The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
Ilya briefly brings back the episode timelines again! Just when you thought he was done, he brings it right back.
These early episodes are not available on Apple Podcasts anymore, so I’ve taken the liberty for anyone who wants to listen of making sure the archive.org links still work. You can listen right here on the website or download the MP3 below.
Original Release Date: December 9th, 2014
00:00-06:40 Heralds and Denouncements
Basil: Gremlins (Still liked it a lot but slightly less than before)
Ilya: Salt of the Earth (Really liked visuals, not sure about movie)
06:40-09:00 Brief Plot Recap – Reuben
09:00-14:00 Liked It/Disliked It
Basil: liked it a lot, rewatched first two parts and liked both better, likes movies more the further removed he is from the books.
Ilya: liked it, enjoys cumulative experience of books + movies, liked propaganda/manipulation commentary and claustrophobic feel.
Patrick: loved it, in particular claustrophobic, intense feel of movie and solid, meaty character work.
Reuben: liked it but not as much as previous movies, compared to book movie left a bit wanting, didn’t like acting as much (reaction shots), doesn’t like portrayal of Katniss as a hero which is not the case in the books.
14:00-01:41:15 Highlights from Main Discussion
Propaganda and manipulation * Natalie Dormer’s great * JLaw’s singing * Mockingjay shows human cost of rebellion – rare for a blockbuster * Scenes not from Katniss’ perspective pay off in a big way this time * Peeta’s importance not clear from movies * District 13 are not the good guys * PSH’s performance not great * “Gale is such a punk bitch” * Elizabeth Banks also not great * Extended visual geography discussion * Ending probably best of the series so far!