The Hunger Games: James Dashner's 5 Movies for While You Wait

Sam Rockwell in
Sam Rockwell in "Moon" © Sony Pictures Classics

The fever around the 2012 release of The Hunger Games, based on the book by Suzanne Collins, is building steadily day by day. What's a fan to do? Take the advice of James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner series, and turn to his five suggested movies to stave off your hunger.

Unless you live under a rock in Greenland without any Internet service (hey, don't knock it till you've tried it), you've probably read and loved The Hunger Games trilogy or at the very least heard about it. And now we're all counting down the days until next year when the first movie comes out. Crossing our fingers all the while, praying it delivers. I can only imagine the visual wonder of seeing Katniss and the Arena on the big screen.

But the key words there were "next year." This is 2011. The movie comes out in 2012. Spring. That's a year away. (I'm just going slow here so everyone at home can keep up.) An agonizing wait for sure. But there is plenty of good news here.

First, at least it is coming. A lot more than I can say for the Ender's Game movie I've been waiting my entire life for.

And second, there are so many good movies to be seen. So many. I'm guessing you and I have very similar tastes because we're both currently on So the following is a completely random list of five movies that aren't quite as mainstream that I think you may enjoy while you wait for "The Hunger Games":

1. "Moon" (Same guy who made "The Source Code." So good and twisty!)

2. "Donnie Darko" (Let me know the explanation behind everything once you're done. Please. Thanks.)

3. "Following" (The first film by Christopher Nolan. His genius was evident from the beginning. Hard to find, but you can stream it on Netflix.)

4. "Sunshine" (A Danny Boyle scifi film. I seriously just don't understand why some movies don't ever get the spotlight. I absolutely loved this movie.)

5. "The Others" (I told you this list was random! It's been a long time since this movie came out, and its creepiness and clever plot has never left me.)

So there you go. That's roughly ten hours out of the thousands until Katniss comes to the big screen. When you're done, come back for more. Happy watching!

JAMES DASHNER was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. In addition to the Maze Runner series, Dashner is also the author of The 13th Reality. To learn more about him and his books, visit