Dr. Gottfried "sponsors" a book/movie group at NMB
This is a completely unofficial group, not a club, for which no one receives
compensation of any kind. (See below for how to join).
The plan, if you can call it a plan, is to read books that are being made
into movies, discuss the books, and then go to the movies.
Since 2001 when the group was started with Mrs. Dewhurst, then an English
teacher at NMB, we have read and seen:
- The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings
- Big Trouble
- The Time Machine
- The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
- The Four Feathers
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- Tuck Everlasting
When Mrs. Dewhurst left NMB Ms Oates graciously agreed to help with the
group, and on June 4, 2004 we went to see
Harry Potter-Prisoner of Azkaban
As time progressed and students were too busy to attend meetings the
following were proposed, but only few came to see the movies.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
From Russia with Love
Dreamcatcher (which we discussed, but were unable to watch w/students-rated R)
I, Robot (I went with my wife, but only 1 student showed up :-(
Vanity Fair (great trailer, very long book...)
A Sound of Thunder (VERY VERY SHORT STORY)
A Series of Unfortunate Events-Lemony Snicket
Can the Group
Live Again....Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy???
- You go to the movie with “us” only if you have read
the book. If you want to bring a friend to the movie, that is acceptable, as
long as they don’t cause trouble (I may bring my wife if it is a movie she
wants to see).
- We will read/watch both first run movies
(Aventura-expensive but comfortable seats and free parking), which we will
try and go to on opening day, and older book/movie pairs which we
will watch at NMB (free-but you can buy popcorn). The proportion of first
run versus older movies will depend entirely on how many books you are
willing to read and what is in the theatres.
- We will not read books in pieces. For each book we
will meet to discuss the book before the movie (either the same day or
shortly before the screening) and then discuss it afterwards. At most 1-2
meetings/book-movie. You WILL have read the whole book before the meeting.
- No one is committed to anything. If you read a book
and want to discuss it, you come to the meeting and movie and if not, not;
no harm, no foul.
- Communication will be by email, and membership in the
group and meetings will be by invitation-it will not be announced on the
- I will try and schedule meetings so they are
convenient, so 7th period is the most likely time. If everyone
shares a lunch, we might do that so we can get to an earlier showing.
- Choice of book/movie pairs will be democratic, within
the bounds of what is possible in the school system (no R-rated films), and
within the limits of what I am prepared to read. For example, we will not do
books that were written based on a script to capitalize on a movie’s box
office. IMHO those aren’t real books, and my opinion is the only one that
- I may try and do some over the summer, if that is when
the movie opens and I am in town.
- I am not prepared to order books for you.
buy it yourself at Borders/Barnes and Noble etc.
go to the library
borrow it from a friend
buy it used on line (www.half.com for example).
If you are interested send email to the list, so I can
get a sense of numbers, and once show times are set we can make arrangements.
And, still in the “can” from previous years, movies which
either no one saw, or only one or two people showed up for, we have:
Timeline-which many of you read, but we never went to see
is now available on DVD.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress- which I really
enjoyed and no one else has seen.
Bourne Identity-if you want to pre-view it before the
Bourne Supremacy comes out.
From Russia With Love (very old James Bond).
If you are interested, send a message to: