Tag Archives: High School

In the House

THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY IN.  French teacher Germain Germain (Fabrice Luchini) becomes fascinated with a story written by one of his 16-year-old students, Claude (Ernst Umhauer), that has him essentially spying on the family of a classmate. It’s easy to find yourself in the position of Luchini’s teacher, drawn into a boy’s voyeuristic fantasies detailed … Continue reading In the House

Spider-Man: Homecoming

As Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to juggle high school with serving as Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) apprentice, a new villain (Michael Keaton) emerges who’s taken advantage of alien technology. Another indie filmmaker gets a chance to shine in the Marvel factory. Jon Watts brings a humorous, light touch and a bit of cheeky … Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming


GREASE IS THE WORD. In 1958, Danny and Sandy (John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John) return to high school after summer, but their fling becomes complicated. An adaptation of the Broadway musical that found favor among both audiences and critics, especially since its period setting was popular at the time. This colorful movie has a dreamy quality … Continue reading Grease

Torment: Hell in a Classroom

This was the first screenplay Ingmar Bergman got filmed. According to one of his autobiographies, it was also his first experience of actually shooting scenes. After the film was made, a few more scenes had to be completed. Director Alf Sjöberg was no longer available and Bergman was asked to shoot the last exteriors. As … Continue reading Torment: Hell in a Classroom

The Babysitters

THESE GIRLS MEAN BUSINESS.  High-school student Shirley Lyner (Katherine Waterston) earns extra money as a babysitter and ends up sleeping with a married man (John Leguizamo)… which inspires her to start a prostitution ring. One of those independent movies that start out promisingly and you expect it to have something provocative, profound or intriguing to … Continue reading The Babysitters

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

WE ARE INFINITE. In high school, a freshman with a dark past (Logan Lerman) makes friends with a couple of seniors (Emma Watson, Ezra Miller) who are outsiders. Stephen Chbosky turned his own novel into a successful film that finds a compelling balance between the charms of the high school genre and a few darker … Continue reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Fault in Our Stars

ONE SICK LOVE STORY.  16-year-old Hazel (Shailene Woodley), who is dying of cancer, meets 18-year-old Augustus (Ansel Elgort), who has survived bone cancer, at a support group and they strike up a connection… A box office success, and a breakthrough for its young stars who are very likable; Woodley also delivers a performance that is … Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars