June 17, 2013

Hunger Games!!

Statutory Warning: This post is not for Hollywood movie lovers.

                                           
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My first encounter with Hollywood movies was in the summer holidays of the early 90s. A VCR was rented and movies were played round the clock. Mama introduced us to Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon", "Mackenna's Gold" and "Gods must be Crazy". I can count the Hollywood action movies I have watched on my finger tips. We girls bunked college one day to watch Anaconda. I can write an entire post on it. MI- II with a bunch of guys, a decade back. All I can remember about the movie was Tom Cruise. He's handsome. Ain't he? The others with my sonny. Iron Man - 2 for a Mother's day which sucked the iron out of me. Avengers which turned out to be Revengers. Let me not digress.

I who hardly watch TV, who rarely watch Hollywood movies, have been lured by my dearest BIL to watch a movie called 'The Hunger Games'. I asked, is it an action movie? Basically, I don't enjoy action movies. I love drama. Call me a drama queen. He says, yeah didi, it is, but it will be nice. Okay. I thought why don't I try. Being the impatient being I am, I bombard them with questions and get a gist of what the movie is about. 

For those of you who haven't watched it, here it is in brief. The movie is shot into the future where there is a reality show. Two participants are picked from the existing 13 districts and they are supposed to kill each other in order to survive as the winner. First thing first, I HATE reality shows. If you ask me why, I really don't know why. I just don't like them. I never watch them. Period!!

Second thing, what kind of a show is it where you kill each other? To emerge as a winner? What are we trying to prove here? The writer and director artistically projects it as surviving rather than brutally saying, killing. The concept irked me to no end. Come on now, it's a movie....relax girl! Yes, I need to grow. And yes, I still belong to the old school. 

However, I manage to finish the movie amidst texting on Whatsap, reading the sub-titles, (Yes, I need sub-titles for English movies).

Ufff!!! Human brain is turning psychopathic by day. And you call it, Science Fiction!!!!

P.S: I have written this post in between mood swings and completed it force-ably in order not to go into the writer's block everyone talks of. Thank you for bearing my rant if you have come to the end :D

41 comments:

  1. We had a hindi movie on the same story..it was called Luck, and I didnt like the idea of such reality show..

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    1. Oh ok..Never heard of it..anyway, I had been watching very less hindi movies for many years now..I know, the concept itself is so weird..

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  2. Ha Ha Latha! How you changed tracks from 'Mackenna's Gold' to 'The Hunger Games'! I am sure the blood letting and ghastly games have taken over from clean fun:( Back from holiday reading posts once again!!

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    1. Glad to have you back, Rahul sir. I read half of your Srilankan trip..yet to finish it.. :)
      I donno what kind of fun these games are..even the videdo games that kids play these days..they make me sick.

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  3. :D I watch only Rom-coms but then it has been years since I stepped into the theater/multiplex to watch.
    Reality shows....now don't get me started on them

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    1. Even I enjoy watching rom-coms.. :) Glad I have a company here, on reality shows :)

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  4. reality shows are meant for people whose emotions are not real.i don't watch reality shows coz am real human.i din't watch hunger games after watching trailer coz i felt it was boring.we can read a movie from its trailer.

    am a movie freak,am fond of animation movies,adventure and genuine sci-fi movies.movies like wall-e,man of steel(super man) brings you emotions and power of self-belief to the core.

    in the end,this world is all about survival of fittest.i want to ask you something,so you are never selfish,jealous ,greed in your entire life for your lil comfort?

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    1. Welcome here Shiva. I am not against movies or action movies for that matter. I do enjoy some of them..not these sci-fiction movies..
      That's a very self thought provoking question, Shiva. I'm not a saint to not be selfish, jealous or greedy. There were and there would be many times in the past an future when I would behave with those qualities. At the same time, I wouldn't be selfish or greedy for lil comforts. I try my best to restrain myself from them :)

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  5. Agree with Renu... Luck is the Hindi movie which is similar to Hunger Games. I had seen another movie in which convicts had to kill each other and bets were placed on them. Even Death Race series is also based on this theme.
    I am a passive TV watcher... as the remote is in the hands of you-know-who and he watches only Hollywood movies so have heard/partly seen almost all English movies shown on TV a 2 dozen times!

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    1. Oh yaa..I know well..who has the remote :)
      And no wonder you must have heard or seen those movies 2 dozen times :)

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  6. oh my god I saw this movie over weekend!!! What a bad screen play actually nothing is there to do in that !!! I totally hated entire movie !!!

