Friday, November 19, 2010

Movies: More fun than dreams (in some cases)

Here at ROUTE 1, our two most recent dreams involved:
1. MY BELOVED OREGON DUCKS losing a football game while playing in a parking garage.

2. Me trying to hide in my own house while my daughters hosted a slumber party.

Actually, I think No. 2 might have happened in real life.

Regardless, we think it's time to turn our attention from the subconscious to the cinematic.
Readers help by answering the following FRIDAY QUESTION:

"Seen any good movies lately?"

DAVE B. -- "Two Mules for Sister Sara."

BRIAN C. -- We hardly see ANY movies. However, we did rent "Leap Year," a light film along the lines of "You've Got Mail" and "When Harry Met Sally" and those where the principals are not a couple and initially don't get along -- and then things change. Set in Ireland, so interesting scenes.
BEKAH P. -- I don't know if this would classify as "good" by any means, but I did recently watch "Red," the action flick with all the older actors who were retired hit men and women. It was pretty funny. But, of course, I am saving up all my movie-going-energy for the big one this week! (The newest first half of the final Harry Potter installment, for any of you living under a rock.)
KERSTIN H. -- "Dear John." It was alright.

JIM S. -- Of course (and bad ones, too). I strongly recommend "Waiting for Superman." It's a documentary about today's troubled schools and the teacher's union. Powerful and Academy Award-worthy.

STEVE M. -- "A Few Good Men." ...again.

KERI M. -- "Social Network" was pretty good.

ANNIKA H. -- No, 'cause you won't take me to the movies.

JOHN S. -- "Megamind" is very funny!

ERIK H. -- I was left feeling angry, frustrated, saddened and horrified after watching Davis Guggenheim's "Waiting for Superman," a documentary about the failures of American public education. It was a good movie. What kept it from attaining "great" status? I left the cinema wanting more specifics. Most public schools are lacking, we learned, and certain specific charter and magnet schools are doing well. Why? What are these more exclusive schools doing that sets them so far apart. Is it only their exclusivity? Then we can't all follow their example now, can we? There are many mediocre teachers, we learn, and only a handful of "great" teachers who can lead our children out of this educational mess we're in. So, what do these teachers specifically do that makes them great? You won't necessarily find out by watching "Waiting for Superman."


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