Saturday, May 29, 2010

If It Ain't Broke

Saturday, May 29, 2010

When I first read BJ's blog on Thursday I thought to myself that I needed to come up with a new topic because somehow she'd read my mind and had talked about the same thing I was going to. Then I realized that wasn't exactly the case, so here goes.

Back in 1978 when I was 12, I had a huge crush on Olivia Newton-John. I don't know if it was the blond hair, the blue eyes, the accent, the voice, or a combination of those. I eagerly bought every album she made and kept up with every aspect of her career. I even went so far as to keep a photo album of newspaper articles and photos of her that I had collected. Then along came the movie 'Grease'.

It wasn't the best movie ever made, and Olivia certainly wasn't Oscar material, but at the time it didn't matter. I absolutely loved it and managed to see it 18 times in the theaters before it was gone, and my total viewings now stand at over 100. My wife simply rolls her eyes and quietly leaves the room whenever it comes on and tries her best not to listen to me recite the dialogue word for word. My crush on Olivia has faded, but the movie 'Grease' never will. Sorry, Olivia.

My initial happiness was to last four years. In 1982, 'Grease 2' was released. No Olivia, and only a couple of minor original characters were back. I made what was then the biggest mistake of my life and saw it. I will spare you the horrid details and me the agony of remembering it. Suffice to say I was very disappointed and almost angry. My favorite movie of all time had been desecrated with a lousy sequel. How dare they!

So here's my question: Is there a movie or TV show that means so much to you that you would hate to see it remade or have a sequel made?


SIS BJ said...

Hi Krys

Like you, I loved Grease. Grease 2 was horrible. I love Avatar and I here they are making a sequel. I am almost scared that thet will ruin it. My hopes are that they show more of the other tribes.

A remake that I could have done without was The Wickerman. The original is way better.

SIS Barb said...

I actually liked parts of Grease 2. I keep hearing the song "Cool Rider" in my head. But the original Grease was superior for sure.

Gotta think about your question. I'll get back to you!

SIS Barb

Beth Ciotta said...

I LOVED Grease. Loved the songs, the characters. Olivia rocked! And so did Stockard Channing as Rizzo. Now I have 'Hopelessly Devoted" and "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" in my head!

I don't think I can pinpoint a series or movie I wouldn't want to see remade. But I do always worry that they just can't compare to the origical. I think I read somewhere that they're remaking 'Dark Shadows' with Johny Depp playing Barnabas Collins. Now THAT I want to see!

SIS Beth

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