DVD of the Week – Back to School with the Classics
by HELEN GEIB
To mark back to school season, here are three films adapted from literary or cinematic classics. These movies are not just entertaining and educational, but instructive too: how-to guides to navigating the social pitfalls of high school.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Heath Ledger (before anyone knew who he was) and Julia Stiles star in this high-school set re-working of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, but it’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt who steals the show as the younger sister’s suitor.
Amy Heckerling’s inspired adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma is one of the top comedies of the ’90s. The setting is transposed to Beverly Hills and there are strategic changes to the plot and characters, but the moral lesson survives intact.
The Faculty (1998)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Breakfast Club. Reimagining by Kevin Williamson (Scream); directed by Robert Rodriguez.
New releases this week: The Beaver, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold