Six Suggestions For The Dirty Dancing Remake

So Kenny Ortega is directing a Dirty Dancing remake. Are there worse things than this going on in the entire world? Of course. But I can’t think of them because I am so enraged. I want to shout, “Yo, Kenny Ortega, I get that you choreographed the original but you need to not remake it.”

Kenny Ortega, stop. Step away from Dirty Dancing. Do not remake it. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

This is one of my favorite movies. I have seen it more times than you can imagine. The thought of it being remade is troublesome in more ways than you can ever believe.

My main concern is that I don’t see how a Dirty Dancing remake can possibly work. Something about the movie, which revolves around nostalgia for a time gone by, coming-of-age, and first love in the face of class differences, would be lost. There was already a sequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, that was a total dud and it had Patrick Swayze in a cameo appearance. A remake of Dirty Dancing doesn’t even have that working in its favor.

But if this remake has to happen, here is how I think it should be done.

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Review: Sex and the City 2 (2010)

Long after Liza Minelli’s cameo appearance in Sex and the City 2, I picked up my cell phone and began to text. A sign? Definitely. The text message about Cristiano Ronaldo’s Vanity Fair cover was more entertaining than the adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte in Abu Dhabi.

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Skins comes to the U.S.

When MTV announced its plans to remake Skins in August, I knew this latest announcement was coming any day now. MTV has ordered 10 episodes of a more U.S. and probably censor friendly version of the U.K. teen drama Skins. There are no other details about the show, about where it is set or the characters, at this time.

Skins is one of my favorite shows. Its frank portrayal of teenagers living in Bristol makes Gossip Girl and The O.C. look like kindergarten. Even the somewhat disastrous Series 4 is eons better than a quality episode of Gossip Girl.

I’m going to try to not judge the American adaptation of the series, but it is going to be difficult. As usual, I will be recapping the show.

Are you excited for Skins to come to the U.S.? Can any American version really top this series?

Notes on Sex and the City: Why I Am No Longer ‘Carried’ Away

There was a time when Carrie Bradshaw was flat-chested. That was 12 years ago when Sex and the City first aired on HBO and introduced us to four refreshingly realistic female characters – Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. As someone who wasn’t “allowed” to watch Sex and the City (but did anyway), this series played a small but critical role in my understanding of how women are represented on television. These four women were successful and flawed. They struggled to balance careers and family. Their marriages and relationships failed. But no matter what they always stuck together.

With the second Sex and the City movie set to premiere on May 27, I’ve started contemplating the development of these four characters. How have they changed since we first met them?

For starters, the production costs between the series and the movie franchise are definitely higher. Just compare the first season DVD cover to the poster for Sex and the City 2. Carrie suddenly has cleavage (and opera glasses? Maybe to see that Big is terrible for once and for all).

Of course characters, especially those who have existed as part of our cultural dialogue for as long as Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, have evolved over time. This happens to real women too.

What is perhaps most apparent from this picture is how Sex and the City has developed into a franchise and a star vehicle for Sarah Jessica Parker. Carrie Bradshaw is Sex and the City. 

The first season of the series emphasized the friendship of these four women. In its current installment places Carrie and her relationship with Big at the center. The other women have fallen into the background, relegated to being Carrie’s sideshows and lesser narratives. Most strikingly with Miranda.

As a young woman coming to terms with societies traditional expectations for women (children, family) is never simple. Miranda’s struggles were always most relatable to me. I could see my future in Miranda’s story. She was one character with an impressive career built from her academic and professional accomplishments, who then becomes a working mother. Her presence was always an anomaly and a gift to this franchise. With the Sex and the City films though, Miranda’s marriage and status as a working mother are simply background noise while we’re told that Carrie’s venture into the wedding industrial complex and her search for true love is what matters.

I am no longer a starry-eyed teenager dreaming of my future. While I love that Sex and the City is female-driven star vehicle (and earnestly support it for that reason), I accept that this franchise does not reflect the story of all women. SATC always has and always will be a fantasy of the American female experience.

The Sex And The City 2 Poster Is Blinding

What is the glaringly bright movie poster for?

Why the second Sex and the City movie, of course. I feel as though I have blinded by gay magic and how this promotional poster has ignored the fact there are three other characters in the movie. Ugh. Why am I even investing my concern and time on things like this movie?

I’m going to watch Friday Night Lights; Lyla Garrity is back in Dillon.