Thursday, May 17, 2012

The visual culture of Hunger Games is certainly striking. It's as if the capitol city has kept all the bright colors to itself, and left the provinces nothing but beige and gray.

What struck me the most, however, was that I walked out of the movie into a theater building strewn wildly with garish colors, with posters and screens all around promoting movies I haven't heard of, starring people I barely recognize, while the radio blares music I don't recognize by unfamiliar bands.

All it's taken is a couple of years as a parent of small children, and I'm experiencing the pop culture of my own country as if it were science fiction.