The Hunger Games

‘Mockingjay—Part 1′: The Somber ‘Empire Strikes Back’ of the ‘Hunger Games’ Films

The most noteworthy divergence between Mockingjay—Part 1 and its predecessors in the Hunger Games series is the somberness of its tone. It’s not that the first two pictures were exactly laugh riots — they are, after all, chronicles of bloodthirsty oligarchs demanding children murder each other for their amusement. But the (now-de rigueur) splitting of the final book of the YA franchise into two films means that this half is, by necessity, less about big action bits and more about mood, more setup than payoff. And it features some of the grimmest imagery of the series to date. It may be the franchise’s third movie, but it plays like its Empire Strikes Back. … Read More

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Progressive, Tea Party, or Anarchist: Whose Side Is Katniss Really On?

Since I began turning its pages, I assumed The Hunger Games was a rallying cry for like-minded progressives and radicals. This was thanks to its pretty upfront indictment of state-inflicted violence and, in particular, of hunger caused by gross economic inequality. Occupy Panem! I thought. Redistribute the wealth! … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Woody Harrelson

In a post-True Detective season one world, it’s great to see Woody Harrelson take the SNL stage tonight. His career path has taken some unexpected turns — from a role as a bartender on the beloved sitcom Cheers and a serial murderer in Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, to mega franchise star in The Hunger Games and his sad-sack cop in Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO drama. Will a glassy-eyed Woody be rusty after 25 years since his last hosting stint? Find out how it all went down, below. … Read More

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Listen to Kanye West’s Chilling Remix of Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat”

Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” — from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack is a fast-paced, anxious pop track with an underlying… Read More

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25 Must-See Movies For the Fall

Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most. … Read More

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Stylized Violence on Film Isn’t Just Lazy — It’s Immoral

I walked out of the first movie in The Hunger Games series, directed by Pleasantville‘s Gary Ross, feeling surprisingly frustrated. In fact, I may have ranted to my friends that the film was “morally reprehensible” and “disturbing” and the only thing of value was Jennifer Lawrence’s endless soulfulness. … Read More

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Here’s Your First Official Teaser Trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1′

After two faux-propaganda “Panem Address” spots, we’re finally getting our first look at The Hunger Games:… Read More

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Watch the First, Clever Teaser Trailer for ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1′

The Hunger Games films have, thus far, cleverly intersected narrative and advertising to create marketing materials in the form… Read More

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Beautifully Terrifying District Propaganda Posters for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

It seems like just yesterday that we watched Katniss escape the Quarter Quell’s clock of horrors, but the countdown to another Hunger Games movie — Mockingjay: Part 1 – has already begun. With the premiere almost exactly five months away, The Capitol has produced a stunning series of propaganda posters depicting the heroic workers who populate its districts. While beautifully composed, the images also have a creepy coldness to them that befits the darkness (not to mention the escalating tensions in Panem) to come. … Read More

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