The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

Release: Friday, November 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Peter Craig; Danny Strong Directed by: Francis Lawrence Take your best shot, Mr. Lawrence. I’m ready for anything. Or, I thought I was. Four films, three years and nearly $2 billion in global box office receipts later, we arrive at the bittersweet farewell to a remarkable franchise, one that has been soContinue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2”

PSH Blogathon: This is the fun part, sweetheart

I would like to first give a shout-out to my friend Jordan of the one and only Epileptic Moondancer for providing me the perfect platform from which I can profess my infatuation with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and his role in Jan de Bont’s exhilarating, special effects-driven Twister. I have been looking for anotherContinue reading “PSH Blogathon: This is the fun part, sweetheart”

TBT: Almost Famous (2000)

As Will Smith notes in Independence Day, it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings. And while I knew, deep down, there would not be any fat lady singing to indicate this feature had truly ended, I also knew there was no way I could stop doing these posts. It’s the longest-running feature on theContinue reading “TBT: Almost Famous (2000)”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Release: Friday, November 21, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Peter Craig; Danny Strong Directed by: Francis Lawrence Katniss ought to have directed that last arrow at Hollywood’s greedy, deep-pocketed execs. While I will always be a proponent of staying just a little bit longer inside the Hunger Games, it’s hard to ignore the gratuitousness of the decision to split yet another YAContinue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1”

A Most Wanted Man

Release: Friday, July 25, 2014 (limited) [Theater] As all good things must, even A Most Wanted Man comes to an end. And it’s going to take everything in my power to remain on the conservative side here, what with a possible capstone performance to mark the end of a career as towering as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s. TrustContinue reading “A Most Wanted Man”

TBT: Twister (1996)

So today the stars have aligned, and it being the tenth of the month both TBT and The Franco Files have merged on the same day! Given the performance I decided to highlight with July’s installment of TFF, and the fact it involves a pretty ridiculous tornado, I started thinking about movies featuring similarly whacky weather.Continue reading “TBT: Twister (1996)”

A Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Today is a strange day. On the one hand, there’s the world’s biggest stage being set for football, as Superbowl XLVIII kick-off is only a few hours away, a colossal event taking place in the New York Area. However, in that very same nook of this nation we have experienced an unthinkable loss. Philip SeymourContinue reading “A Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release: Friday, November 22, 2013 [Theater] After struggling to find a decent seat at a showing at 3 in the afternoon, it would seem I had seriously underestimated the frenzy that The Hunger Games had thrown the world into; although I thoroughly enjoyed myself despite all of my hesitations as I watched the original — theContinue reading “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”