Tag Archives: The Hunger Games

Who Is Excited For This Movie?

4 Dec

Fabulous Films 2013: Survival

17 Apr

The 2013 theme for Fabulous Films is Survival. Check out the great list of movies below that fit the theme. Have you seen any of them yet?


1. 127 Hours A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

2. 28 Days Later– An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room to find that a powerful virus has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland.

3. Alive– Faced with the brutal weather conditions in the Andes after their plane crashes, members of a rugby team struggle to survive.

4. Apollo 13–  When the Apollo 13 spacecraft was seriously during an explosion, the crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth.

5. Battle Royale– A 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they are locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.

6. Big Miracle– Three whales are trapped by ice in the waters off Barrow, Alaska.  Various segments of the population come together to save the whales.

7. Cast Away– When Chuck Nolan’s plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, he finds himself stranded on a deserted island.  With few supplies, Chuck must physically and mentally adapt to his new environment in order to survive.

8. Defiance– Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

9. Devil’s Arithmetic– A teen girl learns to appreciate her Jewish heritage after being transported back in time to the concentration camp that imprisoned her ancestor.

10. Eight Below– This film tells the story of a pack of sled dogs abandoned at a research film.  These dogs must battle hunger, the extreme climate, and dangerous predator in order to survive.

11. Grave of the Fireflies–  Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fire-bombing at the end of WWII, Seita and Setsuko’s doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares.

12. Hunger Games– Katniss Everdeen, 16, volunteers in her younger sister’s place during the annual Hunger Games and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she’s pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives.

13. I am Legend– Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

14. Jurassic Park– When scientists discover how to breed dinosaurs from preserved DNA and open a theme park, things go terribly wrong.

15. King of Thorn– As the Medousa Virus spreads worldwide, a handful of individuals are selected to be cryogenically frozen while a cure is developed. When they awaken they find the facility mysteriously different and must fight a battle to escape a labyrinthine nightmare.

16. Rabbit-Proof Fence–  In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

17. Shaun of the Dead– Brain-hungry zombies shamble through the streets of London, but Shaun only cares about his girlfriend Liz, who just dumped him. With the help of his slacker roommate Ed, Shaun fights his way across town to rescue Liz.

18. Soul Surfer– After surviving a shark attack that leaves her with only one arm, Bethany Hamilton makes a comeback as a competitive surfer.

19. Tomorrow When the War Began– A group of teenagers return from a camping trip to discover their country has been taken over by an invading army and must band together to survive.

20. Wall-E– Wall-E is the last robot of the “Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class” left on earth to clean up the environmental degradation done by the former human inhabitants. When a new robot, EVE, finds plant life on Earth, Wall-E must help the human race return to their former life on Earth.

21. War of the Worlds– Ray Ferrier, a divorced father who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town, is on the road with his teen son  and preteen daughter in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion.

22. Winter’s Bone– An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

23. Zombieland– A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the Last Twinkie and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.


1. American Experience-The Donner Party– This documentary by Ric Burns uncovers the tragic story of the Donner Party as they traveled across the West to settle in California.

2. Which Way Home– Among the thousands who ride the Mexican freight trains, many are children traveling alone to risk everything for the chance of a better life.

Answer the poll: Books

12 Mar

Answer the poll below about fiction books that deal with technology. You’ll be entered to win a prize for Teen Tech Week!

Delirium, Review

4 Mar

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Plot: Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

Lena starts the novel impatiently waiting for her day to receive the cure for love, a brain operation that all citizens receive sometime after they have turned 18.  Love was identified as a disease 63 years earlier and 43 years ago a cure was developed that has led to a society without wars.  To go along with that, the residents of Portland, Maine, as well as all the other towns, are surrounded by an electrified fence to keep them safe from Invalids who live in the wilds.  Invalids are people who have resisted the cure and live outside of the cities.  The government bases your profession on how you score on standardized tests and gives you approved matches for marriage based on your evaluation scores.  Lena can’t wait to escape the chance of disease until she herself finds love and starts to see how the protections provided by society also work in reverse to keep people in a prison-like environment.

