Sunday, 8 April 2012

Favourite things this week

The Hunger Games

As I write this, The Hunger Games has now just taken over $300m in the US and topped the Easter bank holiday with $33.5. As an avid reader of the books, I had been bubbling over with excitement for the film release and I finally took myself to see it this weekend. For those who have taken their bank holiday under a rock, the basic premise of the film centres around Katniss Everdeen (played brilliantly by Jennifer Lawrence), who is selected to represent her district in a televised fight to the death, which is broadcast by the Capitol, the rulers of the country of Panem (or - dystopian America). The film draws comparisons from Battle Royale combined with today's obsession with reality television.

I've always advocated original books to their screenplay counterparts and whilst I still prefer Suzanne Collins's novel, this is an amazing adaptation and it is to [director] Gary Ross's credit that this has been spun into such a compelling cinematic success. There's nothing left to say on the matter other than, I implore you to see it!

Goofy's surprise visit

This year Disneyland Paris are celebrating their 20th birthday, and they're definitely celebrating in style. Their online stunt though, is particularly special. Teaming up with Google, Disney allows visitors to the site to enjoy a virtual visit from Goofy, having him appear right at their doorstep. It's hard to explain but just take a visit and see for yourself at: