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View Full Version : The Starving Games (2013, Friedberg & Seltzer)


islandclaws
05-10-12, 07:40 PM
From Collider:

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the glorious filmmakers behind such eloquent fare as Date Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Vampires Suck, have set their sights on The Hunger Games for their next opus. Variety reports that Friedberg and Seltzer will write and direct The Starving Games, a “comedy” spoof that will derive its plot from The Hunger Games because it’s a lazy genius idea. Apparently the film will also spoof The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes, and the final Harry Potter film as well, given that those movies made a lot of money and stupid people will see an Avengers reference and go “I recognize that as something that I’m aware of! Funny!”

There’s a difference between lowbrow humor aimed at kids (The Smurfs) and just plain lazy comedy. Friedberg and Seltzer’s movies literally reenact entire scenes from popular blockbusters, switch it up by making someone fall down/fart in said scenes, and call it a day. That’s piggybacking, not talent, and this is why their movies are terrible.

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Can't these guys get cancer already? MCA dies, yet these two... ah, fuck it.

Solid Snake
05-10-12, 07:45 PM
jesus titty fucking tap dancin' christ, man. really?

riotinmyskull
05-10-12, 09:32 PM
:suicide:

TomOpus
05-10-12, 09:34 PM
Can't these guys get cancer already? MCA dies, yet these two... ah, fuck it.I don't want them to die. Just to stop making movies.

RagingBull80
05-10-12, 09:49 PM
I don't want them to die. Just to stop making movies.

Dying's a good way to get them to stop making movies.

PatD
05-10-12, 09:56 PM
Will the eventual trailer feature the song "I'm Your Boogie Man" to remind people that it's from "2 of the 6 writers of 'Scary Movie'"?

*shudders*

"Scary Movie" and its sequels lowered the bar so low for spoof movies, I fear we will never get anything the likes of "Airplane!" or "Top Secret!" again. Compared to the last 12 years of slop, those were frickin' nuanced, subtle and almost Shakespearean.

Hokeyboy
05-10-12, 10:02 PM
"God Bless Friedberg & Seltzer" -- coming soon!

Matthew Chmiel
05-10-12, 11:24 PM
Whatever happened to that 3D spoof they were supposed to be writing and directing?

Rypro 525
10-14-13, 02:11 AM
well heres the trailer!
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-8Rk4SY2Hhg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
yes this is a real movie and its coming to theaters Nov 8

MrSmearkase
10-14-13, 08:31 AM
https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/2832443648/h6A3A1D8F/

RocShemp
10-14-13, 08:34 AM
I don't get why people get so upset about these. Just do what I do and don't watch them. :shrug:

stvn1974
10-14-13, 11:23 AM
If I want to watch something that isn't funny I will watch an episode of The Office or Arrested Development for free. Not spending money to see this.

Eddie W
10-14-13, 11:56 AM
These 'movies' fascinate me. Because there are actually people out there somewhere that will get into their car, drive someplace, and pay money to see them. To quote Jerry Sienfled, who are these people?

Still I guess you can't fault them. If I could find a way to make millions of dollars from stupid people with very little effort, I guess I'd do it too.

The Valeyard
10-14-13, 12:14 PM
I'd gladly shit out a terrible movie if it turned a profit.

stvn1974
10-14-13, 12:17 PM
I bet this film has less plot holes and continuity errors than a Nolan film and won't actually ruin The Hunger Games the same way Abrams Star Trek has that series.

RocShemp
10-14-13, 12:23 PM
I bet this film has less plot holes and continuity errors than a Nolan film and won't actually ruin The Hunger Games the same way Abrams Star Trek has that series.

:horse:

robin2099
10-14-13, 12:27 PM
I wonder when the art of movie parodies died? Can we trace it back to Scary Movie which started the "Movie, Movie" trend, or was it dead before that?

OldBoy
10-14-13, 12:40 PM
as my good friend dan30oly would say..."this will be the best movie ever and i am dead serious!!"

inri222
10-14-13, 12:43 PM
I wonder when the art of movie parodies died? Can we trace it back to Scary Movie which started the "Movie, Movie" trend, or was it dead before that?

It's not not dead, just that no dedication is put into it. I'm surprised at some of the stuff that passes itself off as comedy. I'm talking to you Adam Sandler, Tyler Perry & others. But I guess not every film can be Black Dynamite.

Troy Stiffler
10-14-13, 02:04 PM
Do Friedberg and Seltzer believe in this stuff? Or are they just trolling and laughing at the people who buy tickets?

