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KMUW Movie Club: Hittin' Books And Roads

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On this month's KMUW Movie Club, it's all about classroom shenanigans and hittin' the road.

Hugo's Pick: Election (1999)

For some reason, I have this thing for unlikable characters. I find enjoyment out of pushing myself far enough to empathize with them. The more unlikable, the better. "Election," and by extension, most of Alexander Payne's films, has characters that fit this bill. Tracy Flick and Mr. McAlister are the types of people you would never want to meet in real life, but they do exist, and they are closer to you than you think.

Jedd's Pick: School of Rock (2003)

"School of Rock" features a fantastic performance from Jack Black but, of course, the script from Mike White is also impeccable. Black's character grows by the end of the film but he doesn't trade any of his passion or wide-eyed attitude in the process. The cast, top to bottom, is great, and the songs--especially the ones Black sings to and with the kids--are sweet and hilarious.

Fletcher's Pick: Rushmore (1998)

For nearly 20 years, I've watched "Rushmore" when I feel like something is missing. It gives me that ache you only get when something is both joyous and sad, beautiful and crushing. Werner Herzog speaks of the ecstatic truth; you find it in "Rushmore."  

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Fletcher Powell has worked at KMUW since 2009 as a producer, reporter, and host. He's been the host of All Things Considered since 2012 and KMUW's movie critic since 2016. Fletcher is a member of the Critics Choice Association.
Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.
Hugo Phan is a Digital News Reporter at KMUW, and founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. After years of being a loyal listener, he signed up to be a KMUW volunteer and joined the station's college student group before becoming a digital assistant in 2013.