Opinion Battles Round 23
Favourite Guilty Pleasure
We all have that one film that people slam that we all love to watch for our own pleasure and that is what we are going to be looking at this time around.
If you want to take part in the next round we are going to look at European Subtitles film and you will need your entries sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27th November 2016.
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
I do love playing racing games, well I did when I was growing up as we get plenty of racing action that is way over the top and actually feels like a video game, I never saw the anime so anything the film did wrong in honouring the show I didn’t lose. The characters are clearly fictional and the race scenes are at times breath-taking set pieces with the final scene being one of my favourite in film.
Kim – Tranquil Dreams
Nothing says guilty pleasure like an Asylum B-movie that works. What more could you ask for than a bad-ass guy that chops a flying shark or shots them as they fall from the sky. There’s a not a lot of meaningless drama and yet it notches up the danger with shark tornadoes. Its suspending your belief to the max possible but yet with a ton of cheesy one liners and possibly everything that makes it dumb and yet, the entertainment value is top-notch. Easily one of my favorite guilty pleasures
“Guilty pleasures” are hard to define. For me, if I like a movie, I feel no guilt about it. I know guilty pleasure movies tend to be ones you like that you know aren’t necessarily “good”. But what defines “good”?? I would imagine that everyone will have a completely different answer for this category so it will be an interesting round. A lot of people bitch that Titanic is bad but I like it. Is that a guilty pleasure? Or is it not bad ENOUGH? I adore a 1990 movie called Hardware (which I reviewed & then I got bitched at when some people watched it based on my positive review… It’s just my opinion! Lol). 😉 Hardware seems closer to my own definition of a guilty pleasure whereas Titanic is liked by far too many people for anyone to actually feel guilty for admitting to liking it. But, again, I feel no guilt for having an opinion: I love Hardware. I also love Pump Up The Volume & Adventures In Babysitting! They’re far from Oscar-worthy but I watched those over & over & over as a teen and I still love them just as much to this day. I’m rambling now… I clearly need to just choose an answer! Okay, here’s how I’m going to do this: I’m choosing a favorite movie of mine that has the lowest IMDB score (I’ve looked up lots of my favorites). So, based on that… Yep, my favorite guilty pleasure is indeed Hardware! HA! But I feel no guilt. 🙂
Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews
It’s hard to admit that I actually quite like a Lindsay Lohan film, but the remake of “Freaky Friday” is fun and the perfect film for switching off your brain for an hour or so and just enjoying.
Jamie Lee Curtis is wonderful acting like a teenager, there’s some cool music and the film also has a great supporting cast that includes Rosalind Chao and Stephen Tobolowski.
A definite guilty pleasure popcorn flick!
Alan – Content for you
My guilty pleasure would be the often overlooked Mike Judge classic ‘Office Space’ From beginning to end this is a laugh a minute observation of the absolute futility and meaninglessness of mundane office jobs. Mike Judge captures the mood perfectly and a fantastic supporting cast of make this a movie I have watched many times
Richard – The Humpo Show
You shouldn’t like these films, but I somehow can’t get enough of them. The storylines are insane and outrageous. The acting abysmal. Everything about these films are just terrible, but I, among many keep watching these films.
Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews
The Beautician and the beast
My guilty pleasure movie is called The Beautician and the Beast. This was made in 1997 and stars Fran Drescher in the title role. Fran is an actress you either embrace or find extremely annoying and for whatever reason I love her. I loved her show, the Nanny and Beautician and the Beast is kind of a movie version of the show. It also plays off of classic films like The King and I, Beauty and the Beast, and Sound of Music very well.
The story is about a woman from Queens who teaches cosmetology is mistaken for a great scholar and is sent to teach the children of an Eastern European despot. Fran then whips everyone into shape including the peasants ruled by the despot named Boris. Timothy Dalton is great in that role and he and Fran have good chemistry. The story is stupid and I know it isn’t a great movie but it makes me laugh and what can I say I just love me my Fran Drescher!
Emma – Emma Explains It All
I almost didn’t choose Con Air. Not because I could think of anything better – obviously not (I’m not entirely sure there’s even a film in existence that beats the entertainment value of Con Air). No, it was actually because I wasn’t really sure whether it was a true guilty pleasure or not. I mean, I LOVE this film! Almost as much as Face Off – which isn’t a guilty pleasure before you ask, that film is almost Oscar worthy (for the science at least).
I thought about it for almost a day (seriously) and came to an honest conclusion that Con Air IS a guilty pleasure movie. It’s tons of fun and has a surprisingly good cast but at the end of the day, when I watch it, I certainly don’t take it seriously. It makes me laugh when it shouldn’t (Nicolas Cage mainly – the hair, the accent, the ‘attitude’) and I enjoy the whole ridiculous ride for what it is – a ridiculous ride.
Daniel – Dellens 456
This is my ultimate guilty pleasure. Yes, I know the plot’s predictable, the character animation isn’t great and half the scenes go absolutely nowhere at all but it is so full of Christmas cheer and joy and the actors clearly loved doing it that you can’t help but enjoy this film. It may be a bumpy ride, but The Polar Express still keeps you nice and comfy.
Gosh, that was a bad one-liner.
S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason
High School Musical
What is a guilty pleasure? A film you regret liking or one that you like when others don’t? Since I can’t think of one that fits the first definition, I’ll go with the latter, and I suppose the best example for me would have to be the High School Musical films. I first saw them when I was in that perfect tween age demographic, and I’ve never outgrown them. Its guilty pleasure status stems mainly from how many people despise exactly what I love about them. So many high school movies try to be edgy and realistic, but HSM is content with its squeaky clean relationships and idealized school setting, where the clichéd conflicts are limited to being yourself, standing out above the crowd, and showing up the school mean girl. Of course, the main attractions are the music and choreography, and the talents of Kenny Ortega and the cast of stars-to-be (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale) ensure that the catchy, sometimes spectacular musical numbers will entertain those bored with the teenage drama. I can blithely ignore any criticism posed against these films because they appeal directly to my childhood nostalgia and love of musicals. It’s harmless, enjoyable fluff done right.
J – Film & Nuance
I know its weird, but somehow watching a group of MIT students and a cool-ass professor of math go high stakes in vegas every weekend is so delicious haha. Maybe it’s because it seems so surreal to me and that’s why it appeals. But it was in fact based on a true story. The story follows the flashback of our main protagonist, who is persuaded by the “earn big” factor of counting cards. And the story charts the MIT’s team through their exciting and dangerous cat-and-mouse with the casinos who want to catch them, as well as their own luck. All round nice nifty movie with cool vegas
with cool yolo vibes and a nice soundtrack