Contributor's Corner: What's Your Guilty Pleasure Film?
During the dawn of Viddy Well, we asked each interested contributor to fill out the same questionnaire. The questions spanned from grave to goofy, but the replies were nearly always unexpected. This week we'll take a look at the following question:
What's your guilty pleasure film?
I don't know if I really consider it a guilty pleasure, but Party Monster is a pretty ridiculous movie that I always come back to. I do this thing where I watch it up to point right before shit goes downhill and I turn it off. It's like getting the fun high of the movie and not having the hangover of the sadness. I do that with a few movies, actually.
Beavis and Butthead Do America. I loved this movie as a kid. I personally think it’s a classic but not everyone agrees.
I don't know if it's guilty but I still say "my wife" like Borat, and I make myself laugh.
This is definitely Meatballs. This movie has absolutely no right to be as good as it is. The cast of younger and/or non-professional actors makes every scene in this film feel real. It feels real! It's like a Linklater film, every couple of years you can come hang out with Tripper, Spaz, Larry, Morty, Crockett, etc. Also, any fan of the Wet Hot American Summer series needs to see the origin of the "summer camp" genre.
Disney movies. While I'm not crazy about all these remakes and want more original films, I really enjoyed the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Inside Out is a great example of a brilliant original film that I'd consider a guilty pleasure. I think it's really cool to have a children's movie explore our emotions and the way our minds work. Fun fact, writer/director Pete Docter consulted with a psychologist and a professor of psychology for the movie to ensure an accurate portrayal.
I've thought about this one a lot, and I decided that it's either Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure or Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. I'll officially go with Bogus Journey because it's the less perfect, less enjoyable film of the two, but it includes so many things that I really love; the Seventh Seal reference of playing games with death, Vasquez rock, the trip to hell. Bill's version of hell still gives me the creeps with the close-up of the granny's whiskered lips. In a lot of ways, both films are still a lot of fun, but I kinda come out of either film feeling a bit brain dead. All flaws aside, affection for these stupid films run deep; I even used a Bill & Ted reference to name our home page. Station!
What do you think? What's your guilty pleasure film? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!