Flashforward: May’s Most Anticipated Films

We have a few more months until summer officially starts, but the summer movie season is already well underway. The first wave of big name blockbusters hits theaters all month with some of the year’s biggest names and franchises debuting over the next few weeks. Talking with a friend over coffee last weekend, I confessed my…

Part 2. The Girl on Fire vs The Boy Who Lived

As promised, Flashback/Backslide has returned with the followup to Part 1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where I offered my brief review of the second installment in The Hunger Games movie franchise. Now I’d like to tackle a topic in which I’ve been interested for some time. What fascinates me about The Hunger Games is the…

Divergent and the “Woe” of Film Adaptations

Over the last few years it has become increasingly popular to complain about the originality of new releases. Making the blanket statement that “no one makes original movies anymore” is more than a little alarmist, and even if this were true, the argument does not extend to “movie adaptations are never any good.” It can be easy to…