Useless Drivel – Run for your life… or not…

running sucksIf there’s two things we don’t do here at MITC Productions, it’s run and fact check.  This is probably pretty obvious for the regular listeners, as they allow Robert and Matt to speak winded words into their microphones on a weekly (usually) basis.  For the causal listener, this week is no different.  Join your hosts as they discuss the things that don’t really matter to most of this world, at least this week.  Rarely correct and usually awkward, it’s time for another episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point.

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Certified Nerdified Rants with Contributor Kevin

A segment where Kevin Smith goes on and on about a subject he seemingly takes way too seriously that no one else likely cares about or has given any consideration.

Today’s Issue: The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games is an odd trilogy to me.  When I read the first novel, The Hunger Games, I was impressed.  Sure the concept had been done before in many forms, but ultimately it was well written for a YA book, which is refreshing, and had all the right bits and pieces to form a cohesive plot.  Then I read Catching Fire which seemed to have a lot of the same enjoyable action from the first book but at the expense of introducing some way too convenient plot wrangling to do so.  Then came the final installment, Mockingjay.  Mockingjay did things that seemed so backward to how one would expect its protagonists to act at this point that I was just baffled.  Many would say that this represents growth, or a hardening of the characters but I disagree as I lay out below.

As usual, SPOILERS AHEAD dear reader!

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Episode 24 – The Hunger Games

Spring is here, and what better way to start than watching teenagers savagely murder each other on national television?  Better yet, there is The Hunger Games!  If you’ve been living in a cave you might as well stay there because it’s all about Katniss, Peeta, and The Capitol’s greatest spectacle.  Join the Monkey in the Cage crew this week as they discuss their thoughts on both the book and the film while also being thankful for not starving and fighting to death.  Impress those Gamemakers, get plenty of Sponsors, and be sure to watch out for those Tracker Jackers if you plan on surviving this week’s episode on The Hunger Games.  May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Hope… It is the Only Thing Stronger than Fear

Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane

Another clip from The Hunger Games was released.  This one features President Snow and Seneca Crane in Snow’s infamous rose garden.  What I find most interesting about this clip is that this never occurs in the books.  Since the book is written entirely from Katniss’ point of view there was bound to be a lot of scenes added to the movie to enrich to the narrative.  I am very excited to see what other surprises are in store when I see the movie in five days!

 

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Peeta’s Interview

**SPOILER**  If you haven’t read the books I would avoid this clip.  In my opinion, it’s a pretty important moment that if seen in advance will ruin the intended impact.

Another Hunger Games clip has hit the nets!  Peeta sits down with Caesar Flickerman in his attempt to win the sponsor’s hearts.  I was a little on the fence about posting this one because it’s so spoilery.  But if you’ve read the book or are at a point in the first book past the interviews you’re golden.  Watch and enjoy!

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Make an Impression

 

The second clip of The Hunger Games has hit the nets!  When I first heard the casting of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna I thought it was all wrong.  When I read the books I saw Cinna as soft-spoken and shining only in his private moments with Katniss.  Lenny Kravitz seemed too . . . confident to play the kindly Cinna.  But after seeing this clip I am seeing a different side of the character, one that I really like.

 

The monkeys are all set to see the movie on Saturday, 3/24/12 and we’ll be doing a Hunger Games show the following week!  I am so excited!

 

Also, I know I am late to the game on these but I would be remiss not to include them on the site.  Behold!  A boatload of stills from the movie:

 

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