It’s getting hard to be someone, but it all works out - John Lennon

Pithy snapshots of my brain through captures of tv/film, music, quotes, and other inspirations as I find them.

ABOUT ME: Part-time vidder. Full-time grad student. Lifetime fangirl.

I use my LJ for more lengthy fandom things, reactions, score/picspam metas and the like. My Pinboard keeps all my recs of fic, vids, and meta as I find them. I recently founded THG Music Archive after Hunger Games totally usurped my brain and then said "No, I'm a book, silly. You have to wait to vid all the things you want to vid for at least THREE YEARS." Books are cruel, yo.

 

Numerous animals have lost their lost lives at my hands, but only one human. I hear Gale saying, “How different can it be really?”
Amazingly similar in the execution. A bow pulled, an arrow shot. Entirely different in the aftermath. I killed a boy whose name I don’t even know. 

(Source: trackerjabbers)

Show me the way, lord, because I am about to explode.

People who said they had “fun” watching Catching Fire or talk about how “entertaining” it was. No, do you even understand the words coming out of your mouth? “Painful” is the adjective you should be looking for.

(Source: jennifershraderlaw)

Looking through the past 33 years of top box office films starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi in the early 80s, then Aladdin and Forrest Gump in the 90s, and finishing with The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011 and 2012, there sure are a ton of male leads. In fact, on that list, there is not a single film that centers on a woman among the classic blockbusters — though The Avengers at least includes one woman in its parade of muscled men.

Naturally, that makes Catching Fire’s 2013 victory rather huge for the film industry, especially when just months ago, the biggest box office comparison we’d managed to make for the film was with fellow Y.A. fiction franchise Twilight. Now, the film that showed the world a heroine who is not only incredibly complex, but strong in a sense previously reserved for male heroes in the mainstream movie world, has shown that a woman of that caliber can not only sell a film franchise — she can sell it better than the charming wise-ass Robert Downey, Jr.(one of the top 10 highest-paid actors in 2013) in a titanium suit.

everstarks: The humanity and realism of Katniss Everdeen.

city-night-lights:

The media and some of the movie cast talk about how Katniss is a very strong, powerful female character. Well, she is, but I think that they are overlooking some nuances that make her such a complex and realistic character. The movie makes Katniss more likable, more black and white (because film-making requires a different way of communicating). 

What I like about this character is how grey she is. She is not wholly likable. To give you a strong example: the first book opens with how she wanted to drown a cat. She is not your traditional, typical hero. She is an unwilling one and always struggles to carry the unbearable burden of being the Mockingjay. She breaks down, she falls apart, she loses herself, yet she survives. Like the bird.

Her way of being is a very human response to the terrible environment she grew up in. She has to act emotionless, cold, calculating, reserved. Have you ever heard of defence mechanisms? She is already suffering from PTSD pre-Games and the Games and the war just worsen it. There’s nightmares, flashbacks and frightening thoughts, emotional numbness, guilt, depression, worry, lost interest in activities previously enjoyable (singing, anyone?), anxiety, angry outbursts, insomnia. Her psychological state is obviously changed by what she goes through. That is not being cold, that is being human. 

If you notice carefully, her success in the Games is heavily influenced by how much of her humanity she keeps. Just look at her most important decisions: volunteering for Prim; protecting, making allies with and honoring Rue; finding and saving Peeta and preferring suicide to killing him and even Cato’s mercy kill.

Even if it is painful to read, I liked that she does not have a glorious ending. She is truly broken, and we witness that on first hand. For those who complain about her “whiny, complaining” behaviour in Mockingjay - the first person narrative style is there for something. Try putting yourself in her shoes. Just imagine that you are in her place. Imagine that you lived in such a horrible, vicious, sadistic and twisted world. Imagine that you lost some much of what was so dear to you. So many people. What would you do?

If you would not break down, then congratulations, because you must be Superman. ButKatniss is just a 17 year old girl who went through too much and became a piece in everyone’s games. Like a rag doll she was used until no one even bothered to fix her properly anymore (the scars that cover her body at the end).  

In wars, there are never true winners. Everyone loses. People lose parts of their humanity, their goodness, their kindness. Never undervalue the power of those qualities during dark timesWhen they are genuine, they can change you. Look at Katniss. She could never forget the first person who helped her when she had pretty much given up on life.

