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Little Hope Was Arson
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Not Rated
Release Date:
November 21, 2014

 

If I Stay
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material
Release Date:
August 22, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material
Release Date:
November 21, 2014

 

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating:
Not rated
Release Date:
August 22, 2014

Foxcatcher
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence
Release Date:
November 21, 2014

 

Into the Storm
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references
Release Date:
August 8, 2014

List: YA Books About Coming Out and Same-Sex Relationships

posted by Nell Minow

My good friend Sandie is my go-to for YA literature as she is not only very knowledgeable but also very insightful, with superb taste. As a part of her series of books that explore issues of diversity, understanding, and identity, she has put together a list of the best YA books that explore LGBT issues. This is of course especially important for adolescents because that is when they first begin to try to understand their own sexuality and that of those around them. Most LGBT kids grow up in cis- and gender-confirming homes. So the opportunity for them to find characters in literature who can make them feel understood and less alone is vital. Many thanks to Sandie and the rest of Teen Lit Rocks for this resource.

Gortimer Gibbons: Life on Normal Street

posted by Nell Minow

Amazon Prime’s new series for families is a delight. Gortimer Gibbons: Life on Normal Street is the story of three middle school-age friends and the mysteries they investigate on Normal Street are anything but normal. It has fun and fantasy but mostly it has friendship. It’s a perfect choice for some family viewing in between the turkey and the football games.

Classic Hollywood Memorabilia Auction Tomorrow from Bonhams/TCM

posted by Nell Minow
Copyright Bonhams 2014

Copyright Bonhams 2014

Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies have joined together again for another auction of classic Hollywood memorabilia, with treasures from the golden age of movie-making, including the piano Sam plays “As Time Goes By” on in “Casablanca,” the cowardly lion’s costume from “The Wizard of Oz,” and scripts for “It Happened One Night,” “Dr. Strangelove,” and “The Lady Eve.” There’s a script of “David Copperfield” signed by the whole cast and the script supervisor’s copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird” with a small photo of the ham costume worn by Scout on the cover. There are dresses worn onscreen by Deborah Kerr, Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth, and Maureen O’Hara. You can bid on Moe Howard’s watch, Laurel’s and Hardy’s suits, or a suit worn by Jerry Lewis in “The Nutty Professor.” Even if you are not a collector, it is still a lot of fun to page through the catalogue.

Little Hope Was Arson

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Not Rated
Movie Release Date:November 21, 2014
Copyright The Orchard 2014

Copyright The Orchard 2014

In a small East Texas community “with a church on every corner,” 10 churches were burned. One church showed the Christian film “Fireproof” one night and showed that it was far from fireproof itself the next day.

This is a documentary about the impact on the community and also about the investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of two young men who could barely explain why they did it. The title comes from graffiti carved into a wall that becomes a clue. And there is a wrenching twist. One of the two young men is the brother of a woman who works in law enforcement.

But the real themes of the film go beyond a crime procedural. This is the story of a culture that allows young people to get lost and the failure of religious institutions to reach them. And it is also the story of great resilience, compassion, and forgiveness. The most powerful scene in the film is at the sentencing proceeding, where one of the clergyman uses his time on the stand not to tell the judge about what he and his congregation had suffered but to speak from the heart, asking the young men who burned down his church for their forgiveness and assuring them that they had his.

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“Getting slapped in the face by your hypocrisy hurts like hell,” one minister says somberly.  He has reason to welcome this dose of humility.  The young men who torched the churches belonged to his congregation.  But of course the problem is that they did not feel they belonged anywhere.  The film’s sympathetic portrayal of the believers is undercut in the final image by a quote from the anarchist Buenaventura Durruti: “The only church that illuminates is a burning church.”

If this was a feature film, we would have the satisfaction of some sort of cathartic breakthrough explaining what happened.  But real life is messy and often unsatisfying. “I’ve been here [in prison] for three years and still don’t know the motive,” one of the arsonists says.  Have they learned anything?   “When you fight with God, you’re just going to lose.”

Parents should know that this movie includes frank discussion of drug and alcohol abuse, crime, and a sad parental death.

Family discussion:  What kind of punishment is appropriate here?  If you disagree with what the judge ordered, why?  Why do you think the boys burned the churches?

If you like this, try: “At the Death House Door” and “Into the Abyss”

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List: YA Books About Coming Out and Same-Sex Relationships
My good friend Sandie is my go-to for YA literature as she is not only very knowledgeable but also very insightful, with superb taste. As a part of her series of books that explore issues of diversity, understanding, and identity, she has put together a list of the best YA books that explore LGBT i

posted 4:41:34pm Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Gortimer Gibbons: Life on Normal Street
Amazon Prime's new series for families is a delight. Gortimer Gibbons: Life on Normal Street is the story of three middle school-age friends and the mysteries they investigate on Normal Street are anything but normal. It has fun and fantasy but mostly it has friendship. It's a perfect choice for

posted 3:58:21pm Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Classic Hollywood Memorabilia Auction Tomorrow from Bonhams/TCM
Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies have joined together again for another auction of classic Hollywood memorabilia, with treasures from the golden age of movie-making, including the piano Sam plays "As

posted 8:00:36am Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Little Hope Was Arson
In a small East Texas community "with a church on every corner," 10 churches were burned. One church showed the Christian film "Fireproof" one night and showed that it was far from fireproof itself

posted 8:40:04pm Nov. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Docudrama about Handel's Messiah on BYUtv November 27, 2014
BYUtv has produced a new docudrama, Handel’s Messiah, premiering November 27, 2014, about the world’s most popular and renowned choral work by one of the leading composers of the Baroque era, George Frideric Handel. The docudrama, narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning actress Jane Seymo

posted 8:00:38am Nov. 22, 2014 | read full post »


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