I went to see the Hunger Games, like thousand others, and I can honestly say I was not that disappointed. There were fast pace killing scenes, blood in all the right places, and yes, even a budding romance. I must admit I had my doubts, being that there is a lot of internal dialogue and that can be lost when portrayed on film.
Even all that said, the book is better than the movie. The casting was perfect here and I have no complaints like I did about Twilight, but that’s a whole other blog….I have yet to write. I think I’ll wait till I see the final one.
Now back to the real reason I went to see the movie. Okay seeing Lenny Kravitz on the big screen was pretty awesome. Although I wish he had rocked out a tune or two. But no seriously, Jennifer Lawrence. If you don’t know who she is let me tell you, remember Mystique from X-men: First Class (another great movie). Ring any bells? Remember her now? Okay but let me tell you about two other films that she was in that didn’t get the credit they deserve.
She starred in the movie called Cold Mountain, where she played an impoverished mountain girl whose farm is going to get taken if she can’t produce her father. I’m not going to give it away, but gritty doesn’t even begin to describe the environment she lives in. It makes me appreciative for living in a small town. You know the Cheers kind of place.
Now back to Jennifer. So I was flipping through Netflix one night and ran across a movie called The Poker House. I couldn’t tell much from the cover, but she starred opposite of Selma Blair, and that sold me. I watched the movie and within seconds was hooked. For those of you who haven’t heard of the movie, it’s about the actress Lori Petty’s upbringing. Yes I’m talking the dolphin trainer from Free Willy, Kit from A League of their Own, and her best role (I’m biased) Tank Girl. I’m not going to say much, but Jennifer’s performance was short of amazing and I knew then she wasn’t going to fade away.
It’s what I call the Ellen Page phenomenon. You remember her right? She played in the fantastic movie JUNO. Before that she played in several not so savvy characters. Coming up with a blank? Have you ever seen Hard Candy? Or better yet An American Crime? Both movies center around the horrors that modern America like to keep in the closet.
Both of these girls started out in the small indie film circuit, but have landed strong female roles and they will no doubt be around for a long time. Or so I hope. Now I’m not saying all their movies are hits, but so far from what I seen if they keep picking good solid roles they won’t disappear into Hollywood.
Now for the good stuff an update. In writing news, I finished the prologue and chapter one of my book number two in the Jaded Series. I have prologue to chapter five completely edited and ready to submit for review at a moment’s notice. At the end of the month I should have the rest. My editor’s also an English teacher, so that makes things a bit tough. Not to mention she’s also working on her own manuscript. It’s okay though because I have a ton of projects I need to tie up. Don’t you hate it when you have multiple things going on at once and you hear something or someone plants that seed or idea that you see blossoming into a great novel?