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No. 0     Original Topic:  The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 52   on  Apr 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM   Viewed 27429 times     
I probably won't ever see it for it really looks stupid.
No. 1     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  jadefox   Gender: F   Age: 53   on  Apr 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM     
I checked that out tonight too, and went instead to see Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

The Hunger Games looked like it will appeal to the teenager crowd, that the movie industry caters to.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was co-produced by the BBC, and Lionsgate Films, and was a mature movie theme, for mature audiences, but PG rated, which I like.
No. 2     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Darrell   Gender: M   Age: 58   on  May 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM     
I have seen it. I would not call it stupid. Everybody does tell me that if you have read the books the movie appears better. I have not read the books.

Myself, the plot is great. But the presentation and acting is pretty "lame".
No. 3     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Dare2BBold   Gender: F   Age: 51   on  May 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM     
It's an excellent movie. Not a Christian film but has a very strong spiritual message about finding & building hope & showing sacrificial love in very challenging times.

The main characters are teenagers but the storyline is rich, deep & goes beyond chronological age.

The interaction between Katniss & Rue, & Rue's people, offered some of the most touching moments in the story.
No. 4     Reply: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  PrincessConnie   Gender: F   Age: 50   on  May 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM     
Dare2BBold wrote:

It's an excellent movie. Not a Christian film but has a very strong spiritual message about finding & building hope & showing sacrificial love in very challenging times.

The main characters are teenagers but the storyline is rich, deep & goes beyond chronological age.

The interaction between Katniss & Rue, & Rue's people, offered some of the most touching moments in the story.



:rofl: Dare, are ya sure ya even watched the same movie as everybody else? :tongue:

I've never heard of it, but I expect it'll either be...
really stupid...
just for teenagers...
a great plot - but lame acting... :unsure:
or...really excellent.

:help:
No. 5     Reply: Re: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 52   on  May 8, 2012 at 6:26 AM     
PrincessConnie wrote:

Dare2BBold wrote:

It's an excellent movie. Not a Christian film but has a very strong spiritual message about finding & building hope & showing sacrificial love in very challenging times.

The main characters are teenagers but the storyline is rich, deep & goes beyond chronological age.

The interaction between Katniss & Rue, & Rue's people, offered some of the most touching moments in the story.



:rofl: Dare, are ya sure ya even watched the same movie as everybody else? :tongue:

I've never heard of it, but I expect it'll either be...
really stupid...
just for teenagers...
a great plot - but lame acting... :unsure:
or...really excellent.

:help:


LOL Connie, you are too funny!
No. 6     Reply: Re: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Dare2BBold   Gender: F   Age: 51   on  May 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM     
PrincessConnie wrote:

Dare2BBold wrote:

It's an excellent movie. Not a Christian film but has a very strong spiritual message about finding & building hope & showing sacrificial love in very challenging times.

The main characters are teenagers but the storyline is rich, deep & goes beyond chronological age.

The interaction between Katniss & Rue, & Rue's people, offered some of the most touching moments in the story.



:rofl: Dare, are ya sure ya even watched the same movie as everybody else? :tongue:


Hmmmmm, datz might 'splain a LOT ... :popcorn:



I've never heard of it, but I expect it'll either be...
really stupid...
just for teenagers...
a great plot - but lame acting... :unsure:
or...really excellent.

:help:



BUT whatever it was, it was most excellent! :cloud9:


Trust me, Connie...it'z nuttin' like the Book of Eli ...though you may still need a hanky... I did!
No. 7     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  PrincessConnie   Gender: F   Age: 50   on  May 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM     
Dare2BBold wrote:

Trust me, Connie...it'z nuttin' like the Book of Eli ...though you may still need a hanky... I did!


*whew* That's a relief!!

I will rent it when it comes out on video. My niece, who has similar tastes, told me that I need to see it. I told her you said about the same thing. :laugh:

No. 8     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 52   on  Aug 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM     
I'm afraid that even after a whole lot more time, I just won't come to feel motivated in the least to watch The Hunger Games.

No. 9     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  PrincessConnie   Gender: F   Age: 51   on  Oct 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM     

Well, I finally watched it the other night.

Not so much because of the (mixed) reviews here...as in spite of them. :tongue:

Two of my nieces highly recommended it. They are both girly girls, and I can't imagine either one of them watching a movie about people having to kill one another as a sort of entertainment for the wealthy elite.

What I DIDN'T expect is that it paralleled the way that our world is moving. With the elites organizing behind the scenes to make all countries third world countries so that the 1% rule, and everyone else is an expendable peasant only alive to serve the elite.

Now this is a theory that I have been resisting for a very long time. But it keeps popping up in every so many news articles that I read about something entirely different.

