Podcast Episode 63: Catch Up Episode!

Awesome Friday

This week on a very special Awesome Friday Podcast we’re playing catchup. We haven’t recorded an episode in several weeks so we’re discussing The Oscars, The games _Luft Rousers_, _Gang Beasts_, and _South Park: The Stick of Truth_ as well as some discussion of the PS Vita, movie news about the District B13 Remake _Brick Mansions_ and the _The Incredibles_ remake, the films _300: Rise of an Empire_, _The Grand Budapest Hotel_, and _Divergent_.

It’s a lot to get through in 80 minutes so let’s get going!

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Review: Divergent

Divergent

There’s a fine line that adaptations of novels have to walk. Leave too much in and you risk your movie becoming plodding and boring. take too much out and you risk dumbing down or losing a theme or moment or sub plot integral to that story. Nowhere is this more clear than with Young Adult novels. Because they are generally fairly easy to follow in the first place the smallest choice a director makes can have drastic consequences for the movie you are making.

Case in point, Divergent is a movie that I am sure is based on a good book that discusses and explores interesting themes, but the movie itself glosses over all of this to tell a pretty by the numbers story about a girl in a not-that-dystopian future.

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Divergent Trailer + Poster + Character Posters: Still Not Sure If I Should Care

Divergent

Young Adult fiction seems like it must be pretty hard to adapt. Harry Potter made all the money, as did Twilight, and it looks like The Hunger Games will too, but most other young adult novels tend to, well, underwhelm.

Divergent is the next franchise to make a run at it, and here’s a proper trailer, theatrical poster, and character posters. Fun!

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