Tag Archives: High School


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

Boyhood: 12 Summers with Mason

12 YEARS IN THE MAKING.   The story of Boyhood takes place over 12 years, but the novel thing about it is that Richard Linklater shot the film over the course of 12 summers. In other words, the time span is real. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-producer John Sloss talked about the … Continue reading Boyhood: 12 Summers with Mason