So today I’m slogging waist deep through the mire we college profs call end-of-semester grading. I’ve already caught 3 students who’ve plagiarized. One was very contrite, panicky, and apologetic. We met on Zoom where she begged for another chance. This was on Thursday. We didn’t have class again until Tuesday. So I said “Let me think about it. We’ll chat after class next week.” So she got to sweat it out for a few days.
Cruel. I know. But how else are they gonna learn?
My goal is to finish today. My incentive is that if I finish today, I will go hang out at my local coffee joint tomorrow since I’m now fully vaccinationizated. To that end, I’m tossing up another list so I can wade, Man-Thing-like, right back into the essay swamp. I’ve had this list idea knockin’ around for some time, so as a hardcore genre guy, this is as good an opportunity as any to share 9 Movies People Might Not Expect Me To Love (which I attempted to order from least to most surprising).
#9 Stand And Deliver
Okay, maybe not so surprising. I generally don’t go in for feel-good, personal triumph kinds of stories, but I do love when anyone with some stigmatizing socioeconomic label rises past the levels expected of them by the culture at large. I love a good “fuck you” story as I like to call ’em.
#8 A Hard Day’s Night
It’s The Beatles. It’s a classic. But music movies aren’t typically my thang. It’s always fun to watch John Lennon be a smartass, but more often than not, this isn’t enough to hold my attention. This is a notable exception.
I generally despise religion, but I actually like a good many biopics. Plus holy shit, Ben Kingsley. If you’ve ever seen footage of Gandhi himself, then see Ben Kingsley portray him…I was gobsmacked. Right up there with Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson. It was also the shortest 3 hours I ever spent doing anything. Plus Gandhi was a big ol’ nonviolent “fuck you” to the British government which, again, I’m always on board for.
#6 When Harry Met Sally
It’s easy to give me a pass on this one solely on the basis of Nora Ephron’s writing. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan together are joyous, and I think the “pecan pie-eeee” scene is way funnier than the fake orgasm scene because Billy Crystal caught Meg Ryan completely off guard with it.
#5 My Fair Lady
What makes this one surprising is that it’s *gasp, choke* a musical. But damn do I love me some Audrey. I hate what the studio and Jack Warner did to Julie Andrews, but because of that she ended up getting an Oscar for Mary Poppins. And as I mentioned twice already, a good “fuck you” story is always appreciated. Plus, Audrey.
#4 Breakfast At Tiffany’s
See #5. Maybe this isn’t as shocking as some folks might think since Truman Capote is one of my heroes. Plus there’s that song by Deep Blue Something. And I even have this poster.
I’m not a big fan of war, warmongers, or the usually bellicose glorification of either of those. But George C. Scott is a phenomenal watch as Patton, and Patton’s “history” as represented by Franklin J. Schaffner is compelling.
#2 Kiki’s Delivery Service
My daughters loved this movie as kids. It’s super cute and despite an utter lack of darkness I find it endlessly appealing. It’s just so, I dunno, so wholesome and always makes me go “Awwwwwwww.” I kinda love it despite myself.
And #1 The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh
I have always always always adored Pooh Bear, and Eeyore is kind of a personal role model. Then The Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff came along and pretty much solidified my affection and admiration.
So there’s my list. Have I shocked anyone? What do you like that surprises people? Let me know in the Comments.