Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

NO SPOILERS! It isn’t often that a sequel outdoes it’s predecessor in nearly every way, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, does just that. Granted, sequels have the benefit of not having to establish the world and characters, but that’s what makes Catching Fire so unique. While the world is setup, … Continue reading

‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’ Began Filming Today

Shooting began today for the sequel to one of this summer’s biggest releases, The Hunger Games. The sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, shoots in Atlanta and Hawaii and should finish shooting before Christmas. Director Francis Lawrence (Water For Elephants, I Am Legend, Constantine) replaces Gary Ross, who directed the first … Continue reading

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Casting Update

As pre-production ramps up for the sequel to this year’s The Hunger Games, the news keeps flying in on cast updates for Catching Fire. Suzanne Collin’s trilogy has been a huge bestseller and The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence as lead Katniss Everdeen was a box office success and received positive reviews. … Continue reading

What We Watch When We Watch ‘The Hunger Games’

My first experience with The Hunger Games (2008) was March 12, 2012, a full four years after the final book was published and long after the movie hype machine had turned up to eleven. My mother called me and informed me that my hometown of Murfreesboro, TN was doing a “One … Continue reading

Art or Imitation? ‘The Hunger Games’ Vs. ‘Battle Royale’

This article contains spoilers. Since the market success of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy (2008-2010), fans and critics alike have been involved in debates regarding the originality of Collins’ work. Despite being reminiscent of other, more widely read works of dystopic fiction, a majority of critics have mistakenly focused on Koushun … Continue reading

‘The Hunger Games’ Novel Roundtable Discussion

Just in case you haven’t read The Hunger Games books (2008-2010) yet and plan to, or plan to see the film, there are heavy spoilers below. Proceed with caution! Mike Mierendorf: In early 2011, when I lived in Chicago and took the L on my daily morning commute downtown, nearly … Continue reading