The Hunger Games


If I had to make the comparison, I would put the The Hunger Games on par with Twilight. Certainly not in terms of quality (I would happily line the bottom of a birdcage with any of the four Twilight books) but in terms of world domination.

It seems I can’t turn a page, turn a corner or turn on the TV without being hit by The Hunger Games. It is everywhere, much like Kristen Stewart’s sour expression is plastered across every rag mag cover.

But in this case, I’m not complaining. In fact, quite the opposite. When it comes to The Hunger Games, I say 'Please sir, may I have some more?'

I read the first book by Suzanne Collins in a day (it hardly requires a tertiary degree to get through, which makes sense given that it’s written for a teenage audience) and I attended the screening with the same degree of enthusiasm. A bit of a pretentious book-snob, I was a little nervous the film would butcher the book much like The Hunger Games tributes butcher each other, but director Gary Ross (of Pleasantville fame) and contributing script writer, Suzanne Collins have done a fine job at following the book to the page.

For Hunger Games virgins and enthusiasts alike, the film remains an action-packed two and a half hours. Set in the future, North America has self-destructed into a new country called Panem, made up of 13 struggling districts which are under the rule of the thriving, but dystopian Capitol. To keep the districts in line, The Capitol hosts the annual Hunger Games – a televised competition where a boy and girl from each district are sent into a constructed arena to fight to the death.

When Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) 12-year old sister is selected as the tribute for District 12, Katniss steps up to the plate and volunteers on her behalf. The feisty Katniss is a regular bad-ass, but it will take all her sweet bow-and-arrow skills to keep her alive in the arena. And ‘falling in love’ with her fellow tribute and possible murderer, Peeta throws a bit of a spanner in the works.

The film comes into its own in its ability to capture the realism of the televised event. At times, it’s almost a sensory overload as you are sucked into the world of The Hunger Games arena. But the fast-paced storyline and characters, including spunky love-interest Gale (Liam Hemsworth) hold the film together. My only criticism is the ending, which happens quickly and isn’t quite the cliff-hanging moment the book achieved.

But even for a pretentious book-snob, The Hunger Games is a good fill of dystopian teen angst.

Running time: 142 mins

Take your: Best girlfriend or teenage daughter

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Bob Jane T-Mart Tread Safely Week

Tread Safely week launches 5th to the 11th of September each year and just like a breast check for Pink Ribbon Day, it was created in order to remind you to check your tyres.

Given the health of your tyres is super important to ensure the safety of yourself and your precious cargo (not to mention other road users and pedestrians), the wonderful people at Bob Jane T-Mart (aka BYTM) have created a pretty nifty was to check your tyres, DIY style.

Like most women, we can safely assume you know next to nix about tyres. Thing is, you can use some handy-dandy items easily found in the bottom of your bag to check them out all by yourself.

Whether it’s your nail file, hair comb or even a good old Lady Jayne bobby pin, just look for the groove on your tyre and gently wedge it in; if the depth of your tyre is less than 2mm, it’s time to high tail it to your nearest BJTM.

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Sneak peak of 2017 Pirelli Calendar

When you’re talking about the ultimate in celebrity endorsement, you can’t go past the famous Pirelli Calendar.

Tyres have never looked so good with the soon to be released 2017 calendar snapped by world renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh on location in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Le Touquet (North of Paris) and in New York.

Dating back to 1963, the Pirelli calendar is well known for not only showcasing the world’s most beautiful models photographed within - but for the photographers who shoot it.

This year, however, the line up is more movie star than model with snaps of A-list actresses featuring such names as our very own Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright and Penelope Cruz Sanchez gracing the month by month pages.

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It's Time for a Tyre Check

There is only one thing more boring on the face of this planet than cricket, and that’s tyres. You can shine, style and soup them up all you like, but at the end of the day (and that day is looooong for most women), all roads lead back to Snoozeville. Women simply are not that interested in tyres. Yet we should be. And here’s why:

Sorry to be the Richie Benaud of the automotive world. However, we need to have a serious conversation. Sure we all know the tyres on our car keep us safe – yeah, yeah, we get it already. But do you?

Driving on bad tyres can result in you losing control of your vehicle, and can cause a serious accident – and we are meant to check them every fortnight! The reality of buying and maintaining the right tyres on your car can truly be the difference between life and death, and at some point, all tyres will start to lose performance in terms of their traction and braking ability. It’s time to tread carefully, sisters.

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Review Bad Moms

At the time of writing, Bad Moms has apparently already made almost $56 million big ones at the box office and it’s my bet it will double, triple and even inspire a TV series. Yes, sisters, it’s. that. good.

Think the Hangover meets Sex and the City – Bad Moms is crass, irreverent and confronting, yet oh so relatable it will make you squirm in your seat on more than a few occasions. And just like SATC, if you’re a Mum, you’ll see yourself in at least one (if not all) of the main characters which can uncomfortable, comforting and hilarious all at the same time.

Continuing on with our SATC comparison, the main characters could be Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte (ditching Miranda, I mean, who ever liked her anyway?) but are now Mums living in the burbs. Amy, Carla and Kiki but ‘living the dream’ of the white picket fence variety, swapping their Manolo’s for Kumfs and their Cosmopolitans for long blacks, their days as Moms are tedious, long and unfulfilled.

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