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Remakes, reboots, restarts, and re-imaginings are good ways for Hollywood studios to occasionally make some money. There's not much creative effort required, and the name recognition guarantees an audience.I was no big fan of the original "Total Recall," but saw go great need to revisit it, either.
Instead, here are five movies from the 90s that would be worth exploring again. A couple of them are movies I quite enjoy.1. "Dick Tracy"
Warren Beatty's take on the comic strip was one of my favorite movies growing up, and I think it still holds up as one of the best comic book movies I've seen. The cast is phenomenal, set and character design are flawless, and the music by Stephen Sondheim is a perfect accent.
But the world Chester Gould created is a huge one and with plenty more to explore. Picture Jon Hamm in the yellow trench coat and hat, and cast Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti as villains. There. I just made you $200 million. You're welcome.2. "Hudson Hawk"
I seem to be the only one I've met who likes this movie. The comedy about a cat burglar is cartoon-ish, sly and dialogue is spoken in wisecracks - a perfect vehicle for Bruce Willis, who co-wrote the film. This would be more of a sequel than a remake, but I'd much rather see Bruce play The Hawk again instead of John McClane for the fifth time. Title suggestion: "Hudson Hawk Harder."3. "Battlefield Earth"
No question, this is a laughable, dreadful movie. But in the right hands - preferably someone not a follower of source material writer L. Ron Hubbard - it could be an exciting political allegory. You'd just need some ground rules. Number one: No dreadlocks.4. "Batman and Robin"
With the "Dark Knight Rises" complete, DC and Warner Bros. will have to do something else with Batman. I would be interested in seeing Batman paired with Robin in a movie that wasn't made solely to sell toys. On the DVD for this awful Batman outing with George Clooney, director Joel Schumacher apologized for the movie. But as much as we may want to escape it, Robin is part of the Batman world. The Boy Wonder deserves better than this atrocity.5. "Wild Wild West"
I probably just lost you, but hang on a second. Yes, this Will Smith movie may be one of the single worst big budget movies ever made, but imagine this being done as a drop dead serious western drama. Give it a hard R-rating, cast Don Cheadle, and let's do this thing.Five Sacred Cows
These are awesomely bad movies that are too good to be touched:1. "Point Break"
There are rumors this is happening. Don't do it.2. "Waterworld"
I liked it when it came out, and I still enjoy it. No apologies.3. "Showgirls"
Why would you remake it? This schlock was a huge misfire that it's become a cult classic with drinking games attached. 4. "Armageddon"
This is classic Michael Bay - loud, noisy, and totally awesome in its ridiculous audacity.
President:"Why didn't we see this (asteroid the size of Texas) coming?"
NASA Director:"Begging your pardon, sir, but it's a big-ass sky."
What do you think? Any 90s movies you're just itching for Hollywood to spend millions to re-make?