5 items from 2012
Directed by Elio Petri
The 10th Victim was the first film to offer up the concept of a TV show wherein people hunt and kill one another for sport and to expand the idea into a satire on gameshows. Set in the 21st Century, the government and the private sector have joined forces to create a solution to crime by giving it a profitable outlet titled “The Big Hunt,” a popular worldwide game show in which contestants are chosen at random to chase one another around the world in a kill or be killed scenario. The winner of the first round moves on to the next. After ten wins, a player is retired from the game and gets a cash prize of one million dollars, but very few make it that far. »
R Kurt Osenlund gives Gary Ross's The Hunger Games three out of four stars, which is a fairly solid endorsement, coming from Slant. That's nice and all, but The Hunger Games as a film is really only half the story. The other half has to do with marketing and the impact the film will have on the industry, aspects of a movie we don't usually pay all that much attention to around here, but in this case, they cannot be ignored.
According to Bloomberg's Michael White, when it opens on Friday, The Hunger Games may pull in between $115 million and $270 million during the first three days of its run. "It will also transform Lions Gate, an independent filmmaker known for horror movies, Tyler Perry comedies and a long takeover fight with Carl Icahn. With The Hunger Games, Twilight and two more projects with sequel potential, Vancouver-based Lions Gate has »
Like so much of contemporary pop culture, “The Hunger Games” ravenously consumes ideas from other books and movies and repurposes them for its own needs. Not much digging is required to find plot elements from “The 10th Victim,” “Battle Royale,” “The Truman Show,” “Lord of the Flies,” “The Running Man,” and “Series 7: The Contenders,” alongside design ideas from “A Clockwork Orange” and even the infamously ridiculous “The Apple.” It’s easy to forgive this kind of thievery, however, when the perp actually does something with the stolen goods, and for whatever »
- Alonso Duralde
As The Hunger Games arrives in the UK, we look back at a few other future sports movies, and try to decide which, if any, would be a hit with TV audiences…
If sci-fi tells us nothing else about the future, it’s this: decades hence, football will have fallen out of fashion. Tennis will seem passé. Baseball? Horrendously archaic. Instead, the sports of the future will be violent tools of oppression, used by totalitarian governments to keep people off the streets and glued to their televisions.
This is the premise for numerous movies, books and videogames – including Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy of novels, in which teen gladiators (or ‘tributes’) are chosen at random and forced to fight to the death on television. The first book, of course, is now a well-received movie, and is the latest entry in a future sports subgenre that appears to have its seeds »
0:00 - Intro 5:25 - Headlines: Sacha Baron Cohen Banned from Oscars?, Tugg, The Raid Title Change, Dwayne Johnson to Star in Hercules, Edgar Wright to Direct The Night Stalker, Jai Courtney is John McClane's Son, Weinsteins Boycott MPAA Over Bully Rating 24:00 - Review: Goon 53:40 - Other Stuff We Watched: Midnight in Paris, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, Wet Hot American Summer, Firecracker, Nightwish, Charley Varrick, Matinee, The Woman in Black, The 10th Victim, Willow, Life's Too Short 1:31:05 - Junk Mail: Reviewing Bad Movies, Letterboxd for Video Games, Interpreting Director's Intentions, Involuntary Audible Reactions to Movies, Africa Addio, Nostalgia and The Sandlot vs. Mighty Ducks, Mixing DVDs and Blu-rays from Different Regions 2:00:50 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:01:30 - Outro
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5 items from 2012
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