Archives for November 18, 2006

“Akeelah and the Bee” and “Half Nelson”

I was recently surprised at just how good Akeelah and the Bee really is.I'd seen it promoted as a "Starbucks movie," and that didn't exactly make me want to rush out and see it.Neither did the DVD cover, which makes it look like a cheap after-school special.What I found was a surprisingly ambitious, multi-layered piece of commercial entertainment that featured strong performances by all of the leads. And it gave us some much-needed perspective on the plight of America's schools, a … [Read more...]