“When you’re going through something that’s a little bit harder, you kind of want to listen to something that makes you feel
The general consensus is that "The Hunger Games: Caching Fire" was quite a bit better than the franchise's first film installment
Jennifer Lawrence is the queen of Hollywood. As Lionsgate announced on Friday, Lawrence's blockbuster "Hunger Games" film
I find that women warrior figures starkly highlight current ongoing conversations, with an overdue need for far more balanced media depictions and fluid understandings of gender.
So, for all of you who don't have a Jennifer Lawrence Google alert set up already, we give you a roundup of her most lovable moments of the past year.
"American Hustle" "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" Recent winners in the category include "Les Misérables," "The Iron Lady
Given my previous experience, I walked into the 8 p.m. showing of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last night with low expectations. To my delighted surprise, 30 minutes into the film, I was sure that this movie would live up to everything I wanted it to be.
If Katniss has to "choose" Peeta or Gale, she will have to give up doing gender in this splendid, and, dare I say, feminist and queer way in order to "fit" into her and her "girlfriend's" or "boyfriend's" relationship. Now imagine a world in which Katniss wouldn't have to choose.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" set new records for Thanksgiving weekend ticket sales, and the film can thank its dedicated
As a mother and social justice writer, I struggle daily with the balance of wanting to provide my children a healthy cocoon with minimal discomfort, while also preparing them to take on the injustices of the world -- a role I expect them to step up into someday.
Testing must be made relevant to the everyday lives of teen and 'tween girls. What are their actual dreams and aspirations? Let's take a cue from GoldieBlox and design math tests "from the female perspective."
The movie really is suited for older tweens as there is plenty of drama and intensity. Prior to and following the premiere, I asked some parents and kids in attendance for their views and reactions to the movie.
Catching Fire is a film about state terror. While the genesis of the movie was a series of young adult novels, I think the film series has already taken on a separate life of its own with a depth that appeals to an older adult audience.
Only by winning elections at the local level, the state level, and the congressional level can we redistribute the wealth that the ruling class have unjustly stolen from those who worked to create it.
The good guys are white, we have learned, after eons of our faces being plastered under cowboy hats and in impeccable Bond suits. White men are Superman, we have learned. Bad men, we have learned, are black. They're gang bangers and thugs and talk loud and sometimes deliver funny lines where we laugh at their Otherness.
So, if you're feeling uneasy about seeing Catching Fire because "KIDS KILL KIDS," and you "don't care about another Twilight," reconsider. Reconsider a million times over.
One might say that the parallels with the ancient world end with Katniss, but maybe that's also where the parallels with ours are strongest. Because while she may not be a metaphor for Christ, Katniss is perhaps best understood as a prophetic hero for our time.
If there's a Hunger Games fan in your life, chances are they're pretty excited today. The first installment of Catching Fire
Smiles on: Parody band The Arena has released "Reaping Ball," a song that combines elements of "The Hunger Games: Catching