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These 30-Year-Old Movies Are Desperately in Need of a Remake

What was allowed in 1986 is cringeworthy today

Two movies I loved as a child celebrated their 30th anniversaries recently, and when I looked back upon them nostalgically, as one does, I saw products of their time that mostly hold up — save for one horribly dated, unforgivable element each. The kind of offense that makes it hard to still appreciate the movie when that one inexcusable part dominates your mind.

Both “Crocodile” Dundee and Short Circuit have decent scripts. The former was even nominated for an Oscar. The latter remains quotable. Their main characters are major figures of 1980s pop culture. Not on the level of Arnold Schwarzenegger and E.T., but higher up than Yakov Smirnoff and The Noid. But I can no longer enjoy these movies. Not as they are, anyway.

Their respective crimes are things that shouldn’t have even been tolerated at the time. In Dundee it’s a scene where Paul Hogan’s titular
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Hollywood’s 9 Best Robot Heroes and Villains

Hollywood’s 9 Best Robot Heroes and Villains
Director Niell Blomkamp’s new sci-fi epic Chappie opened this weekend. The film tells the story of a robot who is given artificial intelligence by his inventor, but he must learn the ways of the world just like a child. However, his innocent mind is being molded by gangsters and violent criminals.

Photos: 'Pacific Rim' and 7 Giant Robot/Monster Mashes

It’s still to be seen if Chappie will go down as a classic in the robot sci-fi genre, but if it whetted your appetite for artificial intelligence movies and android action scenes, here are nine of the best robotic heroes and nine of the craziest robotic villains in cinematic history.


9. Gigolo Joe from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Played by: Jude Law

This is one of Law’s greatest roles. Gigolo Joe is a mechanical male prostitute on the run from authorities after being framed for murder. Joe is a highlight
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Ten Best: Big-Screen Robots

Robots have been a part of cinema since its creation and still make for intriguing on-screen presences. With RoboCop set for a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray release on 9th June 2014 from Studiocanal, we count down the most memorable movie cyborgs to have graced our screens.

Evil Maria – Metropolis (1927)

Fritz Lang’s classic sees an inventor, who has created a robot to resurrect his deceased wife, apply the likeness of a popular female worked named Maria (played by Brigitte Helm) in an attempt to ruin her reputation amongst her peers. Once completed, the robot is an evil incarnation of Maria and wreaks havoc in the dystopian future depicted by Lang.

R2-D2/C-3Po – the Star Wars series (1977-2005)

Not only are these two of the most beloved robots in cinematic history, but one of the most revered fictional filmic double acts to adorn the screen. R2-D2 (played by
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Blu-ray Review: 'Short Circuit' (rerelease)

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★★☆☆☆ Short Circuit (1986) is a film which anyone old enough to remember first time round, will look back on with nostalgia as a defining sci-fi movie of the 1980s. However viewed now, the family comedy starring Ally Sheedy, Police Academy's Steve Guttenberg and Fisher Stevens, is likely to leave you distinctly underwhelmed. Struck by lightning during a freak storm, experimental military robot Number 5 (voiced by Tim Blaney), is given a new lease of life. Escaping from the high security military compound where he was created, Number 5 is befriended and given a home by the eccentric Stephanie Speck (Sheedy) who believes him to be an alien.

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Blu-ray Review - Short Circuit (1986)

Short Circuit, 1986.

Directed by John Badham.

Starring Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey, Brian McNamara and Tim Blaney.


An experimental military robot becomes sentient after being struck by lightning and befriends a young woman, who attempts to help him from being recaptured by the army.

Let's take a trip back to a simpler, more civilized age - the 1980s, where military robots enjoyed nothing better than settling down in front of the TV to watch old Marx Brothers movies or busting out some John Travolta dance moves to Saturday Night Fever, as opposed to obliterating humanity and taking over the world. Well, that's not quite true of course (one only needs to look at The Terminator for evidence of that), but it's certainly the case when it comes Number 5, the protagonist of director John Badham's (the aforementioned Saturday Night Fever) 1986 smash hit sci-fi comedy Short Circuit,
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The top 50 robots and AI computers in the movies

They can be clanking or lithe, as big as a planet or as small as a puppy. Here’s our list of cinema's 50 finest robots and AI computers…

Who doesn’t love robots? Our metal friends have long been a source of inspiration, wonder and fear for filmmakers and audiences. A way to examine our own humanity, and view emotions – or lack of them – from a new perspective, artificial intelligence has been in films for almost as long as we’ve been making them. We seem drawn to them, more often that not casting them as our creations gone rogue and seeking to rise up against us, but sometimes as tragic figures wanting to be more like us. Either way, they’re fascinating, and pretty damn cool.

