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Film Journal International’s “Film Review… Catching Fire” Disappoints

In response to Doris Toumarkine’s 775‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Film Journal International

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What kind of reviewer hides behind a veil of anonymity? (Certainly not Marcus Julianus.) That’s the first question that comes to mind when reading Film Journal International’s “Film Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” There is no author name given for the review. It is as anonymous as the orgy in Eyes Wide Shut, only that was more tastefully done.

Perhaps if someone had been accountable for this review, it wouldn’t have turned out so lazily written. There is a lot of plot summary and very little in the way of insight. The anonymous production team also fails to put a space between two of the paragraphs, making the whole affair look unprofessional to boot.

The whole review reads as if it truly weren’t written by an individual, but by some sort of committee. There is no personality to it, no originality and no wit. It is dull and lifeless, a mannequin without its clothes on. It easily could have been produced in some mass review factory run out of a third-world country.

The only time a hint of personality threatens to break through the facade is in the final paragraph, which ends with an ironic twist. It’s too little too late to save the rest of the review, though.  Film Review… Catching Fire is an exercise in anonymity and tedium.    

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