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Sunday, January 13 2013

Films Facing Reality in 2012

The only movie of 2012 that makes a strong case for America being a cohesive social body with moral purpose binding it together is Lincoln. For those keeping track, that film is set 147 years ago.


Tuesday, July 10 2012

Lost In Translation, or, Why 'The Hangover' Can't Just Be 'The Hangover'

Thanks to translation, the cult '60s British show The Avengers is known to French viewers as Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir, literally "bowler hat and leather boots", a title which could be misconstrued for a show about bondage tips and foot fetish.

Thursday, April 5 2012

Not Gonna Lie: 'The Hunger Games', Twitter, and Reverse Victimization

Would it matter at all if Katniss Everdeen, a white teenager in the book The Hunger Games, had been portrayed in the film by a suitably teenage and female, black actor? For the young racists who have gone berserk on Twitter about the supporting character Rue being portrayed by an African-American actor, apparently the answer is yes.

Monday, March 26 2012

In Defense of Adapting Books, Such as 'The Hunger Games', to Film

As The Hunger Games phenomenon fills movie theaters, we are reminded of the age-old idea that the book will forever be better than the movie. Or will it?


Friday, March 20 2015

'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' Is Borderline Insufferable

If gobbledygook was gold, Insurgent would be Ft. Knox.

Thursday, August 16 2012

'The Hunger Games' Looks More Like the Past than the Future -- and Too Much Like the Present

Director Gary Ross understands that the movie should stand for itself, as opposed to functioning as a staged reading of the novel.

Thursday, March 22 2012

'The Hunger Games' Is Against TV Before It's For It

Katniss embodies all that's better than her Hunger Games opponents, being aptly appalled at what she sees while also learning to manipulate her audience.


Thursday, March 19 2015

The 10 Best Modern YA Film Adaptations

Not all YA adaptations are created equally. In fact, there are many terrible examples of the genre. On the other hand, here are a few that are pretty great.

Thursday, March 29 2012

‘Hunger Games’ Is Part of a Long, Grisly Tradition in Literature

Violence committed by and against children has a long, grisly tradition in literature — as an allegory for adult cruelty, a representation of the emotional volatility of adolescence and a tension-raiser for audiences.

Monday, March 26 2012

'Games' On!: 'The Hunger Games' and the Meaning of $155 Million

$155 million is an amazing number. What this means for The Hunger Games franchise is... well, not very much, actually.

Tuesday, March 20 2012

The 10 Greatest Human Hunting Films of All Time

Has a certain teen lit sensation a.k.a. The Hunger Games left you 'hungry' for more. Here's our list of ten alternate examples of the 'man as prey' premise.

Monday, March 19 2012

'Games' Games

After a continuous onslaught of commercials and come-ons, it looks like the former question mark is now solidly earning exclamations, the shifting screenings a sure sign of faith, not flop.


Monday, April 23 2012

‘Think Like a Man’ replaces ‘Hunger Games’ atop box office

LOS ANGELES — Moe, Larry and Curly couldn’t do it. Neither could Snow White, an army of Greek gods or a baby-faced Leonardo DiCaprio. After

Sunday, April 8 2012

‘Hunger Games’ surpasses $300 million mark at box office

LOS ANGELES — “The Hunger Games” surpassed the $300 million milestone at the box office over the weekend, making the film more popular with American moviegoers than

Wednesday, March 28 2012

‘The Hunger Games’ sends a message, but which one?

LOS ANGELES — “The Hunger Games,” the teen action-adventure film that is opened to big numbers last weekend, is, without question, a parable of the Occupy

Monday, March 26 2012

‘Hunger Games’ devours market with a record $155 million

LOS ANGELES — Lionsgate hit a bull’s-eye this weekend with “The Hunger Games,” as the story of expert archer Katniss Everdeen and her battle for

Thursday, March 22 2012

Rock star Lenny Kravitz returns to acting in ‘The Hunger Games’

LOS ANGELES — Director Gary Ross knew he needed someone who was super-cool and a trendsetter to play the avant garde stylist Cinna in “The Hunger

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