Thursday, July 19, 2012

The World Becomes What You Teach

This inspiration talk is one of the best things I've put in my grimoire since I read TEACHING AS A SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITY, back in the early '70's.


Friday, July 13, 2012

My Favorite Swashbuckler

If you haven't seen this one, do yourself a favor and give it a viewing. It's a delightful homage to the likes of Errol Flynn et al. It's funny. It's stirring. It's poignant. It's Peter O'Toole at his best.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ironclad Contract

One of my current favorite films is the oddly titled (in my opinion) IRONCLAD, directed by Jonathan English.
There are a couple of things about this film.
First, I absolutely LOVE Paul Giamatti as King John. I haven't seen him in a role like this before, and I think he's brilliant. At least, I, myself, find him completely believable.

But even more, I find the theme of the film extremely timely. The Barons, weary of an overly arrogant king (can you say "taxes, torture and indefinite detention," boys and girls?), force John to sign the Magna Carta. (If you don't know the significance of that document, do please look it up. I'll give you a hint: due process.) Afterward, John recants and goes after the rebels with a vengeance.

Oh, yes, there's a lot of swordplay of the dark and brutal type. It's not the prettified  combat of Michael Curtiz's ROBIN HOOD (1938) starring the definitive swashbuckling rogue/hero Errol Flynn.

I also particularly like the relationship between the Templar and his horse. And his horse steals every scene he's in.

Just like mine does.