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"Movies as Lit" --- Part One

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 11:44 PM

In the midst of this blog refusing to cooperate with me, I really wanted to post about this English course I’m taking. Its’ called “Movies as Literature” and it counts as one high school English credit—which is all I’m technically missing to graduate. (If you weren’t aware, I’ve been home schooled for the past two years as a result of illness.) I’ve been using Prentice Hall high school textbooks all throughout this journey—and I call it journey rather than something else, haha—but turns out, all the PH English books don’t count as a full credit. Their books happen to be 800+ pages in length, and only count for ½ a credit, which means I’d have to go through, read and do the tests, for two whole books.




Rather than do that holy nightmare, we decided to go with this book we heard about through the grapevine. The premise is this: You watch seventeen films, answer twenty-two questions about each of them, and then write an essay based on three prompts that are offered. There are no tests, so it’s truly an English book.


Sounds fun, right?


Yeah, when the movies don’t suck.


So far, I’ve sat and endured through five of the seventeen movies. Originally, I wanted to write reviews for all of them—but after answering all the questions and perfecting the essay, that’s the last thing I want to do! So, I plan on putting my rating on them as I see them…but since I saw five while the blog was down, I’m going to list the first five I’ve seen using the new star system.


Shane (1953)

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

The Quiet Man (1952)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


(All ratings are based on four-stars being the best thing I've seen since chocolate!)


I must point out that Arsenic was a re-watch. I saw it a few years ago when I really first became interested in classic movies and, well… its’ considered a classic. Not sure if I agree with that, but I enjoyed it just a little bit more the second time. I had no expectations, haha!

E.T. I first saw in the first grade, and it scared the crap out of me. The men in the white suits, the house being quarantined, the fact that the puppet was covered in baby powder? Gave me bad dreams! So having to watch it again wasn't a very pleasant experience, and aliens really scare me. To death. It was my worst fear, fully realized.


Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think when you first saw them—did you love them or hate them instantly? Or did watching them again change your mind?

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