I must qualify my last post about "The Hunger Games" by saying that the movie was actually pretty good; it was MUCH better than the book! In the movie, we weren't stuck in Katniss's head with all her dull, uninspired, and unreasonably dense thinking.
The movie form is a natural "shower" not a "teller." We can watch what Katniss does and decide what she's thinking based on her actions, which seem reasonable enough considering her situation, at least in the movie.
The weird romance stuff is also understated enough in the movie to make it work and comes across in a much more realistic manner. In fact, I have to admit, it's almost not present enough--I've heard of people not recognizing any real romantic feelings between Peta and Katniss and this makes the game they play with their audience perhaps too shallow to matter.
So there. "The Hunger Games" isn't as awful as I made it sound in my last article. Okay? Some people are, apparently, very passionate about their Hunger Games and take this stuff way too seriously. I even lost a Facebook friend to my harsh rantings last week. A Facebook friend! All of which, to me, is hilarious...