Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

It is a very exciting decade for book to movie adaptations.

So many books are getting so popular that they can become movies. Which in turn is feeding back to the popularity of books.

It is really cool to see teenagers reading again. Even if it’s just so they can understand the popular movies made from them. It is a step forward as far as I am concerned.

Now of course the two biggest success of this new fad are the “Twillight” and “Harry Potter” franchises. They are huge and made money hand over fist, continuing even too this day. But the third is just as intense in its fan base.

I am referring to the Hunger Games Trilogy. Continue reading

Review: Thor the Dark World

My feelings about the Avengers have already been well established, so I will not go back into that. But the cool thing about the whole Marvel movie phenomenon is that they have many parts. The prelude to the movie was just an incredible as the payoff. We had four movies to prepare us for the first one. They were of varying quality, but were good movies. Sadly the worst of the four was the first Thor movie.

It was by no means bad, but I found it to be a bit of a let down compared to the others. The story was a bit removed from what I was expecting. Because most of the major plot happened on another planet/dimension it did not feel like it was part of the Marvel universe,

It mostly served to set up the Tesseract and Loki. Which of course was needed for the Avengers to make sense at all. Just a shame that a movie was sacrificed for the good of the whole. Continue reading

Ender’s Game The Movie

Many adaptations of popular franchises have gone over quite well in the last few years. The Harry Potter movies where critically acclaimed, and loved by the fans. It is not impossible to adapt a book to film in a way that will please the fans.

Some books lend themselves to this better than others.

Ender’s Game was not one of those. Continue reading

Ender’s Game The Book

Among sci-fi nerds of the bookish persuasion, there are many well-known classics to the genre. Such as the “The Time Machine” and “I Robot”. Influential and mega-popular these books set in motion ideas that were later repeated millions of times in other stories.

It seemed for the longest time that modern culture had abandoned this. Oh sure, there where various minorities of people who still enjoyed the comfort of a good book. But I personally was ready to give up on it. No one seemed to like books, or rather choose movie and TV over books. Continue reading