Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ohio State teaches students about bird war

Well ... kind of.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, which, for the record, I think is one of the finest newspapers in the county:

The Wexner Center for the Arts will welcome students back to the Ohio State University campus Tuesday evening with a free outdoor screening of a movie about brutal attacks by vicious birds.

Students, be warned: Hard tests and tons of homework might not be the only threat to your well-being.

After directing three classics in a row (Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho), Alfred Hitchcock unleashed his thriller The Birds in 1963. He also managed to weave in his usual icy blonde (newcomer Tippi Hedren), mother issues (via Jessica Tandy), noble hero (Rod Taylor) and several memorable set pieces -- especially an attack on a school -- that remain effective.

In fact, all Hitchcock left out was any explanation for the fine-feathered fiends mounting their chaotic attacks.

Viewers are encouraged to take chairs and blankets to the Wexner plaza.

In the event of rain -- or a screeching bird invasion -- the screening will move into nearby Mershon Auditorium.

This way the students will beware of birds throughout the school year. Good idea, Ohio State.