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Rock School

3.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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At some point in their lives, everyone dreams of becoming a rock star - feeling the roar of the crowd, basking in the adoration of legions of fans, experiencing the adventures of life on the road. Now imagine fullfilling that dream at only ten years old. Welcome to Rock School.

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  • Actors: Napoleon Murphy Brock, Asa Spades Collins
  • Directors: Don Argott
  • Producers: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A5043I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rock School" on IMDb

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In the eyes of parents, teachers should be role models that help point students in the right direction. This guiding quality in teachers comes with much responsibility, as children have a naïve perception of society where the teachers become one of the major sources of knowledge and wisdom. Some of this responsibility rests within the professionalism of the educators, as it will help provide a healthy and enlightening environment for students. On occasion, it even seems like teachers must be on a level close to divinity, or sainthood. Paul Green who founded and runs the Paul Green School of Rock Music illustrates a defiant opposition to the parents' perception of the teaching profession.

"I am probably not qualified to teach" is one of the first things that the colorful character Green states in Rock School. His persona will undoubtedly raise some eyebrows, as he frequently swears in the presence of the students whose age ranges between nine and 17. He even goes to the depth of openly discussing Satanism with the students, which will certainly create some heated debates. There are also moments when he becomes very confrontational with the students where he screams and swears. He is the opposite of Jack Black's character that the audience can find in School of Rock (2003). Despite these qualities of Green, the students return with a deep burning desire to the school to practice and hone their musical talents.

The school of rock has an internal hierarchy where the students climb, as their skills improve. With the progress of the students skills Green intensifies his attention to those with exceptional talent while he nurtures those who are struggling.
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It's a documentary, about the music school that inspired Jack Black's "School of Rock." Before hearing the back story, I enjoyed "School of Rock," only to find that the real school and instructor were never paid a penny by the producers of the more successful comedy. They did visit the school, but then rather deceptively told the real teacher that they changed their mind, and made the Hollywood version without so much as a decent "thank-you." So, in terms of economic justice, I would like to see more people buy this documentary. It is a much more interesting story than the fictionalized version, it's a story of a remarkably successful music teacher. If any late 20th century rock 'n roll is still being performed a century from now, Frank Zappa will be known as a composer, not a rock star. His music is strange, original, and quite complex. It's not easy for professional musicians to play. But at this children's rock music school, kids learn to get good at playing rock music, and some become so adept at difficult rock that the best group competes with adults at an international Zappa festival. The documentary actually follows the underdog sports movie plotline, so you'll end up cheering for these talented children. I highly recommend this movie to musicians, there's an underlying story about that combination of hard work and passion that transcends musical genres. I also highly recommend this documetary for serious educators, jaded by the edu-speak education "experts." This documentary, plus the very real life documentary, "Stand and Deliver," tell parallel true stories about the most successful teachers, who don't try to treat all students the same way, who don't dumb-down to the bottom third, who don't make up words like, "competencies," or "multiple intelligences.Read more ›
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I rented this movie under the advice of a coworker and was a little bothered at first because it seemed to drag on with no real direction. One thing I did like was that the teacher set Frank Zappa's music as the highest bar to reach at the school. In the end the kids get to go to Germany and play at a Zappa fest called "Zappanale". Napoleon Murphy Brock joins the kids (between nine and seventeen years old) for "Inca Roads". And they do a fantastic job! If you are a Zappa fan I think you would probably enjoy this movie as much as I did. Just stick with it to the end.
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I wanted to get this movie because I am a great fan of Madi Diaz, who is today making her mark on the music scene. This was an opportunity for me to catch up on her in a way I could never have expected. I would not have pictured her being in a band as a teenager performing a Frank Zappa cover of "Inca Roads" in front of a huge crowd of appreciative Zappa fans, nor would I ever think to have the opportunity to hear her dad speak of her, or see the community and environment as she grows in it.

I have all of her several CDs and try make it to as many of her outstanding shows as I can. Her songs can be heard on TV shows, are remixed by other artists, and she is doing many collaborations with other musicians and bands. Paul Green says early on in the film that she was one of the most likely to succeed, and he has been proven right. For me, the film is a treat, a revelation, and a must-see for any Madi Diaz fan.
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Guitarist and former aspiring rock star Paul Green, founder and director of Philadelphia's "The Paul Green School of Rock Music" wants to Give You the Gift of Rock! And how. What started as music lessons for 17 young people at his apartment every week is now an after school program with a faculty and over 120 9-17-year-old students enrolled. In "Rock School", filmmaker Don Argott explores the dynamics and accomplishments of this unusual school through interviews, concerts, and daily activities with Paul Green and a handful of the students. Paul Green's overbearing, manic personality drives this film and bears the responsibility for keeping the audience hooked. His goals for his students are to "get them as good as possible" and to "get them on stage in front of as many people" as possible. But his methods are unconventional and startling at first. Paul is a foul-mouthed, elitist, egomaniac. He berates the students, makes fun of them, and challenges them...with surprisingly good results.

Don Argott has chosen an eclectic group of students to follow, from beginning children to expert young adults. We get a picture of how the school operates and to what ends through interviews with students, parents, and with Paul. Tucker and Asa Collins are 9-year-old twins who struggle to learn drums and guitar and perform Black Sabbath. Madi Diaz-Svalgard is a multi-talented musician and vocalist always at odds with Paul. Teenagers Julie and Eric Slick seem unruffled by Paul's methods and influenced by his ideas. Will O'Conner is a morose young man, consumed with self-pity, with no apparent musical talent, but he acts as a kind of intellectual foil to Paul. The school's star pupil is 12-year-old guitarist C.J. Tywoniak, who is just plain extraordinary.
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