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Let the Games Begin: Theme and Allegory in ‘The Hunger Games’ Saga

  With the recent cinematic release of the latest installment of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay- Part 1, it seems to be the perfect time to look into some of the more predominant themes and allegorical references in this wildly popular franchise. Being that these films have been adapted from Suzanne Collin’s trilogy of bestselling …

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‘Furious 7’ delivers your over-the-top action fix

Big action, gravity-defying car shenanigans, and unstoppable macho energy make for a ridiculously fun ride. Yes, some sloppy editing bogs down director James Wan’s more-is-more finale, but that’s only in comparison to the other set pieces, which are damn near flawless. Fans of the action genre will want to catch this one early and often.

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‘Pacific Rim’ May Be Big and Fun, but it isn’t Dumb

It seems there is a standard line about Pacific Rim that is taking hold in a lot of the conversation I’m seeing about the film. The line I keep reading some variation of is that “Pacific Rim is big, dumb, fun.” The film is two of those things, but what I find perplexing is the …

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‘Jaws’: How a Shark Changed Hollywood

  Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) was a commercial hit. Upon its release in theatres during the summer of 1975, it broke box-office records. The film was put together by studios and agencies; essentially it was a product specifically made to make money- a lot of it. It is regarded as being the first ever “blockbuster” …

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Blockbuster Bankruptcy?

The bad news just keeps on coming for beleaguered movie rental giant Blockbuster, but is anyone really surprised? Yesterday, the LA Times reported that Blockbuster chief executive Jim Keyes was in LA to discuss plans for a possible “pre-planned” bankruptcy in September. Apparently, he met with executives at several studios including Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, …

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Another Nail in Blockbuster’s Coffin

Good riddance. Starting this week, Blockbuster’s stock will not be available on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The NYSE requires individual share to be worth more than $1 averaged over a consecutive thirty-day period; Blockbuster’s shares have remained below that point since May. As of this writing, a Blockbuster share is only worth 17¢, …

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News: “Alien” the Prequel, Blockbuster Video shows their desperation and more…

“Alien” the Prequel: An “Alien” prequel has been verified by  director Tony Scott.  He is the brother of Ridley Scott, the director of “Alien.”  The prequel will be directed by Carl Rinsch, director of 1994’s “The Quiz.”  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0727754/ Tony Scott guesses that production will begin “Hopefully (at) the end of the year.”  http://www.collider.com/2009/05/29/exclusive-tony-scott-confirms-carl-rinsch-is-directing-alien-and-its-a-prequel/ I am …

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