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  7. Even i can't watch reality shows-they are awful;and Hollywood movies--very few.
    Btw this is the best way to let out your emotions-by writing this post i mean!

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    1. OH Thanks for the boosting, aunty. If you say that, my blog will be full of my rants now on wards.. :P

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  8. I can't say much, as I don't watch realty shows or movies based on them. I don't mind some of the action movies, but I am not a great fan of them. I like comedies and romantic movies, language no bar. BTW go and see Hachiko, you will love it, and would not mind seeing it again and again it is so good. And Sleepless in Seattle, Serendipity they are movies, i never get tired of watching whenever it is shown on TV, these are old movies but still they are gems.

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    1. Same is the case with me, Rama. Hachiko, I will watch it. I have watched Sleepless in Seattle and loved it. Serendipity also been on my list for so long..I was just asking my sis about it and here I see your message :)

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    2. OH Hachi...I watched it...I got it from the Folsom library once for my kids and all of us watched it together. It's about the dog na...beautiful movie.

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  9. I saw the movie a few days back. It was all right. Nothing great. And I watch loads of movies, so I can tell you that you were right in thinking that the concept was weird.

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    1. Glad that I am not the only one who thought so..yes, I do watch lots of movies, somehow these kind of films irritate me.

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  10. Hi FIF

    Its actually based on a book series. The books are good, I have read the entire trilogy. Actually the story does not encourage reality shows or anything. Guess you missed the intro part. There is some uprising in which the districts raise against the ruling Capitol. The villainous preseident puts it down but as a kind of punishment devises this concept of Hunger Games where two chosen teenagers from each district will have to compete in the games. Its actually like a forced thing on them. Do read the books if you get a chance!

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    1. Yes, Jaish. My sis also told me the same. It is based on a series of books. Even after you explained me the intro part, I have no liking for it :) After watching the movie, I wouldn't read the book. Thank you for the recommendation, though!

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    2. :) I did the reverse, read the books first and then watched the movie. Had I seen the movie first maybe I would have reacted similarly! :D Actually they have planned movies for the remaining books as well :)

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    3. Haan...I also heard the same...that they are going to make the other books into movies..may the lord save the audience :P Hey, btw, can I have your email id? I didn't find it in your blog?

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  11. Even I hate reality show and such movies where you have to kill to survive. House of 9 is one such movie and totally depressing.

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    1. Ehh?? Thanks for letting me know, I wouldn't want to watch it.

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  12. I couldn't sit through the entire movie.

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    1. Glad that there are many like minded people like me :)

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  13. Didn't watch the movie and I am glad. The concept does seem weird to me.

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    1. Yes, Jas. It is weird. There is nothing in reality like that, but no wonder something like that to happen in the next century or so.

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  14. Ha ha. I've always had the feeling Hollywood movies are better than ours. Atleast to an extent. But this is gross. Seriously.

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    1. They are better than ours, definitely. But only in taking and techniques. I find many of them very far from nativity.

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  15. A movie where people are killing each other in the name of a reality show?! That is a bizarre concept, I am not sure if I would be able to sit through it too.

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    1. Yeah..It seemed so weird to me. I don't know how I watched the entire movie.

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  16. I have seen this book at home and my daughter reading it. I have never felt inclined to try it because of the name. Now that I have read your review, I don't think I will read it coz I have reality shows too and I don't like the idea of participants killing each other either!

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    1. Welcome here, Meera. :-) Sorry for the delayed response to your comment. Initially, I thought I was the only one who didn't like it, but many of my readers didn't like it either.

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  17. The movie does not seem to interesting. I read the book but left it half way.

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    1. I have a good lot of company here, Usha ji. :)

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  18. hahah! Hunger games (both the books and movies) are a rage in the US. I seen none of them because I don't find the concept interesting at all!!
    On another note, I loved Bruce Lee and The Gods must be crazy!

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    1. Arre, yeha pein log crazy hain naa! They like all these weird stuff. I don't like anything that sounds like aliens and stuff like that. Oh yes, old is gold any day. May be we will like these stupid movies when we become old and even crazier things come into place :P

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  19. Ha Prudhvi,
    You and me we share the same taste here :). I too hate action movies. I am all for comedy and after becoming a Mom up for Drama :).
    I have been waiting for your posts so long..when is the next one?

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    1. Hello girl, thank you for reminding me that I need to write... :) will post one soon. I have so many in drafts..will publish at least one. you'll be shocked if I say something. Will message you offline.

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