Category Archives: Science Fiction or Fantasy

Homeschooling High School So Far — English & Humanities

Our Topic for the Year: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Dystopia — We’re still working on finding our groove with this, and I’m trying to find ways to get James more interested and engaged. Although we agreed to this mom-made curriculum, as preparation for college, he seems to be participating reluctantly. Maybe since he is such a visual-spatial, hands-on kind of learner, this is just too bookish for him.

BTW, James has ADHD, and like many people with this “disorder,” he is blessed with high energy, a quick mind, a strong “right brained,” visual-spatial learning style, and great problem-solving skills. But keeping him interested in anything for more than 20 minutes is challenging.

Suggestions? 🙂

Books & Stories Read So Far:
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The Thirteenth Floor

the-thirteenth-floor_88789The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Directed By: Josef Rusnak

Written By: Josef Rusnak & Ravel Centeno-Rodriguez Based On Simulacron 3 by Daniel Galouye

My Rating: 2.5/5

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They Live (1988)

they liveThey Live (1988)

Directed By: John Carpenter

Written By: John Carpenter, Based On a Short Story Titled “Eight O’Clock in the Morning” by Ray Nelson

Verdict: Two Thumbs Down from James and Me

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cronos2Cronos (1993)

Written and Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

Why I Saw It: My daughter bought a Criterion Collection copy, and I am a big fan of del Toro’s work (e.g. Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone)

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Antique store owner Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) and his beloved granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath) make a startling find, a gold insect-like device created in the 16th century. Enclosed inside it is an extraordinary clockwork mechanism and a living creature. He has stumbled upon the chronos device, crafted to give its owner eternal life. But like the monkey’s paw, it will inevitably bring unexpected — even tragic — results.

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“Mother Nature Is a Serial Killer” (World War Z)

World War Z (Warning: Mild Spoilers)

Directed By: Marc Forster

Very Loosely Based On: World War Z by Max Brooks

Why I Saw It: A “mom date” with my 14-year-old son and because zombies are just bad ass

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