Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

The Playlist

The Best & The Worst Of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By The Playlist Staff
  • |
  • November 25, 2013 1:40 PM
  • |
  • 66 Comments
Catching Fire, feature
Now officially the all-time November opening record holder, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was always a fairly sure thing in terms of box office. But what's more impressive is the advance word on the film (our own included), and the buzz around it, which has been so positive, with it being touted as the rare sequel that improves on the original, and with many going so far as to compare it to "The Empire Strikes Back." (Though, to be honest, we think that comparison is more to do with how open-ended it feels, with the good guys separated and some of them still imperiled, at the film's close.) Some of us might not go quite that far, but certainly director Francis Lawrence has made good on delivering a broader, more nuanced and more layered film than the first, which is fitting considering he was adapting what we'd consider the best of the three books, by quite some distance.

Review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' Floats But Doesn't Quite Sting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • October 6, 2013 12:52 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Capturing the magnetic, larger than life personality of Muhammad Ali has been something only a few actors have tried over the years, including Will Smith, Darius McCrary and Terrence Howard. And while the boxing legend and sports world superstar can be imitated, he simply can't be duplicated. So call it a savvy move on the part of screenwriter Shawn Slovo and director Stephen Frears to avoid that issue altogether in "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," which defers to archival footage to present the titular subject in the dramatized story of his fight against his conviction of avoiding the Vietnam War draft, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Unfortunately, however, that archival material is also the most dramatically potent in a film that presents the story respectfully, it not particularly compellingly.

Review: 'Abigail Harm' Starring Amanda Plummer & Will Patton

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • September 3, 2013 5:45 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Abigail Harm
Abigail watches from a distance as the man disrobes. A modestly-handsome Asian man, he has no name, and freely abandons his towel to dowse himself in a tub in the middle of an abandoned studio space. She flinches, waiting for the right moment to seize the towel, to trap him within his own nudity. He’ll be vulnerable, she believes, and they’ll make love. She’s never found love in this city, and now this stranger with bare skin with take her as her own, and she’ll feel valuable for once in a life of solitude.

Be Cool Honey Bunny: Amanda Plummer Joins 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • July 17, 2012 12:25 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Do young "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" fans even get the reference we're making in the headline? Are we that old or are they that young? But if it gets youngsters to borrow their older brother or sister's copy of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," than that's a good thing at the least.

Email Updates

Recent Comments