Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Movie Picks #19: Movies Set in a Boarding School

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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies Set in a Boarding School


Another late posting this week. Oh well, better late than never. 

I don't know about you but when I was a kid, I wanted to go to a boarding school. I blame it on some of the children's books I read that kind of romanticised boarding schools with stories of friendship and adventure, which is why this week's theme is Movies Set in a Boarding School. Now the first movie that came to mind were of course the Harry Potters movies, there were after all 8 of them and were hugely popular, but nope I'm going to pick a different three for my favourites

Cracks (2009)

In Cracks, a couple of girls in a swim team look up to their swim teacher, the glamorous Miss G who charms them with romantic tales of adventure. I've never really like Eva Green in anything I've seen her in because she always seem a little too theatrical, but I think she works in this movie as a teacher who loves being adored by her students and is quite a diva. Oh and I love the costuming for Miss G, she really does look glamorous.

An old favourite. So many great moving scenes...such as the end when the students all stood on their desks. Another favourite is when Mr Keating explains why poetry and pretty much goes for literature and art in general is important.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Another Peter Weir movie. It is Valentine's Day and the movie opens with girls from a boarding school in Australia at the beginning of the 20th century getting ready to go for a picnic at hanging rock. There's a a sense of dreamy-ness to this movie that I really like as we see the girls excited for this fun outing and
and also a hauntingness, which reminds me a little of the Virgin Suicides, as we know from the on set that some of the girls would disappear never to be seen again. The movie also has some beautiful shots of the landscape and I just love the costumes in this movie as well.

So that's three picks. What three movies made your list today?


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  1. I love Dead Poets Society. It's just a wonderful film. Great choice
    . I haven't seen your other picks so thanks for the intro.

  2. Hi Wanderer! I just want to say you have such great ideas for Thursday Movie Picks! I haven't been participating but I might do that in the future. In fact, I might join the December 4 - Movies Adapted from a Play (non-Shakespeare and non-musical), hopefully I can get it done in time :D

    Btw, I LOVE Dead Poets Society!

    1. Thank you. I love coming up with the topics for each of the weeks and stay tune I'm putting up next years schedule very soon. Also looking forward to you joining us this week.

  3. I really enjoyed Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams deserved an Oscar for that title. Haven't seen your other two choices but have now added them to my queue of movies to watch for.

    Nice to be part of this blog-a-thon again

    1. His performance in Dead Poets Society is one of my favourites. I tend to prefer his non comedic performance than his comedic ones.
      And of course always a pleasure to have you join us.


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