Review Corner: The Lorax & The Hunger Games

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Hello Taylor Nation,

It’s finally the weekend! I managed to catch both The Lorax and The Hunger Games movies. I thought I’d do a little double-feature movie review. I remind you to VOTE for the Sparkly Dressed for ACM Entertainer of the Year.

The Lorax is a funny and cute movie. Taylor’s role as Audrey is a secondary one, but she made the character a believable one whenever she was on screen. Well… when Audrey was on screen… because it’s an animated movie… yeap. Anyway, as movies go it’s entertaining with some good moments. I would’ve cut off a couple of musical numbers here and there, but you’ll survive.

The Hunger Games was an excellent movie. I really don’t hope it gets relegated to “teen movie of the week.” The minimalistic approach to everything includes the background music, which makes for some very tense scenes. You can see the easy, almost comfortable approach to the Capital rival the tense, fighting atmosphere where the Games start. Switching from still cameras to handheld jerky motion very much puts you in Katniss’ state of mind – you feel when she’s nervous. I read the books last year. Some background characters were not featured, and the director (Gary Ross) explicitly adds a couple of scenes here and there foreboding a bigger conflict to come (trying to keep you spoiler free here). I think the spirit of the first book is alive and well.

Jennifer Lawrence does a great role. There’s some scenes in the Capitol where she looks like she’s not sure how to act and that is because she is acting like she’s not sure how to act.  She is that good – she was nominated for an Oscar for Winter’s Bone back in 2010. I was really sold on her performance. Woody Harrelson plays Haymitch really well. I wasn’t quite buying Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, but his role expands as the movie progresses and he seems to grow into it.

No songs play in the movie, but you can hear Abraham’s Daughter by Arcade Fire as well as Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars and Kingdom Come by the Civil Wars during the credits.

The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond is available now on iTunes.

Don’t forget! Your mission everyday is to VOTE for Taylor for ACM Entertainer of the Year! Ninjas are standing by.

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Coming up in the Calendar!

  • March 29: The Punk’d season premiere episode featuring Taylor Swift airs on MTV at 10/9c.
  • March 31: The 2012 Kids Choice Awards. Taylor is nominated for Favorite Female Singer and Favorite Song for Sparks Fly. The show airs on Nickelodeon on Saturday, March 31st at 8/7c.
  • April 1: Mike Meadows‘ Birthday.
  • April 1: The 47th ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas on CBS at 8pm ET, delayed for PT. Taylor Swift is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for “Mean”.

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