Monday, October 24, 2005

A little help...

So here I am appealing to the intellectual masses out there... My wife is a highschool teacher, and she needs some good fictional and non fiction movies (books as well if you got them) to show her students-- ranging from grade 10 to 12. When it comes time to show a non fiction movie the students and staff line up with Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky as if they're de facto intellectual choices. This sickens the wife-- also a proud individualist and I-- and worse we don't watch a ton of movies, so once we get past Animal farm ans atlas Shrugged we've nothing left to counteract the leftist nauseum. So we are looking for non fiction movies which represent the spirit of liberty and individualism as opposed to the slavish Moore cult movies which our public education and television push on every young amateur thinker out there.



At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your wife could show a Michael Moore movie and assign a reading (book or article) to go along with it, like Michael Moore Is A Big Fat Stupid White Man or something. The kids would be interested because they like the stuff, but it might get them thinking critically about what it is that they are hearing.

At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some good fictional movies:
- The Paper Chase (more of a classic, but excellent)
- The World According to Garp

I first discovered both of these in grade 12/OAC, so it should fit your criteria

A few decent non-fiction books:
- The Virtue of Selfishness (another Ayn Rand)
- Leadership (Rudy)
- What's Right (David Frum)

A few choices for fiction books:
- Don Quixote (one of the best books for paving your own way). This one might be more for the grade 12s then the 10s, simply because of the way the book is structured
- Obviously Ayn Rand books (which you mentioned)

At 4:56 AM, Anonymous kariba said...

How about Terry Gilliam's "Brazil"?

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Jarrett said...

What about "Michael Moore Hates America ... hell, any of the Evan Coyne Maloney films, and that one "Dead Meat" about the Canadian healthcare system.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Richard said...

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Aaron said...

I would reccomend a CBC documentary called Hard Rock and Water. It will be right up your alley. It compares Newfoundland to Iceland and has independence as its central theme.

If you want a boring documentary with insane content, try THIS one. The average kid's eyes will glaze over, though.

I saw the End of Suburbia recently and thought it was well-done, even though I don't buy into the peak oil stuff. Nevertheless, it gets kids to question their materialism a bit and would be excellent for class discussion because it would generate a ton of debate on peak oil.

The best non-fiction movie with the pursuit of one's dream as the central theme would have to be Dust to Glory

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Sierra said...

Yea... I was going to suggest Brazil as well. However it's a bit dark and mature in content for anyone but grade 12... It'll go over the heads of 95% of the class but still a good commentary on the dangers of socialism.

I remember an older interesting one... "the Wave" or something like that was an excellent commentary on how vulnuranble our society is to media and people not haveing critical thinking skills.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Sierra said...

Shawshank Redemption and Schindlers List are good as well, but Schindlers list is likely already on the curriculum


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