Sunday, September 12, 2010

School-Themed Films

“School is a filmmaker’s dream environment,” writes Amy Matthew in her terrific article for The Pueblo Chieftain today. Describing school as a common experience – one “filled with friends, homework, confusion, laughter, bullies, tears, touchdowns, fumbles, love, heartache, silliness and hot lunch,” Matthew observes that it’s no wonder so many memorable movies have been made with this setting in mind.

Matthew was kind enough to mention some of my favorite school-themed flicks – Election, Fame and Sky High – as well as my comments about them in her well-researched piece that even includes a “Back-to-School Movie IQ” test.

Piggybacking on Matthew's splendid article, I’ve decided to focus on this topic during the September 21st “Movie Addict Headquarters” show on BlogTalkRadio. Noted film critic John P. McCarthy has signed on as our guest “professor” for a special class focusing on school-themed films like Take the Lead,
The Emperor’s Club, Easy A, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds, To Sir with Love, Lean on Me, Animal House and School of Rock. No tuition is required, but be prepared for at least one pop quiz!

Our “Back-to-School” episode will air at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. During the live show, listeners are invited to call in and to participate in a chat. An archived segment will also be available.

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