Man of Steel teaser trailers

Not one but two teaser trailers for Man of Steel have been released, essentially the same trailer with different voice-overs. From the look of the trailers the movie feels more like Terence Malick’s Man of Steel than a Zack Snyder film. Nice use of The Bridge Of Khazad Dum from the score to The Fellowship of the Ring and I love the visual of him breaking through the sound barrier.

Russell Crowe as Jor-El

Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent

Review: Waiting for Superman

I recently saw the film Waiting for Superman, which despite the title is not a comic book film but a documentary about the US education system.

It had received rave reviews but I think it was deeply flawed, it oversimplified the problem and was emotional manipulative.

Basically it poses the question why is the US no longer top of the world when it comes to education league tables?
Comparing the 1950s with today the US seems to have dropped from #1 to around #20

One of the reasons offered is that part of the issue is that the rest of the world has simply caught up with the US economically in the intervening period. The film covers this entire aspect in less than a minute and spends a large proportion of the film attacking the teacher’s unions.

Bad teachers lead to poor teaching and poor teaching leads to a cycle of educational underachievement for many students.

Bad teachers stay in their jobs due to their union-secured contracts which guarantee them tenure (which unlike tenure for university professors is apparently automatic after just a number years of service) and tenured teachers are virtually impossible to dismiss.

This is probably part of the problem but it ignores the larger socio-political issues.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Jeff, Who Lives at Home 4 stars

Amy and I decided that we should try to make a real effort to watch more films because it is something that we both love to do that we somehow fell out of the habit of doing. To think back in the days of working at the cinema I was watching around 100 films a year.

We started with a quirky comedy that my brother recommended to me called Jeff, Who Lives at Home.