Die Pute von Panem – The Starving Games (2013)

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Die Pute von Panem – The Starving Games: Directed by Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer. With Maiara Walsh, Cody Christian, Brant Daugherty, Diedrich Bader. In this Hunger Games spoof, Kantmiss Evershot must fight for her life in the 75th annual Starving Games, where she could also win an old ham, a coupon for a foot-long sub, and a partially eaten pickle.

“A few weeks ago, upon discovering known and universally panned parody filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer were making a parody of the popular franchise The Hunger Games, I sent out a message on Twitter I thought would be seen as encouraging to some. It read, u0026quot;Encouragement to young filmmakers: whatever youu0026#39;re writing now is infinitely better than the new parody film The Starving Games. Soon after sending the tweet, I received a reply from the filmu0026#39;s official Twitter reading, u0026quot;Great! Weu0026#39;re working on The Starving Games 2!u0026quot; The fact that the PR/marketing campaign for the picture needs to reply in a smarmy way to negative feedback online about their film shows about as much maturity on their part as the film at hand. Unsurprisingly, The Starving Games is another miserable endeavor of a parody movie, directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the same men who have brought you Date Movie, Epic Movie, Vampires Suck, among other installments of the dead parody genre. Thatu0026#39;s right, Iu0026#39;m referring to the genre as dead now. Consider my reviews of A Haunted House and Movie 43 (which Iu0026#39;ll throw in the same genre since it revolves around many self-referential skits and lampoons A-list actors) the genreu0026#39;s funeral service and this one a visit to its gravesite. What has happened to a genre so promising and so filled with life? The simple answer is it has been reduced to what appears to be a cinematic competition between writers to incorporate as many pop culture and movie references in one film as possible. In the first few minutes of The Starving Games, we are annihilated as viewers by the abundance of references thrown at us, as if itu0026#39;s a commercial break on Television in mid-December and weu0026#39;re trying to decide on what toy to buy our children. The Friedberg and Seltzer formula is to have no continuity, no logic, and no wit in their story. Just clobber together every successful film character, pop culture icon, current celebrity, etc into roughly eighty minutes and string it along with a loose plot and hope someone laughs (or enough sales come through to cash a large check).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAs inferred by the title, the film is one long parody of the popular book/film franchise The Hunger Games, with the protagonist of Katniss Evergreen now under the name u0026quot;Kantmiss Evershot,u0026quot; an inept archer who now must fight for her life in the game where her and another opponent must kill one another in The 75th Annual Starving Games. The winner receives an old ham, a coupon for a foot-long sub sandwich, and a partially eaten pickle. The person who sits through this film in its redundant, eighty minute glory gets nothing but a shorter amount of time left in their day.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWith all the disgustingly unfunny references, Iu0026#39;m glad this film was shot, edited, and completed before Miley Cyrus and the u0026quot;twerkingu0026quot; phenomenon became mainstream. If I had to witness something of that caliber in a film that already breathlessly tries to include the u0026quot;Gangnam Styleu0026quot; musician Psy, the whole Avengers squad, Harry Potter and his friends (who are told to get out of the film because their franchise has ended), and the cast of action movie legends from The Expendables, I wouldu0026#39;ve probably given up.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe reason why I resist discrediting or shattering the likely large egos of directors Friedberg and Seltzer is because, well, why bother? They have found a formula that pays big money and have capitalized off of the lowest common denominator of wit and intelligence there is in the cinematic world. I am anticipating reviews of The Starving Games that consist of death threats, comments about the devolution of humor because of the directorsu0026#39; films, and remarks of their worthlessness because of their filmography. Reviews of their films have become as predictable as the films they make, so why bother attacking them? All I can say is be grateful this one is confined to a video-on-demand released and a very limited theatrical release, as opposed to their other films which garnered wide releases. Letu0026#39;s hope their window of release just becomes smaller and smaller over time.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe Starving Games and films like it donu0026#39;t make me angry anymore. They just make me sad. It makes me upset to see films like these gain an audience of young teens who are already experiencing shorter attention spans thanks to Television and the internet. Iu0026#39;d let my twelve year old child watch the original Halloween before a film by Friedberg and Seltzer. Or, better yet, the original Airplane! or The Naked Gun series, both starring the gifted comedy actor Leslie Nelson. Those films worked because they spoofed their own genres and didnu0026#39;t try to incorporate every current celebrity and movie figure that has rose to prominence since their last film. There is no reason anyone should see The Starving Games, but, oh, people will.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eRun and tweet that.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eStarring: Maiara Walsh, Brant Daugherty, and Cody Christian. Directed by: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.”


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