Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A Banana Stuck in Hollywood's Tailpipe

Last night with Pete Takeshi, Eddie Murphy come up in the conversation in connection with his song from the '80s, "Party All the Time"

It was good seeing him and his wife. I mentioned to his wife that one possible long-term plan is to move to Oklahoma, find some sort of occupation (preferably agrarian-oriented) and settle near Clear Creek. We had dinner at Tia Juana in Sunnyvale; I ordered the Steak a la Mexicana. I found the meat to be rather dry and tough. The chips were rather cold and tasted somewhat stale. Mrs. Takeshi's guacamole looked good, at least, and I did think the salsa that came with the chips was decent. Don't think I'd go back there, though.

They were staying at the Santa Clara Hyatt. I think the remote concierge (whom I saw when the MD was staying at the hotel with her family) is no longer employed there; the big flatscreen TV that was used for communicating with her was gone. There was a large monitor display with suggestions for various places, but I don't know if it could be used to communicate with her.

Anyway, back to Eddie Murphy - I asked if he had done anything worth watching since the '80s. It turns out that CBS has ordered a pilot for a Beverly Hills Cop TV series. Shawn Ryan is producing; that is a good sign, but... With Obama in the White House, would the humor of a hip, wise-cracking fish out of Detroit water being in Beverly Hills really be that funny? (Not that Obama has much affinity with black Americans; he probably has more with those in Beverly Hills, despite his protests of being from a humble background and having to shoulder education debt and the like.)

A street-smart black showing stuffed-shirt whites how to get it done - how is that novel or edgy anymore? What can the series rely upon other than the nostalgia of the original movies' fans? The series would be centered around Axel Foley's son, but how is he going to have legitimate street cred if he grew up in Beverly Hills? Will he have some sort of complicated backstory, a la The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?

The original movie was one of the first risqué rated-R comedies that I watched at my cousins' house. I can't say that it's enhanced my life; while it was a "bonding" experience for us, will it have any usefulness in promoting familial friendship in the distant future, compared to other more important things?

What became of Judge Reinhold? If the show-runners brought him back, I'd check that episode out.

The somewhat memorable "Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer:

Paul Craig Roberts, Republicans Cross the Rubicon

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