movies about poetry and poems

April is National Poetry month and here are a list of movies about poetry,poets, or based on poems.
Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams portrays English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming “Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!” The charismatic teacher’s emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm–changing their lives forever

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano is a brilliant but hideously ugly poet, trying to get his true love, Roxanne

Il Postino The postman

The postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice

Blue Car

A troubled young woman is encouraged by a teacher to enter a poetry contest.

O Brother Where Art Thou

Loosely based on Homer’s “Odyssey”, this is the story of three convicts– escapees from a prison farm in Mississippi– and their adventure as they travel home in hopes of recovering buried loot before it’s lost forever in a flood

Beowulf

In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast’s ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonate throughout the ages

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Romantic reads

Pulled Under by Michelle Dalton Summary “A romance blooms between surfer girl Izzy and city boy Ben in a small island town as the two try to figure out if their love affair is more than a summer fling.

Til Death by Kate Evangelista Summary Sixteen-year-old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a daydreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally, this isn’t a problem, as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky — even for her. Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more drool-worthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Too bad he acts like he hates her. When Selena learns she’s being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined, she’s had enough. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easily, especially when she discovers that Dillan isn’t what he seems…and might not actually hate her after all. Dillan might just be the only person who can save her

The promise of amazing by Robin Constantine Summary When the passive strategy she has always adopted proves injurious to her heart’s goals, ordinary girl Wren inadvertently saves the life of expelled lacrosse player Grayson and embarks on an awkward romance that compels both to start over

Everything changes / by Samantha Hale Summary “Seventeen-year-old Raven Walker has never had a boyfriend. She’s never really been interested in boys. But she was always too afraid to examine what that might mean. Until she meets Morgan O’Shea and finds herself inexplicably drawn to her. As their friendship develops, Raven is forced to face the possibility that her interest in Morgan might actually be attraction and that she might be gay. Acknowledging the possibility opens Raven’s world to the excitement of her first romance, but it also leaves her struggling to come to terms with her sexuality and the impact it will have on her relationships with her family and friends

Girl genius. [1], Agatha Heterodyne & the beetleburg clank : a gaslamp fantasy with adventure, romance & mad science / story by Kaja & Phil Foglio ; pencils by Phil Foglio ; inks by Brian Snoddy ; colors by Cheyenne Wright Summary The theft of Agatha Clay’s locket, which is her only link to her parents, sparks a series of events that lead to revenge, kidnappings, and death

Dishes / Rich WallaceSummary
Nineteen-year-old Danny spends an eventful summer in Maine, looking for romance, working as a “straight” dishwasher in a gay bar, and trying to reconnect with his estranged father

I am the messenger by Markus ZusakSummary After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness. Meet Ed Kennedy underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . . Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission? Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love

Awkwardly ever after / Marni Bates Summary “Melanie Morris knows she shouldn’t keep flirting with her best friend’s brother, Dylan Wellesley, even though the last thing she feels is “sisterly” around the cute soon-to-be freshman. But attending prom with somebody else might mean losing him for good. Isobel Peters accepts the fact that she’s a huge geek, but she never expected renowned player, Spencer King, would want to get his hands on… her reputation. What begins as a bargain could turn into something real–or a Notable disaster! Corey O’Neal is dating the boy of his dreams, rockstar Timothy Goff. But it isn’t easy to trade in anonymity for instant celebrity status, especially now that swarms of protesters want them both banned from prom. Dating Prince Charming in real life is a whole lot harder than it sounds in fairytales. Happily ever after? Try awkwardly ever after!”–Back cove

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Rock ‘n’ roll in locker seventeen / Shannon Brown

Summary
“In 1964 Ricky Stevenson was living the dream. He was on top of the charts, and on the cover of almost every fan magazine. What those publications didn’t tell you was that he had no privacy, few real friends, and a hectic schedule of touring and recording. Ricky just wanted to be rid of the presssures of fame for good. So one day he simply vanished. What would happen if you discovered what really happened to the world’s most famous missing rock star?”

I don’t feel I need to add a lot to this summary – I like the family in this book, it feels like people you might know. Fun ,a little intrigue, but not too crazy or over dramatic. A fun,realistic fiction book

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Here is  a  quick  review  of  this  book:

 

Samurai awakening / Benjamin Martin

 

This is  the description from  our  catalog, and I  don’t  think it  gives  the true  flavor  of  this book.

Summary
While living as an exchange student in Japan, David Matthews is possessed by a Japanese god with amazing powers and, trained by his host family, he must fight desperately to save his host sister from a hoard of Japanese monsters

David does become possessed by a Japanese god, but he does not become all powerful or even great instantly. he has to work to become more athletic , stronger and more aware of the proper custom. A thoughtful adventure book

Here is the web page for this book.

Teen top ten

I’ll be  putting  up  book  trailers  for  all of  the teen  top  ten on  this  page.   voted  for by  teen  readers

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