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    I've been following a few shows.

    Currently halfway through the 3rd season of Battlestar Galactica.

    Following these weekly:
    - Eastbound and Down
    - Archer
    - Walking Dead
    - New season of South Park
    - Top Gear [UK] (although this season just wrapped up)

    I'll catch up on Spartacus when the season is over.
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    Saw The Hunger Games, which was a glorified and overly dramatic version of The Running Man. This movie was a barrel of wasted potential that succumbed to some of the worst filmmaking cliches, including but not limited to:

    • A shaky cam; seriously, home videos aren't this shaky. It does not make the film more realistic, it just makes it hard to watch. Besides, if I wanted a film to be realistic, I'll watch a documentary (and the cameras in documentaries don't shake half as much). Put the camera on a tripod or fire the epileptic cameraman.
    • The use of screen blurring effects and quick cuts during the more gory scenes in effort to remain under its PG-13 cloak.
    • A cliffhanger ending that probably won't be addressed again if a sequel is made.
    • A woman that thinks.

    The film took itself so seriously that it refused to have a climactic bloodbath against the evil game show corporation in the third act in which the girl (with a bow and arrow) storms in and kills the CEO and his cronies single-handedly. I'm not going to pretend The Running Man was a masterpiece, but at least it knew what it was. The Hunger Games, by contrast, is too removed from its own reality to be anything but a deeply pretentious attempt to be pretentiously deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    Saw The Hunger Games, which was a glorified and overly dramatic version of The Running Man. This movie was a barrel of wasted potential that succumbed to some of the worst filmmaking cliches, including but not limited to:

    • A shaky cam; seriously, home videos aren't this shaky. It does not make the film more realistic, it just makes it hard to watch. Besides, if I wanted a film to be realistic, I'll watch a documentary (and the cameras in documentaries don't shake half as much). Put the camera on a tripod or fire the epileptic cameraman.
    • The use of screen blurring effects and quick cuts during the more gory scenes in effort to remain under its PG-13 cloak.
    • A cliffhanger ending that probably won't be addressed again if a sequel is made.
    • A woman that thinks.

    The film took itself so seriously that it refused to have a climactic bloodbath against the evil game show corporation in the third act in which the girl (with a bow and arrow) storms in and kills the CEO and his cronies single-handedly. I'm not going to pretend The Running Man was a masterpiece, but at least it knew what it was. The Hunger Games, by contrast, is too removed from its own reality to be anything but a deeply pretentious attempt to be pretentiously deep.
    It's a trilogy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    It's a trilogy.
    Which makes it even more of a glorified Running Man.

    On a lighter note, the film made back its budget in its first week, so a sequel is imminent. Maybe we'll see a conclusion after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    Which makes it even more of a glorified Running Man.
    It's Battle Royale.

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    The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses , Jesse Schells

    few pages in, but fantastic book. can be applied to all disciplines.
    wonderful exploration in human behaviour.

    “The player and the game are real. The experience is imaginary - but game designers are judged by the quality of this imaginary thing because it is the reason people play games”
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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    The Ides of March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    The Ides of March.
    I've been considering seeing that one. Is it worth checking out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wind-Up Rex View Post
    I've been considering seeing that one. Is it worth checking out?
    "I'll do or say anything if I believe in it, but I have to believe in the cause."

    Imagine the possibilities . . . when a person actually thinks like that.
    You decide.

    I ordered it on my TV. Do you have movies-on-demand with your cable provider?

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    I liked the Ides of March, just not as nearly as much as I thought I would have. (i.e., it was worth seeing, but I don't think I'll purchase it.) It was certainly a great cast.

    Currently watching:

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