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t’s time for more starvation related kick-assery as the Hunger Games – Catching Fire is on the menu this


month, and as the name would suggest, things are heating up for Katniss and the gang. Much like X Factor, the result of the last games left some people – namely the Prez (Sutherland) – with a bad taste in their mouths, so he serves up more trouble by sticking the past survivors back into the next games – oh no! Cue more wafer-thin alliances, fight or flight teenage quandaries and Jennifer Lawrence bringing sexy back to waterproof anoraks. I actually quite liked the first film. I’ll admit, it’s a bit like junior Battle Royale, but it is aimed at that precarious teen audience, and kids like Happy Meals, right? Sure it’s a not-so-thinly-spread allegory for the evils of capitalism, dangers of putting the self before the group, strength in the common man, etc, and so the message may


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seem a little heavy handed and naive to older viewers. I mean, if it were as oat-so- simple as that, North Korea would be one big picnic - albeit one with poodle sandwiches. Te reason I’m expecting this one to have a bit more meat in it is that if you look at the trilogy like a meal, then this is the main course (see Empire Strikes Back for details). If they’ve followed the recipe correctly, then it should contain complicating action, a twist/surprise or two, loss of someone unexpected and an unresolved feeling of suspense at the end – mmm. As always the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so you will have to go see it to find out if they’ve made the soup-de-jour, or a re-hashed mess. You could even make it your midnight feast, as Odeon premiere their 12:31am showing on Nov 21st. I think you should be safe this time – let’s just hope it’s not Ewok crumble next for dessert! Smiley


To win yourself either a private viewing of Te Hunger Games: Catching Fire with ten of your nearest and dearest (viewing time at the discretion of Odeon Cinemas), or ten film / four gallery tickets, tell us what brooch Katniss Everdine famously wears?


a. Mockney Bird b. Cockney Sparrow c. Mockingjay


Answers (including your telephone number) to emma@outlineonline.co.uk by 20th November. Subject: Film Comp.


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