Originally Posted by jcat
I definitely don't feel so guilty about buying movies now, especially since most of ours were "used" when I bought them (I always check out the "previously viewed" ones at the video stores when I'm in the U.S.). I gave the class the list today, and am going to be carting in a lot of videos and DVDs next week. I guess next weekend would be a good time to clean shelves and cabinets! What really surprised me - an awful lot of the kids wanted to borrow "The Ghost and the Darkness" - so many, that I told them they could all watch it in class next Thursday. I like that film (lions!; maybe I should see if "Born Free" is available on DVD), but I wonder why it's so popular among teenagers? I can't imagine that they find Michael Douglas or Val Kilmer all that interesting (too "old"). The next three favorites were "Garfield", "Black Hawk Down", and the "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" series. The first season of that is finally being shown on German TV, so a lot of the kids want to see the undubbed version.
Oh I LOVE The Ghost and the Darkness!! Fabulous movie, even if there were quite a few liberties taken with the story, which was quite interesting enough without them. My father always wanted to go to Africa, so we had a lot of safari books around the house, the most interesting by a Bwana (White Hunter or guide) named Peter Hathaway Capstick. He wrote about The Lions of Tsavo, which I read when I was about 12. Nasty lions.
When we went to Chicago a couple years ago, my only "must see" was the Natural History Museum because they have the real Lions of Tsavo there (mounted, and behind glass, of course), having been donated to them in the 1920s, I believe. I have lots of pictures of them, if you would like some for your class to see what they really looked like, just let me know.