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.
Casting Grease Live‘s Sandy and Danny
Taking a page from NBC’s Sound of Music songbook, Fox is staging a three-hour version of the Rydell High musical next year. Are any of these reader-approved picks worthy of the oh-so-coveted Pink Lady and T-Bird jackets?
The boy has a voice. He may not be the most famous name, but between Pitch Perfect and the upcoming season 2 of Ground Floor, he’s sure to draw viewers. —@ms
You may know him from Gossip Girl or Les Miz, but he was also in the original Broadway cast of Next to Normal. He has a wonderful voice and is a very good actor. —Jackie
Darren Criss and Laura Osnes
They’d be a perfect fit. They already worked together on Six by Sondheim, and it was great! —Princess
Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner
Glee got it right: He’s got the comic timing, and she can rival Olivia Newton-John when it comes to looking good in black spandex. —Reid William Mason
She nailed “Hopelessly Devoted to You” during her Idol Hollywood-round audition, and her “You’re the One That I Want” was a highlight on the Idol tour. —Chris
She has more than enough of a voice to belt out “Hopelessly Devoted to You” while still maintaining the girl-next-door look. —KevinityAmos
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Daily Show expat has set off on his own, and the premiere of his HBO show garnered reader reviews all over the map
It was a great show that exceeded my expectations. I definitely laughed a lot, and by the end of the premiere I had learned about the Indian election and the history of misleading food labels. I hope more and more people watch it. —Sam
I like John, but I was expecting something different and it was just another funny guy behind a desk saying amusing things about the previous week. It was satisfactory, and I look forward to it being good. —WellDoneProductions