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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Film Review: Burning the sophomore flame

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is a smashing sci-fi commentary that is in many ways full of good old-fashioned escapism. It is often full of well-paced action, fluid drama and subtle romance, as well as ornate costumes and seamless CG effects. It is every bit an intense and gripping piece of entertainment with no line or character getting wasted on screen. Cleverly helmed by Francis Lawrence, this follow-up to the 2012 blockbuster film takes the popular franchise into a deeper

‘Batman Begins’ Film Review: A great beginning for the Dark Knight

This "Batman" film goes back to the roots of the character — portraying a confused and angry Bruce Wayne who rises to redeem himself and defend Gotham. ”Batman Begins” explores the origins of Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) emergence as Batman and brings back the essence of what drives him to be who he is. Human emotions as love, fear and anger begin a new face for the Dark Knight as a cinematic and yet realistic film. This makes his character more human than

(Response Paper) In Making Sense of This Particular Order: Film Reviewing – Film Criticism – Film Scholarship

In response to: The Manila Review article “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic” by Joel David A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class Film scholar Joel David presented key issues hounding the arrested development of Pinoy film criticism in this 2015 article entitled “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic,” published by The Manila Review. Early on in the reading, he addressed the separation between film scholarship and production – raising the issue where “specialists suffered from serious lack in

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