Earlier today, I was driving to the Georgia - South Carolina border to pick up my oldest daughter. I ejected the Pearl Jam CD to get ready for Tay to listen to one of her favorite pop stations. The DJ was talking about Rihanna coming to an agreement to act in her first film, a big screen adaption of the board game Battleship. The dearth of show business' creativity doesn't surprise me. What caught my attention was, the memory Battleship brought to me. We play the game in our home. My six and seven year old daughters will bury you malice and no mercy in Battleship. Do not play against them. You've been warned. I also thought about two other games or toys created and made popular in the 1970s, my early childhood; Rock Em Sock Robots and Stretch Armstrong. After I got home I looked all three 35 year old child's things on the internet and was really floored. All three are being developed into Hollywood movies, set to release this year or next. This made me blog. Let's break down Rock Em Sock Em Robots, Stretch Armstrong and Battleship, toy vs. movie.
Rock Sock Em Robots
The movie - Spikey haired, whackadoo movie producer Brian Grazer is getting this made. He may be friends with Ron "Opie Ritchie Cunningham" Howard but after a quote like this : "Stretch Armstrong is a character I have wanted to see on screen for a long time ... It’s a story about a guy stretching ... the limits of what is possible to become all that he can be." This film deserves to be scratched for the sake of all of our intelligence. The Taylor something or another kid with the abs who plays a werewolf in those chick vampire movies is set to star. Run, don't walk from this one. Now, I need to hit ebay and find a Stretch Armstrong for my girls.
The game -
The movie -
I am writing a book and so is my wife. I'm sure our tomes would make better screenplays than the swill blogged about. How can toys with heydays in the 1970s make decent movies? The ideas may be absurd but the memories they have invoked and the fun that can be had with my kids make for a positive experience talking about Rock Em Sock Em Robots, Stretch Armstrong and Battleship. E6, yes....direct hit!
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."
Hmmm, maybe not 1 Corinthians 13:11
Today's song is about childish things like guilty pleasures. I don't like a lot of pop music but I listen to it with my wife and daughters. One of the songs we sing in the car sometimes is Rehab by Rihanna. It's catchy as can be, and hard to forget, Just like Rock Em Sock Em Robots, Stretch Armstrong and Battleship. Maybe I need to go to Rehab for this blog. Judge me if you wish, here's Rihanna and JT.