Pain and Gain
Dalton Ross’ tribute to Road House in The Glutton brought back a lot of memories! Twenty-five years ago, I was an apprentice film editor for a trailer house and this was one of the first films I ever worked on. Because we saw the movie four months before its release and I had to transfer sound clips all day, I would drive my then boyfriend crazy quoting lines from the movie. And as a joke with my husband, I’ll occasionally spout Road House dialogue for no particular reason.
Road House is my guilty pleasure. Thanks to Mostly Shirtless Ass-Kicking Patrick Swayze and Absurdly Sexy Doctor Kelly Lynch, this is a movie my husband and I can share. Two years after the film’s release, I started teaching English in public school. My rules of teaching, which I pass along to new teachers, are simple: “One, never underestimate your students. Expect the unexpected. Two, take it outside. Never start anything inside your classroom unless it’s absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.” When I find an opportunity to effectively work “A polar bear fell on me” into my regular repertoire, I’ll possibly become teacher of the year!
In “Eat the Beat: Music’s Tastiest Songs,” you left out Black Sabbath’s instrumental chestnut “Rat Salad,” from the 1970 album Paranoid. It was a mere oversight, I’m sure.
Leah Greenblatt’s musical menu was thought-provoking, but let me add a few more items: After I ate “Rotten Peaches” (Elton John), my “Sweet Cherry Wine” (Tommy James and the Shondells) chaser made me feel as though I were “In the Land of Milk and Honey” (the Vogues).
I love the crappy costume from “The Worst Spidey Movie Ever Made,” 1977’s The Amazing Spider-Man! It actually looks like something you’d make in your room with 40 dollars’ worth of cloth and a night or two to work on it. The modern movie costumes look amazing, but Peter isn’t whipping those up while Aunt May fixes dinner downstairs.