Soooo...beginning to see the light, I am willing to at least consider this conspiracy theory to be possible.

Anyway, the Hunger Games was an interesting look at where the US might be heading, if the elite are not stopped.

I think there are about 3 or 4 Hunger Games books. So I guess this is only a small part of the story.

I didn't really like it, and I didn't dislike it. The subject matter was awful:

rich living in decadent, lazy splendor

peasants living in abject poverty with no say over their own lives & separated from the elite by barbed wire fences and security teams

no way for the poor to move up the ladder

resistance is futile - when the poor tried an uprising, the child sacrifice was begun as a way to oppress the peasants forever

Just another reminder that it is easier to stop the elite from ruling...
than to TRY to get our freedoms back after we finally catch on and are willing to fight.

No idea what the message of the movie was supposed to be about. Still scratching my head.

No. 10     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Oct 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM     
insular926 wrote:

I probably won't ever see it for it really looks stupid.


If you didn't see it, then WHY post a review of it???
No. 11     Reply: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Dare2BBold   Gender: F   Age: 52   on  Oct 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM     
PrincessConnie wrote:

No idea what the message of the movie was supposed to be about. Still scratching my head.



For me the message of hope/life was introduced & guided my thoughts from the very beginning of the film...when we met Katniss, a young woman raised in an oppressive environment, who had managed to not only survive but become strong in the face of adversity. In body, mind, spirit. I really doubt my ability to go a'huntin' for food ....heck, I brake for squirrels who dart out into traffic! :shock: Yet her mom had become weak/er in the face of adversity, as had other characters in the story. Stronger & weaker...for good & for bad. The story offered food for thought on character development....the complex mix of nature, nurturing....via personal experiences, the lack of them or the shared stories inviting hearts to awaken to the seed of truth/life within them. Apparently ( I haven't read the book/s ) Katniss never really knew her dad yet, if I recall? , the stories of his life helped to shape who she chose to be/becoming. Recognizing it's a process.

She showed sacrifical love not only to her sister but throughout the film as she met & interacted with people from the ruling elite & the teams from the other districts....both of which were understood to be her natural obvious enemy. She extended a manner of love to her mom, even though she had lost respect for her. Some of the children had been raised as warriors to view their opponents as enemies that must be killed in order to survive & win their district a temporary reprieve....food, water, etc...from their hunger....but the problem is that that militaristic teaching just fed into continuing the cycle, playing the game according to the rules of the elite & keeping them in power. Keeping themselves/each district in bondage to those in power. Class/culture warfare. When one group claims superiority, in body/mind/spirit, over another. Romans over gladiators. Catholics/Protestants over Anabaptists. Europeans over Native Americans. Nazi's over everyone they believed were inferior to them. Whites over blacks. Men over women. Lot's of " ism's " we're invited to learn to cope with...

The message of life, liberty, freedom, justice for All....including our enemies, just spoke to me so strongly throughout the film....as it has throughout my life....that the only way to break free of the bondage of fear, hate, oppression ( which the ruling elite do to themselves as well, not just to those beneath them, & need/deserve people to help them see they too have been in bondage....as some of the ruling elite in the movie began waking up to too ...those with eyes/ears to see ) is to take back our freedom by refusing to hate the enemy, refuse to feed into the cycle. Claim victory over hate through convicting & comforting love....the spiritual message I saw in the film of the Cross working through it.

I saw the same thing in the movie Compliance. Different time, place & situation yet there is a similiar theme. Not to submit to the demands of authority figures who claim they know what is best & intend to rule the world according to their standards. For individuals to choose instead to stop & listen to the seed of truth planted in each of our hearts as to who our real enemy is....& fight/oppose him with convicting love, not hate. Having peace with the fact, as Katniss did....she didn't come home a conquering heroine that freed the districts completely but she did make a difference by planting a seed of truth & giving others the freedom to awaken at their own pace, well...having peace with not saving the world but knowing that a difference was being made for the better. Like the story Pink shared with us after her trip to Sturgis. Plant a seed of grace in the hearts of strangers, all of whom are sinners in their own way & we're not to be lost in assessing who is bad, worse, worstest???, & have faith/peace an impact is being made towards creating life.
No. 12     Reply: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Dare2BBold   Gender: F   Age: 52   on  Oct 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM     
jadefox wrote:

I checked that out tonight too, and went instead to see Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

The Hunger Games looked like it will appeal to the teenager crowd, that the movie industry caters to.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was co-produced by the BBC, and Lionsgate Films, and was a mature movie theme, for mature audiences, but PG rated, which I like.


