Couple of confessions

23 May, 2010
Rat Fink

1. I think I am the only high school choral director on earth who has never seen a single episode of Glee.

2. I’ve also never seen the Star Wars prequels. I dunno…it brought in a whole new cast of characters, and I guess I wasn’t ready to accept intruders. That, and I’m not sure I really embrace the whole “before they became who they were to become” thing. Prequels seemed to be the flavor of the week there for awhile in the 90s and early 2000s. There was a long time when I thought “prequel” was just a ridiculous word made up by the film industry so they could do more movies, beat more horses, push more brands, and generate more millions in revenue by inventing backstories after running out of forward stories. Silly Fink.

[I do know that the SW stories were complete before Lucas started production on the fourth book as the first movie, though.]

But I did see all the original three movies in the theater — a great experience. This one in particular had me riveted to my chair (while pregnant with Seamus and probably wolfing down popcorn) back in 1980. Do you believe The Empire Strikes Back is 30 years old? *sigh* Tempus fugit.

I think I’ll see this when it comes out later this year. It’s not that I’m all “there’s nothing like the original,” but sometimes, well, there’s nothing like the original.

In fact, there are several movies that should never be remade. Lessee here, in no particular order…

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (bad astronomy and all)
  2. Gone With the Wind (because they’d muck it all up with secks and gory war scenes with limbs dangling and stuff)
  3. The Sound of Music (because it’s so delightfully breezy, easy and cheesy, and the singing is really, really good — like most movie musicals, it should just be left alone)
  4. The Wizard of Oz (I think there’d be civil war)
  5. The Godfather films (why try to improve upon perfection?)

What are your choices? What films should they never remake, or what films SHOULD be remade? I covet your thoughts this day.

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23 May, 2010 12:02 pm

All I can say is: AMEN, Sister! I’m with you on ALL of that!!

BTW, in all of your choral adjudication gigs, seminars, jazz camps, etc., have you ever crossed paths with a guy named Greg Gilpin?


23 May, 2010 1:37 pm
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I’ve met both, but YEARS ago shortly after moving to Dallas. When I was running sound @ our church, Greg was in town off & on & would sing. Mark also was there playing some of his works with the orchestra & choir. Neither of them has been by for a while, though… was just curious :-)