The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Review — Protest Songs and Radical Symbols

The Podcast Criticize After Dinner reviews "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"

In our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, we examine the role of song in the film as a tool for dissent, the role of heroes and radical symbols, and how Katniss fits into that. We also explore how District 13 uses mass media as a revolutionary strategy, and discuss the different ways the Capitol and District 13 wage war. Finally, we talk through how Mockingjay gives us a stark, real-world look into what it’s like to be a refugee, what real-world regions we’re reminded of as we learn more about District 13, and how…boring and artless District 13 seems, and why that disappoints us.

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Gender, Race, and Revolution in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (E01)

Criticize After Dinner Reviews the Hunger Games: Catching Fire

We discuss “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” exploring the film’s treatment of race, look at Katniss’s gender dynamics with Peeta, and take a critical look at the different districts, and what we think they represent.

Also discussed: How District 13 are like the Zapatistas, Plutarch as the 5th column, can you repress your way to a revolution, and is the Hunger Games just Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome, but times 12?

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