A Life Full of Living Books

English: Lesson 180 My plan to put my knowledge of literature to productive lifetime use. Books have been a huge staple in my education. Before finding the Ron Paul Curriculum, my parents homeschooled me with the Charlotte Mason method. One of her mottos is, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life." Books and good … Continue reading A Life Full of Living Books

The Study of Books and Movies

English: Lesson 175 Studying American literature: print vs. movies. The Ron Paul Curriculum American Literature English course has been divided up into two parts; classic books, and second, classic movies. Most English courses that I have taken before the RPC had me read a total of 4 books and a couple of news articles to … Continue reading The Study of Books and Movies

Good stories deserve a little embellishment

English: Lesson 165 Quiz Show did not tell the truth about key historical figures. Did this break the commandment, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness'? Quiz Show (1994), directed by Robert Redford, is a movie based on the 1950s Twenty One television show scandal when it was discovered that the producers of the hit game show were feeding correct … Continue reading Good stories deserve a little embellishment

Unearned Grace in Tender Mercies and Driving Miss Daisy

English: Lesson 160 In what ways are both movies about grace: gifts unearned by the recipient? Tender Mercies (1983) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) are films about two people who didn't expect grace from the world but are given it. Both films won an Oscar for best lead actor and actress; Robert Duvall in Tender … Continue reading Unearned Grace in Tender Mercies and Driving Miss Daisy

A Gun is as Good or as Bad as the Man using it

English: Lesson 145 "Compare and contrast the attitude of each movie regarding guns." Shane (1953) and High Noon (1952) are two of the best western movies ever created. Until this last week, westerns to me were just fun movies filled with drama, gun fighting, and simple sets and characters with not a lot of detail … Continue reading A Gun is as Good or as Bad as the Man using it

How can you create the sound, costumes, sets, and landscapes on a page?

English: Lesson 140 Is it easier for skilled authors to manipulate movie viewers or book readers? Good writers will never be out of work. If you can write effectively, you can think effectively, and thinking leads to the creation of good books, articles, speeches, and movies. Movies have taken off like wildfire in the last … Continue reading How can you create the sound, costumes, sets, and landscapes on a page?

The Winning Characteristics of a Cowboy and Politician

English: Lesson 135 Do you see any characteristic features of Stewart and Wayne in these films that rocketed them to permanent stardom? John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart had their breakthrough roles in two of the most influential and remembered films of all time; Stagecoach (1939) directed by John Ford, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) directed by Frank … Continue reading The Winning Characteristics of a Cowboy and Politician

The 1930’s Created the Modern “Movie Experience”

English: Lesson 30 Would You rather watch a movie alone in a theatre or online if they cost the same? The 1930s saw the beginning of "talkies", movies with sound and actors speaking lines, and they were revolutionary. The sound allowed for an entirely new experience, with emotions being conveyed in multiple ways: through the … Continue reading The 1930’s Created the Modern “Movie Experience”

D. W. Griffith’s first Blockbuster Movie

English: Lesson 125 Birth of a Nation (1915), Directed by D. W. Griffith  Why was this movie the first blockbuster? Blockbusters are those movies everyone goes to see and talks about for weeks in advance. They are epic, filled with drama, tension, special effects, an incredible score, and of course a star-studded cast. Hollywood and … Continue reading D. W. Griffith’s first Blockbuster Movie

Philip Dru: The Novel with no Plot and a Dictator

English: Lesson 120 Is this novel a defense of liberty? The book, Philip Dru: Administrator, A Story of Tomorrow, written by Edward M. House, seems to only have been written to describe what he would do if he was in power. House was the advisor to President Wilson from 1912 to 1919, and Wilson read the … Continue reading Philip Dru: The Novel with no Plot and a Dictator