Music Monday – Getting Away

Coming back off vacation, also known as holiday in some places, this threesome of songs are about getting away.  So let’s get to it…

Get Away by Bobby Brown

(released 1993; peaked #14 US Hot 100, #3 US R&B, #3 US Dance)

I need a piece of mind, I’m stressed out today
It’s about that time to make that get away
Dealin’ with the people I deal with everyday
Got to find a place I can hide away

This is about as bad as it gets for a Bobby Brown song that got airplay, but at least it’s danceable.  There’s very little to the lyrics and the rap part is simply crap, but this album came out at that time when just about every song hitting the airwaves “had” to include a rap bit.  This is definitely dredging the bottom, but the spirit of the song certainly fit the mood of getting away for a vacation.

Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz

(released 1999; peaked #12 US Hot 100, #1 US Alternative, #1 US Hot Mainstream Rock, #1 UK Singles)

I’d fly above the trees
Over the seas in all degrees
To anywhere I please

Oh I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah yeah yeah

The 1999 Grammy winner for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, this song is big on sound and attitude, but short on lyrics.  It works in this case, as this song’s sound will pick you up and rock you away.

Holiday by Scorpions

(released 1979 on the album ‘Lovedrive‘)

Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday
Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday

Exchange the cold days for the sun
A good time and fun
Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday

The German metal band, Scorpions, have been rocking crowds for generations with anthems like Rock you Like A Hurricane, Big City Lights, No One Like You, and power ballads like Still Loving You, Winds of Change, and the one featured here, Holiday.

Review: The Hunger Games (movie)

The Hunger Games is a great book that begins The Hunger Games trilogy, a well-written and entertaining series that I previously reviewed here:   http://pubwrite.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/review-the-hunger-games/.

The movie was given a PG-13 rating due to its violent content.  There were a few scenes with a little blood spatter and a number of scenes in which people die, but I’m not sure it really warrants a more restricted rating than PG.  I know there’s a lot of gnashing of teeth and parents trying to decide if their kids should be able to see this movie.  My recommendation is this:  If your son/daughter has read the book or series, they are probably fine for watching the movie.  If you’ve allowed them to watch the Harry Potter series, they’re fine.  If they’ve seen The Lord of the Rings…again, they’ll be fine.  The killing and dying as big a deal as the explanation of how a government could force their people to send their children to such a barbaric “game.”

If you’ve read the book(s) or my review (or another review), you know what the premise of the story.  The movie did a good job of following the story.  As with most adaptations, there are parts that are changed:  the mockingjay pin is not given to Katniss by by the mayor’s daughter and the mutts don’t have the eyes of the fallen tributes.  The former doesn’t affect the story at all.  The latter is debatable, but, ultimately, it’s probably not such a big omission.  What is missing from this movie that was provided in the book is the inter-character relationships.  The depth of the relationship between Katniss and Gale was hinted at, but never given enough time to really explain the mopey looks; the friendship of Katniss and Cinna wasn’t adequately developed in the movie; and the brief interaction on screen between Katniss and Rue doesn’t really provide enough explanation as to why she’s so torn up when Rue dies*.

I thought most of the choices for actors and actresses were fine.  Peeta wasn’t quite what I imagined, but close enough.  I really imagined Cinna as more like Dennis Rodman than Lenny Kravitz, but their choice was probably more accurate.  Donald Sutherland plays a good President Snow although he doesn’t really look “snaky.”  Woody Harrelson does a good job playing Haymitch, but he isn’t what I thought of when reading the character.

Overall, much like the book, the movie was well-done and entertaining, but there are really only a handful of scenes that are big screen worthy and paying to see it in IMAX was a waste of the extra few dollars.  If you catch it at matinee price, you won’t likely feel like you wasted your money…you might not feel that at full price either.

[*I debated about not mentioning Rue’s death as it could be a spoiler, but anyone who understands what this story is about should easily get that only one tribute is supposed to make it out of the arena alive.] 

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