We made it through Labor Day weekend. That’s the unofficial end of summer and means that most everyone is back in school. When you find the right kind of teacher, it can make a world of difference. This week, Binge Watch is dedicated to teachers. I’ve had many teachers that made a difference for me, including my favorite English Teacher Bobbie Kay and my favorite college professor, Dr. Thom Parham. It’s also fair to say the teachers in these films made an impression, so as school is back in session, enjoy this week’s binge.
Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
About: Oh Captain, my captain. Robin Williams was an incredible actor with much more range than he’s typically remembered for with his films. This is one of his best, as he plays a teacher who inspires and challenges his students. It’s a masterful film from director Peter Weir.
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
About: Glen Holland has a beautiful piece of music in him. He also has a job where he tries to impart wisdom—and a love of music—to his students. This film starts in the 1960s and chronicles his life and career, and the big sweeping concert that turns out to be his opus. As a high school band student, this one brought me to tears. Richard Dreyfuss does a great job.
Tuesday’s With Morrie (1999)
About: I remember when I finished Mitch Albom’s book. I was in a bathroom stall in my college dorm and I was weeping. It was the same when I saw this film adaptation starring Hank Azaria and Jack Lemon. It’s the story of a student and teacher renewing their lessons as the teacher nears his end. It’s beautiful.
About: “Not my tempo.” Those three simple words became weapons when used by J.K. Simmons in his Academy Award-winning performance as a music professor beats his will into a young drummer played by Miles Teller. The film struck me from the first time I watched it. I was left stunned in theaters and still marvel at the passion from Simmons and Teller to this day.
Another Round (2020)
About: One of 2020’s Foreign Language Film entries, this Danish film focuses on a group of teachers in their 40s who need a spark. Particularly Martin (Mads Mikkelsen), whose students complain about his dry style. They begin day drinking and the results are quite engaging and compelling. This film is a spot of fun.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.