Catching Fire and Snow Penguins

This afternoon I was bundled from head to toe in layers and layers of snow-appropriate clothing. My boyfriend Alex and I, resembling jumbo marshmallows, waddled out to my front yard and started building a snowman (after a playful snowball fight, of course). The snow was very powdery so wasn’t very good for packing and building, but we persevered! We found some thicker snow along my driveway and when Alex placed a huge chunk of it on top of our poor attempt of a snowman’s body, we realized that it looked just like a penguin’s head because it had a beak! We both have a dorky obsession with penguins, so we quickly scratched our snowman idea and continued with our snow penguin. A tail, two feet, wings, a beak, raisin eyes, and a raisin belly — the whole shebang!
 

I’ve never built a snow animal before, but hey — I think this penguin turned out pretty great!

After removing many of our layers, we drove to Bar Louie to enjoy some dinner. We wanted to try out a new restaurant, and it was pretty good! I ate the California Chicken Club sandwich and Alex ate the Baked Mac and Cheese with Grilled Chicken. We weren’t quite ready to go home yet, so we called up a friend and saw a showing of Catching Fire. (Don’t worry. No spoilers!)

My oh my, if you haven’t jumped on The Hunger Games bandwagon, I highly suggest doing so! When I walked out, the only word I can use to describe how I felt was “stunned”. I feel like this movie, in more ways than one, set me on fire.

While The Hunger Games used the shaky camera effect to make the audience feel like they were actually Katniss in the Games and in the Capitol, Catching Fire has a whole different look! It is blatantly clear they brought in a new director. While I do love how the director made the first one, such a style would not have worked for the more epic, large-scale story that is the second one. Catching Fire has more of a cinematic feel, more of a Hollywood action movie feel rather than the indie flick feel of The Hunger Games. The movie also follows the book very well and Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Katniss is what holds the entire film together. She does a phenomenal job!

Often a story’s true message is misinterpreted, distorted, or completely ignored when it’s adapted to film. Instead, these movies are not afraid to attack a lot of the heavy subjects the books covered, and they are doing a fantastic job with it. I love The Hunger Games because of how real, raw, and powerful the themes are.

However, after watching the second movie, I quickly learned that this series is not for the frail of heart. Tears were streaking down my face countless times. I rode the entire car ride home in silent shock. The movie is painful, not only in the message and theme, but in plot. Many, many, many characters die, and in this movie, I felt more attached to them. I knew their names and their backgrounds. It hurt to let them go.

In the final scene, the audience is left with a huge cliffhanger, which is both agonizing and exciting. From the rumors I have heard, the final movie will be split into two parts, both coming out a year after one another.

Have you seen Catching Fire? What do you think of the movie? Will you go see the third movie?

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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