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A Nearly Perfect War Film That Touches On Every Emotional Beat
Directed by Sam Mendes, 1917 is one of the finest war films that I can recall. It’s simple, haunting, dramatic, riveting, and a solid candidate for best film of 2019. Based on a true story, 1917 had me on edge of my seat wondering how this would all end. I didn’t know anything about the real-life story until after watching the film. I was expecting the unexpected which made me stay alert during the entire run time. I was almost expecting a typical war ending that I’ve seen several times before such as in Saving Private Ryan. Fortunately, that was not the case and I was perfectly fine. 1917 might just be one of the best WWI films and one of the best war flicks of all time.
You just remember who the enemy is. - Haymitch Abernathy
Released in 2009, Catching Fire is the sequel to the popular 2008 novel, the Hunger Games. Whereas the original Hunger Games novel focused on the Games, Catching Fire focuses on the fallout and repercussions by the totalitarian government of Panem. It is a common saying that the sequel almost never surpasses the original. Regardless of what some may say, Catching Fire is the peak of the Hunger Games trilogy. Even the movie itself is the best of the quadrology and I think there are various reasons as to why that is the case. Catching Fire is as close as to a perfectly written young adult novel rivaling the best Harry Potter novel.
Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor! - Effie Trinket
Released in 2008, The Hunger Games is a gripping start to a memorable trilogy. Even on its own, it is a thrilling read. The Hunger Games serves primarily a strong build up to Catching Fire and Mockingjay and that is not a bad thing. I have feelings for the characters and what happens to them in the sequels made me invested in them because of how well they were established in the Hunger Games. This is a novel that has stood the test of time, adapted to a film series, and became a global phenomenon for much of the 2010’s.