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>On Mother’s Day

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>My son came through in fine style for Mother’s Day, and I want to call attention to it with great fanfare. Feel free to lavish praise on my shot at immortality AKA Spawn of Susan because Korea doesn’t “do” Mother’s Day, so he was operating without the usual onslaught of incessant reminders that he’d ordinarily get back in the United States.

He usually gives me a book, but this time, he tapped into my movie-loving side with 6 DVDs:

1. The Most Dangerous Game (1932). This movie is based on the much-anthologized short story by Richard Connell, and features a pre- King Kong Fay Wray. I never had to read this story as a student, but I taught it once.

2. Dumbo (1941). An obvious and most excellent choice for Mother’s Day.

3. The Life of Emile Zola (1937). I do love a biopic, and biopics about writers are even better.

4. The Treasure of The Sierra Madre (1948). The boy knows my weakness for all things Bogart.

5. The Bridge on The River Kwai (1957). I bought this on VHS a few years ago, started watching it, got distracted and never got back to it. Apparently someone noticed.

6. Captain Blood (1935). Errol Flynn always looks like he’s having so damn much fun. This movie also stars Olivia de Havilland as his love interest and Basil Rathbone as his nemesis.

Wow, what a haul — I love this kid!


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