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******* “The Hunger Games” was a best selling book-now its breaking box office records. But is the movie any good? I’m Keith Kelly, and my thoughts are coming up right now. I’m not going to be comparing the book version of “The Hunger Games” to the movie version, because I’m one of the few that haven’t yet read any of the books. Instead you’ll get an unbiased look at how this story holds up as a film. Overall, this was an enjoyable, sometimes thrilling, futuristic adventure. It’s got a little bit of everything-a strong yet vulnerable female lead, a love triangle, battles to the death and a dystopian framework. It’s based on the young adult series by author Suzanne Collins, and is set in a messed up war-torn future, where America as we know it is gone-replaced by Panem-a country divided into the Capitol, and 12 other districts. Most of the country outside the Capitol is dirt-poor, with a small fraction of society controlling the wealth and power. Sound familiar? To keep the people in check, there is a yearly televised gladiator contest-a fight to the death, with the participants being chosen in a lottery system. There are 24 contestants-a male and a female from each of the 12 districts, and they fight on live TV until only 1 champion is left alive. The victor gets the spoils-a life of wealth and luxury. The film mostly centers on the two tributes from District 12-Katniss and Peeta, as we follow their grooming, mentoring, and finally, their battles to survive. The strongest part of this film is it’s lead actress, Jennifer Lawrence. She plays Katniss with just the right mixture of toughness and sensitivity, which really helps anchor the story. The believability of her portrayal helps drive the emotions of the film. I’m not sure how she stacks up to the book version, but she nails it in the movie. Also excellent were Stanley Tucci as TV Host and MC Caesar Flickerman and Woody Harrelson as Haymich Abernathy-a hard drinking former District 12 combatant who years earlier survived the Hunger Games. The weakest link was Josh Hutcherson as fellow District 12 Tribute Peeta. I know I’ll probably get a lot of “you’re so stupid!” comments from the young female viewers because of his growing popularity and hunkieness-but hear me out. There was nothing technically wrong with his performance. But Peeta didn’t come off as a fully realized person to me-he seemed more like an actor emoting and forwarding the narrative than a living, multi-faceted human being. I’m not sure if there were more shades of grey to his character in the novel-but in the film I didn’t quite buy the character or the portrayal. Maybe if I were a 12 year old girl I would be head over heels in love with him-but I’m not and I wasn’t. The pacing was well done, moving at a nice clip for a long movie, and the tension and scares were handled well. However the cinematography and editing of the hand to hand action scenes were all “shaky cam” with lots of really fast cuts-which is not my favorite way of viewing fight scenes. Yes, it’s realistic and visceral-but you can never tell who’s stabbing who or who is winning until the victor stands and the vanquished lies dead. Even with all my quibbles, “The Hunger Games”, directed by Gary Ross, is a very solid first entry in the franchise, earning it a grade of “B”. I’m Keith Kelly. Let Innovative Communications translate your company dreams and vision into a cinematic video that gets results. Contact Keith Kelly to get started. *******
27 Mar 2012
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XG2 review! *******www.ClassicGameRoom**** Shop CGR! *******www.CGRstore**** Classic Game Room reviews EXTREME-G 2 for the Nintendo 64 from Acclaim and Probe released in 1998! XG2 is the direct sequel to 1997's excellent Extreme-G for the N64 and plays much the same with hyper-fast driving, wild track designs and futuristic weaponry. While the designers seem to make the game more EXTREME!!! for Extreme-G 2 they also mar its performance with murky visuals, frequent slowdown, boring music and clumsy track designs. XG2 is a fun game but a step back from the original that remains a futuristic combat racing game worth playing if you can find it for a good price (which you should be able to). CGR Extreme-G 2 video review features XG2 gameplay on N64. XG2 has numerous codes and cheats that unlock new bikes and features.
4 Jan 2013
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9 Apr 2013
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When Tilda wakes up to find herself the last human on earth she goes on a journey along with her bunny rabbit Shane, experiencing both the immense joy and crippling loneliness of a world without humans. Sydney Film School © 2017
30 Jun 2017
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Sneak Peak: Making of Super Bowl XLI Commercial Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stars in Budweiser Ad With over 90 million viewers expected to tune in to this year's Super Bowl, advertisers are pulling out all the stops to make their campaign stand out. We were able to get a sneak peak at the making one of this year's humorous Budweiser ads, where the creative team known for creating "Bud Bowl," the "Whassup!" guys and the Budweiser frogs is bringing in NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a new spin on their spots. For this year's ad called "Apocalypse," creators pulled out all the stops including fire-bombs, high-speed car chases, stunt jumps and helicopters to create a high-intensity, epic production. Shot near Lancaster, Calif., the scene is a barren desert depicting the end of the world. The four-time consecutive winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver award takes on an angry group of post-Apocalyptic mutants for his highly coveted Budweiser. Anheuser-Busch - the game's largest advertiser - has 5 minutes of commercial space this year. To prepare they spend months crafting ad concepts, and out of dozens of ideas, the company commissions more than 30 ads to be produced. Then the creative directors, producers, and director go to work to make ads that last for seconds - but have us talking for weeks. Anheuser-Busch has been producing Super Bowl spots since 1975 - and last year won its 8th consecutive USA TODAY "Ad Meter" victory. Produced for Anheuser-Busch
20 Jan 2007
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*******www.whatawaytogomovie**** presents another clip as part of the "Why are Things Falling Apart?" series. In this one, Ran Prieur talks about civilization's cravings of a post apocalyptic world.
8 Jul 2008
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This 1950s U.S. Army training film deals specifically with the psychological trauma that soldiers who witness mass casualties on the battlefield due to a nuclear attack would experience. Far from adequately prepping military officers for a post-apocalyptic disaster and its emotional scarring aftermath, the film informs its audience that nervousness, confusion, and sadness can all be expected as a normal part of dealing with such a catastrophe. Don't dwell on the destruction of nuclear weapons and atomic bombs, the film claims! A soldier can soon recover from this mental trauma and get back out on the front. Laughably, the only physical effects that are touched upon deal with minor burns. Management of Mass Casualties provides an astonishing examination of military psychology in the 1950s.
28 Sep 2009
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Ron rocks out post apocalyptic style with Ray Fawkes and Cameron Stewart's new book from Oni Press, The Apocalipstix Free iFanboy Daily and Weekly Video Podcast on iTunes: ***********/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=268248403 Revision3 Facebook Fan Page: *******www.facebook****/pages/Revision3/22121885080 For more visit: *******revision3****/ifanboy/
21 Aug 2008
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Ron rocks out post apocalyptic style with Ray Fawkes and Cameron Stewart's new book from Oni Press, The Apocalipstix
21 Aug 2008
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Vin Diesel stars as a mercenary hired to deliver a package from the ravages of post-apocalyptic Eastern Europe to a destination in the teeming megalopolis of New York City. The “package” is a mysterious young woman with a secret. # Genre:Action and Adventure # Director:Mathieu Kassovitz # Cast:Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong
22 Aug 2008
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This clip features exclusive game footage from the new game Babylon AD. In this real-time multiplayer game, users come together in “one-on-one cage fights” set against the post apocalyptic backdrop of BABYLON A.D. In a bid to force their way up the rankings and become the ultimate Cage King. Users sign up, create their own unique avatar fighter, and can then host of join a fight in a number of virtual cages with participants from around the globe.
23 Jan 2009
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Vin Diesel stars as a mercenary hired to deliver a package from the ravages of post-apocalyptic Eastern Europe to a destination in the teeming megalopolis of New York City. The “package” is a mysterious young woman with a secret. TITTY
8 Sep 2008
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