Monday, August 01, 2005
• What is the logic behind movie remakes of TV shows that went off the air decades before the movies’ target audience was even born? Seriously, what?
• Isn’t it a bit racist for white writers to refer to 50 Cent as “Fiddy”? Or is the literary equivalent to blackface somehow excusable in hip-hop?
• Have you ever met anyone who thought “Marmaduke” was funny?
• Am I the only person who thinks of Mohawk-wearing teen punks as rock’s answer to Civil War re-enactors?
• Considering that any kid smart enough to have run the Hot Coffee mod on GTA San Andreas would likely have also been able to download several gigs of internet porn, isn't it a bit silly to worry about the adverse affects of a few badly animated sex scenes?
• Why hasn’t there been movie of The Simpsons?
• Now that Nirvana, the Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins have attained nostalgia status, isn’t it time we gave up the fiction that their music is in any way alternative?
• What does it say about the current state of literacy that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a children’s book, is a more demanding read than The DaVinci Code?
• How could Lemmy from Mötorhead have any hearing left?
• Who will be the first idiot politician to propose a bill banning the sale of acetone?
• At the moment, the members of Mötley Crüe range in age from 42 to 49. How many years must we wait before their “babe magnet” act becomes officially embarrassing?
(Regarding remade-TV movies: 1. Given the million-channel universe, all these shows are still running *somewhere* (eg. Dukes of Hazzard on CMT). But 2. That doesn't mean kids are watching them. So 3. It's mostly myopic nostalgia on the part of movie execs. And 4. As far as I know, none of them have done well except the Charlie's Angels flicks, have they? And I'm not sure those were succeeding so much on the basis of nostalgia as on the "ass-kicking sexy babe" trend that's still going strong and shows no signs of flagging (for reasons that I mostly like, by the way).
I don't know that the Rydell comparison was intended as a compliment, Scott, so much as a comment on the artists' ultimate ephemerality. But as we all know, even the most negligible artists sometimes deliver killer singles.
As for the Voice review, r., Sartrean??? That's a bit of a stretch, however much it allows the reviewer to seem superior to the work.
Does it matter that 50 Cent is the 21st century Stepin Fetchit (minus the dignity)?
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