This book reminded me a bit of Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series.  People are kept in and not allowed to leave. I wondered if the procedure in this book was like a lobotomy but less severe.  All of the adults seem a bit detached.  One of the possible side effects is a detachment for a mother or father from their child that makes them unable to care for the child.

Not all of the cured individuals believe in the system, so there is a network of people working against the government.  This resistance has members on the outside called Invalids and inside who, if found, are labeled Sympathizers.  Phone calls and all interactions are monitored and have the possibility of being reported.  Everyone is afraid of what their neighbor might see and report to the monitors.  This is a society managed through fear.

Lena meets Alex a few times before he helps save her from a raid on an illegal party.  As they get to know each other they start to spend more and more time together secretly.  Alex introduces her to ideas she has never had and opens her eyes to the way things work.  He gets her to start thinking for herself and being herself, which has always been discouraged.  Seeing Lena grow and change within this constrictive society gave me hope.  It also made me wonder how much people in general just accept how things are and go with them, how they plod from day to day looking to the future without giving too much thought to how they could change things for the better in the here and now.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars


Legend, Review

12 Nov

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

Plot: Far into the future, the United States has split and is once more involved in Civil War. Two teens will find out just how far their side is willing to go when a murder forces them together.

At first glance, this is just another dystopian novel trying to piggyback off of the success of the Hunger Games trilogy. The first part of the story smacked of being written by a new author-questionable reality of plot and character (but a wonderful setting.) Then something unexpected happened. The plot picked up, the pieces fell into place, and I was left wondering how I ever could have assumed anything about the novel.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars


The Hunger Pains: A Parody

7 Nov

If you liked the Hunger Games (or even if you didn’t like them) you might enjoy this parody written by the Harvard Lampoon. From Amazon.com:

Winning means wealth, fame, and a life of therapy; losing means death, but also fame! This is the Hunger Pains.

When Kantkiss Neverclean replaces her sister as a contestant on the Hunger Pains-the second-highest-rated reality TV show in Peaceland, behind Extreme Home Makeover- she has no idea what to expect. Having lived her entire life in the telemarketing district’s worst neighborhood, the Crack, Kantkiss feels unprepared to fight to the death while simultaneously winking and looking adorable for the cameras. But when her survival rests on choosing between the dreamy hunk from home, Carol Handsomestein, or the doughy klutz, Pita Malarkey, Kantkiss discovers that the toughest conflicts may not be found on the battlefield but in her own heart . . . which is unfortunately on a battlefield.

Mystic City, Book Trailer

6 Oct

For fans of The Hunger Games, Matched, X-Men, and Blade Runner-book one of this trilogy will be released October 9th.

The Hunger Games, Review

19 Mar

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

*With the movie coming out soon, here is a review in case you have not gotten into the series yet!*

Plot: This book is set in a postapocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children to be used as gladiators in a televised fight to the death. Katniss, from what was once Appalachia, offers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, but after this ultimate sacrifice, she is entirely focused on survival at any cost. It is her teammate, Peeta, who recognizes the importance of holding on to one’s humanity in such inhuman circumstances. Katniss has the attributes to be a winner, where Peeta has the grace to be a good loser. What happens if we choose entertainment over humanity? It isn’t just the contestants who risk the loss of their humanity. It is all who watch. Katniss struggles to win not only the Games but the inherent contest for audience approval.

This book left me with a lot of questions. How much of themselves do the tributes give up in order to survive? Is it better to die yourself or to compromise what you believe in to win and make things a little better for your district? Do the winners lives ever go back to normal? If not should they want them to since starvation and hardship seem to be the norm? Will there be a way for the winners to share whatever they have earned by winning with their district and should they even be asked to? I also wondered how the rules worked for winners- would their names continue to be put into the lottery if they were under 18 or would they be dismissed for their prior service? I will definitely be reading the second book to see where the author takes the series.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars


Divergent, Book Trailer

14 Oct

If you liked the Hunger Games, check this book out.