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    Exotic Birds, Martial Arts, Bicycling, Walking, Classic movies, Politics. West Side Story.

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  1. The late Michael Jackson's video, "Beat it", was influenced by West Side Story.
  2. I remember the Salzburg Castle! Hope you have lots of fun in Salzburg!
  3. Attention, Boston-area West Side Story fans! Hear ye! Hear ye! West Side Story (yup, the 1961 film version!) will be playing at the Somerville Theatre, in Somerville, MA, in Davis Square, as part of their annual 70mm film festival. The dates and times are as follows: Friday, May 17th, at 8:00 o'clock p. m. Saturday, May 18th, at 1:30 p. m. I'll be attending both screenings. Here's hoping that lots of Boston-area West Side Story fans come to these two screenings of this great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie-musical.
  4. To be honest, Gershwin, I am opposed to a re-make in theory, especially when it comes to a film such as West Side Story, but I think that if a re-make is to take place, more weight should be given to the original film version of West Side Story by the search engines, as well. It would be good if they'd show both of them in movie theatres, in order to give people a choice of what version(s) of the film West Side Story they want to watch, instead of just having to watch the original West Side Story on DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, video, or Netflix (which, btw, no longer streams West Side Story.). I don't plan on going to see Spielberg's re-boot of West Side Story, but here's hoping that the musical score isn't too hip-hop, pop, or rap-filled. Also, Gershwin fan, what I said about the part of Maria being better played by a woman who's at least in her twenties, has a better-trained soprano voice that she has control over still stands. I have listened to Rachel Zegler on youtube, and she seems to really be straining and/or going flat on a good many of the high notes, at least in part because she's not really a soprano.
  5. The part of Maria should be trained by a somewhat older, more operatically trained soprano, not by a young kid whose vocal cords aren't yet completely mature and developed, and who thereby risks doing a good deal of damage to her vocal cords because of that.
  6. Thanks for a good point that makes a lot of sense, cigarjoe. As I posted on another post on this thread, I don't plan on going to see the re-boot of West Side Story, but I think that the original should also be available for showing in movie theaters, as well. I don't believe that people (such as myself and many others) who really love the 1961 film version of West Side Story should be deprived of a choice to see the original film in the movie theatres, instead of just on TV, Netflix (which no longer carries WSS), on DVD, video, or Blu-Ray.
  7. Yeh, right! Ha ha ha ha ha!
  8. How the hell do you know, jamesjazzguitar? How about just speaking for yourself on this?
  9. Thanks, TopBilled. How much would it cost to create my own blog on WordPress or Blogger?
  10. Nope. I admittedly don't have the slightest clue or experience on how to create one.
  11. Bloggers generally write for two reasons: to be heard and/or to hear.
  12. I don't necessarily write for the sake of having discussions, but I do write for the sake of being heard, and either people will respond, or they won't.
  13. I enjoyed the original 1969 version of "True Grit", which I saw when it first came out 50 years ago, and will be going to see it again, in early May, when there'll be a national 50th-year anniversary re-release of it in movie theaters throughout the United States, courtesy of Fathom Events. I've already got my ticket, which I printed up awhile ago. I did not go to see the re-make of the 1969 film "True Grit", due to my distastes for re-boots of older films. As for re-makes of older films generally, they tend to come out really dreadful.
  14. Thank you for understanding where I'm coming from, jamesjazzguitar. Yes, I do love the original 1961 film version of West Side Story as a work of art, as well as the musical score, the cast, the beautifully-choreographed dancing by the late Jerome Robbins, the very story behind WSS, and the cinematography, plus the fact that the late Boris Leven seamlessly created backdrop that smartly combined on-location and soundstage scenes to make the entire backdrop of the 1961 film version of West Side Story look uncannily like a rough-and-run-down part of a large American city. Re-creating a musical such as West Side Story on stage is one thing. A movie, however, especially something as beautiful as West Side Story, however, is what it is--and should be left to stand alone. I saw the online trailer of the new re-make of Walt Disney's "Dumbo", which I did not like, at all. I felt that watching this particular trailer re-enforced my intense dislike for re-makes of good older movies, generally, and did not increase my optimism and excitement about the upcoming re-boot of the film West Side Story.
  15. Hi, TopBilled. You're welcome. Thank you for your compliment, and for understanding a little bit more about where I'm coming from on this.

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