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Should comedies/romance only be shown over the holidays?

post #1 of 14
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I had to substitute for two colleagues today because three of our classes went on a field trip to the stock exchange, and ended up having my English translators' class for four hours straight. That was a bit much right before winter vacation, so I showed them an English-language film the last two hours: "Hotel Rwanda". It wasn't widely screened here, and is, IMO, an excellent film. The kids found it very interesting, and it moved many of them to tears. A few of them asked if they could get the DVD here.
When the chaperons got back from the field trip, one colleague asked what I'd done in his lessons. He was shocked that I'd shown such a "serious" film right before Christmas, and said he'd have shown something like "Santa Clause", "Love, Actually", or "The Grinch...".
The youngest in the class is 20 (the film is PG-13), and they were given a choice of "Love, Actually", "Hotel Rwanda", "The Others", and "The Aviator" (though I recommended "Hotel Rwanda"), so I'm a bit surprised at my colleague's reaction.
Do you also believe that only "light fare" should be shown at this time of year?
I've always considered it a time for reflection and stocktaking.
post #2 of 14
I think if there is any one time of the year to get in touch with our humanity, this is it. Kudos to you for helping in that task .
post #3 of 14
It's not like they are 8 years old. If they were, I could see showing a Christmassy type film. But given their age, and the fact that they were given many choices, I see nothing inappropriate about showing a serious film.
post #4 of 14
Oh, you mean, terrible teacher. How dare you ruin these 20-y/o college students' lives by expecting them to wait until term end before disengaging their brains. LOL

Tell your colleague that "Charlie Brown Christmas" was intended for grade schoolers, not pre-med and education students.
post #5 of 14
All I can say is that these students enjoyed the film..Learned from the film...isnt that what school is for.......I don't see the problem.......
post #6 of 14
I completely agree with the other posters. If the students had wanted fluff, they had the choice, so what's the teacher's problem? Besides, it's a great film.
post #7 of 14
Now if ever is the right time to be remembering how lucky we are. If showing a film such as Hotel Rwanda makes people more appreciative of what they have, then I'm all for it. Christmas sadly, for many, is not about Christ anyway. It's about pandering to the consumer-driven `spend-all-you've-got' market. Goodness me even the colours of Santa Claus originally came from Coca Cola advertising. I'd forget all about Christmas if I could, I'm not religious and I don't get into the whole must-spend-every-penny-to-make-the-rich-man-richer philosophy.

Hotel Rwanda is a very good film, and if it makes people forget their greed and remember how lucky they are for five minutes, it was a very good choice.
post #8 of 14
Personally, I dislike romance movies, because of my own hangups, they leave a sour taste in my mouth.

I AM a SciFi fan though, so I would be completely happy with a bunch of SciFi movies, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Day After Tomorrow, The Core.

I am an emotional weakling, and have steadfastly refused to watch Black Beauty, Homeward Bound, etc. because I know I would cry like a baby.

I DO like some comedies, Pure Luck, Hot Shots, Hot Shots Part Deux, etc., I really love.

However, some of the offerings on tv lately, The Forsaken, the Vampire movies, etc, are NOT, in my opinion, worth watching and I have a bad feeling about the timing of these things. I wouldn't watch them and I wouldn't want my kids watching. Much, much too graphic for any time of year.
post #9 of 14
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I asked him today why he seemed to have a problem with my choice of films. He's got a list of my English-language videos and DVDs, and sometimes borrows them, also to show at school. Apparently, he doesn't object to my usually showing films "of historical or social value", like "Malcolm X", "And The Band Played On", "All The President's Men", "Bowling for Columbine", "Ghandi", or "American History X", but wondered why I would show something like that two days before winter vacation, and why I mainly have films like that in my home library.
I'm not much into fiction any more, probably because I spent so many years studying literature, and, more importantly, I'm not going to put the money out on a DVD that I can't use at school or lend to students, unless it's a "must" for me, like the HP series.
Plus, the kids are at school to learn, and while I realize that they get a big kick out of seeing something like "Garfield" or "Mr. Bean", and testing their command of English, how do those films contribute to their all-around education?
Anyway, the class was still raving about "Hotel Rwanda" today, so now he's asked to borrow it.
post #10 of 14
If you gave them a choice I don't see what the big deal is. In high school we had a geometry teacher who would show "ferris beuler's day off" every semester, which I thought was great. In my family systems class this past semester we watched "terms of endearment" and "the joy luck club". Any movie is a great movie when it comes to being in class, regardless of it's content. This is coming from a student however, so I might be a little biased
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by jcat
class was still raving about "Hotel Rwanda" today, so now he's asked to borrow it.

What a butt-head.....
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Nebula11
What a butt-head.....
Not really, but he seems a bit naive (to me) for a 48-year-old man. He's a very kind person, though, meaning understanding and sympathetic. He just isn't hardboiled enough to be dealing with teenagers and twenty-somethings, IMO, which is why I officially have to play the disciplinarian at school. Not that I have a problem with that. He tempers my hardheartedness, and I let him know when I think he's being manipulated.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
Oh, you mean, terrible teacher. How dare you ruin these 20-y/o college students' lives by expecting them to wait until term end before disengaging their brains. LOL

Tell your colleague that "Charlie Brown Christmas" was intended for grade schoolers, not pre-med and education students.

That is great
post #14 of 14
I don't see anything wrong with it, especially as they were given a choice. I rarely watch comedies or romancies, and I remember at high school we were always given things like Toy Story to watch - I would rather sleep than watch it!! I would prefer to watch something 'nitty gritty' that made me think (am watching Shawshank Redemption tonight). And if the kids raved about it, it was obviously the best choice
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