To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed.

This is also connected to the heavy symbolism present in her final choices (coming back to life, re-connecting herself with Peeta). Because she dares to choose hope. Despite being so hurt, so broken, so destroyed. The Hunger Games is a story about the path of a girl towards accepting and embracing hope despite the overwhelming darkness that crushes her. Hope in being a better person. Hope in living a better life. Hope in creating a better world.

(Source: allinablur)

Raptorific: It's not like I'm GLAD Gary Ross is leaving, I just don't mind very much.

raptorific:

It’s like some people have never been invested in a cinematic trilogy before. Did you know that the original Star Wars trilogy was done by three different directors? Toy Story 3 was a different director as the first two, and was just as damn good. The Die Hard movies had had at least three…

I’m gonna politely disagree with this, as a person who can’t stand 9 out of the 10 movies that come out every year. To say Hollywood doesn’t market a product they don’t think anyone would buy, isn’t really the point. Movies come out every week that someone goes out and sees. Doesn’t mean they’re any good. Hollywood screws up more scripts than it gets right, and that’s because they continually have people at the helm that sacrifice quality for mass appeal. Nina Jacobson has said on record she grabbed the HG rights because she was so afraid of Hollywood butchering it. Saying something like that isn’t a comfort for those of us that think this trilogy deserves more.

I would also say that Hunger Games isn’t Die Hard or Toy Story, so it’s disingenuous to use them as a comparison. (It’s not even Star Wars or Harry Potter, but that’s an argument for another day). It’s a complex, layered story written as a unit, and more importantly with hot button political issues that in the wrong hands could completely alter the essence of the story. Ross himself said, “we need to be sensitive due to the subject matter”. He recognized that it would not be right to make a glossy movie out of this, he saw that 3D would not be appropriate. He grounded the series into something that felt very real and close to our world, and therefore unsettling. He did not make a purely entertaining experience. He made something that would shake you up and make you think. Just like the books. It’s important to understand, he didn’t HAVE to do that. But he did. And critics were positively glowing because of it.

If it’s true Ross is out, it’s not because he walked, it’s because Lionsgate let him. You see sequels with different directors all the time because directors aren’t typically willing to be tied down to more than one part of a series. From Ross’s interviews, he was not only very willing but prepared to do so (multiple interviews with the cast showed they assumed he’d be back too). Some reports have said he had tense negotiations with the studio in the past. I’d be willing to bet he had to fight tooth and nail to get the movie done the way he wanted it. He was very adamant about gloss being inappropriate, and for mass appeal, studios are convinced that gloss is necessary. Action, romance, fantasy, the spectacle with the big bombastic music, all take precidence over character and social commentary. Holding a viewer’s hand is necessary. Dumbing it down is necessary. Making you think is dead last on the list. It’s not hard to see they might have been unwilling to deal with Ross’s principles on the matter again (who thinks Lionsgate isn’t salivating about the idea of making one of these sequels in 3D to charge the extra inflated admittance?).

Gary Ross sought out to do this movie because he was personally pulled in by the books and believed strongly in the message of the story. He doesn’t just direct to direct (after 35 years in HW, with HG he has three director credits on the books, he’s a screenplay writer first and foremost, another thing you don’t see with directors often and it makes a difference). But the trilogy is now connected to one of the biggest opening weekends ever. And every director that has the time and is looking for a career boost is gonna jump at the chance to direct this second one. Whether they care about the material or not. 

And that’s not even touching the set atmosphere and rapport he built with the actors to get the performances he did out of them. If the news is true, I’m sure we’re not the only ones upset.

Fans protesting his removal (again, if it is true), are doing so because it doesn’t seem RIGHT. We can never know exactly what went on, but it from the air of the reports coupled with interviews, it sounds like someone pulled the carpet out from under Ross at last minute.  This shit happens all the time in Hollywood, it’s typical studio stunt pulled on artists, and they’re expected to just smile and move on. But as fans we recognize it as unfair and disrespectful to the guy who just delivered this great film to us. And we know our numbers are mighty. So, let fans make a ruckus for a while and see if it does anything. It’s worth a shot. In the least, it’s allows fans a platform to show their appreciation for his work.

So, you know, if y’all haven’t seen it yet, add your message of love to GARYROSSISBOSS.com! *sticks on Team Gary hat* *waves pom poms*