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I live in Seattle, am married, have two cats (one is a genius, the other insane), and am a mild-mannered copy editor by day. I love horseback riding, coffee, reading, TV, movies, music, playing (too much) World of Warcraft, and lying on the couch. This isn't a personal blog, but rather a place for me to vent about movies, TV shows, books, music, etc. Thanks for checking in!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Movie Review: Hatley High

(General review--no real spoilers)

A friend of mine lent me this DVD, saying it was about a high school where Chess is the main "sport" instead of football or basketball.

Hatley High is an adorable Canadian film where, indeed, Chess players are the cool kids in the school. Unlike most teen films where popularity or class is the main issue, this one does not focus on revenge or stereotypical characters. Everyone in the film grows and changes; everyone can make mistakes or make amends. It's well acted and intelligent (if a bit low key). I loved the students discussing and playing "Dragonslayer" (Dungeons and Dragons), and I enjoyed the talks between the main character's dad and the crazy (or maybe not? maybe he truly talks to God?) priest.

Sweet and authentic, this film is a great entry in the teen comedy genre, and worth looking up.


Blogger myles said...

Hey Sheila,

I wrote Hatley High, and just wanted to thank you for you for the comments (which you posted on my birthday, no less). It's pretty cool how a movie gets around. It was released in Russia, where audiences apparently found the total lack of chess authenticity quite amusing. Glad you were amused too.


11/16/2005 2:22 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Hi Myles: Thanks for stopping by! I really enjoyed the movie, and wish you all the best with future endeavors.

3/09/2006 1:20 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Oh, and I wish they'd buy this movie at Netflix! Then I could recommend it to more people. *wanders off to Netflix to request it*

3/09/2006 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

myles, maybe you can answer this for my i have been trying to find the music from hatley high but i can't find it anywhere in fact i am not even sure what the band or the song names are. But i really wanted to know about that song in the dance scene it went something like "white linen on your back, like secrets on your mind"

6/25/2006 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"white linen on your back..." is from the song "FPU - ocean drive- tiga white linen vox"

7/02/2006 11:37 AM  

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