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It could that I didn't grow up in a wholesome Disney household, but I don't see the problem in any of these today. In fact, I have gotten in trouble for showing "Bill & Ted" in a high school history class as a post final cool down.
So here they are childhood favorites that my sister & friends watched as children but would NOT let their kids watch them today.
Kudos to Paul Rudd, he makes a great straight man & that is a hard job to pull off.
Nine and nine is eighteen
Look there brother baby and
You'll see what I've seen
Yes, I have a chip on my shoulder, but for good reason. I do live in the greatest city on earth. It's the Third Coast, the Windy City, & it has spawned a new breed of American. We are more polite than New York, more grounded than LA, &, as a people, far less refined than Boston. It's also the most beautiful city in America, we have alleys, our garbage doesn't collect on the streets, the rats stay in the shadows.
But we do have our problems, and epidemic of crime & violence that has lasted so long, the Chicago Police Department exchanged Michael for Jude as it's acting patron saint--which, if nothing else, stands as a testament of Chicago's good humor. The city is run by the Irish Mafia, South Side shootings stopped being news three generations ago. The dead regularly vote, and yet the people take the rampant corruption with a good humored shrug. That's how our political machine has always worked, and for some unknown reason, America elected one of us to the highest office in the land.
Now it could be that I grew up here, but I can't help but judge other cities by their versions of Division & Michigan, & they've always fallen short. The skylines aren't as beautiful, & the people, well, their not from Chicago. The people on the East Coast & the West Coast both have their extremes, by the time they get to the Third Coast the unnecessary eccentricities have washed away.
So here you go, a tribute, in almost no particular order, to the best city in the world.
But let's face it, The Karate Kid, Arthur, & Footloose should have been left alone. The new Star Trek was decent, but I somehow felt dirty watching it, violated almost.
But Straw Dogs was a classic, it was a movie I assumed would be untouchable, much like The Birds & My Fair Lady. Hollywood turned from exploiting the popular trash of old to raping fine art.
This has to stop now, before MCG remakes Pulp Fiction & Tim Burton gives his own unique twist to the Godfather reboot.
Hollywood, we are sick to death of your rampart destruction of our film heritage.
But then the 90's were different. I know, I know, every generation says that about the time they were in high school, but in my case it's true. The internet was the difference.
Every generation has little things that the next generation will miss out on. For those of us that graduated in the late 90s those things are a future shock. Little things, like pay phones & busy signals, all gone and forgotten. But thanks to the internet, Record Stores, no, not Best buy, kids, actual record stores, these are a tragic cultural lose. The internet changed music, it killed the album & made people like Justin Bieber famous.
But technology also killed Hollywood. When I was in high school, in the late 90s we had our Blockbusters, but we also had little films. We had low budget sleepers that studios could take risks on, films like "Seven," that weren't widely advertised and somehow became financial successes.
We had truly independent films, that never quiet made it big, but thanks to video stores--another cultural lose--everyone seemed to see "Clerks" at roughly the same time...even in a small suburb of Chicago.
Today, finding movies like "Clerks" is almost impossible. You have to browse through the torrent sights, and that's if you know what you're looking for. There are no video rentals to advertise them, at least not like there used to be.
Today, to stay afloat, Hollywood has to cater to the LCD, the PG-13 crowds. High tech special effect extravaganzas. Plots have suffered. Going to movies used to be a favorite past time, renting films used to be a favorite past time, searching through the aisles to find the gem no one else in your circle of friends has seen yet.
People my age don't really do that any longer. Outside of the odd comedy, outside of movies like "Juno," we tend to glance through the papers, read what's showing, decide that there's nothing that interests us, then sit at home and watch HBO's original programing instead. That's right, we still have TV series & HBO, & the TV sets have gotten much better, but it still doesn't live up to a date at the theater.
Most of these are geared to the college classroom, but high school teachers might find some of them useful. My classes are always reading, paper, & debate heavy so keep that in mind if you're planing on using any of these, some don't work without the proper texts.
There's also a "showmanship" style to the way I handle my classes, comedy is huge, but I'm not above dressing the part, screaming & yelling, crying, kicking over trashcans, whatever is needed is usually done. I think if you're not willing to go over the top in your classroom, using a lot of movies will probably work against you.