Tuesday, July 31, 2007
1) Billy, do you like movies about gladiators?
2) Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
3) I'll never get over Macho Grande. . .
4) And don't call me Shirley.
5) Oh it's a big pretty white plane with wheels, and it looks like a big Tylenol.
But Airplane also has some classic scenes too.
1) June Cleaver speaking jive to the two brothers.
2) The absolutely classic dance hall scene where Ted and Elaine are dancing to the Bee Gee's "Staying Alive". The part where the one guy keeps dancing after being stabbed still cracks me up.
3) The inflatable co-pilot who bears a striking resemblance to Peter Griffin. Giggity.
4) Where Captain Kramer removes not one, but two pairs of sunglasses.
5) Anything with Johnny and Lloyd Bridges. Their interplay was genius.
There are far too many other relevant points to make to the comic genius that is Airplane. That is why Airplane takes #4 on MegatonMaynard's list of the best comedy films of all time.
As an aside, one Mortimer Suppes of Nevada gave me a hard time that his all time favorite, Rhinestone, is not on the list so far. I answer with simply this. My list is of movies that are funny by design, not hilarious by how god-awful they are.
Monday, July 30, 2007
So as I troll the internets, I check out this 411Mania web page a lot. They have a lot of Top Five Lists and last week it was their top five comedies. Sadly, none of my top five comedies seems to have appeared there. Also, many of their choices were movies I've not seen (Woody Allen films) or films I felt were too stupid to watch (Napoleon Dynamite). Thus, without further ado, MegatonMaynard presents his Top Five Comedy Films of all Time.
Today is number Five: Cheech and Chong's Next Movie.
This movie had me crying with laughter and now, decades later, I still get a good laugh out of it. Memorable scenes include:
1) Chong rocking out in the record store and blowing the amplifier on the guitar
2) Cheech and Chong spend an afternoon surrounded by the freaks at the welfare office. I have spent a day at the welfare office. Before then, I thought the film was making a gross exaggeration of the misfits and loons there. Now I realize that those scary ass people are real.
3) Chong riding his motorcycle in the house and nearly choking to death while smoking a roach. A real roach.
4) Cheech and Chong stealing gas by putting it in a steel garbage can and then dumping it all over the car trying to get some of it in the tank. Garbage everywhere. Gas everywhere. Then Chong lights up. Classic.
5) Cheech teaches Chong some Spanish words, all of which are socially reprehensible. After they crash into the front lawn of a family of latinos, Chong busts out some "Hey assholes, how ya doing" in Spanish. The look on Cheech's face was classic.
Check back for film number four later this week.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Eric Williams, Carmen Morrison selected for 2007
News Journal staff report
MANSFIELD -- Eric Williams, of Wooster, has been selected North Central State College's 2007 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member.
He has taught in the humanities division since 1999 and was the first adjunct faculty to be selected for Phi Theta Kappa's Outstanding Instructor Award.
He helped to establish the Adjunct Advisory Committee and has taken an active role in Adjunct Orientation.Williams has a Master of Arts in humanities from California State University.
He will be invited to the awards program of the Ohio Association of Two Year Colleges in October at the University of Akron's Summit College.
Terry Coleman, dean of business and education and Williams' supervisor said, "His students love his exuberance and his positive evaluations reflect that."
Carmen Morrison is North Central State College's 2007 Outstanding Faculty Member.
The nominations spoke of the dedication that Morrison has to students, peers and the college, officials said.
Therese Busner, vice president for learning and Morrison's supervisor, said, "Though Carmen is the first to acknowledge her colleagues' efforts and minimize her own, she stands out as an enthusiastic, dedicated and charismatic educator."
Morrison has been at the college since 1993 and is now a professor in Computer Information Systems.
Morrison has been instrumental in the development of the College's online curriculum.
She has led the way in online learning and has been an educator to her peers in the field of online learning.
Because of her efforts, NCSC now offers several classes online for a more flexible learning environment for students.