The Kiddy Pool: Katniss Everdeen and the Greatest Love

I didn’t see the first Hunger Games movie in the theatre. At the time, I was seven months pregnant with my second daughter, and I had a funny feeling that hormonal fluctuations and dying children would make for an anxiety-inducing film experience. It’s easy enough, without the pregnancy-related crazy, for viewers to interpret the sacrifice Collins’ characters make in light of our own loves and losses. It’s her sacrifice for Prim, and later for Rue, that makes us love Katniss in the story’s first … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: After the Final Kill — A Special Episode of "The Hunger Games"

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films. Spoiler Alert... The flamboyant show-host Caesar Flickerman has his alive-and-well, star-crossed lovers -- Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark -- on stage together for their first interview since surviving the Hunger Games. Caesar asks the right questions -- the ones we're just dying to know. The bright lights are shining, the cameras are rolling, and we -- uh, I mean the Capitol studio audience -- look on with great … [Read more...]