personally, i dig shakespeare + would gladly defend his presence on required reading lists everywhere. romeo + juliet certainly does suck, but most of his others (except maybe the history plays) are a hoot. sure, they're often over-dramatic... but are preposterousness and decent entertainment mutually exclusive? surely not, as evidenced by many fine films found here on this site, and on your favorites list, too. i'm a big fan of over-the-top, crazy shit when it's done well, and frankly, shakespeare can hold his own in this dept. anyone who finds this hard to believe should check out 'titus andronicus' - as long as you can stomach the violence, you'd be hard-pressed to find many others who could cook up (literally) anything quite so diabolical.

i did enjoy the way the kids read their lines off the strategically-placed papers on the table. reminded me of some warhol film - maybe kitchen? - where everyone kept having to 'get things' from the fridge + cupboards, since copies of the script were taped inside the fridge + cupboard doors.

May 22, 2005 2:24 AM | reply to me!

dr_kiki

maigin

I really dont like Shakespeare either. At all. Alright, so I've only read one S story before, but it was terrible. :)

May 21, 2005 7:58 PM | reply to me!

is a friend indeed!

I have no idea what that means. I think I stole it from Ned Flanders.

May 21, 2005 12:52 AM | reply to me!

bentley

bentley

I actually liked the majority of the books I blast in the film (not shakespeare). I do find it quite funny that most books read from 4th to 8th grade are stories about smart kids overcoming evil adults. Holes and Series of Unfortunate Events are examples of worlds where adults are blind, stupid or evil and the kids are intelligent, well meaning and misunderstood. Its as if we raise the kids to not trust older people.

The kids don't actually read Shakespeare. I threw that in because I went to see a high school production of Romeo and Juliet the week prior. I hate that story so, so much.

Most of this was gathered from my conversations with the kids at the youth center I work at. I did input some of my ideas, but the majority are the thoughts of the youngens.

May 20, 2005 11:19 PM | reply to me!

yeah but those books are all pretty awesome and its kinda neat to hear that kids are still reading shakespeare.

needless to say i barely know anything on your fav books list.

May 20, 2005 6:59 PM | reply to me!

frau

starkravenmad

Diabolical! Your willingness to go to extra lengths for those of us who are technologically impaired is very much appreciated. Funny video, it reminds me of when I was teaching this politics class on social movements to a class of university juniors and seniors doing undergraduate Business degrees (they had to have an arts credit and this for most of them was the only one available by the time they signed up). They wanted me to read their readings and do their notes for them. It was like trying to nail a rubber peg into a brick wall with the palm of my hand. I told them it was my job to put the bowl in front of them, but it was their job to lift the spoon to their lips.

Great video.

May 20, 2005 11:21 AM | reply to me!

hopefully this will work now.

May 20, 2005 11:09 AM | reply to me!

bentley

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I hate Shakespeare. I wrote this for my Youth Center film club. They couldn't memorize more than one line at a time so I put the paper in front of them. They still manage to mess it up, but the point gets across. Inspired by a dozen conversations with high schoolers who hate reading.
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