This is a wonderful biography that promotes intense debate and is a delight to read. With his son failing miserably at school, Gilmour decides to offer him the opportunity to take a year off if he agrees to watch three films a week with his father. One year turns into three, and father and son go on a rollercoaster ride of emotion as the son suffers the slings and arrows of romance and Gilmour suffers the cruelties of the job market. You will never look at movies the same way again.
Fifteen-year-old Jesse could leave school under a couple of conditions. One: he had to avoid getting involved with drugs. Two: he had to watch three movies a week with his father, a former film critic. Dad picked the films, and all Jesse had to do was pay attention. What followed is one of the riskiest experiments in alternative education I have ever seen. Was David 100% sure this was an ideal solution? Heck no, but he thought it was worth a try.
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Reading this light biography is worth it for the movie information alone – I feel inspired to make a copy of the index in this book and watch every film on it. The family dynamic surrounding the film club is also fascinating. We get a frank look right into how a family is living at a crucial time in a teenager’s life. It was hard to cringe past what seems like appallingly bad parenting decisions, but this family is still understandable even while running in completely different circles than I do.
Father son relationship stuff. Feels very true.
An easy and quick read. I was really interested in the whole family dynamic. The relationship he has with his teenage son and ex wife was surprising to me. I was more interested in the movie descriptions than anything. You can really tell the passion David has for film and it really made me want to watch the movies he was describing and look for the scenes that had such an impact on him.
I always like David Gilmour as a filem critic and really enjoyed this glimpse into his and his family's life. Especially enjoyed the references to movies and movie techniques as well as the 'prairie' connection. It was refreshing to read about a spouse's fond regard for an ex rather than the expose type bashing that passes for a book today.
even though i do not see movies in the theatre or on dvd i loved this quick read
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