Because Whole Treatises Could Be Written on Fan Fiction Hunger Games AU!

Self has just seen “Exodus.” Yeeees. Hard to believe, but she actually followed up watching “Birdman” (Thursday, at the height of the storm) with watching “Exodus.”

Although let’s not kick around Christian Bale. He’s about the best we have to play such roles. Bale is a real journeyman actor. Whatever role he agrees to play, he goes for it

straight-faced. He does not ever phone it in.

Also, Joel Edgerton as Ramses is a hoot! He’s even kinda sexy, with that black eyeliner.

And the actress who plays the Egyptian seeress? Self saw her live, in all her lissome glory, just this past summer. Self was in London and caught the Globe’s (bloody, extremely bloody) production of Titus Andronicus.

Now to the ostensible reason for this post: “Mockingjay, Part 1.”

Since Francis Lawrence took over directing the Hunger Games franchise, he’s got self’s insides all twisted up in knots, so much so that, in addition to writing her dark science fiction, self now also writes Hunger Games fan fiction. And reads other Hunger Games fan fiction. Self will never tire of reading what other people have to say about this universe. Never.

She’s constantly searching for new reviews of “Mockingjay, Part 1,” and today she encountered one on Cinemaphile, which was posted December 12. It is very long and the print on the website is very dense and small. (Good Lord, it reminds her of those textbooks on Chinese market systems she had to read for Bill Skinner’s anthropology classes at Stanford) So she will only give readers a morsel:

What story this far into the chaos would bother raising up minor players — including her closest friend Gale and her amusing but insightful companion Effie — when it so clearly doesn’t need to? The screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong cares almost as fully about its subjects as Suzanne Collins does. And it doesn’t rush any of their interactions at the beckoning of inevitable plot twists, either. The movie is slow, but strategically so, and once the momentum does begin to pick up it doesn’t lose them all in a haze of shoddy camerawork or hasty editing.

Thank you, David Keyes.

Stay tuned.

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