I made the mistake of going into town yesterday, to find that the sales had started. I tried to be good but I still brought home a new pair of black jeans to replace the ones I had to throw out a year ago. They may have been marked down but they were still an expense I shouldn't have incurred, as I've been trying to economise...and failing miserably at it.
Today, the 30 Day Movie Meme wishes me to name a movie that should be required high school viewing...as I have no idea what movies are shown in American high schools (or even in our own secondary schools; there weren't any in the non-confessional schools I attended as a youngster, though when I switched to a confessional school, we were sent to watch Jesus Christ Superstar every Easter). But I think schools could do worse than to show Peter Brook's Mahabharatha
This is a crucial scene, taken from the Bhagavad Gita: when the great warrior Arjuna hesitates to go into battle against his kinfolk, knowing that if he does, they and the world they all live in will be utterly destroyed, and turns to Krishna for advice. Krishna then teaches him to place duty above all gain and loss, triumph and destruction, no matter how terrible or personal it becomes.
Perhaps I'm cheating, as this is actually a tvf (made for TV-film); but I think there's much to recommend it to a young and impressionable audience. First off, it's a terrific story, with lots of drama and action. Secondly, it may teach them something about the concept of dharma or 'right action'; and thirdly, it's a masterclass in acting and playwriting and might inspire some of them to seek a career in the theatre.
I saw it for the first time one balmy sumnmer's evening in 1991, and instantly fell in love with it. I've watched it repeatedly ever since. I think that part of the attraction is that there's hardly any scenery to distract from the drama, just a few props here and there; instead all the action is concentrated in the words and movements of the actors on stage; and even if it takes more than 5 hours to sit through it, my attention never wanes but stays sharp until the end.
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A movie you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A movie that disappointed you
Day 12 - Best soundtrack/background music in a scene
Day 13 - Favorite animated movie
Day 14 - Favorite film in black and white
Day 15 - Best musical
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure movie
Day 17 - Favorite series of related movies
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best movie cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite romantic couple
Day 22 - Favorite final scene/line
Day 23 - Best explosion or action scene
Day 24 - Quote you use most often
Day 25 - A movie you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - Freakishly weird movie ending
Day 27 - Best villain
Day 28 - Most overhyped movie
Day 29 - Movie you have watched more than ten times
Day 30 - Saddest death scene
Day 31 - Scene that made you stand up and cheer