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Hooper boys want earlier spring break, better 3-D movies

Editor's note: Columnist Ernest Hooper's sons, Matthew, 17, and Ethan, 16, are subbing for their dad. He took the weekend off for Father's Day.

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The Hillsborough County School District's decision to move spring break back three weeks is quite ridiculous.

It's pushing our beloved break to the end of April, and it's also putting a lot more pressure on Advanced Placement students like us.

AP testing begins at the start of May and the week before is crunch time. Now, with spring break in that stretch, not only will we have to put down our skim boards and pick up our textbooks, we won't be able to get one-on-one time with our teachers the week before testing.

Come on School Board, get with the program. …

It seems that just yesterday, 3-D films were like that weird aunt or uncle. Nice to see once or twice a year, but not the people you want living in your house.

Now, 3-D movies have not only moved into the house, but they have their feet up on your table.

About half the movies we've seen this year have been in 3-D. Some have been classics such as Avatar, but Shrek: Forever After and Clash Of The Titans were average 3-D efforts, not worth the extra $3 for 3-D. Hollywood needs to deliver genuine 3-D efforts instead of going for the fast buck. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Clear the Road. I am 16.

We've got great news for kids and bad news for parents who drop the bucks. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are working on motion-control devices that will challenge the Wii. Both will be out in plenty of time for Christmas. Start saving, Mom and Dad. …

That's all we're saying.

Hooper boys want earlier spring break, better 3-D movies 06/20/10 [Last modified: Sunday, June 20, 2010 7:19pm]
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