Wrap Up of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Hey, everybody, nice work with the discussion questions about “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” I loved reading your answers. You’re all definitely starting to develop strong ideas about how the hero’s quest plays out in these movies we’ve been watching. Indy’s Call to Adventure is when his Mentor figure Marcus Brody takes him to aContinue reading “Wrap Up of “Raiders of the Lost Ark””

Discussion Questions for “O”

This week we focus on exploring characters and characterization. Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. We know that Odin James (Othello) is a star basketball player, but who is he as a person? What are his other defining characteristics? What are his hopes and dreams? What does heContinue reading “Discussion Questions for “O””

Read This Before You Watch “O”

We continue our “Secret Shakespeare” media studies series this week with “O” (2001), based closely on Shakespeare’s tragedy of Othello (1603). This movie is yet another high school film. That makes three out of four so far. Apparently, Shakespearean drama translates well to the teen experience of romantic turbulence and high passions. However, where “She’sContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “O””

Wrap Up of “She’s the Man”

Well, I hope you all enjoyed the frantic silliness of “She’s the Man” with its update of Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night. Did you catch the posters in the hallways of Illyria Prep announcing their high school production of As You Will? That’s the subtitle of the play and a nice, subtle nod to the sourceContinue reading “Wrap Up of “She’s the Man””

Discussion Questions for “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following. We know all these elements by heart now, but some of the answers might still be tricky so be sure to explain your answers. I’m eager to see your answers this week. What is the Call to Adventure that starts the hero’s journeyContinue reading “Discussion Questions for “Raiders of the Lost Ark””

Read This Before You Watch “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

This week, our exploration of the hero’s quest takes a look at Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). This classic action/adventure movie introduces us to Indiana Jones, one of all-time great heroes in cinematic history. Whether or not you’ve seen this one before, you’re in for a great ride! As you watch, be sure toContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Raiders of the Lost Ark””

Wrap Up of “Zootopia”

Thanks to all of you who sent me answers to the discussion questions this week. You’re doing great work and getting a good handle on the classic elements of the hero’s quest. “Zootopia” was a little more challenging than “The Hunger Games,” but you were still able to spot all those steps along the wayContinue reading “Wrap Up of “Zootopia””

Discussion Questions for “She’s the Man”

Shakespeare’s plays are known for their soliloquies, long one-character speeches often delivered as “asides” where the character addresses the audience directly. This style of dialogue is not as popular now as it was in Shakespeare’s time, but it served the useful function of letting an audience know what a character is thinking and feeling. Below,Continue reading “Discussion Questions for “She’s the Man””

Read This Before You Watch “She’s the Man”

This week we continue the “Secret Shakespeare” media studies series with “She’s the Man” (2006), inspired by Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, or As You Will (1600). I wanted to include this movie because it’s a fun and fairly faithful adaptation, and also because it features some characteristic elements you find in a lot of ShakespeareContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “She’s the Man””

Discussion Questions for “Zootopia”

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following. Note that some of these questions are hard. The answers might not be obvious or might require you to explain in some detail to justify your answer. Do your best. You’ve got this! What is the Call to Adventure that starts the hero’sContinue reading “Discussion Questions for “Zootopia””