Friday, February 15, 2008

Still Trying To Find The Groove, Getting Closer.

We've tried to adhere to something like a schedule this week.

We still have lots of settling in to do, but I think we're finding a little rhythm to go with the chaos of our lives. It's still very much a work in progress, but I think it'll have to do for now.

We did find time to watch our homeschool movie, To Kill a Mockingbird. I know most grownups have probably already seen it or at least read the book, myself . . . well . . . this was my first viewing. I was actually extremely impressed that a movie made back in the 60's had so much artistic integrity. Aside from the fact that the movie is very good, I love the opening credits and the interesting camera angles used to shoot the movie. It's not just your normal "head on" shots usually seen in older black and white movies. It may be a funny thing to notice, but with two budding amateur filmmakers in my home, it's impossible for some of it not to rub off on me. Also something else I found interesting was that the movie is almost entirely told from the children's point of view, particularly the daughter's. It is about a small town white attorney who has been appointed to defend a black man against the rape of a white woman. Instead of giving just the "token" defense usually given to accused blacks, he has decided to give the black man a real, thought-out, researched, top-notch defense. I don't want to give away too much by saying this isn't your usual race relations movie (Is a black person allowed to say that?), but an insightful look into the lives of the children of a man trying to do the right thing, and how the entire ordeal affects them. It's a definite "thumbs up." I highly recommend it.

Seeing movies isn't all we had time to do this week. Baby Boy had the chance to "bring home the bacon." Actually, he brought home the catfish on a little fishing trip with my niece and my dad.


And, of course, here are some photos . . . enjoy!

I love my niece, but if you can't take the heat . . .

But I don't want to be a pirate!

Get the hot grease ready!

. . . Until next time . . .



SabrinaT said...

I watched that movie when I was pregnant with my second son ( I love old movies from the 60's and 70'). I am planning on watching it with my oldest next month...

NICE!! looking fish, and hey the kids are cuties too!!

Heather said...

I've never read/seen To Kill a Mockingbird either. I've been looking for a "race relations" book/movie that was real, you know? I just don't like feeling as if I'm being lectured or the "message" is plainly spelled out - like an after school special or something. It seems the best available are also pretty graphic. I'll Netflix this one. Thanks for the suggestion.

And catfish?? Oh, I'm so jealous! The catfish around here are hiding in the depths of the frozen rivers and lakes, and are completely unattainable for at least another month or two.

Holly said...

I've read the book, a couple times. I'm sure I saw the movie in high school, but I can't say that I remember it, because, well, I was in high school :-).

I love the fishing pictures. Your son is so expressive.

Rachel said...

I LOVE "To Kill a Mockingbird." I'll have to pay attention to the camera angles next time I watch it; it's been a while.

Actually, if this baby were a boy, we were going to name him Atticus. <3

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