The Hunger Games: Odds? In My Favor? It’s More Likely Than You Think!

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The Hunger Games – Odds? In My Favor? It’s More Likely Than You Think!

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Melanie and Melvin go through the entirety of The Hunger Games, starting from its opening text all the way to its closing credits! Relive the experience of your first Hunger Games and listen to our various commentary on the films interesting metaphors and frustrating editing!


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 23-minutes discussing the YA genre of film, attempting to define it, describing different franchises, and what we like and don’t like about it (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 
  • Melvin’s never seen a Hunger Game. Melanie learns him a lesson. 
  • Melvin on the film’s editing, “It was never, uhh, not a problem.”
  • The Hunger Games has a good, consistent sense of tone.
  • Despite what some may think, The Hunger Games is technically a mid-to-low budget film costing an estimated 78-million to produce. This may account for the dated CGI work which, even for the early 2010s, does not hold up. 
  • The way the Hunger Games are used to cultivate a performative social experience was fairly engaging. Often times it is unclear whether a conversation or event takes place out of a genuine heart or a performative requirement for survival.
  • Before the actual Hunger Games begin, Melvin and Melanie discuss the first half of The Hunger Games, what they enjoy about the setup, and why it helps prepare the audience for the Games themselves.
  • Once the games begin, the two agree: there may have been significant benefits to the film being Rated R.
  • For Melvin, some emotional sequences weren’t effective due to the poor editing.
  • The combination of hope and hopelessness throughout The Hunger Games is really evocative and engaging, and this is present even to the end of the game.


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Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images – all involving teens. It features Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Willow Shields, and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Gary Ross. The Hunger Games is available here.

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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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