Given my previous experience, I walked into the 8 p.m. showing of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last night with low expectations. To my delighted surprise, 30 minutes into the film, I was sure that this movie would live up to everything I wanted it to be.
One might say that the parallels with the ancient world end with Katniss, but maybe that's also where the parallels with ours are strongest. Because while she may not be a metaphor for Christ, Katniss is perhaps best understood as a prophetic hero for our time.
We're asking you to help us caption this photo of Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence caught mid-conversation with co-star Elizabeth Banks. What do you think Josh and Jennifer are saying to each other? (And what's Effie Elizabeth doing?)
The Chinese government needs to respond, at least partly, to what people want, even if that means allowing movies that deal with uncomfortable themes or don't fall into line with the values that the Party wants to promote.
Since not all my readers get to movies on a regular basis and many of them will have avoided this one thinking it's for children, herewith a brief description of the movie that will inform the reader and spare the curious of the need to pay money to see it.
The Hunger Games have been popular with people who do not read books. A friend of mine (who made sure to emphasize that he doesn't read) told me that he loved the series and that I had to stop what I was doing to read it.
Americans seem to be still hung up on the idea that skin color, and even gender, is a better way to define someone, rather than defining them by their achievements, potential, intelligence or moral character
I'm not sure if Suzanne Collins intentionally wrote the trilogy to reflect some of the common themes in society, but it seems that there are a lot of cross overs and correlations that beg the question, are the odds ever in our favor?
Any movie that debuts with a $152 million opening weekend and grabs the title of third biggest opening ever is grabbing a place in history with sheer numbers. But I think the film's visuals are what truly make it special and they work on two levels.
With The Hunger Games, both women and men have indicated that they are ready for something different. The industry needs to wake up and realize that women are a part of cinema, too. The system must be ready to change.
Under the extremely watchful eye of author Suzanne Collins, who stands as a producer and co-writer of The Hunger Games, director Gary Ross kept faithful to the book while cutting it down to fit a movie format.
She sits on the ground in a pile of leaves, holds her head in her hands and sobs. It's a devastating moment, but as I sat in the theater screening the film,which premieres March 23rd, all I could think was: "This isn't the Katniss I know."