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Happy Birthday Bette Midler! (December 1, 1945)
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As plenty of you have learned, Jessica Lange revealed the next installment of American Horror Story will be her last. Ryan Murphy himself has named Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Chiklis as his dream “gets” to join. And with no disrespect to th
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Answering email & watching Netflix—Joan’s ideas for multitasking during back door intercourse. Take note, ladies and gays.
"Yes, I’m wearing a wig." - Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Janusz Kaminski’s “Making a Scene” collection of short films starring this year’s best Oscar worthy performers.
I must say that when I read the Suzanne Collins’ dystopian young-adult trilogy, Catching Fire stood out as my favorite. And the movie adaptation did not disappoint. While the first, in terms of the competition, focused on the gore to highlight the animal like brutality of the games. The second skimped on it, to focus more on the visible anger brought upon by the Capitol’s betrayal of the victors, as well as the signs of a rebellious future.
First there’s our heroine, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen. She's in a personal battle with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) because of what she has come to symbolize—hope for rebellion. At the same time, he feels the victors have become invincible and untouched by his rule. In order to squander to ripples of a revolution, he must take them all out. What better way than to combine them in a new quarrel.
As Stanley Tucci's Ceaser Flickerman was presenting each previous winner, you could feel the underlying anger they expressed as they were being sent back to compete. Their promises and visions of living a relatively peaceful life were taken. And this I found fascinating. It’s clear during the scene in which they all hold hands as the audience reacts in chaos of confusion, that they are united. But not for the same reason as it is later revealed.
Take Johanna Mason, played by Jena Malone—who delivered each line with such bad-ass-I-don’t-want-to-be-here cadence. She was on fire the whole time, from the moment we see her take off her garments on screen to her cursory of the games. That’s how she felt, that’s how they all felt.
Mags (Lynn Cohen), an innocent octogenarian, who willingly volunteers to compete in the game to protect a younger girl (Finnick’s lover) from her district. It was brave, and selfless, but acceptance her time was up.
Together, most of the victors secretly colluded to save Katniss under the guise of protecting Peeta. It’s a bold move to preserve the chances of an uprising, by keeping the symbol (Katniss) of hope alive. It’s also a great set-up to what I hope will be a more action packed Mockingjay, than its literary counterpart.