The beauty of film is that it is so subjective, one person’s Casablanca is another person’s Freddie Got Fingered. We all like different things and ‘don’t get’ how other types of film can be made. That leads us all to have a few guilty pleasures, films we shouldn’t really like because of our normal taste but films we just can’t help but like. Here are 5 of my guilty pleasures.
Directed by Michael Bay (1998)
Bay’s story of a rag-tag team of drillers sent into space to save all mankind is subject to a poor script (“he’s got space dementia”) and some equally poor performances (I’m looking at you Affleck). I like it though for the special effects which, even after a blu-ray viewing, hold up today. The destruction of Paris is one of my favourites from both a visual and a technical POV too. Oh, and the film has Bruce Willis in and it is hard not to like Bruce Willis in anything.
Directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans (2000)
I even kinda like the first sequel too but it is Scary Movie that will always get a chuckle out of me even 12 years on. Growing up with a natural affinity for spoofs such as Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles, it seemed right that I would appreciate Scary Movie especially as it spoofs the films of my youth. With a pitch perfect central performance from Anna Faris, the laughs, whilst not exactly intelligent, come thick and fast and the combination of those with a great soundtrack allow this to make my list.
Directed by Marco Brambilla (1993)
Another one from my youth, very early on in it. This makes the list because Wesley Snipes is so brilliantly over the top that it is hard not to like him - and he’s the bad guy. A very young Sandra Bullock also is on top form as a police detective sent to help Stallone and they have a surprisingly good chemistry in this futuristic action film.
Directed by Brett Ratner (2001)
I knew nothing of the prequel until my brother brought it home one day and we watched it and I did ponder over its inclusion over this. Rush Hour 2 wins though as the laughs and action are massively ramped up and never really let you get a breather. Tucker is on fine form and his Michael Jackson karaoke always gets a laugh out of me whatever the mood I am in.
Directed by Adam Herz (1999)
I really think this film just oozes warmth and is such a fun watch. The characters are all flawed and through their escapades, they learn about who they are at a big time in their lives. And then one fucks a pie. A real chemistry is apparent from all the lead actors and that flows onto the screen to add real believability to the story and their shenanigans. And then one fucks a pie. That’s why the film works, the males are such idiots but you still can’t help but like them.
Well that’s 5 of my guilty pleasures, but what about you? Use the Disqus comments below and let me know what you like…