Friday, March 23, 2012

summer in march & midnight movies (hunger games review)

Yesterday may have been the most perfect day thus far of the year.

The temperature went to a soaring 28 degrees which is VERY was practically summer! I'm a bit of a weather geek and got all giddy when I saw that the average temperature for this time of year is 4.0 degrees and the historical record high for March 22 was 11.8 degrees. Looks like we just blew that one out of the water!

The warm weather didn't deter me and my roomie from going for a run. In fact, it drew us out! Although it probably wasn't the best idea to go at 1:30pm, but fear not...we lathered on the SPF 60 :).

Maybe it's just me but it was a little strange to see the trees so bare with the heat.

After our "intense" run we rewarded ourselves with a little sunbathing on Citadel Hill.

It almost looks like we live in some desert land with the brown grass :P.

I was contemplating going out for sushi with a friend but it was definitely patio weather! Dinner was at the Argyle where a group of us hoped to get a spot on the rooftop. Unfortunately people just weren't leaving, and although we were told it would be a 45 minute wait it ended up that we would have had to wait 2 hours!! lovely as the patio would have been we decided to stay inside.

As always, I wanted to try everything on the menu. I ended up going splits with my roomie and we shared the Artichoke and Roasted Spinach Pizza... well as the portobello mushroom burger with brie cheese and a side of garden salad.

It's possible that my portobello burgers are just as delicious...maybe even more but I'm definitely biased :P. I loved the bun they used and the touch of brie cheese. Looks like I'll have to try that next time I cook them up!


In the evening my classmate Heather and roomie/classmate Helen went to see the midnight showing of The Hunger Games. We were pumped for it! In the pic below I'm supposed to be holding a spear, Helen has a bow and arrow and Heather...uhhh...I think she's showing her brute strength ;).

We thought that arriving at 10:15 would be pleeeeeeeenty early but apparently we were wrong!! The girls at the front had been there since 6pm., really...that's actually INSANE!!

To the back of the line we went :(.

But it's ok because once we got in the theatre we found decent seats anyways. And we found ways to pass the time, mainly by taking a bunch of fun (and blurry) self-pics...

...and crying internally about our most recent exam. But let's not linger on that topic.

As far as the movie is concerned I'm going to be completely honest with what I thought of it. I really did have very high expectations for the movie so I ended up being a bit disappointed at the end of it...maybe I was just setting it up for failure. But it wasn't even about the acting, costumes, or filming, because those were all good for the most part.

I think the problem was that the book was written in the first person and it's difficult to turn that into a movie. An internal dialogue could have been used but I have a feeling that it wouldn't translate well. There were also a lot of details from the book that were briefly alluded to - which is completely fair - but I don't know how much they would make sense to someone who has not read the book.

Don't get me wrong, all-in-all I did enjoy the movie and its interpretation of certain scenes. And I'm definitely curious to know what other people thought of it. I also have no regrets watching it...although I didn't end up going to sleep until 3am and was in panic mode when Helen woke me up 10 minutes before our 8:30 class. I was only 7 minutes late though. If that's not impressive then I don't know what is :P.

Have a good weekend!


  1. I did notice you coming in late today - ha! We're going to wait a couple of weeks to see it so we don't have to spend that much time in line (since 6...really...?). Can't wait, though! I'm expecting it to be disappointing but them's the breaks.

  2. Haha...I was hoping that I would be able to subtly sneak in :P. Helen told me I looked so confused when I entered the classroom. I think I was still waking up!

    And yes, waiting is a good thing. It will be the exact same movie in a few weeks' time! :)

  3. So i saw it last night. and i LOVED it! However, you're right... with the book being written in first person, it's difficult to translate that well into a movie, but i think they did a fairly decent adaptation. i'm actually hoping to go see it again this weekend :D

  4. I'm glad you liked it Candace :). And I'm really tempted to watch it again to give it a fairer shot. I think I hyped myself up too much that my expectations were pretty unrealistic. I do agree that it was well done though!