Columnist Elizabeth Davies lists some of her faves, from the "Wizard of Oz" to the "Terminator".
Unless you’re 8 years old playing pickup basketball, do-overs generally aren’t a good idea.
Remember Britney’s “Satisfaction”? Jessica Simpson’s Daisy Duke?
For the entertainment industry, things tend not to do so well the second time around. There’s one basic reason for that: If it was good on the first go, you’ll never be able to top it. If it wasn’t good to begin with, it’s not worth doing a second time.
Think of where our society would be if we saved the millions wasted on bad movie remakes and instead gave the money to charity. We could feed the homeless and maintain our sanity, all at the same time.
There are a few things, however, that are worthy of comebacks. These are the movies and television shows that were so timeless, they would still be hits — without changing a thing — today.
- The “Wizard of Oz”: Nevermind that today’s movie effects could produce a far more realistic tornado to whisk Dorothy out of Kansas. There’s something about the simplicity of this movie that lets you sit back and appreciate the truly unique story line for what it is.
- “The Cosby Show”: Aside from breaking racial barriers on prime-time television, “Cosby” rolled out a brand of comedy that was truly family-friendly. Parents never had to cringe when watching the show with their kids, and viewers of all ages were entertained by the Huxtables. “Cosby” shouldn’t be relegated to TBS and Nick At Night anymore.
- “Toy Story”: No need to book Tim Allen and Tom Hanks again. Just replay the original for the newest generation of kids who never had the chance to see this on the big screen.
- “The Ed Sullivan Show”: “American Idol” has nothing on this predecessor. Ed not only showcased musical stars — his television show made them into superstars. And on the plus side, we didn’t have to listen to Simon and Paula fight about it.
- “Jaws”: Girls in bikinis and blood-stained water. Our society really hasn’t progressed much, so it should still be a big seller.
- “Seinfeld”: It hasn’t been long since this show ended, yet no sitcom has truly stepped up in its place. Reality TV and game shows might be the rage, but they can’t stand in for classically funny story lines with a twist.
- “When Harry Met Sally”: There’s a reason why I feel compelled to stop and watch every time I come across this movie on Saturday-afternoon TV. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are perfect — even if their hair and clothes are totally dated.
Still, we all want what she’s having.
- “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”: Come on, what teenager doesn’t relate to skipping school?
- “Battle of the Network Stars”: Can’t you just picture the matchup between the “Girls Next Door” and the guys from “Orange County Choppers”?
- “Terminator”: Like Rocky and 007, watching Arnold fight the bad guys really doesn’t get old. And now that he’s also the Governator, seeing him with an Uzi has a whole new effect.
Elizabeth Davies’ column appears Thursdays in People of the Rock River Valley.