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The 400 Blows

The theme of children continues with Francois Truffaut’s 1959 French new wave classic The 400 Blows. It tells the story of an incorrigible adolescent skipping school and getting into trouble on the streets of 1950s Paris. It’s interesting reading the lofty praise … Continue reading

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Salaam Bombay

As part of this month’s theme of children, I watched David’s recommendation: the 1988 debut feature from Indian director Mira Nair. It tells the mostly sad story of street children in Bombay. A boy is intentionally abandoned while working for a … Continue reading

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The Life of Oharu

Director Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1952 film The Life of Oharu follows a woman’s life, as she finds herself in various of society’s roles – concubine, courtesan, wife, prostitute, nun – each shift greeting her with new tragedy. It examines the place … Continue reading

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This Boy’s Life

This Boy’s Life was Leonardo DiCaprio’s breakout role in 1993. I watched it as part of this month’s film club theme of children. It is the autobiographical coming-of-age story of writer Tobias Wolff, set in 1950s rural Washington. The story centers teen … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

I took a small break from daily writing because of a busy work week and my mother visiting. During that week David and I finally did what we’d been talking about doing for years – had a first official “film … Continue reading

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What No One is Saying About the Melania/Michelle SpeechGate

Of all the controversial statements and moves in Trump’s campaign so far, I am the most personally offended by yesterday’s. It was just such a trolling of epic proportions on the American public. Full disclosure: I’m a 10th grade Writing teacher who spends … Continue reading

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A Week of Quitting All My Bad Habits

I’ve been edgy and easily annoyed recently, and one of my main annoyances is myself. I’ve been engaging in too many things that leave me feeling badly about myself: gossiping, getting sucked into social media and media in general, getting … Continue reading

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