March 29th, 2012

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 15 "The Hunger Games' feed expectations

For all of the marketing hype surrounding **The Hunger Games, ** it is hard to believe that this young adult novel was published less than four years ago. This book has definitely struck a nerve with popular culture that is multigenerational. At the Friday afternoon screening that I attended, the Muvico Pompano auditorium was filled with senior citizens that seemed enthralled by the proceedings.

In the not too distant future, the United States of American has fallen and has been rebuilt into the 12 Districts of Panem. To recall the rebel uprising that caused the fall of USA, the totalitarian government selects 24 teen agers (2 from each district) to be sacrificed in the nationally television sports/reality television show, **The Hunger Games. These young people (called Tributes) are chosen by lottery to forge for food and outlast their 23 competitors.

Meet Katniss Everdean (Jennifer Lawrence), the eldest daughter who has experience hunting for food with a bow & arrow since her father died in a mining accident. Katniss becomes a 12 Distict Tribute with her neighbor Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, the son of a baker who had a long, unrequited crush on Katniss. Together Katniss and Peeta enter the **Hunger Games** as both rivals and allies.

With the exception of two poorly edited fight scenes, **The Hunger Games** has lived up to the hype of Suzanne Collins Young Adult novel. Part one of a trilogy, **The Hunger Games** is science fiction myth more in common with Ray Bradbury's **Fahrenheit 451** and George Orwell's**1984, ** than **Star Wars** and **John Carter.** The message is important, but a satirical sense of humor keeps the story from being mundane.

Stanley Tucci and Toby Jones portray two foppish commentators who narrate **The Hunger Games,** these characters can get a job with the ***NBC 30 Rock newsroom.** Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson also portray broad character, though with far more depth than Tucci & Jones' characters.

As the leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence deserves her kudos. Given her persona in **Winter Bone** and **X-Men First Class,** Lawrence enchances her image as the central character. Josh Hutcherson offers strong support without upstaging his Katniss. Not since the films produced in the 1970s, **Hunger Games** has scenes that require these young actors just to silently sit and think. Lawrence and Hutcherson make these scenes as interesting as brutal action sequences.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 18 "Dream On" with Harley Jane Kozak

As an actress, Harley Jane Kozak is a fan favorite.
It just depends on what you are a soap opera fan, "Santa Barbara," horror fan "Arachnophobia," serio/comedy fan "Parenthood" or flat out romantic/comedy fan, "The Favor."

This episode of "Dream On" presents Harley as a women with a Mensa IQ. While the episode is funny, her last line is very touching.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 19 King Kong Kessler and Skull Island

King Kong Kessler has been working on his labor of love, "Skull Island" for many years. Unlike the CGI graphics of today, Kessler has chosen the stop motion animation in tribute to artists like Ray Harryhausen and his mentor, Willis O'Brien.

This 4 minute video captures the spirit of Kong and shows that brain over brawn usuallly wins fights!

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 20 William Forsythe Tribute....well...kinda....

Having met William Forsythe at Spooky Empire, Cinema Dave found the actor to be a friendly and warm human being. Ironically, he plays some of the most ruthless villians on the big screen.

Here he is with Steven Sagal;


As Flat Top Jones, Forsythe held his own with Dustin Hoffman, Madonna and Al Pacino;
Having

Now Forsythe is best known for his work on "Boardwalk Empire," which seems to be a culmination of his screen career;



Cinema Dave is looking forward to meeting William Forsythe at the May Hem during Memorial Day weekend.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 21 The Hat Box Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

At the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, Guillermo Del Toro announced that he will be writing and producing "The Haunted Mansion," based on the Disney Attraction. So far we have not heard anything...except that a statue has been circulating that may or may not be "The Hat Box Ghost."

Who is the Hatbox Ghost?
This might help explain;



This is what we may expect;