My kids used to be dumb-founded I could watch a movie, suggest it to them, then watch it again.
Fortunately, this ability to never get sick of the moving image has served me well this week, as I have watched, “The Princess Bride” about 8 times. (some classes were cancelled for I.Q. testing) My co-teacher, however, doesn’t have this ability, as she was falling asleep during her second viewing.
“The Princess Bride” is, btw, a perfect movie (in conjunction with English subtitles) to show to Freshman High School ESL students. The pacing is perfect. Just when the action gets too slow, they change scenes. Just when you start to lose faith in the movie, they cut to Fred Savage protesting his skepticism. The dialogue is spoken slowly, and the humor seems like an introduction to dry sophisticated humor for adolescents. My Korean students got much of it, and it was absolutely amazing – I had OVER half of the students actually watching! I know this doesn’t seem like something to crow about, but believe me, this movie was interesting to them.
OK. Only two more showings to go…I can do this…