BTW, I had excellent pics to go with all these movies but Blogger won’t let me post them again. Bummer.
I have this weird habit of writing up a blog post on my laptop before getting down to the fiction writing. I’ll save it in a blog file then half the time I forget about it. You see, I don’t connect the laptop to the Internet. I have a pretty nice desktop with all the speed– bells and whistles, so the laptop is for writing and yeah, the occasional strategy game…
I went through the blog file and found this post on Guilty Pleasure movies. I know I shared my weird and slightly morbid side with the Monty Python and Kill Bill posts, but I was thinking of doing a movie list in the spirit of Kelli Blogs
While I should feel guilty over some of these movies, I don’t. I’m not really into that guilt thing and most of the time I think “should” is a rotten word.
So, I’m going to share some of those movies that always suck me in to watch again. I didn’t stick with a particular genre and I’m not listing all of them, just a few that came to mind one night.
I don’t find most comedies amusing. It’s a serious issue with my family. They trot out Wedding Crashers, Just Friends (okay– there was one freaking hilarious scene in this one) and my mother’s favorite, Senseless (Ew. Really icky scene with super smelling sense and corn–it’s been years and I’ve not recovered from the gross factor there!!) Usually, I get annoyed with the shallow characters and contrived misunderstandings. Don’t even get me started on Jim Carrey. I’ve liked maybe one of his…
Bad Santa, while sending my b-I-l into cardiac arrest, didn’t do it for me. In fact, I kind of wish I hadn’t seen it. Ever.
But, I can be entertained.
One of my favorite comedies is O Brother Where Art Thou. Between the dialogue, the quirky characters and the constant flashbacks to the Odyssey, this was fun, fun, fun. To this day, my husband and I quote lines from that movie.
While I usually fall for poignant dramas like The Shipping News or kick-ass stylish flicks like The Matrix (# 1– the other two aren’t under discussion) I also enjoy the occasional B horror flick. Well, I enjoy getting together with my sisters and laughing while watching them. Sometimes, we even turn them down and make up our own dialogue. We’re twisted.
There were some excellent horror movies in the seventies like The Changeling. And yes, since I’m obviously female, I do like some chick flicks like While You Were Sleeping, Under the Tuscan Sun, Chocolat and pretty much anything with Matthew McConaughey or Johnny Depp. (g)
On some of these, I’ve made up what would be my favorite T-shirts to go with them. Can’t make the shirts for copyright reasons, but if I could…
Now, my husband has three favorite movies plus anything with Pacino. Godfather 2 is his all time favorite but in a pinch, he’ll watch The Last Boyscout or Bad Boys 2 anytime. I like these myself. T-shirts that come to mind– “Look at the Pelicans!” “You ever rub your leather?” or “Nice Fish.”
One of my guiltiest pleasures is Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag. Joe Pesci entertains me. Period. I loved him in My Uncle Vinny, in the Lethal Weapon movies and I loved him in this. There’s a gross factor of course — it is about heads — but funny– I love the scene with grandma near the end. T-shirt? “Is that killer humor?”
Napoleon Dynamite. Okay, my daughter and her friends find this a riot. My sister and sister-in-law can laugh for hours just in the retelling. I have to admit, I’m there. Every single time I watch this, I pick up something new. T-shirt — “Lafawnduh.”
The Whole Nine Yards. Maybe I just like black comedy? I haven’t seen this one in a long time, but I still remember how much I enjoyed it. I don’t think Matthew Perry gets enough roles and well, there’s always Bruce Willis. T-shirt – “Have you vomited recently?”
Die hard. Can’t help it. With the mention of Willis, this is that movie that sucks me in every time. It’s a fine example of plotting. Perfect for new writer study. I could probably recite most of the dialogue by heart and I still get agitated when Al shows up and nearly drives away without catching on. T-shirt — “Yellow dye number five.”
Elf. I don’t care if it’s the middle of summer, this movie is fun with my kids. Will Ferril pulls off the naive, overgrown elf with such aplomb, I occasionally forget he’s acting. Maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that. T-shirt — “Smiling’s my favorite.”
Resident Evil 2. Okay, I may be a little embarrassed about this one. Silly, over -the-top and gory… I don’t know why, but I just like it. My husband has this Milla Jovovich thing and sometimes I wonder if maybe I do, too. Oops. Bad Rinda. T-shirt — “Movies that make you go gay.”
True Lies. It’s fun. It’s a comedy, adventure and romance all rolled into one and it shows that moms can be sexy, too. T-shirt — “I married Rambo.”
Galaxy Quest. This one surprised me. I loved it. It could have been stupid and campy, but it was actually quite clever. Two T-shirts on this one — “That was a hell of a thing.” and “Crewman Number Six.”
Innocent Blood. A vampire movie. A comedy and a love story. I originally bought this movie because it has Anne Parillaud. She was in one of my favorite all time movies, the french, La Femme Nikita. In fact, I’m a sucker for almost any Luc Besson film all the way back to The Big Blue. I freaking loved, The Professional— originally called Leon. Will watch anything with Jean Reno, too. In fact, I liked The Fifth Element which is a Besson film– uh oh, there’s Jovovich again… heh heh
You all know about my Boondock Saints obsession. This post is already long and I need to go make stromboli… so I’ll stop here. Besides, I have to go watch the brothers again now… Sorry about the pics. I had an excellent Jovovich one for the guys. (wg)