie, right? So bring on the dragons.
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I’d really rather not. I mean, I know I stood up to our horrible, despotic government in the most public way possible, thus sparking a revolution that you naturally assume I would be a part of, but I really just want to get back to deciding if I’m more interested in Bread Kid or Bow and Arrow Kid. Can’t we just go back to being slaves living according to the whims of a mad dictator and his city full of vapid, bloodthirsty reality tv addicts? Wouldn’t that be better? I think so.
Related Note: Isn’t Phillip Seymour Hoffman awesome? Just, whatever he does. Awesome.
I mean, you could be forgiven if you didn’t choose Team Peeta or Team Gale last time. Gale was in the movie for eight seconds, and spent most of that time just looking at things and being sad. And Peeta’s big achievement is lifting a heavy thing once. Otherwise he just sort of lays around, and gets rescued by Katniss. Which, while nice for eschewing standard gender roles, doesn’t really make him that great a contender in the Team Whatever competition.
But that time is past. There’s no more time to wait. This is the second movie. You can’t sit on the fence any longer, or else you’re going to go into the third movie way behind in your fandom. No one wants that. So, choose a side. The annoying bread kid, who wants to spend his days painting pretty pictures. Or awesome Thor Jr, who’s attempting to topple a tyrannical regime. Tough choices.
So, the last movie didn’t really explain it that well, but there’s this whole subtext (that eventually becomes text) about how Katniss is metaphorically the Mockingjay. No one actually bothered explaining the Mockingjay’s backstory in the movie, so the metaphor didn’t make a lot of sense. Still, it gets pretty important in the latter movies, so we’re going to just push forward with it, regardless. Hence this ridiculous outfit, with Katniss dressed up as some sort of Bird/Angel. Just the right level of creepy
Once again Stanley Tucci will appear as Caesar Flickerman (yeah, I know. I wish I didn’t have to read that name either) in the next Hunger Games movie. And once again his hair will attempt to steal all the attention. This time it’s going to compete heavily with his ridiculous suit as well. Basically the moral is that the future is just a million kinds of dumb. And full of incredibly unsubtle references to Rome.
“Isn’t Catching Fire just referencing the fact that the revolution we saw started in the first movie is building?”
“No, it’s a literal fire.”
“Oh, that’s… okay. And why the pin? I don’t understand why it’s so important.”
“See, that’s because we didn’t bother explaining the backstory of the damn bird, so it’s relation to Katniss is tenuous at best. For now we’re going to go with ‘She likes that pin’.”
From Entertainment Weekly is this new shot of Katniss and… Trident Guy? Fish guy? I don’t remember his name. But he’s got a Trident, isn’t that all that really matters? Meanwhile, Katniss continues to look angry with arrows. That’s her thing, she’s sticking with it.
And here he is putting the moves on Katniss, apparently attempting to make her comfortable by simulating a quiver. “I know you can’t wear it now, and that’s freaking you out. But just imagine me full of arrows. That should make you feel better.” Bread kid and Thor Jr are not going to be happy about this turn of events.
Rosario Dawson confirmed she’s back for Sin City 2. It’s not exactly “news” since we knew they were doing A Dame to Kill For, and Gail’s pretty important for that. It’s more just “Oh, my god this is actually happening, oh my god, Sin City 2.” The Dwight/Gail stories are my favorite, even over Marv’s insanity (although this features Marv as well, so, best of both worlds) so seeing that done is filling me with intense joy. Now if they could just do Family Values.
Oh, shit, I just realized Michael Clarke Duncan just died. Who’s gonna play Manute? Balls.
In other vaugely exciting casting news, Jeffery Wright, who starred in the last two Bond movies as well as other stuff, I’m pretty sure, will be playing Beetee, the crazy trap making ex-champion from District… something, in Catching Fire. He seems damn near perfect to me, but be prepared for a bunch of people to announce loudly that he’s terrible, because it turns out that a lot of people are still racist assholes.
Before I get into this, I am not a fan of the acronym BAMF. Same with GOAT and YOLO. Stop it, everyone. We get it, you are lazy. Also BAMF should be reserved for Nightcrawler and comics, but that’s another story.
Stupid title aside, this is interestingly creative take on putting all of your “strong” female characters together in the same piece of media. Exceptions of course to Bella and the tail end of Hermione (she seemed to get weaker as the series went on, and seriously, where did Ron come from?). Anyway, I’m curious where this goes, especially since I’m only familiar with two of the franchises here. Great “What if?” scenario going on.
Speaking as someone who pretty much hates the books, and, okay, enjoyed the movie, but clearly there were some flaws, even I’m watching this trailer and thinking they’re trying a little too hard. I mean, yeah, the shaky cam and the cake decorating and how terrible Peeta is, and how awesome Gale is and how they totally should have cast Thor Jr as Peeta since he’s so much cooler and how I’m not gay but I’m totally on team Gale are all accurate and funny. But then there’s a lot of stuff that they kind of went after that doesn’t make sense. Complaining that the rich folks clearly have the money to pay for the poor folks to eat when that’s kind of the point of the movie is kind of silly. And complaining that the poor people have projector thingys, when even if you haven’t read the books it’s made obvious that those are placed there by the capitol to force the districts to watch the contests, is just being intentionally obtuse. Oh, and Jennifer Lawrence is easily the best part of the movie. Complain all you want about the flatbread kid, but picking out a couple of bad lines and then claiming that Jennifer Lawrence can’t act isn’t really fair either. Not cool.
Also, I don’t think there are any gay vampires in Twilight. You’re thinking of Anne Rice. The vampires in Twilight are just annoying.