Louder Than A Bomb (2011)
Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world's largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems-and what they get out of them-is universal: the defining work of finding one's voice. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Louder Than A Bomb
"Louder Than a Bomb" has a lot in common with such documentaries as "Spellbound" and "Mad Hot Ballroom": charismatic, if obsessed, kids and nail-biting suspense.
Having a bad day? Then get yourself to Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's life-affirming documentary, immediately.
It should hit home with anyone whose experience of adolescence involved creativity, intellectual exploration, and getting to know and love people outside their immediate social circles.
The sheer breadth of talent is so astonishing, and the rhymes so clearly from the heart, that our spirits are inevitably lifted.
The kids whom Jacobs and Siskel have chosen for us to watch are so enthralling, with such remarkable life stories, that their autobiographical poems have actual power.
An emotionally-evocative poetry slam blasting the King's English to smithereens leaving Ebonics as the last language standing!
It's about changing young lives, on giving them a taste for learning and a facility with language. In this post-literate era, how can you not cheer something like that?
You can't help being uplifted by kids, trying to honestly express themselves through this unique medium.
Teen doggerel is celebrated in this documentary about a Chicago poetry slam in which competition runs as high as on any basketball court.
[M]ore focus on showy slam than ...writing poetry. How the best performers-and the best young poets-dig down deep and polish their work, finally makes this a satisfying film.
The filmmakers showcase an art form diverse enough to include a panoply of styles and methods.
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