Friday Free-For-All – 07/29/16

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I’m in for some nostalgia this weekend. When I was a kid, we’d spend a week every summer at Crescent Lake in central NH. My dad’s childhood best friend’s dad owned two cabins, and we’d rent one out. Some of my most treasured childhood memories are of time spent there. When I was in my late teens/early 20’s, Mr. Brown sold the rental cabin, keeping his lakefront cabin for personal and family use, so our tradition died, and it was really sad. For old time’s sake, we’ve coordinated with Mr. Brown and his family to rent the cabin for a few days and we’re all going to go together. I can only stay for the weekend due to work obligations, but I’m excited nonetheless for some swimming, fishing, frog and turtle catching, and general family time.

It’s Ladies’ Night tonight! Some of my lady friends and I are having a lady date. We’re getting dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant, El Gato (shrimp tacos in mah belly!) and then seeing Ghost Busters. I’m feeling pretty skeptical about this whole remake situation. As a rule, I hate remakes and reboots, particularly of what I consider to be classic films like Ghost Busters. But I’m trying to look at it from a feminist perspective and support awesome, female-centric comedy, so we’ll see. I do love Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. And if nothing else, it’s a night out with my girls Stacy and Abbie. Speaking of remakes…

A “Beaches” remake? Really? Don’t get me wrong, I love Idina Menzel just as much as, if not more than, the average girl. I’ve been a fan since I first listened to the Rent original broadway cast soundtrack, waaaaay back before Frozen. But Beaches actually is a classic, and does not require remaking in any way. It starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, for crying out loud! I love Idina, but in no way can she replace Bette. I just… Can we PLEASE stop with the remakes? Can we PLEASE come up with some original material??

I have resigned as a BibRave Pro. There was a lot that went into this decision, and I may go further into this in the future, but long story short is that I was feeling overwhelmed by my social media obligations. I enjoyed being part of such a fun group, and I value all of the opportunities I had while representing them, but I definitely needed to step aside and let others who are more excited about social media engagement take my place. Unfortunately, this does mean that I won’t have any more discounts to share with you all, but c’est la vie.

Are you as tired as I am of all the Hollywood remakes and reboots lately?

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12 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 07/29/16

  1. Jenn @ Fairest Run of All says:

    Let me know what you think of Ghostbusters. I was also skeptical per the lackluster trailers, but I wound up really liking it. Chris Hemsworth (or as I like to think of him, Cabin in the Woods Hemsworth) has a surprisingly hilarious role, and Kate McKInnon’s Holtzmann is awesome.

  2. txa1265 says:

    Also on the remake front …
    – Jumanji (because … why?)
    – The Rocketeer
    – Ben Hur (supposedly done?)
    – Splash
    – Big Trouble In Little China
    – The Birds
    … and possible sequels Beetlejuice 2, Blade Runner 2, and way too many more… ugh, WHY?!??!?!

    Haven’t seen the Ghostbusters reboot yet, definitely not one of those hater types but still hate the overall trend, but have heard good things about it. Will likely watch on video when it comes out (I still call it ‘on video’ like it is the 90s and I’m headed to the local VHS rental shop … but really mean Amazon video 🙂 )

    Totally get pulling back from the Bibrave Pro thing, must be a tough call – but trust in your sense of integrity – it is what makes you a good person and blogger, and while others will shamelessly just take, take, take … you are making the right call for you.

    Love the thought of going back to a fun old place … we went to the campground ‘Sweetwater Forest’ on Cape Cod a lot as kids, and Lisa and I went once and also took the kids there for a weekend. Fun place and great memories 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Rae says:

      I know Sweetwater Forest! My mom and her family used to camp there a lot, and I went with my friend and her family in high school. There was an epic adventure with a snapping turtle. And yeah, just so, so done with the remakes and sequels. Ugh!

  3. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    I am so over remakes, it seems to be that’s all people can come up with. Whether it’s movies or tv shows. Have fun at the cabin- I love walks down memory lane! Sorry to hear about BibRave but I get it, it’s a lot!

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