Bad movies are a waste of time and money. But really, truly, exceptionally bad movies can be great entertainment — and, in their own way, transcend to high art. After all, passionate fans of truly terrible movies tend to be intelligent, or at least knowledgeable about pop culture. Such fandom requires us to be smarter […]Read More How This Got Made: Hollywood’s Greatest ‘Disaster’
(Films discussed in this post: Blue Is The Warmest Color, The Heat, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Drinking Buddies, Enough Said, The Invisible Woman.)Women are so hot right now. Again. Or… still. No matter how many female-driven movies make a splash at the box office, Hollywood never seems to learn its lesson. Sure, the top-grossing […]Read More Catching Heat: The Warmest Women Of 2013
I, like the majority of the western world, saw The Hunger Games on opening weekend. It had been nearly a year since I’d read Suzanne Collins’ book and I hadn’t yet started on the sequels. (I’m doing that now — and at the moment, I’m on Team Finnick. Sorry, Peeta! This is subject to change, […]Read More Rewriting ‘The Hunger Games’: Five Fixes To Make It Flawless
Event movies are rare these days. Most films that studios would have you believe are “events” are anything but — sheep in wolves’ clothing. They hardly give us a reason to go to the theater at all, let alone line up opening night. The Hunger Games, however, is an event. Certainly 2012’s first, and unless […]Read More Starving For Attention: Let The ‘Games’ Begin!
As a film school graduate, I’m afraid I have an obligation to take entertainment way too seriously. That’s why, when awards season rolls around, I can’t help but partake in the senseless, arbitrary, and totally nerdy critic’s pastime of ranking all the films I saw and compiling a Top Ten List. And since 2011’s award […]Read More The Tens: Best Of Film 2010
Now that we’ve seen Harry Potter defeat Voldemort on the big screen, and Twilight has one more terrible cinematic endeavor to taunt us with, the film industry is looking for the next franchise to drive young’uns and tweens into a spending frenzy. The answer they’re hoping for is: The Hunger Games.Read More Trailer Trash: I’m Gettin’ Hungry