Sunday, December 2, 2007

Bad Movies - Good Movies

Paul Caron, King of the LawProf Blogsphere tagged me here.  It seems that a dean and some professors are playing tag and if tagged you have to name your "bad movie". (See Dean Jim Chen here, Professor Nancy Rapoport here, Professor Ann Bartow here) It's all part of the "truly bad movie meme" Well that's all well and good, but I do need to add some comments here before I drop the name.

  • First I have to point out that my initial reaction was - gee this looks like it might be the start of a pyramid scheme - did they come to the correct blog on this one, a white collar crime blog?  But, I think that can be ruled out.  The money isn't there.
  • My second thought - Why always the bad - I hate negativity - couldn't they do the "good" movies.  That would be easy as Being There would be my choice. It's a true classic.
  • My final thought (with the help of dinner colleagues from Stetson - Janice McClendon and Candace Zierdt)  - my choice -  Paper Chase.

The Paper Chase is "bad" because it has stigmatized us as a profession. We have the viewing public seeing the law prof as someone without the "caring" we so need in our profession.  To some extent this movie exposed  the Kingsfield professor, but to another extent it reinforced a Socratic methodology that is cold and unfeeling. For that it rates my choice as the "bad movie."

My tag goes to Paul Butler at Blackprof.

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Paper Chase? Wow. I did not see that coming. Although I see the sense of your explanation. But it leaves me wondering what you would suggest as good movies about lawyers / law / the legal process? Do tell.

Posted by: P.S. Ruckman, Jr. | Dec 6, 2007 10:00:49 AM

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