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Friday, May 04, 2007

everyone wants the last word

I netflixed this movie a while ago and finally got the chance to watch it last night. My 8 year old loved it. I highly recommend it for anyone, but great for kids.
It is a documentary called Spellbound, on the National Spelling Bee. The movie highlights (and makes you fall in love with) 8 kids going to the Bee and when each one got out I was crying. I was at the edge of my seat to see who would win. The parents are more fun to watch then the kids. It is worth a try.
I have been into documentaries lately, no violence and no bad language and true stories.
I also recently saw Mad Hot Ballroom and Wordplay, (you will love it if you love crossword puzzles) both great. And if you have not see Hands on a Hard Body (aboutcontest to win a truck - not a body) it is so funny!
I have Paper Clips here and hope to watch it this weekend.

If you have seen any movies like thse that I might not know about, share them in your comments, I would love to know.

9 comments:

A. Buchanan said...

i heard about the hard body movie, that sounds soooo funny. we watched the Good Year the other night, horrible! It was a great story, I jus thought it wasn't witty at all! Russell Crowe, not a fan...

Holly said...

I really liked Spellbound too. Paper Clips is on my Netflix list, sounds good. Mad Hot Ballroom was fab. There's one about Scrabble called Word Wars, but as a warning the language was pretty rough, that was a unfortunate surprise.

Happy viewing!

Barb said...

Have you seen The World's Fastest Indian with Anthony Hopkins? Not a documentary, but based on a true story. Here's a link:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_World_s_Fastest_Indian/70043295?trkid=189530&strkid=1659855599_0_0&hnjr=5

Michelle A. said...

Strictly Ballroom I saw - must have been 10 years ago - it was one of the first ballroom dance movies - it's a movie in kind of a documentary style - really good - in fact I need to rent it again!

Amanda :-) said...

For a serious, thought-provoking look at the documentary style of film, see Godfrey Reggio's 'Powaqqatsi' and 'Koyaanisqatsi'. I'm planning to screen them to our church members soon!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_Reggio

Rachel said...

I LOVE your blog! I love all the little additions you've added to the right side..and all the awesome ideas for movies, websites, and so on! Thanks for all the fun ideas!

michelle said...

I really enjoyed Spellbound. If you haven't seen Akilah and the Bee, run out and rent that! Not a documentary, but a wonderful movie that's also about the national spelling bee.

Jill said...

I enjoyed Spellbound too. I love that Netflix exposes us to so many different movies, we've tried a lot of things I know we would never have seen otherwise. We get a lot of animal documentaries for Whitney these days, she loved Animals are Beautiful People by the way (thanks for the recommendation).

deidra said...

I have to second the recommendation for Akeelah and the Bee. We love it. We also love the little guy on Spellbound that does the robot voice. My husband loves to do impressions of him. We also liked googling the kids and seeing where they were now (since the special feature isn't too up-to-date).
We just watched Mad Hot Ballroom and loved it, too!