Back to School Movie Quiz

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

As you get your school supplies ready and finish up those last assignments on the summer reading list, see if you can answer these questions about movies set in school.

1.  A tough cop goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher.

2. This classic based on a true story is about an English woman who travels to the other side of the world to teach the many children of a king.

3. It’s Saturday, but these five kids have to spend the day in the library for detention.

4. In this touching documentary, a community with very few minorities finds an especially compelling way to teach their children about the Holocaust.

5. A book by Roald Dahl is the basis for this movie about a girl from an awful family who is befriended by a kind-hearted teacher.

6. A musician pretends to be a substitute teacher to make money and ends up turning his class into a rock group.

7. In this body-switching classic, a mother finds out what her daughter’s life is like when she has to spend a day in her daughter’s classes.

8. Undercover cops pretend to be high school students to catch drug dealers in this movie based on a television series.

9. A high school drama teacher decides his class should put on musical sequel to “Hamlet.”

10. Four high school girls form a witches’ coven and get revenge on the classmates who were mean to them.

 

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Interview: Matt Bondurant of “Lawless”

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

The Wettest County in the World is writer Matt Bondurant’s book about his grandfather and great uncles, who sold illegal moonshine during Prohibition.  The Bondurant brothers were legends in their own era, reported to be un-killable.  Bondurant spoke to a small group of critics about adapting his family’s story for the new film, “Lawless,” starring Tom Hardy, Shia LeBoeuf  and Mia Wasikowska(as Bondurant’s grandparents), and Jessica Chastain.

“There’s not much of a story-telling culture in my father’s side of the family,” he told us.  “A lot of these things were not talked about ever.  We didn’t know that my grandfather and his brother had been shot on that bridge in 1930 until my father uncovered a newspaper article.”  He went to his father and asked about it, “and my grandfather just lifted up his shirt and showed him where the bullet hole was.”  He said he did not know whether it was because their activity was illegal or they didn’t want to air dirty laundry.  “So many people were complicit in their community that I don’t think that was it.  I think it was just their tendency of not saying much to begin with.  There’s a kind of conservative rural attitude of things you talk about and things you don’t.  What I ascribe it to is back in the day it could get you into a lot of trouble.  You just don’t talk about moonshine.”  He said he got his interest in stories and story-telling from his mother, an avid reader.

“There definitely wasn’t anything glamorous about it.  About 20 years ago we started to uncover articles talking about them as the Bondurant brothers like this notorious gang, this scary group of guys, and then it gets a little exotic and romantic, the shoot-out, and stuff like that.  But I had no notion of that until I was nearly 20 years old.  I think I did hear the story about Forrest getting his throat cut from ear to ear.”  His father became interested in the family history “and we both started discovering the history at about the same time.  If there’s a researcher I owe the greatest debt to, it’s my dad.”  His understanding of his family deepened and widened as he learned about them.  “It’s amazing to uncover all this stuff.”

He spoke of the “pervasive silence” that still exists in his grandfather’s community.  “I grew up near Washington D.C. and when I would go there I was always an outsider and had to struggle to understand” the Franklin County relatives.  This movie is, in part, the result of that wish to know more about his taciturn family, who seemed so different when he knew them from the newspaper stories about the bootlegger days.

 

 

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Contest: “Chimpanzee” DVD/Blu-Ray and Book

Posted on August 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I am thrilled to be able to offer three prize packages for the DisneyNature film Chimpanzee, each including a copy of the DVD/Blu-Ray and the spectacularly gorgeous book, Chimpanzee: The Making of the Film.  To enter, send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Chimp” in the subject line and tell me your favorite monkey or other primate in the movies.  Don’t forget your address!  (US addresses only.) I’ll pick three winners at random on September 1.  Good luck!

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Free: Magic Schoolbus Coloring Sheets

Posted on August 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

Don’t forget to check out the terrific new boxed set of the entire Magic Schoolbus series!  And I have a special treat for Magic Schoolbus fans.  Just send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Frizzle in the subject line and I will send you two coloring sheets to help you learn more about the adventures of the kids in Ms. Frizzle’s class.

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Tribute: Neil Armstrong

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.” -Neil Armstrong’s family statement

You can also watch the magnificent documentary In the Shadow of the Moon.

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