I can't understand human curiosity
Was it good for you, was I what you wanted me to be?
With Prince still heavy on my heart and what I'm about to get into here, this particular excerpt from his song "Controversy" leapt to mind. Let's see why.
It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, but I think it's about time. There have been a few things going on in my little bitty corner of the internet I'd like to discuss. Before I get started, I want to take a moment to again thank KG of KG's Movie Rants for blessing my blog with a guest post and for allowing me to do the same on his blog a little over a week ago. His post is titled Whitewashing in Hollywood: The Black and White of it All. He did a very thorough job explaining his point. If you haven't read it, please click the link and give it a look.
What happened on his blog is the first thing I'd like to talk about.
My post on KG's blog, Why We Need Ghostbusters to be a Hit, gives some reasons I think the fate of the upcoming remake is possibly more consequential than the other blockbusters that will hit cinemas this summer. I'd love for you to read that, too. In case you don't, the gist of it is I think the success of Ghostbusters will continue to move us forward as studios will become increasingly willing to back films led by female heroes. It's failure could see those same studios become hesitant about such movies. I say that even though I'm generally against the idea of remaking every successful property under the sun. However, it is here and features four females as our heroic quartet so let's roll with it and see what happens. My reasoning there is that I find it highly important for little girls to see women as the true heroes and not just the sidekicks to men.
KG's readers, or at least those who commented, weren't too keen on the idea. Their basic point was why bother just gender swapping an established property? Why not create something original starring females? One of his readers, also one of mine (still, I hope), Rodney of Fernby Films, presented this argument in a well thought out comment to which I responded. It's a position I fully understand. To be clear, I ALWAYS prefer for us as viewers to be given new and original films rather than retreads, regardless of the gender of its stars. However, in my opinion, Hollywood tends view things in generalities. If this film flops, rather than putting that on the quality of this individual project, I can see the bigwigs saying "See, big budget films led by women don't work" and causing to wait a pretty long time for a new one. I hope that wouldn't happen, but it could. Therefore, it would be better if Ghostbusters were successful and we totally avoided that possibility. Rodney and I moved on with no hard feelings whether or not we changed the other person's mind.
Then there was another reader. This person doesn't have a blog, so I'll not bother naming him. His basic premise was similar to Rodney's, make an original movie instead, but it seems to have come from a place I just don't quite understand. Basically, he thinks that remaking Ghostbusters with women in the principle roles is "crapping on the original." What was most off putting is that he positions men as victims in all this, as if there wasn't already an entire century where males made up probably 99% of the leading roles in what could be deemed action flicks. Never mind that he and anyone else can watch the original anytime they want. Never mind that more people will have probably watched that movie this year than in any movie since the year it came out simply because there is a remake. Never mind that much of the original cast and creators of that film are involved in this one.
We got into a lengthy back and forth over the matter, with the both of our tones increasing in hostility. My last comment was for us to just agree to disagree and move on. I wasn't changing his mind and he wasn't changing mine. I thought it best to leave well enough alone before my words became as angry as his. His response?
"I weep for the future i hope they do crap on your fan favorite female and make them a guy! for guys!"
|Okay, fine. Sigh.|
By the way, in case you weren't sure, don't let any of this reflect poorly on KG. I won't hold him responsible for what another (presumably) adult says as a commentator on something I wrote. He has a wonderful blog that I will continue to support.
Speaking of KG, a couple days ago, there was a comment left on his guest post here from Rowango, a person who hadn't been here before. As I always do in such cases, I responded and went to check out their blog, Geek Ink. Much to my surprise, the latest post was a direct response to my post on KG's site titled "Do We Really Need Ghostbusters to be a Hit?" After my experience with 'weep for the future' guy, I was apprehensive about clicking on to the article, but I did. He has mixed feelings about what I wrote. His concern is that it just doesn't appear to be a good film. It's a well written, well thought out post that I encourage you to read.
The topic rages on, elsewhere on the net. There are articles all over the place on it. One I found that also speaks to my post, though I doubt this person was even aware of what I wrote, is on a site called audienceseverywhere. It's called "What If the Ghostbusters Reboot is Bad?" It's an excellent read on the matter written by Sean K. Cureton. I highly encourage giving it a look.
I managed to get something accomplished I've been working on for quite some time. My Movie Review Index is finally complete. Now, all of my movie reviews can be accessed from one page. It's somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 reviews. You can either click the link in this paragraph or the tab at the top of the page.
I have another small piece of news. Actually, this happened a few weeks back. I've just been too lazy to announce it. Well, sort of. It's a little bit of payback for my new friends. Okay, I'm babbling now, but there is a point. I was notified last month that I was accepted into The Large Association of Movie Blogs and was officially LAMB #1793. Notice the snazzy little button at the top of the sidebar. It's a wonderful group and I appreciate them letting me be a part of it. I remember when I first applied and being told that it would be about six months before I heard whether or not I was approved. About five months passed and I began checking my email every day to see if anything came. Eventually I stopped checking. You would have, too. Trust me. How do I know? It's simple, really. I applied in the summer of 2014. Ha! I think it's okay that I'm just getting around to announcing it on my site after a month. Take that LAMB!
Look at that. Just barely in the door and I'm already the asshole. Oh, well.