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"i wanted to thank him"


I wonder how many of the people staying away from The Lone Ranger are doing so because they're just sick and tired of Hollywood.

Probably not as many as I'd hope for but one never knows unless one asks.

I grew up "going to the show".

I saved my candy money for Saturday matinees and my parents usually sprung for the ticket to the Sunday showings at the neighborhood theatre a modest walk from our house. The big shows downtown like the Saenger and The Joy were only for special occasions.

I was a Long Ranger fan, too. On Fridays, at school, we had a "movie" period before lunch and watched lots of old movies and some TV shows on film in our auditorium - and there I discovered the actual story of how John Reid became the Lone Ranger - and how his brother Capt. Dan Reid was among the Texas Rangers ambushed and kiled by the Butch Cavendish gang, and how Tonto fashioned his black mask from his brother Daniel's vest.

Yes, I was a big admirer of The Lone Ranger, and heroes like that helped form me into the person I became - for better or worse.

I saw the remake The Legend of the Lone Ranger back in the 80's and it was horrible - and not merely because they had to dub in another voice for Klinton Spilsbury who played the Lone Ranger.

And not only that, they sued Clayton Moore, the TV Lone Ranger to prevent him from appearing in his Lone Ranger outfit. Moore, by the way, played the part on radio too but literally by accident. The (I think) third actor who played the role, Brace Beemer, was killed in a car accident and Moore, who was an announcer, was thrust into the role.

Anyway, here I am staying away from another remake of an iconic character from my youth -and frankly, it's because I am sick and tired of Hollywood and the Hollywood class ... and classless. What they do to my memories. And what they do to the creations of others ... which is mostly suitable for current consumption only.

I don't ever remember NOT being entertained in one way or another (even watching bombs) when I went to "the show" as a kid. I think I've gone to a movie 3 times since Katrina at carefully selected times and theatres. To be honest, there is just so much bad stuff going on in and around most theatres these days it just takes the enjoyment out of it for me.

Add to that I'm just so sick of Hollywood.

And as for that masked man, I just wanted to thank him and i hope he understands.

Hi-yo Silver!


The Lone Ranger's (and Tonto's) Creed

I believe...

That to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for what is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That 'this government of the people, by the people, and for the people' shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man.

Somehow, I don't believe Hollywood will ever get that.

By the way, both Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels took their responsibility as role models very seriously.

Corny, huh!


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Jul. 11th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
I wrote this a few months back after seeing the latest Star Trek:

On Movies

I suppose it stands to reason that people tend to cling to familiar things. I guess it should be no surprise to me that the makers of our movies seem to be almost unable to come up with new material. How many times do we need to see Spiderman, Superman, Batman and the assortment of other classic heroes reinvented with only some nuanced change in the story to lay claim to some part of the legend. Maybe I'm just a spoilsport. Even our monsters have to get a fresh new face. Godzilla, King Kong, a myriad of vampires, werewolves and assorted other monster movie classics, all refreshed and refaced. The new Star Trek was not a bad film. I certainly like what JJ Abrams did with it. I even found the much hated lens flare effects to have a certain charm to them. As a stand alone film I almost liked it, with some exceptions; but my biggest complaint is with the whole concept of continuity with the franchise. There are too many lapses in the character of individual icons to give those of us who watched the old TV Show and films to really accept these players as the real (I'm going to regret this) McCoys. Never mind that we have a ship where people magically never seem to age over 30, stay trim, fit and young and never seem to age until that terrible moment that they suddenly find themselves geriatric admirals. I can even suspend my disbelief in Kingons that seem to go through huge evolutionary leaps forward and backwards in their genetic development every time a new Star Trek film comes out; but it's hard. At least this time we don't see a whole lot of these new Klingons that are sorta like the ones from the Klingons from Comander Wharf's Days - but then I always thought he was a sort of sell out Klingon. Would it really be so bad for us to get introductions to some of the other famous great Captains of the Star Fleet? They have them! We've met them! We've heard of them! Is the enterprise the only ship of merit in the whole of Star Fleet!? Of course not, the problem is that the fans cannot handle re-acquainting themselves with new crews from such a similar environment. At the least it would help to resolve some of the gaffs in the continuity of the story? We could have our old friends back as they are referenced in historical records or with their name attached to some bit of equipment or maneuver - but that would mean some harder work on teh part of hollywood to make a new storyline stick. These franchises need to have people who keep track of the story lines so that identity confusions don't happen. So I hope that one day Ridley Scott can make a new Blade Runner, but I do hope it is not a remake. If it is a prequil, I can only dream they will put some effort into the whole historical research part of the writing, to keep it sane.
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