The Wonder of the Cinema

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Leadership and Longform Reporting

I’ve learned that teaching leadership isn’t a sink or swim proposition.  Just chucking someone into a leadership position isn’t a good way to teach leadership.  It requires modeling leadership, offering opportunities for practice(in action), revision of methods, and finally, eventually, hopefully… real leadership.  At the moment we’re still in the modeling phase. In this video … Continue reading

Blogging Challenge: Week 1

What should be considered “essential” curriculum in any discipline? I like to think my first job, even before teaching my students the English curriculum, is to help the kids to become good people.  I’m not certain if this something I came to realize on my own or something my father–a retired teacher–pointed out to me. … Continue reading

A Year in Movies Retrospective

A Year in Movies When I began my experiment to chronicle all of the films I watched in a single calendar year, I was not entirely sure what the results would be.  Over the years people would ask how many films I had seen.  My answer was usually, “a couple thousand.”  At one point the … Continue reading

#89 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Director Peter Jackson is a fan of long movies.  Three enormous chapters of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the opening chapter of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey soar well past the two hour mark.  Fellowship of the Ring clocks in at 2 hours 58 minutes, The Two Towers at 2 … Continue reading

#88 Before the Rains

Before the Rains Tragic films follow a circle.  They begin with the world in equilibrium.  All is well. Then complications pile one upon another.  Death.  Destruction.  Tragedy.  A happy ending is not possible only a return to equilibrium.  And to reach such a place… Henry Moores. played by Linus Roache, is a British planter living … Continue reading

Fall Films #65-87!

I’ve fallen behind in a major way with blogging my challenge of reviewing every film I watch this year.  So here’s the fall in review! #65 Pacific Rim Pacific Rim is a big, loud, noisy Michael Bay type film.  Don’t think too deeply and you might enjoy this one.  Fun for the 6-14 year old boy inside… … Continue reading

#64 Elysium

Elysium One of the great sub-genres of science fiction explored explored by authors and filmmakers is the dystopia.  The paranoia of 1984, the environmental tragedy of Silent Running, the overpopulation of Soylent Green and Logan’s Run, the rampant crime of Dredd and Demolition Man, the genetics-as-currency of Gattaca, each explore an aspect of a negative future that could be.  Elysium is an action … Continue reading

#65 Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters Comedies must be a difficult thing for studio executives to decide to green light or not.  What was the pitch for Ghostbusters like?  “It’s about three professors who save the world by shooting lasers at ghosts? It’s going to cost how much?  And this is a comedy?”  And given that almost none of the scenes were … Continue reading

#63 World War Z

World War Z Superhero films, musicals, zombie films, vampire and werewolf films.  Their popularity ebbs and flows.  At the moment the zombie genre is flying high thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead and the Brad Pitt action/adventure film World War Z.  The film is based on the 2006 apocalyptic horror novel, World War Z: An Oral History of … Continue reading

#62 Gettysburg

Gettysburg I find that Gettysburg is like a favorite book one returns to again and again.  It has its flaws to be sure, but there’s something about this film that draws me back in every time.  However, the thing that draws me in almost compels me to switch it off about half way through. Gettysburg is the … Continue reading