The Day After Thanksgiving 2013

Oh, such a GLORIOUS day in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Self took The Man to see “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” She saw it on Wednesday and really liked it.  Besides which, she got to see the episode of SNL hosted by Josh Hutcherson (Nov. 23, 2013) and the guy KILLED it, OK?  Just KILLED it.

So, anyhoo, there was self today, watching it again, and the other thing she forgot to mention when she watched it the first time was that she came 10 minutes late, so she missed all the gooey stuff between Katniss and Gale, but since Liam Hemsworth is about as dull a love interest as can be, she figured she didn’t miss much, and she was right.

So, the second time around, self was not at all bored, even though she already knew the outcome.  And in fact, it was nice to relish all the performances, particularly those of: Jennifer Lawrence. Jena Malone. Stanley Tucci. Elizabeth Banks.  Philip Seymour Hoffman. The new guy, the one who plays Finnick (makes his first entrance sporting a necklace that looks like it’s made of black Philippine pearls. Self swears, she has seen necklaces exactly like that in the Philippines!)  The fragile old woman who plays his partner, Mags.  Jeremy Wright.  Amanda Plummer.  And of course, our man JOSH HUTCHERSON.

The only person whose performance was not completely on the same level as the others was Donald Sutherland’s.  That is, he acted like the same old Donald Sutherland.  But, still, his appearances did not detract from self’s enjoyment of the movie as a whole.

Since she rarely gets to watch a movie twice, and even more rarely enjoys watching a movie twice, she’ll have to add “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to her list of Best Movies of 2013, bumping off the grotesquely hilarious “Bad Grandpa.”  That becomes Honorable Mention, together with the documentary “Blackfish.”

  1. “Philomena” (Judi Dench and Steve Coogan turn in bravura performances)
  2. “Gravity” (Sandra Bullock turns in a bravura performance, not to mention she gets away with wearing teensy boy shorts in deepest space!)
  3. “The Spectacular Now” (Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller deliver bravura performances)
  4. “Captain Phillips” (Tom Hanks and the pirates turn in bravura performances.  Self hates that Catherine Keener was given nothing to do)
  5. “Warm Bodies” (Nicholas Hoult!  Nicholas Hoult!  Nicholas Hoult!  Honestly, self had no idea who he was until she saw him play a zombie)
  6. “Hunger Games:  Catching Fire” (Yay for Jennifer Lawrence! Yay for Jena Malone! Yay for Woody Harrelson!  Yay for Elizabeth Banks! Yay for Jeremy Wright! Yay for Stanley Tucci!  Yay for Amanda Plummer!  And Triple Yay for JOSH HUTCHERSON!)
  7. “Much Ado About Nothing” (Self loooved Amy Acker in the role of the oh-so-prickly — but hilarious — Beatrice.  And Joss Whedon’s house deserves special mention)
  8. “Blue Jasmine” (There is no one who could have done this role better than Cate Blanchett.  Peter Sarsgaard was a plus)
  9. “Harana” (A Filipino documentary — directed by Benito Bautista — that had self in tears)
  10. “12 Years a Slave” (Chiwetel Ejiofor.  Benedict Cumberbatch.  Michael Fassbender.  Paul Dano.  Lupita Nyong’o.  Paul Giamatti:  They each gave their all.  Self was absolutely bowled over by Lupita Nyong’o, who was heartrending as the slave of a sadistic plantation owner, played with sinister creepiness by Michael Fassbender)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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