Thursday, September 4, 2014

Occupational Hazard

For this week's #ThrowbackThursday post, I'm revisiting the post I referenced yesterday. About having seen The Outsiders more times than I care to admit. It originally appeared on May 29, 2009, so I've experienced the first 50 minutes of this movie a few more times since then.

"I've seen this movie fifty times."

Yeah, but have you ever watched the first 55 minutes six times in a row? Then you have nothing to complain about.

I'm feeling a bit snarky as well as cranky. It's 5th period, and this is my fifth time through the first 50-odd minutes of The Outsiders. (Six periods in a row doing the same thing.) I'm slowly losing my mind.

This is by no means the first time I've experienced this. I know the drill. The first time through is when I'm interested. Period 2, I get to see things I missed the first time through, and I catch on to other nuances. By period 3 I'm a little bored. By period 5 I have to have something else to do.

To make this viewing more interesting, I have two girls who will not shut up. I've asked, shushed, cajoled, and threatened. Fine. If they won't listen to me, then perhaps they will listen to their teacher. I've listed their names (with *s next to them) in my note.

The period is nearly over. I know because I just looked up and the church was on fire. (No need to consult a clock anymore.) Finally.

I only have to watch this thing one more time. What am I going to do? I need something. I. Can't. Watch. This. Again.

And the worst part? First 55 minutes: 6 times. Last 35 minutes? Not at all.

The church on fire still is my cue to wake up (figuratively--I don't sleep in class!) and get ready to end the period. And nowadays I don't even need to watch that first period because I know this movie so well.

17 comments:

  1. It would be nice to see the last part of that movie just once. Too bad you can't gorilla glue those girl's lips together:)

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  2. That would make me nuts! There are half a dozen movies ever made that I'd willingly sit through more than once. The Outsiders is not one of them. Better to skip the last 35 minutes and read the book. ;)

    VR Barkowski

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  3. I find it fascinating that so many schools are showing The Outsiders now. It seems like an awfully violent movie, from what I recall! Do you know what my stepdaughter and her friends got out of it? Basically that C. Thomas Howell was a hottie. When I showed her how he looks now, her response was something along the lines of, "Ewww."

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    1. Compared to some movies I've seen, The Outsiders isn't that bad. I suppose it's appropriate for the age group.

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  4. The movie I was talking about yesterday in the comments was the old eighties one with Matt Dillon and Dianne Lane. I had no idea there was a new one!

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    1. Nope, that's the one I'm referring to. Perhaps they should make a new one.

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    2. Yes that is the only one. I mistook you saying your blog post came out in 2009 for you meaning the movie came out in 2009. Silly me!

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    3. Oh! I have so many early posts that no one saw that I like to repost them (when I have nothing new going on, that is).

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  5. I had no idea they made a new one either. I'd go absolutely crazy having to sit and watch the same thing all day long. I'm surprised how popular her books still are with teens (or maybe they've become required reading and I'm just not aware of that).

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  6. Okay, am I crazy that I've NEVER seen this movie? At least, I don't think I have...now you have me totally curious! I guess I'll have to rent it, but ONLY watch it once! Haha! :)

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    1. I'm sure it's on Netflix or some such. It's not bad...once...

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  7. I've seen 'Pay It Forward' with my students more than five times in two years, but that is the one I've seen the most frequently.
    We read a simplified and shortened version of 'The Outsiders' in the classroom in Japan years ago, but I've had no chance to watch the movie. All I remember about the story is that there was a boy named Sodapop and someone died in the story...Now that you mention it, I vaguely remember there was a fire in the church.

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    1. Yep, that's the story. The novel is pretty slim and is a quick read. Your version might not have been simplified.

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  8. LOL, honestly I have to say I have never seen this before. Now it makes me want to see it.

    betty

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  10. Wow, that's a lot of times in a row! I used to show movies as a sub, but somehow it was never the same one that many times. The teacher usually had different grades or something, so not every class did the same thing.
    I guess you never got to hear, "Stay golden, Pony Boy."

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    1. I got to see the ending. Once. Well, five times in a row...

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