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Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 could definitely have benefitted from dropping the saga’s title and just sticking with that of Suzanne Collins’ novel.  While it is the continuation of the story that began two years ago with… 1,571 more words

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Conflict: What's at Stake for Your Characters?

One of the things you’ll often hear discussed among writers crafting their stories is the question of “stakes”. What does your protagonist want most? Where is the tension? 780 more words

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Mockingjay Part 1(!) is the Trainwreck You'd Expect

Last week, I skived off work (read: I had extra time I needed to use) and went to see Mockingjay Part 1. It was just as awkward and embarrassing as I expected, but not  574 more words

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

We went to a newly opened Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, Texas, to watch the new Hunger Games movie. My wife and I were at my parents’ house for Thanksgiving, and it was the day after. 840 more words

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“Lean down a minute first,” he says. “Need to tell you something.” I lean over and put my good ear to his lips, which tickle as he whispers.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Some killer, mostly filler.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

After the fairly middling critical reaction to Mockingjay Part 1, I wasn’t in any rush to go and see it, despite being a self-proclaimed fan of the franchise. 1,204 more words

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The recent evolution of the love triangle

When I was a kid, I remember all the love triangles being between some jerk who was also the antagonist and the good guy who would win the girl in the end if the girl was the peak. 666 more words

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