Dr. DVD
10-14-13, 04:41 PM
They waited until the last second of the trailer before using scatological humor. Must have been a challenge.

gp1086
10-14-13, 04:47 PM
Top 10 of the year contender? I'm avoiding the trailer to hinder expectations.

Why So Blu?
10-14-13, 04:56 PM
Saw the trailer without volume. Who is the main broad? She's cute. This will make money, because dumb ass people will want to see bird shit fall on some hot chick's face.

Groucho
10-14-13, 05:04 PM
Saw the trailer without volume. Who is the main broad? She's cute. This will make money, because dumb ass people will want to see bird shit fall on some hot chick's face.I can direct those people to a website where they can see something very similar for free.

RoyalTea
10-14-13, 05:08 PM
I've never really seen the box office return numbers on their other movies, but I'm assuming these films must cost next to nothing to make.

DeputyDave
10-14-13, 05:12 PM
I can direct those people to a website where they can see something very similar for free.

Booktalk?

Groucho
10-14-13, 05:20 PM
liquidpapermishaps.com

hanshotfirst1138
10-14-13, 08:40 PM
I have never seen a Friedberg and Selter movie or one of the Scary Movie films. While I know it's wrong to judge anything without having seen it, I find that I've heard so many negative things about these movies that I have zero interest in them.

bluetoast
10-14-13, 11:07 PM
What's interesting is that the Zucker brothers were actually involved with some of the Scary Movies, including the piece of shit one from this year. I might even say that Movie 43 was slightly less worse than Scary Movie V. Hell, looking them up, Friedberg and Seltzer were among the 4 writers Spy Hard with Leslie Nielson (also in some of the Scary Movies), so they've all worked together in varying ways.

DeputyDave
10-15-13, 12:53 PM
I actually enjoyed Movie 43. Sure it wasn't a great movie but a fun time waster that was free on Netflix.

RoyalTea
10-15-13, 01:06 PM
I don't believe Friedberg & Seltzer had anything to do with Movie 43.

bluetoast
10-15-13, 04:47 PM
No they didn't, but I was comparing it to Scary Movie V, in a general post about parody movies this year.

My Other Self
10-15-13, 04:55 PM
Scary Movie 5 was terrible in every way imagineable.

Leslie Niselen made Spy Hard watchable (along with "Weird Al" Yankovic's theme), but Pat Proft and the Zucker brothers careers have been over for quite some time. I enjoyed Wrongfully Accused (which was solely Pat Proft), but the parody genre has been dead since then for me.

The first two Scary Movies were fun to some extent, but not in the same way I would ever view something like Airplane!, The Naked Gun or Top Secret.

I watched Spy Hard again a few months ago and was suprised to see Friedberg and Seltzer's names in the opening credits. It was far from a masterpiece but its certainly better than anything crapped out since then.

Did they do Not Another Teen Movie? I enjoyed parts of that (namely the Breakfast Club parody).

RoyalTea
10-15-13, 06:00 PM
Did they do Not Another Teen Movie?

nope.

GoldenJCJ
10-15-13, 06:04 PM
:lol: @ the Gangnam style reference. They've gotten so lazy their references are outdated before they even reach the theater now. At least before it would be a couple months or so after release that the references became outdated.

I look forward to a "winning" or "Tiger blood" reference somewhere. Maybe Katniss can say "You are the weakest link, goodbye" just before she kills one of her competitors.

RichC2
10-15-13, 07:09 PM
So wait, THAT cost $4.5m to produce?

Rypro 525
10-16-13, 12:43 AM
:lol: @ the Gangnam style reference. They've gotten so lazy their references are outdated before they even reach the theater now. At least before it would be a couple months or so after release that the references became outdated.

I look forward to a "winning" or "Tiger blood" reference somewhere. Maybe Katniss can say "You are the weakest link, goodbye" just before she kills one of her competitors.

also Taylor Swift looks nothing like that any more.

Solid Snake
10-16-13, 01:07 AM
What does she looks like now?

Alan Smithee
10-16-13, 03:04 PM
Wonder how many long, pointless hip-hop dance numbers will be in this one? I'll admit to having seen most of these guys' movies just because they try so hard to be funny and fail SO miserably that it amuses me. There's a fine line between being just plain awful and being so unfunny that it's like a train wreck, and they get it just right.

Rob V
10-16-13, 03:39 PM
This is already dan30ly's favority movie of all time.

d2cheer
10-16-13, 04:12 PM
I am so glad my fellow Bronson lover started this thread... I am :o for you.

Rypro 525
10-17-13, 12:08 AM
What does she looks like now?

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-rotwX2rMVUM/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAg_k/k35Rmndv2h8/s120-c/photo.jpg