The Hunger Games was marketed more towards the teenage crowd, but just like some Disney & Pixar animated films are targeted towards young children, the story has a broader appeal. Many mature adults have enjoyed & appreciated the books & film.

I saw Salmon Fishing in the Yemen a few months ago & really liked it! :2thumbs: It is a more mature theme designed for an adult audience, yet tastefully so. A couple weeks ago I was talking about it with a friend who had seen it recently, at my recommendation, & she shared how she had a different take on it then I had :shock: I guess when I'd been talking to her about it I'd put the adult relationships in the back of my mind & had forgotten the choice that had been made about one of them ( I don't want to give anything away! ) & so, well, um.... still don't want to give anything away, although it wasn't the sole theme in the film....imo , she had her own thoughts on that triangle....in light of her faith. Whereas my mind had been sooooooooooooo drawn to the Shiek's dream to share his passion with his people....& the ohhhhhh soooooo many pros & con's I could see....from a practical ecological standpoint & a more complicated relational philosophical standpoint....especially when it encountered opposition....

Well, I found it to be a very interesting & heartening film!
I highly recommend it! I don't really highly recommend The Hunger Games or Compliance because I think those stories tend to present a more obvious message that viewers will focus on & not appreciate a deeper message. Whereas Salmon Fishing in the Yemen offers a wider appeal/journey to explore.
No. 13     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Darrell   Gender: M   Age: 58   on  Nov 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM     
Despite it's failings in some areas, this has turned out to be one of my favorite movies of the past year. I have opted to own a copy.

In fact, it ranks in my top 5. But there were not that many good movies this past year.
No. 14     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Vickie   Gender: F   Age: 58   on  Nov 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM     
surprisingly I did enjoy this movie :thumb_up:
No. 15     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  outdoorman93   Gender: M   Age: 58   on  Dec 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM     
I just picked it up at the library............
No. 16     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Novelangel   Gender: F   Age: 43   on  Mar 13, 2013 at 6:12 AM     
I saw it and was surprised by the subject matter. I liked the movie but it certainly was gorey and featured violence towards children...something I'm seriously not used to watching. I do want to watch it again though, as I seem to have somehow missed some stuff as heralded in the above viewpoints. LOL. :tongue:
No. 17     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  outdoorman93   Gender: M   Age: 58   on  Mar 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM     
and it was pretty poor..........[the movie]

but the syndrome of what is most likely to come in one way from the control of the bankers bucks; people killing each other for their survival..

read between the lines
who do you think controls HOLLYWOOD
and the Banking usuary Monopoly.
No. 18     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 53   on  Jun 14, 2013 at 7:01 AM     
I'm glad that I never saw this movie, it seems like these days, IF the young really like it, don't go, it's probably not going to be a good movie.
No. 19     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 60   on  Nov 23, 2013 at 2:43 AM     
Strangely enough, I've had a couple of copies of the DVD almost since it first came out. They were bought for future gifts for my kids but somehow didn't make the grade, but since I bought them 'fresh' I got not only the DVD, but with the streaming alternative plus an 'extras' disc. Finally decided to 'break' one of them open.

Another 'strangely enough', Dare and I agree on much of this movie.

I found the movie strangely compelling, paralleling today's society in allegorical form, or more precisely, paralleling tomorrow's society. The Hunger Games is the story of the US, and much of the world...not today, but tomorrow, or next week, or next year, and I don't mean that facetiously, but rather realistically in the sense of general mob psychology. The poverty of the general society, contrasted with the lazy grandeur and spoilage of the Capital - that is us, or the process we are going though.

Oh, and about the story being for YA (young adults) - well it was, sort of, but the extras disc made it clear it was also intended for the crossover to adults...at least as the screenplay is concerned. I have not read the book yet.

This had to be a very tough movie to make, if one would attempt to keep it true to the book (as I understand it). Kudos for a job well done.

All in all, I think the movie has great value for a mirror-type of glance at what our society is becoming. Have to say that I really liked Jenifer Lawrence in the lead role also.

Storm-rating - out of
No. 20     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 53   on  Dec 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM     
Is the new one stupid too?

TELL ME?

Is there any Leftist propaganda in it?
No. 21     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 22   on  Jan 16, 2014 at 10:57 PM     
First movie good. Second movie good. Cannot wait for a third.

I liked the first so well I have since added it to my DVD/Blu-ray collection. Will do the same with the second when available.
No. 22     Reply: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 53   on  Jan 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

First movie good. Second movie good. Cannot wait for a third.

I liked the first so well I have since added it to my DVD/Blu-ray collection. Will do the same with the second when available.


Yes but IS THERE any Left-Wing propaganda in the newest ones?
No. 23     Reply: Re: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 22   on  Jan 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM     
insular926 wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

First movie good. Second movie good. Cannot wait for a third.

