Hunger Games

Clear History, Thor 2, Hunger Games and much more Upodcast

Back in the chair for Upod we have a varied episode, covering a multitude of films.

Heavy duty stuff to begin with as Asim and Martin have been watching documentaries.  Utopia, the latest from John Pilger, takes its name from a region of Australia’s Northern Territories.  Home to many aborigines the reality is that Utopia is far from being that for the indigenous population and in the eyes of the film maker, is proof that apartheid is sadly alive in a modern, prosperous, 21st century democracy.  The good vibes continue with Martin’s documentary, How to Survive a Plague.  It tells the story of how the gay community in New York fought back against the lack of HIV & AIDS healthcare provision in the face of people dying in their droves.  How to Survive a Plague is notable not only for the story it tells, but also for its almost exclusive use of archive and library footage.  Two absolutely affecting films that are well worth watching.

Lightening the mood somewhat, we then talk about the two current sequel movies – Thor 2 and Hunger Games 2.  No, of course they won’t be up for Oscars but bloody hell they are good fun and perhaps more importantly, build on the first instalments.  Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be difficult to better the first Hunger Games.

The main event and provided by someone close to Upod’s hearts, is Clear History.  The HBO produced and Larry David written movie takes us into familiar Larry territory, but is there more to this than an extended episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?  We talk you through most, but not all of the huge cast (Michael Keaton, where have you been all these years?) and a few of the gags.  The transition from the small to the big screen is not easy pull off, but if anyone can accept the challenge, it’s of course Larry David…looking like a cross between a hippy and a caveman.

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Hunger Games Upodcast

A podcast we recorded earlier this year but never got a chance to post it, but now since Hunger Games has just released on DVD and Blu Ray, we thought it was the right time to revisit our chat with this episode’s guest avid Young Adult novel devourer and Harry Potter expert Anandini from Potterpensive.tumblr.com and Bollystalgia as well as all round awesome internet person Erin Georgiana, check out her Vlogs on YouTube.

We talk about the how the Hunger Games franchise stands up against other YA novels, if the book are better than the movie, what we hope and expect from the next installments and some of the major controversies and critics about the movie adaptations.

The Article from MovieCityNews we mention in our show can be found here.

 

Check out Amaluu’s  work on Potterpensive.tumblr.com, or follow her on twitter!

Erin on eringeorgina.com and her twitter handle is here!

Listen/download/stream the show below and let us know in the comment section what you thought of our chat!


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Hunger Games Teaser Trailer

Apparently the MTV awards were last night, an event of no relevance except to teens and people with too much time on their hands. Beyonce showed of her baby bump (fingers crossed it’s an amazing female rapper with the booty bouncing skills the world has ever seen) and the other exciting news was the first teaser for Hunger Games, the young adult trilogy of novels by Suzanne Collins, got released.

 

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz and directed by Gary Ross (SeaBiscuit, Pleasantville)  is releasing 23rd of March 2012 and we have the wonderful Jennifer Lawrence ( we have raved about her many times in our podcast, recently in episode 27 where we reviewed her performance amongts many in Xmen First Class )  present the video too.

There’s not much to see in the teaser but what we see is enough to get a vibe of what the movie will look like.

 

Here is a synopsis from IMDB

In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. As the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss‘ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

We are currently stuck in the second book preparing for a dedicated podcast very soon, but we are slow reader so you will have to bear with us.

 

Are you excited for the Hunger Games?

Let us know in the comment section below

 

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