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Web 2.0, Higher-Order Thinking, and Macbeth: Part 1

Part I: The Simplicity of Twitter Twitter is an interesting and powerful Web 2.0 tool.  Originally intended as a simple social networking resource, educators have found value in Twitter’s simplicity as well.  There is something invigorating and even seductive about engaging the students on ground that is already familiar to them. Clear Goals At the … Continue reading

#25 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Jackson’s fourth venture into the world to J.R.R. Tolkien is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  There was much trepidation among reviewers upon hearing that Jackson had opted to split the single tome The Hobbit into three films when each volume of the Lord of the Rings had equated to a single film. … Continue reading

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#24 The Expatriate

The Expatriate – 2012 Ok, let’s see if this sounds familiar.  A CIA killing machine who now has a conscience is hunted by his ex-handlers at the CIA.  Sounds a bit like the Bourne Identity, right?  Ok, let’s try another.  A father who has a very special skill set moves heaven and earth(and kills a … Continue reading

#23 First of the Few

The First of the Few – 1942 Starring David Niven and Leslie Howard The First of the Few  should have been titled Ode to the Spitfire or How I Went to Germany and Learned How Evil They Really Are.  Actually this film was known to American audiences as Spitfire.  This early war film is essentially … Continue reading

#22 Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty – 2012 Some films are not about the outcome because we know how the film is going to end.  Here we know about the raid into Pakistan to kill Usama Bin Laden.  That is not the point of interest rather the tension and the mystery is all wrapped up in “how.”  How … Continue reading

#21 Prometheus

Prometheus 2012 Designed as a quasi-prequel to the 1977 classic Alien, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was a highly anticipated 2012 summer blockbuster.  It is clear the big budget was spent well as the CGI is well done.  And the film returned over $400 million to date.  Sometimes filmmakers like to explain the “why” behind their great ideas.  … Continue reading

#20 Solaris

Solaris -2002 The original 1972 Solaris, a Russian film based on the 1961 novel by Polish author Stanislaw Lem, is considered a science fiction classic(although director Andrei Tarkovsky considered it his least favorite of his films).  It is a lethargically slow film.  What made the original Solaris a gem was not the acting, the visuals, … Continue reading