Friday, June 24, 2011

Everything old is new again

It seems to me that a lot of people around my age have particularly fond memories of their childhood & teen years. I don't know if it's more than other generations or if it just seems that way because I can relate.

That being said, I think we can all agree that the current trend of rehashing old movies & songs has really gone too far. There's nothing worse than singing along to a "new" song, only to have your child question how you know the words, then arguing that <insert current pop fad> was the first and only person to sing the song. And don't even get me started on Glee!

Even so, I can kind of deal with that. It's when they start messing with our classic movies that I have a real problem! The latest to get the Hollywood bastardisation is Footloose. I might be lost in nostalgia, but you don't go messing with Kevin Bacon.

And now I've seen that Leo DiCaprio is in talks to remake The NeverEnding Story. What kind of crack would you have to be on to think that would be a good idea?! Some things are sacred, for example no one has tried to remake Casablanca. You just wouldn't go there. But it doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon as this article shows.

I think I need a Bex and a good lie down, this is all too much for me. But first, I'll reminisce a little more...

What do you think of remakes? What do you hope they don't remake? What remake would you like to see? 


  1. No, us baby boomers feel the same way! And remakes - or reimaginations - are never as good. I can't think of any I ever liked or any I would want to see remade.

    As for songs, Sandy once had a student who said to her, "You mean Paul McCartney was in another band before Wings?"

    My kids grew up listening to Sandy and my music, so they are pretty knowledgeable about the original artists of more recent covers. Not quite the same, but there was the time Iris and I were at the ballgame when they played a Green Day number between innings. When I started to sing along (not good - I know!) she looked at me and asked, "How the hell do you know that song?" Hmmm ....

  2. Oh - and just remember ... the nostalgia movement started with my generation! :-)

  3. I LOVE these two songs.
    Nobody better try to remake Dirty Dancing!
    Or Sound of Music. :)

  4. Funny you should write about this. I was thinking yesterday what a TRAVESTY it is that Coles has those ads using the classic song "Downtown" and murdering it in the process. Some things are best left alone aren't they?

  5. Absolutely, Sarah. And that Coles ad is just hideous!

    Mark - a while back I worked with a young guy. Myself and another slightly older colleague were discussing David Bowie. Youngster pipes up with "Wasn't he the guy in Labyrinth?".... Hmmm....

    You're right Thea, some things are just better off left alone!