David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines
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the weekend so far

So far, the weekend has been pretty good. Friday night marked a debut for me: the first time I read my poetry in public. There was an open mic night at the local lesbian bookstore -- there are three open mics in town, basically, and only one my schedule allows me to make with any regularity -- and so I read three poems: "not quite a ballade for joseph merrick," "black rushmore," and "way over yonder." The reception was good. Turns out there was a contest element; I didn't win, but one of the judges came up afterwards and told me he'd stumped for me during discussions. Nice to hear!

Other performers were mostly musical, some of them very good, some of them not as much -- one guy was a very good guitar player, way better than I ever was, but he made the mistake of using exactly the same playing style for all of his songs, which made you wonder, "Wait, haven't I heard this already?" Another guy wrote songs that worked really well in part; some lyrics and melody worked great, some parts were meh. Two girls with guitars who had a duet act were really good, but tended to sing a little quietly.

Yesterday I found out that ROBOCOP was on Hulu, so that made me happy. Darren Aronofsky is making a remake of ROBOCOP, apparently, which is a colossal mistake. The original is a perfect motion picture. It knows exactly what notes it's trying to hit, hits them beautifully, and manages to be hysterically funny and very touching while being a thrilling action pic. You can't improve on it. Yeah, they made a bunch of versions of THE MALTESE FALCON, guys, but after they got it right, *they stopped.*

Y'know what Aronofsky should do? He shouldn't remake ROBOCOP. He should remake ROBOCOP 2. They can't fail to improve on the original, and wouldn't it be great to have a sequel that was actually, you know, *worth watching?* Plus, my God, the promotional angle. Aronofsky is going to have to answer skeptical questions to the effect of, "Why are you remaking ROBOCOP?" And he's going to have to come up with some bullshit answer because he can't just say, "Money." Wouldn't it be great to be able to say, "We're going to make the sequel that ROBOCOP should have had?" Now that, I'd look forward to.
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