Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Waiting for "Superman" - an exploration into some of the issues surrounding America's failing educational system and a look at some possible solutions. We thought we'd offer a few other films dealing with the trials and tribulations of teachers and schools...
The First Year
A 2001 documentary, also by Guggenheim, that follows 5 teachers through-out their first years.
Another 2010 documentary about our educational crisis, this one focusing on the high stakes lottery system that allows a small number of children to enter Charter Schools.
The Wire - 4th Season
One of television's most acclaimed series turned its attention on Baltimore schools in their excellent fourth season.
The Ron Clark Story
Matthew Perry stars in this factually-based story of a smalltown teacher who relocates to the big city and faces the challenges of urban education. See also: Blackboard Jungle, Stand and Deliver, Lean On Me, Dangerous Minds, Teachers, & Half Nelson.
The Class, Skirt Day, & Games of Love and Chance
Three French films showing that these issues aren't endemic to America...
What are some of your favorite films about teachers and teaching?
In honor of Arcade Fire's recent Grammy win, here's a Spike Jonze directed video for a track off their latest:
New to our shelves:
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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Life As We Know It
For Colored Girls
Paranormal Activity 2
I Spit On Your Grave (2010)
My Soul to Take
A French Gigolo
Ong Bak 3
Kites (The Remix)
The Storm Warriors
A Time for Drunken Horses
Against the Current
See You in September
Animal Collective: Oddsac
Project Runway - 8th Season
Top Chef: New York - 5th Season
MI-5 - 6th Season
Other recent arrivals:
Defense of the Realm
In Old Chicago
The Black Swan (1942)
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