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Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Weekend Watch


Who knew spelling contests could be so entertaining? In the documentary Spellbound, you get a chance to follow the lives of spelling bee competitors in their quest for the title at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. Things start off at the regional competitons and the tension only increases as the kids begin to fell the pressure.

What might be the most interesting thing about Spellbound is the individual competitors from a wide variety of backgrounds and the expectations (or lack thereof) heaped upon them by their parents. As the film rolls along, things get more intense and emotionally compelling. In the end, it is an fun and fascinating film.

Spellbound was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2003, but ultimately lost to Bowling for Columbine.

Spellbound is located in the non-fiction DVDs:
372.632 SPELLBOUND

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