Posts Tagged ‘J. J. Abrams’

Iron MandarinAs the school year winds down, it can be fun to open up discussion a bit to “big picture” topics.  And one doesn’t get much bigger than the summer blockbusters that have been booming across our screens and into our ears in recent years, or that implode (at least at the box office, when compared to the truckloads of money that were spent on them); whatever the case, we tend to love debating what’s hot, what’s not, and what there is to discover.  Right now, of course, the biggie is Iron Man 3, which opened to a relatively predictable huge first weekend.  I highly recommend this superbly written New York Times review by Manohla Dargis for what could be a lively discussion about the state of the movies — and the state of the nation — because it reads at least as much as an editorial or an impassioned “state of the cinematic arts” mission statement as anything else.  She skillfully integrates Steven Soderbergh’s inspiring talk at the San Francisco Film Festival from a week ago into the review and provides many provocative angles for students and teachers to consider about this movie.  In the meantime, J.J. Abrams‘s Star Trek Into Darkness is right around the corner…

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