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Simon Foster’s “Catching Fire” Deserves a Read

In response to Simon Foster’s 652‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Screen-Space

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The criminally under-appreciated Screen Space continues to make its case as one of the best sites today for film critique. Critic Simon Foster proves he’s no fluke with  “THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE.”

Nearly daily, these one-critic websites pop up, claiming to offer some new angle, but, more often than not, they are gimmicky, poorly written and offer no defense for their existence.

Not so with Foster’s little corner of the web.

While not as poetically high minded as say, The Dissolve, he’s nonetheless proving himself a talent to be reckoned with.  

The writing is top notch and gloriously free from the errors that plague sites like this. It flows without being too light and it’s incisive without being pompous.  

Foster has a wonderful gift for descriptiveness and comparative critique. Rather than automatically crown it a new Empire Strikes Back (as many have), he says Catching Fire is “little more than a fresh coat of paint on THX-1138, Logan’s Run, The Running Man, Battle Royale or Turkey Shoot, to name just a few.”

The acting, directing, production design and the script all get a good going over by Foster’s sharp pen and it’s all a joy to experience.

Go support a critic who’s actually doing it the right way.    

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