I liked the first so well I have since added it to my DVD/Blu-ray collection. Will do the same with the second when available.


Yes but IS THERE any Left-Wing propaganda in the newest ones?




Actually, I kind of view the movies as reflecting a battle against the left-wing agenda.
No. 24     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 22   on  Jan 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM     
insular926 wrote:

I probably won't ever see it for it really looks stupid.



The movie does have some "stupid" appearing "stuff" in it, but the message is deep and powerful, and can be compared to much of what we see going on today.

And I am really at a loss as to where you are getting left-wing propaganda from this movie. I view it as sharing the extreme opposite.
No. 25     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 53   on  Jan 23, 2014 at 4:17 PM     
OK, I'm going to try to watch these movies when I can and I will let you know if I see any Left Wing propaganda in it.
No. 26     Reply: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 22   on  Jan 25, 2014 at 1:49 PM     
jadefox wrote:
The Hunger Games looked like it will appeal to the teenager crowd, that the movie industry caters to.



The John Tesh radio program this AM reported that record numbers of adults are following the hunger games movies and are now buying the books. Studies indicate that ironically the story lines teach a lot of realistic life lessons valuable to a wide range of ages.
No. 27     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  SouthernLady614   Gender: F   Age: 47   on  May 22, 2014 at 12:48 AM     
I liked the movie. It was sad to see the people constantly punished for an earlier failed uprising. Katniss was the "mom" in her family which, unfortunately, isn't a new concept in some families. I appreciated her compassion for the other candidate, the young girl, whom she taught and watched over. I read all three books immediately after the movie and liked them to. I had to reserve them, and I am certain I was waiting for adult readers to return them.
No. 28     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Nov 21, 2015 at 4:07 PM     
The Newest Hunger Games Movie looks filled with Far Left Propaganda, I hope to get a review on it from at least someone here.
No. 29     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Feb 22, 2016 at 10:24 PM     
After seeing all, I have come to accept the entire series as very interesting. Great movies with a deep message relating to current times and the citizenry fighting back against the status quo.
No. 30     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 49   on  Feb 23, 2016 at 12:33 AM     

I loved the entire series!

The series was about fighting against the elite power who performed an unspeakable evil against its communities of workers (taking their children for the entertainment of a fight to the death). It's a fight for freedom from evil plot [so more of a message for overthrowing a government rather than a leftist message that I could see anyway]). I hope you get to see these movies, Insular. You might enjoy them!



No. 31     Reply: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Feb 23, 2016 at 1:28 AM     
CAsandie wrote:


I loved the entire series!

The series was about fighting against the elite power who performed an unspeakable evil against its communities of workers (taking their children for the entertainment of a fight to the death). It's a fight for freedom from evil plot [so more of a message for overthrowing a government rather than a leftist message that I could see anyway]). I hope you get to see these movies, Insular. You might enjoy them!





Are you kidding? His latest post is little different from his first - the obsession of a one-track mind.


Brad wrote:

The Newest Hunger Games Movie looks filled with Far Left Propaganda, I hope to get a review on it from at least someone here.


Like the earlier ones made an impression on you, Brad :headbang:

No. 32     Reply: Re: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jun 29, 2016 at 12:27 AM     
insular926 wrote:

I'm glad that I never saw this movie, it seems like these days, IF the young really like it, don't go, it's probably not going to be a good movie.


I have not found that to be true in recent years. If the young like it and cater to it, it has to be good, with some exceptions. I think too many unfairly discredit our young too much these days.

The first Hunger Games movie likely ranks amongst the best movies of all in recent years with all ages of movie goers.
No. 33     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Pink   Gender: F   Age: 59   on  Jul 3, 2016 at 1:19 PM     
I did like the Hunger Games. I think you should spent an evening and rent them and watch all 3 movies at the same time. I'm forever marred in seeing Donald Sutherland from now on .... Although I am glad I saw Donald in Pride and Prejudice BEFORE I saw the Hunger games....
No. 34     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  GrandmaT227   Gender: F   Age: 55   on  Jan 4, 2017 at 9:37 PM     
I've seen 3 of the 4 Hunger Games movies with my 16 year old and we both really like them. She read the books first and liked both books and movies.
No. 35     Reply: Re: The Hunger Games looks stupid...   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Feb 4, 2017 at 7:29 AM     
I have seen all. All good movies or at least still an interesting theme even if maybe starting to get somewhat "boring" in the presentation since the first movie. The first of the series is still the best. But I cannot wait until the next. And few to no such entertainment seriously garners my interest such as The Hunger Games series has. Well, the Jason Bourne series ranks in there too.