Hello, blogosphere. It's been a while.
As soon as "The Hunger Games" opened this weekend, I knew it would be the topic of my blog. Although I am a huge fan of the book series and was pleased with the movie adaptation, I really wish people would not take the story so seriously. It even became a topic of discussion in my Media in Society class today. People actually argued whether or not it was a dystopian or adventure novel. One student even claims that Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games knowingly ripped her story off of a Japanese novel. C'mon, really?
I mean, I understand why everyone is talking about the series. The LA Times wrote that the film's opening is the third biggest in history and biggest ever for a non sequel movie. LAtimes.com goes on to list some other positive repercussions from the release of this film, such as straying away from the annoyingly popular 3D and casting stars of Indie films.
The movie's release has also brought about some unnecessarily negative commentary on the film's casting. Apparently, some people were offended to see one of the characters portrayed by a young black girl. Some tweeters claimed that it even "ruined" the movie. I honestly cannot fathom how some people were able to muster up this reaction. The actress's skin color made no difference on her character whatsoever. And, more importantly, the character is identified as being black in the novels. Do your homework if you are going to complain about movie adaptations.
I definitely recommend this movie, but I really wish people could let it be what it is – a movie.
Remember that Saturday Night Live sketch with Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler on Weekend Update called "Really?! With Seth and Amy?" Well, I think one is needed for the most recent choice in SNL host.
On March 3, Lindsay Lohan returned to "Saturday Night Live" for her fourth go as host. The Thursday before the show aired, Lohan stopped by "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Fallon asked the question that was on everyone's mind (in a nicer way than I was thinking): Why was Lohan hosting again? Apparently, it was Lohan who approached SNL creator Lorne Michaels about a potential hosting gig. Michaels, whether it was out of a sense of loyalty or pity to then three-time host, agreed.
The show started off with potential. Lohan's monologue poked fun at her "bad girl" reputation. Because Lohan requested while on his show, Fallon made an appearance on her monologue. I am a huge Jimmy Fallon fan (and I even write this blog while wearing a "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" shirt), his appearance was totally out of place. He even asked Lohan what he should do on the show, and Lohan responded with a non-commital, "Whatever!" So, what we received was an awkward, "You can do it, Lindsay!" from Fallon. I will say that John Hamm's surprise appearance was pretty great. Check out the monologue here.
For the rest of the show, Lohan looked so out of place. She spent the majority of sketches looking at cue cards. For a four-time host and an actress with over a decade of experience, that is pretty sad. Lohan also had a hard time getting lines out in some scenes and looked so very uncomfortable.
LAtimes.com ran an article the following morning that included fans and critics bashing Lohan's hosting job. Apparently, EW.com thinks Lohan's hosting job should be in the running for "Worst Host of the Year." The article also included a great use of reactions from Twitter. One joked that the only reason SNL had Lohan host was to give NBC News fresh footage for the next time she was arrested. Clearly, this did not jumpstart the comeback that Lohan was hoping for.