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Essential Seven 80’s Films That Should Never Be Remade

Karate Kid Remake

It’s hard to be a child of the 80’s these days. All of the films that you consider sacred are being “remade” or “reimagined.” Last week the first image of The Karate Kid remake made its way onto the web. The initial negative reaction to the remake made Columbia Pictures to rename the Jaden Smith / Jackie Chan film to the Kung Fu Kid.

So I began to list what other ’80s films are in danger of becoming a remake. If The Karate Kid could be remade, no film is safe from greedy Hollywood producers.¬† If they were remade, how would these films be different? How would they ruin it? I cry at the thought of any of these films being remade. The list was very long, but I narrowed it down to the Essential Seven.

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Essential Seven John Hughes Characters

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With the passing of John Hughes, I thought that I would do a special Essential Seven list in addition to the G.I. Joe Dumbest Characters today. John Hughes was a great writer and director. I grew up watching his films, and remember how much the Breakfast Club spoke to kids. I even remember laughing my ass off at Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern setting off Kevin’s boobie traps. With that in mind here is the Essential Seven John Hughes characters:

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Essential Seven Best 80’s Movie Musical Montages

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My recollection of one of the best¬† “musical montages” as a film technique started with the original Rocky film. Sure other films have used this technique, but what montage is more remembered than the Rocky training montage ending with him running up the Philadelphia Museum of Art stairs. That is an example of it done well.

A horrible trend began with filmmakers in the 80’s began to incorporate this technique constantly. The basic premise was to quickly show the character’s success as he prepares to achieve his goal. It would cost too much money and waste valuable time for a writer to work out plot points, and foreshadow how the character grows to adapt to this problem. Instead, take 3 minutes of video with a kick-ass song, and you got essentially a cheap way to advance a film’s story.

Here is MillionairePlayboy’s Essential Seven Best 80’s Movie Musical Montage:

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