Read This Before You Watch “The Hunger Games”

This week we begin our media studies series on “The Hero’s Quest” by watching “The Hunger Games” (2012) the first in a trilogy of action dramas set in a dystopian future where teen Tributes fight an annual Battle Royale against teens from other Districts around their corrupt authoritarian nation-state. The government holds “The Hunger Games”Continue reading “Read This Before You Watch “The Hunger Games””

Discussion Questions for "10 Things…"

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following groups of questions: Based on the Shakespeare comedy The Taming of the Shrew, this movie changes its setting to modern-day Seattle-Tacoma instead of the Italian renaissance town of Padua (which becomes the name of the high school instead). What are some of theContinue reading “Discussion Questions for "10 Things…"”

Read This Before You Watch "10 Things…"

This week we begin our “Secret Shakespeare” series by watching “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999), a disarming, teen romantic comedy starring Julia Stiles (as Kat) and Heath Ledger (as Patrick).  The movie updates Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew (1590-92) from its original setting of renaissance Padua, Italy, to a modern dayContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch "10 Things…"”

Making Lemonade

These are weird times. We’re facing a global pandemic unlike anything any of us have seen before. We’re waiting for the worst and hoping for the best as the virus continues to spread throughout our communities. Most businesses are making people work from home. Bars and restaurants are closed. Baseball and other professional sports haveContinue reading “Making Lemonade”

The Hero's Quest

Overview From ancient tales told around the campfire by our primitive ancestors to the latest big-budget blockbuster movie full of heart-pounding action and eye-popping special effects, the story that we call “The Hero’s Quest” remains one the most enduring and popular of all narrative forms. During the next five weeks, we’re going to watch someContinue reading “The Hero's Quest”

Secret Shakespeare: Covert Classics, vol. 1

Overview For this five-week Media Studies series, we’re going to watch some movies inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare but with characters that look and act like us and who don’t walk around speaking that confusing Elizabethan English from 400 years ago. Yes, we get all the benefits of these classic plays with theirContinue reading “Secret Shakespeare: Covert Classics, vol. 1”