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Review: 'The Hunger Games'

I hadn't really thought about the relationship between the cinematography and the need to get a rating that allowed teenagers and tweens to see a film based on a YA book. It's kind of sad that what is acceptable to read in the books is not acceptable to show in theaters. And it makes me wonder what a more gifted cinematogrpaher/director would have done with the challenge if one had taken on the movie (and if films based on YA novels didn't have such a stigma).

I'm also interested in how Katniss and the other teens chosen still had to be portrayed as healthy and attractive from the start and the ugliness of their world had to be toned down, both sort of lending themselves to your point that the audience in the theater and the audience in the capital are positioned together.

Thanks for a thought-provoking review.

March 23, 2012 at 7:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Book Review: 'Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl In Hollywood'

This sounds like a fascinating read. I've been thinking about Myrna Loy and the women of her generation who made the same kind of transition in their lives you describe playing from vixen to perfect wife--from the relative openness of the 1920s to the carefully-controled domestic front of the 1950s and early 1960s. Her range is remarkable, the perfect wife of The Thin Man is so very different from Mrs. Blandings.

Thanks for the review!

March 1, 2012 at 9:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Black Film Festival

Hi Beth--

Excellent piece as always. I have been to many festivals celebrating a wide variety of communities in several cities. I have always felt welcome and have always found it interesting to see new films by new filmmakers and to be exposed to new perspectives, not just on filmmaking but on people's lives and experiences. Fortunately, community-based film festivals are not going away either.

And I wholeheartedly agree with your above post and with @Miguel Rodriguez'. I don't think I have anything to add to what either of you have said.

Though have either of you seen this pieces?

January 29, 2012 at 5:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rants and Raves: Filmgoers Talk About 3-D

I love the paddle-ball scene in House of Wax. It's a source of constant joy.

And incidentally, I love Cinema Junkie. Fantastic blog!

August 18, 2011 at 1:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )