Josh Hutcherson

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Tragedy Girls (Fantasia 2017)

Teenagers tend to want their fifteen minutes of fame -- at least that much -- and the young people of the unremarkable midwestern town of Rosedale are no exception. What is exceptional is the lengths to which two particular young ladies calling themselves the Tragedy Girls will go to get that fame. McKayla (Alexandra Shipp, X-Men: Apocalypse), more commonly known as M-Kay, has the charisma, while best friend Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand, Deadpool) provides the brains, though she does also look good in a pixie cut, even if she does say so herself.

M-Kay and Sadie, totally Best Fiends Forever.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

Apparently, thousands upon thousands of hours have been spent by various people on trying to create a definitive map of Panem, since author Suzanne Collins didn't provide one. Oversight, or clever marketing strategy? You decide! All I know is that when I went looking for a map because I was curious as to where District 13 had been hiding all this time, no two of them were exactly alike, like snowflakes.

The Mockingjay. There's a neat little animation of this after the credits.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

This time, as well as being bigger, grander, and more expensive than the original Hunger Games, the sequel is also darker and more depressing. I guess it's a bit like the Harry Potter franchise in that respect -- as the kids grow up, the situations get more grown-up, in the worst sense. But anyway, it must be a lot easier to get all the actors back when the first movie was wildly successful, and that seems to have been the case here, since everyone who didn't die is back.

Katniss and Peeta on fire for their grand entrance. Well, some like it hot.

Red Dawn

I would've reviewed this movie sooner, but it took them two years to release it. Seriously. Filming wrapped sometime in 2010, but that was right around the time MGM started having financial troubles, so they couldn't afford to do anything with it. In the intervening time, two of the actors here ended up becoming abruptly much more popular, so maybe it didn't work out so badly for MGM after all. On the other hand, maybe it did, since I've just seen what imdb users are rating it.

Matt, Robert, and Jed, top; Jed, Robert, and Matt, bottom.

The Hunger Games

In the post-apocalyptic future, when Donald Sutherland is president, which I always suspected would happen someday, they have this thing called the Hunger Games. Even if you're like me and haven't read the books, you've heard of it, unless you've been living under a rock. And it's a good, solid premise, because these days you can't get away with writing just any old thing for teenagers to read, or even tweens. These days they're fussy about those things.

Katniss is speechless at this sample of the hideous outfits from the Capitol.