Friday, August 15, 2008

Guilty Pleasures: 25 Movies Part 1

The first of many lists to come, I bravely present to you Part I of a 2-Parter list of my own personal guilty pleasure films. A few of them I'd actually call more 'underrated'. But since most people tend to laugh when i express my love, I've posted them here for your own schadenfreude...

Let's start things off with a bang...pool-side.

1. Showgirls - It's hilarious. I almost died laughing during that pool-sex scene. Seriously. This movie is so bad it's almost genius. Oh the good times we had at college, rewatching the best parts and stuffing out faces with tongue-scalding Bosco Sticks (another guilty pleasure, of sorts). You haven't seen it yet? What the hell is wrong with you?

2. 54 - Ok, really, I don't even like this that much. For whatever reason, though, I'm completely fascinated by it and kept the DVD copy my college radio station purchased for use at our Studio 54 party (Yeah, we had one of those, be jealous). I've heard there's actually an awesome director's cut of this that makes Ryan Phillipe's character bisexual and really amps up the more accurate naughty bits of life at the club. I would KILL to see it.

3. The Avengers - Horrendously cheesy lines and a completely absurd plot. Come on... Sean Connery as a villain who controls the weather, collects snow globes, and makes his henchmen wear teddy bear costumes? That's amazing. Plus, Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) has a clone. And that's not all! John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) totally has an implied shoe fetish. Additionally...Eddie Izzard! Not kidding, in 8th grade, i had a brief but powerful obsession with the entire concept of The Avengers.

4. Sleepover - Watched this at a girly teeny-bopper sleepover in college and was somehow quite entertained. The plot is ludicrous and shallow, junior high girls go on an elaborate scavenger hunt to win prime lunch-time real estate once they hit high school, and filled with bright colors and fluff. They joyride, evade adults, sneak into nightclubs, and catch the eye of 'dreamy' boys. Did I mention Steve Carell plays a rent-a-cop? Bet he'd like to forget that now.

5. You've Got Mail - In my head it's way better than Sleepless in Seattle and is way too sickeningly charming. It might be a mega sugary chick-type flick, but it has a whole lot of corporate vs. independent rage going on and is high on the snide jabs at literary elitists. In fact, with a backing cast made up of Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Steve Zahn, & Dave Chappelle, the movie as a whole does have more of an 'indie' romantic comedy feel to it than most. I declare it: underrated. I may also just be in denial. The latter is more likely.

6. Josie and the Pussycats -
Speaking of underrated. This is right up there with SERIOUSLY underrated. This movie is pure satire with a catchy pop-rock soundtrack and a whole lotta color. Fun, funny, and filmed pretty damn well when compared to almost every other teen comedy of the time, it's delightful. Also, it's boy band Du Jour sings a song called "Back Door Lover"

7. Bedazzled - The more recent version (which, one compared to the original, is almost a triumph). I think what I loved most about this movie was that it got to spastically go from sequence to sequence, and thus use all sorts of absurd costumes and scenes. Plus, Liz Hurley was wicked as the Devil.

8. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls - WTF? No, it's not a sequel. It's a bad acid trip written by (of all people) Roger Ebert that plays out as a pseudo-pornographic, semi-musical romp around LA that turns into(basically) a slasher flick. Kind of like Josie and the Pussycats on a shame spiral. You want to see it now, right? Admit it. You're curious.

9. Domino - So this was released and pretty much every review said it was ADHD, epileptic, brain-sucking shit. I HAVE to disagree, enthusiastically. I think it rocks not merely on the absurdity factor, but the fact that it's SUPPOSED to be a bio-pic. Personally, after this movie, i don't care what Domino Harvey was in real life. Keira Knightley's version was a total bad ass who made me briefly consider becoming a bounty hunter. Just kidding. I actually think about that all the time. No, really though, this movie was shot and cut beautifully, even if it doesn't always make sense.

10. Beastmaster (1982)- Realistically, i haven't seen this since i was about 10. But before that, i was all over this absurd 80's fantasy movie. Yeah, yeah, mostly it was because the Beastmaster has ferrets named Kodo & Podo. They were cute. Also, there was a panther. So, really, it was pretty awesome.

Ferrets, by the way, don't climb trees. They also don't produce those sounds.

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