Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The devil Wears Prada - discussion idea

Just come back from watching this film.  It would be an interesting film to use with a discussion about choices, image, life style.


Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Guardian

I went to see The Guardian on Friday night - a bit of a predictable film. It was a bit like Top Gun - it had all of the same elements in it. This would be a good film to show to discus sacrifice and currage. The rescue swimmers are trained to save life realising that it is highly dangerous and it might mean they loose there own life. Anyway, the last part of the film is all about this. Without giving the ending away too much, there's a scene near the end where two rescue swimmers are been winched up into the helicopter in a terrible storm. It becomes apparent that the cable is going fail. So rather than them both falling to their death, one of them chooses to detach themselves in the hope of saving the other.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Yesterday in parliament

I listened this morning on the way to work...its about black teenagers / rap music lyrics / crime and the criminal justice system:   http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rmhttp/downloadtrial/radio4/todayinparliament/todayinparliament_20061024-2300_40_pc.mp3
Note you need to Fast forward to about 7 mins into the pod cast

Kanye - cracking song

It's an old one, but I do like this song...
Jesus Walks - Kanye

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Cuts - video edits

Here's something interesting: http://www.cuts.com/index
This tool allows you to create custom edits of DVD's etc. that you can share with your friends and other users.
See demo video on the blog: http://www.cuts.com/blog/

Sunday, October 22, 2006

But I'm a Cheerleader - talk idea

We watched But I'm a Cheerleader last night - great satire on the subject of homosexuality.  I think this would make a better clip for the homosexuality talk I did here.   You'd probably just show the first bit the film where the send her off to rehab and she had to admit she's a "homosexual".

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Friday, October 20, 2006

EVIL and TEACH illusion

Check out this page.  Scroll down to the graphic "GOOD" a little further down is the word "Teach".  Maybe this would make a good discussion starter....


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

New year questionare / talk

I've just uploaded an improved version of the New Year questionare here.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

My Frappr Map - please add yourself

You'll notice that I've added a Frappr map to the side bar - if you have chance, please add yourself to it.  Either click on the add button try click here

Monday, October 16, 2006

Volkswagen Polo Volkswagen Polo - Guardian Angels

I don't know if you've seen it but there's a new advert for the VW polo. This video shows a city full of people and each person has an angel following them around.    I found an mov file you can download here
Maybe if could kick start a discussion based around Psalm 91


Sunday, October 15, 2006


Just come back from the Cinema where we watched Accepted.  It has all the typical stuff you'd expect of a "teen flick", but it does raise a few interesting questions about education.  Basically the film is about a guy who doesn't get accepted to collage and as a result is deemed a failure who will never achieve anything.  So as a way out of this situation he creates this fake collage(with a building, dorms and everything) - it's enough to convince his parents and as it turns out, lots of parents to send their kids there.  Anyway loads of people turn up after been "accepted" at the collage, all paying 10k a term.
This film raises all kind of interesting questions about the nature of education - basically it argues for what we might call informal peer-lead education.   While this movie is no master piece I think it's one of those films that youthworkers and young people can relate to.  It was interesting that there were lots of cheers / applause from the audience during the screening (mostly youth).   I can't remember that last time that happened while I've been at the cinema...interesting.
You could certainly use the start of the film with the Life after school talk I outlined here.  There would also be scenes that you could use about rejection, acceptance, bullying (Sherman is made to do all these humiliating things in order to become a member of a fraternity) and the purpose of education...

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Friday, October 13, 2006

www.screenit.com - looking for a movie topic?

See the "topics to talk about" section on each of the reviews: http://www.screenit.com/all_titles.html 
For example, see http://www.screenit.com/movies/1996/the_nutty_professor.html#tt


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Pictinary - ideas

As part of the Rock Solid session tomorrow night we're doing a quick game of Pictinary.  The theme is on "light".  Here is my extended list things that are vaguely "bright":
In process of looking for ideas I found this which could be an excellent starting point for a guessing game - i.e., remove the answers and they have to guess what they are.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Pacifier - talk ideas

I watched The Pacifier last week - quite funny, it's a bit like a cross between School of Rock and Kindergarten Cop.   Here are some scenes that could be used to stimulate discussion:

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Pirates of the Caribbean trailer

Here's the link for The Pirates of the Caribbean trailer:

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Movie trailers / teasers for Rock Solid session 4

Session 4 of this terms Rock Solid material is themed on Movies.  In addition to what the material we're going to have some trailers running at the start, end and during the break.  We'll have them going on a loop.   If you don't know how to do this, either just queue them up in Windows Media player or use Windows Movie maker to merge the films together into one file.
Most of these were taken from http://movies.apple.com/trailers/
The Queen
Jackass 2
Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny
The Simpsons movie:
Spiderman 2
The break up
Ant Bully
The Santa Clause 3
Just like heaven
There are other trailers here:


Friday, October 06, 2006

Schools Ministry Network - lesson plans

I've just noticed this site: http://www.schoolsministrynetwork.co.uk/
It looks like it's got a lot of potential - see the lesson plans section


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

RS Session 3 "Strike a light" - hidden talents

This session attempts to look at our qualities and talents.   In addition to the published material we're going to show a clip from Bring it on in which Missy show's off her gymnastic talents.  The clip can be found in chapter 4.  Start the scene just after the line "I don't like wearing underwear".  Finish just after the line "I'm overruling you".  The Missy obviously has talent as she does everything she's asked to (back flips etc), however, this is not immediately apparent at the start of the clip...this is because she doesn't look like the kind of girl who would be into that stuff.
Other clips could include:
Alternatively, you could use some extreme sport type videos...there are some links here, but they are not that good:


Monday, October 02, 2006

Sponsor / petition forms

I've just made a form for a petition for my step daughter wants to do (she's 8). As a result of this I thought I'd upload a couple of forms that took me a while to put together - maybe it will save someone a bit of time:


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