50. Sonny – I, Robot

Brought to artificial life by the brilliant Alan Tudyk, Sonny is the robot at the heart of the Will Smith blockbuster,
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Short Circuit Remake to Offer a Radical New Take on Johnny 5

Short Circuit Remake to Offer a Radical New Take on Johnny 5
1986's Short Circuit is a cute, sometimes funny riff on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial that never feels dangerous or all that threatening given the fact that it basically falls in line with The Terminator's backstory in terms of non-sentient beings gaining intelligence. Johnny 5 becomes self aware, but he wants to love, not destroy the human race.

Director Tim Hill, whose last project was the fluffy Easter themed comedy Hop, is hoping to change that with his upcoming Short Circuit remake. Sure, it will still be a sci-fi comedy about a lovable robot that becomes self-thinking, but he wants the movie to feel dangerous. He wants the themes of Short Circuit to play bigger, and have more relevance in terms of these times of War we currently live in.

"The thing that makes it so relevant is that we live in this age of robots, particularly when it comes to war.
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New this Week: ‘Water for Elephants’ & ‘The King’s Speech (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

African CatsSamuel L. Jackson (Narration)

Deep GoldBebe Pham, Jaymee Ong, Michael Gleissner

Madea’s Big Happy FamilyTyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Bow Wow

Water for ElephantsRobert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz

Movie of the Week

Water for Elephants

The Stars: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz

The Plot: A veterinary student (Pattinson) abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.

The Buzz: This period piece looks to be a well put together romantic drama. I enjoyed Pattinson’s general vibe in the trailer; thankfully a far cry from his brooding ham-bake of the Twilight films. Witherspoon is winsome, I typically love her in her more dramatic pieces — aside from the laborious Vanity Fair. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of on-screen magic this pair can conjure up. Happy to see Christolph Waltz again,
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Short Circuit Remake Goes The Way of the Mall Cop

Johnny Five is still alive. And unfortunately, he's in the hands of a Mall Cop director. Dimension Films has signed Steve Carr (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) to direct Short Circuit, the remake of the 1986 sci-fi film starring Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg. This abomination, er, remake will be penned by Robot Chicken scribe Dan Milano, and will bring Johnny 5 (originally voiced by Tim Blaney) into the 21st century. This time around, Number 5 will be a highly sophisticated military weapon who develops a conscience and personality after being struck by lightning. But instead of making friends with a babe on par with Ms. Sheedy, Johnny 5 will this time be connecting with a lonely boy and his fractured family. In a syllable, ugh. As a major fan of the original movie, I reserve comment out of sheer unadulterated anger. Please join me in protest below.
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Johnny Five is Alive Again!

The Hollywood remake machine is at it again and it would seem that none of our favorite 80’s films are safe. Karate Kid, Footloose and The Breakfast Club were all recently announced as remakes and now we can add Short Circuit to the growing list of iconic 80’s films slated for a remakeover.

Dimension Films is moving full steam ahead with Short Circuit and they have chosen writer Dan Milano to prep a script. David Foster, who produced the first Short Circuit, is back to produce the remake and will work alongside Ryan E. Heppe and John Hyde.

For those too young to remember Short Circuit, the story was about a group of five advanced robots created by Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg) for the Us government, as replacements for military Special Forces. After lighting strikes robot number five, he becomes “alive”, calls himself Johnny Five and flirts with Ally Sheedy
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'Short Circuit' Remake Gets Writer

A writer has been hired by Dimension Films to develop their remake project, "Short Circuit". Variety claimed that the studio are appointing screenwriter Dan Milano to pen the movie's new script.

Milano is known for his writing and voice acting work for stop motion animated series "Robot Chicken". He also co-created and played the title character in Fox sitcom, "Greg the Bunny". On his involvement with the "Short Circuit" project, producer David Foster said that Milano watched the original movie while he was in high school, and is interested in updating the concept.

As for the movie itself, Foster said, "We're bringing Number 5 into the 21st Century and taking advantage of the improvements in robotics that are so massive that robots are now performing heart surgeries in hospitals." On the robot's design which is similar to Wall-e, he gushed, "We think of 'Wall-e' as an extended trailer for our film,
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Movies We Love: Short Circuit

We love movies...a lot. In fact, I would bet that if you gave the writers of Film School Rejects a choice between taking a leisurely cruise on a boat filled with women in bikinis and/or men flaunting banana hammocks or spending a day locked in a theater with some of the best movies of all-time, nine out of ten times we would choose the theater, with number ten being someone who simply just got lost on the way to the theater and wandered onto the boat by accident. So it really comes as no surprise that we really need a column around here that expresses our deep, primal, almost creepy passion for movies. And by creepy I mean making out with DVD cases. Yes, I know that if you open and turn them horizontal they kind of look like a giant mouth, but that's no excuse. You know who you are. I'm
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