The Right strikes back! A philosopher reviews the Hunger Games films

Summary: Many modern films have CGI action obscuring the deeper issues they raise. So we turn to a philosopher, Kelley Ross, for this series of film reviews. Here he reviews The Hunger Games, showing its role in the ideological battles of our time. At the end are other reviews of these films. "Books such as … Continue reading The Right strikes back! A philosopher reviews the Hunger Games films

“Mockingjay” shows us a Revolution in Gender Roles. What’s the next revolution?

Summary: The previous post discussed violent revolution as a possible future for America, of the kind seen in "Mockingjay" (3rd film in The Hunger Games series). Today we we looks at a different aspect of The Hunger Games,  social revolutions of the kind that have repeatedly reshaped America. Women using violence against men (for good … Continue reading “Mockingjay” shows us a Revolution in Gender Roles. What’s the next revolution?

“Mockingjay” shows us a path to reform for America. A great movie, but bad advice.

Summary:  This is the first in a series looking at Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games stories, both the books and films. It provides a richly detailed mirror image in which we can see many aspects of America, things we pretend not to know (or worse, don't see). Today we'll begin with the third book (and film) … Continue reading “Mockingjay” shows us a path to reform for America. A great movie, but bad advice.

How does The Hunger Games compare to other classic stories of children fighting children?

Summary: As we watch "Mockingjay", the 3rd movie in the Hunger Games series, let's compare Suzanne Collins' books to the other classics of children fighting children -- Lord of the Flies (William Golding , 1954) and Tunnel in the Sky (Robert Heinlein, 1955). Children fighting for their lives against other children, a gripping story-telling motif … Continue reading How does The Hunger Games compare to other classic stories of children fighting children?

An insightful review of “Catching Fire” (if only our spirits were so ignitable)

Summary:  Today we have a guest post by film critic Jonathan McCalmont, another review of "Catching Fire" that uses it as a mirror to our culture -- a reflection showing how we want to see ourselves. He shows how this film, like so many others these days, reflects our ambivalence about authority (starting with parental … Continue reading An insightful review of “Catching Fire” (if only our spirits were so ignitable)