Category Archives: Film Friday
Grab your robe and join us as we celebrate the month of graduations with films that explore the unchartered territory after you earn that fancy parchment.
This week’s film is The Graduate, which tells the story of Benjamin Braddock, a recent university graduate who returns home and is seduced by a family friend, Mrs. Robinson. Yes, this is the film that introduced the line, “Mrs. Robinson, you are trying to seduce me,” into mainstream. Against Mrs. Robinson’s wishes, Ben falls in love with Elaine and goes to great lengths to be with her.
Last week was Three Ninjas so it is only natural that this week’s Film Friday is the sequel, Three Ninjas Kick Back.
Join Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum as they travel to Japan to return a dagger to the Grand Master at a martial arts tournament. They are met with trouble when Koga, a martial artist their grandfather beat many years ago at the tournament, tries to steal the dagger.
The ’90s martial arts theme continues this week with Three Ninjas (1992).
The film is a cross between Karate Kid and Home Alone. It tells the story of three brothers who are trained in Ninjutsu by their Japanese grandfather Mori Tanaka (played by Victor Wong). Life becomes complicated when Hugo Snyder, the leader of an organized crime ring, visits his former master, Tanaka, and tells him to stop his FBI son-in-law’s quest to capture him. See, all the characters are connected. Snyder then hires three surfer wannabes to kidnap the boys, but the brothers use their Ninja skills to fight their kidnappers and help their grandfather take down Hugo Snyder.
Grab your Gi and learn Ninjutsu with Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum.
It’s the first Friday of April! That means it is time for a new Film Friday theme.
I hope you have been practicing your roundhouse kick because this month’s theme is ’90s martial arts, and we start off with Surf Ninjas (1993). The family comedy tells the story of two brothers living in Los Angeles when they discover they are the crown princes of Patusan, a country ruled by the nasty, half-metal dictator, Colonel Chi, played by Leslie Nielsen. Yeah, the one and only Leslie Nielsen. So, what happens when the young princes gain the magical powers? They return to Patusan, of course, to fight Colonel Chi’s oppressive army. The film also stars Rob Shneider, Tone Loc, and a buff Ernie Reyes Jr. Surf Ninjas is definitely campy, but that’s why we love the 90s. Have fun!
Original Photo: Dig Boston
It’s the last Friday of March. Celebrate Ireland’s culture for one more weekend by watching the 2003 comedy, Intermission, starring Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell. The film is set in Dublin and tells intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.
Continue celebrating the Irish by watching the film adaption of the play, Dancing at Lughnasa. The film stars the extraordinary Meryl Streep with an Irish accent, and tells the story of five unmarried sisters trying to make the most life in rural Ireland.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Celebrate this weekend by watching Disney Channel’s Original Movie The Luck of the Irish. The 2001 film stars the handsome Ryan Merriman (remember him?).
We continue celebrating the Irish with this week’s Film Friday, Once.
Once stars musicians, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and tells the story of a Dublin busker who bonds with a young flower seller while composing and recording songs. The film was shot for only $160,000 and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007. Fall in love as Hansard and Irglová beautifully sing “Falling Slowly.”
Throughout the month of March, Pop Culture will feature films celebrating Irish culture. This week’s Film Friday is In America which tells the story of an immigrant Irish family living in New York City. They must overcome the challenges of starting a new life in a new country and accept the tragic passing of one of their family members. In America is a poignant film with a wonderful cast: Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou, and real life sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger. It was nominated for three Academy Awards and won the American Film Institute Audience Award for Best Feature Film.