New Trailers – Doctor Who and Mockingjay

Doctor Who returns to television in September. But Comic Con usually offers teasers for upcoming seasons and movies, and this year is no exception. IO9 shared this trailer, which really does make the upcoming season hard to wait for: The BBC Doctor Who blog breaks down the trailer and highlights lots of details, while IO9 has more details [Read More...]

#BaltimoreRiots as the Baltimore Hunger Games

I suggested once before that urban violence is our society’s Hunger Games. And so it doesn’t surprise me that Amandla Stenberg, who played the character Rue in the movie The Hunger Games, tweeted about this topic, and retweeted a tweet that made the comparison explicit. I had students writing about dystopian fiction as social commentary [Read More...]

The Hunger Games

Tonight I went to see the movie The Hunger Games with my son. It is fantastic and well deserving of all the attention it is getting. But in addition to being a movie with excitement and adventure that can be enjoyed by fans young and old, the movie also offers sharp social criticism. I won’t [Read More...]