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

Culturef*cked: Hurricane Sandy is America’s Disaster Movie

If you were in a part of the country that didn’t lose power after Hurricane Sandy, you were witness to the images of its devastation. Everywhere you’d turn, there was footage of flooded subways, dangling cranes, and a New York bifurcated between light and darkness—images so otherworldly they evoked, for … 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

Gary Ross: The Greatest Director You Never Knew Existed – BEFORE ‘The Hunger Games’

Director Gary Ross’s films are better known than he is.  When I mentioned to my friends that I’d be writing a feature story on him for CT, most of them looked at me with a quizzical expression and then asked, “Who?” Personally, I find Ross’s unknown status rather refreshing: he’s … Continue reading

Film of the Week: ‘The Hunger Games’ Delivers

Simply put, The Hunger Games is a huge success – and not just at the box office. From the dark, dreary, dystopia of District 12 to the brilliantly shining, colorful, excited nature of the Capitol, The Hunger Games is a winner. Directed by Gary Ross, the film blends the two worlds … Continue reading

‘The Hunger Games’ Is Already Setting Box Office Records

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’re well aware that The Hunger Games hit theaters at midnight last night to wide anticipation. Well, it’s doing even better than expected. The midnight showings totaled over $19 million, setting a record for the highest non-sequel midnight debut. The Hunger … 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

New Clip of ‘The Hunger Games’

As marketing ramps up for the release of The Hunger Games, a new clip of the film has popped up online. In it Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) suggests one of the subplots that will drive the tension of the film. Having read the book, this clip comes out pretty damn close … Continue reading