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The 1980s Called, They Want Their Movies Back

A remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street hits theaters this weekend…and a remake of The Karate Kid comes out in June…and of course, we just had the Clash of the Titans remake released earlier this month. All these remakes got me thinking/researching and OMG, there are a lot of films from the 80’s getting remade! What does this mean, that we’ve really run out of fresh ideas? Seriously, somebody get me some Mad Libs stat, I’ll come up with something…anything is better than trying to ruin Dirty Dancing or resurrecting Police Academy.

Below is a list of some 80’s movies with remakes in the works (accompanied with my opinions for each one). What do you think??

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)  – This remake (either to be titled Further Adventures in Babysitting or The Sitter, based on my research) has Jonah Hill starring as the babysitter. He’s a funny guy, but seriously, he could be just as funny if not funnier in something original. Besides, who the heck is going to confuse him with a Playboy centerfold?!

An American Werewolf in London (1981)  – It was announced last year that John Landis sold the remake rights to this classic horror film, which Dimension films purchased. I say let’s just stop there and not disturb this one.

Arthur (1981)  – This was an entertaining movie for it’s time, but certainly not a work of art that can’t be improved. I’m kind of intrigued by this remake, definitely not because Russell Brand is starring as Arthur, but that the director, Jason Winer, is one of the producers/directors of Modern Family.

Dirty Dancing (1987)  – I am against this for so many reasons. I’m not going to go cliché and say that this film defined a generation or anything, but it certainly had a huge impact. To remake this is a complete waste of time because no effort will ever measure up.

Escape From New York (1981)  – Futuristic/post-apocalyptic/it’s the end of the world and everything has gone to s**t movies are enormously popular, so why not revisit some of the older films and update them a bit. I’m cool with that. Although, I imagine some serious die-hard fans of this movie would not agree.

Footloose (1984) – I’m going to put this in the same category as Dirty Dancing. Some 80’s movies should not be messed with. And I especially don’t like how commercial they want to go with the casting of this remake.

Fright Night (1985)  – It has become very obvious that movie studios love to remake horror films. I don’t agree with some of the classics, but in this case, this movie was so campy that I don’t mind it so much.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1985)  – This is another one of those 80’s movies that one shouldn’t touch.  It’s the film that helped launch the careers of Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt, and it was a staple for at least a decade’s worth the slumber parties.

Mannequin (1987) – Although I loved this movie, and it is one of the three films Andrew McCarthy and James Spader appeared in together (Pretty in Pink and Less Than Zero are the other two), this movie could certainly use a makeover.

Overboard (1987) – What made this film tolerable in the first place was that it starred a real-life couple (Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell). Unless they go there again, I think this movie remake is unnecessary.

Police Academy (1984) – Apparently there is a remake in the works, but according to IMDB, the upcoming Police Academy is going to be the 8th in the series; which makes more sense to me than restarting the whole franchise again. But either way, another Police Academy movie is not really needed.

Poltergeist (1982) – According to reports, production has been pushed back, and it doesn’t seem entirely clear if the project will actually happen. I for one, absolutely hope not. This is a true classic film that has aged well and requires no tampering whatsoever.

Private Benjamin (1980) – I don’t think this film is so much about remaking the original, but trying to turn Anna Faris into the next Goldie Hawn, which isn’t too far off if you ask me.

Red Dawn (1984) – I’m not entirely sure why, but I don’t feel as sentimental about this 80’s ensemble film as so many others. So I say what the heck. However, if anyone attempts to remake The Outsiders, which also also starred C. Thomas Howell and Patrick Swayze, then there’s going to be trouble.

Romancing the Stone (1984) – I dare Hollywood to top the pairing of Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in the remake of this classic romantic comedy. And good luck finding a comparable Danny DeVito casting…in other words, maybe you kids should leave this original alone.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) – This could be interesting, and one of the few Burt Reynolds movies that could be remade without him and be just as good. The Dolly Parton part though, those are some big cups, er I mean shoes to fill. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)

The NeverEnding Story (1984)  – Some heavy hitters are in talks to remake this, including Leo DiCaprio’s production company. I imagine it will be done almost entirely in CGI that it’ll feel like a brand new movie anyway.

Vacation (1983) – Some would call this a sequel while others might call it a remake. So I guess that means we could call it a se-make…premise is similar to the first film, but this time it’s Rusty that takes his family to Wally World. Twist!

Vision Quest (1985) – This was an 80’s movie that had it all: high school sports, a young man in love with an older woman, Madonna, and Michael Schoeffling—who went on to be the hottie of the decade as Sixteen Candle’s Jake Ryan. Yeah, there’s too much historical significance with this one, any remake would be a disaster.

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Remembering Patrick Swayze

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Last night the entertainment world lost another icon—Patrick Swayze died of cancer at the age of 57.

He had an impressive film career, starring in some of the most popular movies of all time: The Outsiders, Red Dawn, Ghost, Point Break and indie favorites, Donnie Darko and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. He had also starred on the small screen, in the 1985 mini-series North and South and the recent A&E series, The Beast.

But the role he is most remembered for is sexy bad-boy dancer Johnny Castle, in the 1987 hit film, Dirty Dancing. The moves, the soundtrack, the clothes, the quotable lines —“No one puts Baby in the corner!”—Dirty Dancing became a pop-culture phenomenon and catapulted Swayze into instant stardom.  He was nominated for three Golden Globes (for Dirty Dancing, Ghost and To Wong Foo) and in 1991 was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

He remained married to his wife, Lisa, from 1975 until the day he died. He first met her while she took dance lessons from his mother.

In addition to being an actor and dancer, Swayze was also a choreographer, singer/songwriter, a licensed pilot and a rancher, where he bred Arabian horses.

Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008. He is survived by his wife and mother.

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