Tag: movies


Some notes about Hollywood Films


"Can't we just watch it?!" When watching a movie in class, many of my students complain when I stop it in order to engage in a discussion of what the movie is presenting.  My response to their "Can't we just watch it?" is always, sure.  "Sure, this Friday night, in your...

Zombies: A Whole New Kind of Monster


"Apocalypse" (Ἀποκάλυψις) is a Greek word meaning "revelation."  In popular culture we often equate the word apocalypse with zombies.  "The zombie apocalypse" actually means "that which zombies reveal."  Zombies reveal some very interesting things about us, our society, and how we understand ourselves and our society. This has always been the...

Little Miss Sunshine


They are the Hoovers because they all pretty much suck. At the dinner table--the symbol of familial unity--they eat chicken out of a bucket, off of paper plates and drink pop served in McDonald’s collectible glasses. The nutritive value of the meal is equal to the emotional and spiritual value...

The Demonic and the Stupid


I went to see Looper on opening night. There’s plenty to talk about in this movie, but too many people haven’t seen it yet and I don’t want to spoil it for them.   But my experience in the theatre that night had me thinking that two more points should be...

Does movie violence affect the viewer?


Does movie media violence desensitize? I heard this question asked the other night.  I didn’t think so.  The reason is that I have been exposed to a lot of media violence.  I have played Counter Strike and Call of Duty for over 10 years and have watched a lot of...

“R” Rated Movies


It happened again today. I sometimes show clips from movies to illustrate the tools we use for literature can be pulled out of the tool box for engaging movies as well.  Today’s lesson was Allusion.  I had just hit play on the movie There Will Be Blood (2007) and the...