Who Needs Guilt?

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)


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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11 Responses to Who Needs Guilt?


    “Movies that make you go gay.”

    The only way I knew I was going to get my husband into watching The X-Files with me was to tell him I would do Gillian Anderson.

    He watched it with me every Sunday night until the series finale. *wg*

    And I love 70’s horror movies. I even remember The Changeling. 😉

  2. I love Under the Tuscan Sun, While You Were Sleeping, Chocolat, Die Hard, Galaxy Quest, True Lies, The Professional, and The Fifth Element etc. too 🙂

  3. Heather, that’s how I got my husband to watch Aeon Flux the other night. I’m not sure I should admit any others… (wg)

    You’d both probably love B-movie night with my sisters. I need to do up a list of 70s horror movies. Man, we haven’t done this in forever.

    One of my sisters is a vegetarian chef and she makes the best food. We need no video store. She also owns thousands of movies. I’m not exaggerating. You name a B-movie horror flick and she has it. She even has made for TV stuff like Koontz’s Frankenstein… And if there’s a chance she doesn’t have something, my other sister does.

  4. X. Dell says:

    I’ve seen a little over half of the movies you list I can pretty much enjoy anything if I’m in the company of someone else.

    I’m partial to comedies. But I don’t like a lot of today’s comedies, mostly because they’re so formulaic. How many times can you laugh at the same joke?

    Different comedies (e.g. “Bye, Bye Lenin,” “CSA”) are great. Classics (e.g. “The Marx Brothers”)

    It might be obvious, but I love movies about espionage, especially Hitchcock’s (“Notorious,” “Torn Curtain,” “The Thirty-Nine Steps,” etc.)

  5. Dana Pollard says:

    I loved Under the Tuscan Sun. Sigh. Makes me want to write a story like that. It’s already done though.

    Blogger really needs to learn how to post pictures for us better.

  6. I LOVE Napoleon Dynamite! Sadly, I think I knew people much like that in high school… 🙂

    And O Brother–“He’s not bona fide” is now something I repeat way too often

  7. Amanda, my two are “We’re in a tight spot!” and “Well, aint this place a geographical oddity?” Oh, there are too many to list here and we did this on Betty’s before I think. (g)

    X, that’s exactly why today’s comedies bore me to tears. Every now and then, I’ll catch something funny, but rarely does something like O Brother Where Art Thou come along. If that isn’t one you’ve seen, you might enjoy it. Especially if you’re familiar with Odyssey. Oh man, I shouldn’t admit this, but I don’t think I’ve seen any of those you mentioned. That’s bad, huh?

  8. I love B movies, but from the 50s and 60s – stuff like THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and MOLE PEOPLE. And don’t even get me going about all those wonderful Arabian Night-type movies. Too fun and no gore like a lot of the 70 B films have.

    Hmm, a movie that makes you go gay? I’ll have to think about that one.

    I have to agree that most of the comedies out today do not entertain me that much. However, I did like THE WEDDING CRASHERS. Vince Vaughn is great. I really love him in just about anything he’s in – he was the best part of MR. AND MRS. SMITH.

    I’m so with you on the Bruce Willis thing – especially DIE HARD. Alan Rickman helps make that movie so much fun.

  9. Laura says:

    “Now work is your new favorite.”
    Some reasonably recent comedies that sometimes bombed but were hilarious: Death to Smoochy, Drowning Mona, Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle, Scotland PA, Rushmore, The Big Lebowski, Old School and Safe Men.

  10. Harold and Kumar is funny? I keep seeing it and change it. Maybe I’ll give it a chance. Okay, Old School had a few scenes that got me. But I do think Will Ferrel is funny.

    I also like Vince Vaughn. Wait, I did think Dodgeball was funny. Especially the commentators. (g)

    I have not seen most of the movies you mention, Laura, but my sisters LOVE the Big Lebowski. I’m going to have to watch it.

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