guilty pleasures

I own over 250 movies but there are a few movies I don’t have that I just love. When I joined a site that allowed me to watch other Netflixes, these were some of the first movies I searched for because I haven’t seen them in a while.  When I browse through other people’s blogs everyone posts their favourite movies for the holidays, certain genres, or by actor and director. I wanted to break free from those prototype lists (no offence) and share with you some movies that would be nowhere near people’s favourite lists. I’m sure some of you will read through my list and scratch your head but I do hope to own these trashy movies someday.

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Not Another Teen Movie

One of the very first movies to make fun of a whole bunch of stories in a film, Not Another Teen Movie is something me, my mom, and her boyfriend can enjoy when I visit home. They actually own this movie and watch it on a regular basis more than I do. It’s hard to pick just one scene that I love but the prom dance sequence is probably the best. When Reggie sings “I’m only in this song because I’m a black guy” is really funny and the moment I look forward to every time. Plus, this movie chronicles what Captain America was doing during high school before he became super jacked on green stuff and saved the world. Twice.

IMDb Rating: 5.7/10
Metascore: 32/100
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 28% critics 56% audience
Roger Ebert: 2/4

Do I Own It? No

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National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

Everyone loves Ryan Reynolds right? Even if you love or hate him, we can all agree he does put himself in some really horrible movies, remember The Green Lantern? Yeah me neither. Anyways when he was first becoming a household name he was the college king in Van Wilder. I love how resourceful he was after seven years of being in school. Nothing ever happened there without his knowledge or approval and when he finally meets Gwen he decides it’s time to grow up. It’s the only way he’s gonna win over the most beautiful girl he’s ever met.

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10
Metascore: 26/100
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 18% critics 74% audience
Roger Ebert: 1/4

Do I Own It? No

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Wedding Daze

In 2007 I was bored browsing movies on Netflix when I stumbled across Wedding Daze. After watching this 1:30 movie about two complete strangers running away to get married, I called the local video store and bought it on DVD. My grandmother wanted to know what I had spent all afternoon laughing about so I watched it with her and she seemed to enjoy it just as well. The story is really crazy and all over the place but the thing I love most about this movie is Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher meet, get engaged, and then fall in love. It has just the right amount of charm in it to make me smile when I watch it.

IMDb Rating: 5.7/10
Metascore: n/a
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33% critics 38% audience
Roger Ebert: n/a

Do I Own It? DVD

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Sea of Love

If I have any creditability left at this point, I want to say that with the except of Insomnia and Heat, Sea of Love may be one of my favourite Al Pacino movies ever. A few year back I went through an Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro phase, when I tried to watch all their movies I had yet to see. Sea of Love struck me as a great thriller where you don’t know if Pacino, a NYPD detective, is falling in love with the main killer or if she is just a sexy lady he’s hooking up with. If you are smart enough you can piece together the story and how the characters all intersect, if not then you’ll have to wait until the end to see what happens. I think my favourite part about this movie is how tired and heartbroken Pacino’s character is until he meets Ellen Barkin’s character Helen. After their one night stand turns into something more, he will do anything to be with her without even knowing if she’s his number one suspect.

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
Metascore: n/a
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76% critics 66% audience
Roger Ebert: 3/4

Do I Own It? No

SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE

She’s Out of My League

While working on this list I watched She’s Out of My League yesterday. I love this movie because when a guy like Jay Baruchel can date a gorgeous girl like Alice Eve, it gives hope to all everyone not named George Clooney that they can in fact date a 10. It would be tough to pick one scene that I love when all the characters are hilarious. This would be one of my favourite T.J. Miller roles, while Krysten Ritter shines as Eve’s disapproving sarcastic friend. I love the banter between Miller and Ritter throughout the whole movie, on top of listening to all the horrible advice Baruchel’s character gets.

IMDb Rating:
Metascore: 46/100
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 58% critics 59% audience
Roger Ebert: 3/4

Do I Own It? Blu-Ray

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Wrong Turn

Alright so I don’t expect Wrong Turn to make anyone’s favourite lists. What started out as a great b-level horror franchise, it has slowly turned into a disgrace to the original concept and characters. I have seen all the Wrong Turns releases but nothing will ever match the first one. It was a fresh idea for a horror genre because there are only a certain number of ways to kill people, and this was new. I may be a little bias here because I don’t mind watching Eliza Dushku running around in a white top for an hour and half. With the exception of the Halloween movies, Wrong Turn is one of my favourite horror movies that I can watch all the time.

IMDb Rating: 6.1/10
Metascore: 32/100
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 41% critics 54% audience
Roger Ebert: n/a

Do I Own It? No

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Accepted

Who wouldn’t want to attend South Harmon Institute of Technology?!?

At first glance most people would think this movie is so stupid that they would never bother to watch it. I hate to say it, but you maybe missing out on one ridiculously funny look at one man’s attempt to create a fake college. Justin Long is at his best in the movie. He’s smart, funny, and the leader these rejects are looking for. If they ever made a sequel to this movie, to see how the college is doing several years down the road, I would totally support such a project. Some of you may not laugh as much as I do every time I watch this, but there is a diamond in the rough as a young Jonah Hill is Long’s sarcastic best friend.

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
Metascore: 47/100
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 36% critics 72% audience
Roger Ebert: n/a

Do I Own It? DVD

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The Longest Yard

The majority of movie goers hate Adam Sandler. I think even if I put hate in capital letters that wouldn’t describe those feeling but you get the point. In the 1990’s he was a comedy hero with hilarious roles, then the 2000’s came and he lost everything. The one gem out of last decade that I absolutely love is The Longest Yard. I have never seen the original and the only thing I know about it is that Burt Reynolds was the star. The 1974 version is held in high regard to this movie despite an extremely talented cast of actors, comedians, wrestlers, rappers, and former NFL players. Chris Rock is at his best here as Caretaker, the black inmate who is filled with one-liners and knowledge of how to get things. My favourite parts are the “Foot…ball…tree…outs. What the hell’s a tree-out?” scene, “Superstar vs. Half a Star” discussion, and “You’re as magical as a box of kittens” debate. The Longest Yard is one of my favourite sports movies ever.

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10
Metascore: 48/100
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 31% critics 62% audience
Roger Ebert: 3/4

Do I Own It? No

eurotrip

Eurotrip

The best part of this movie is simply “Scotty Doesn’t Know”, performed by none other than Matt Damon. In all seriousness that song is on my iPod and I actually reference Scotty all the time when ever something goes wrong. This movie won’t be for everyone but this is one of my all-time favourite raunchy comedies.

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
Metascore: 45/100
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46% critics 75% audience
Roger Ebert: n/a

Do I Own It? Blu-Ray

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Armageddon

All you need to know is that I can quote this movie from start to finish.

If I had to estimate how many times I’ve seen Armageddon I’d say somewhere between 250-500 times. For some reason this was my hockey game day afternoon nap movie when I was growing up. I’d literally watch it all the time and the amazing thing is I never went to see it at the theatres! Everyone I know hates this movie and thinks it’s garbage because Michael Bay directed it. Some of you need to just over look the director and the funny unrealistic story about the end of the world, to fall in love with the characters and their hilarious one-liners. None of these guys are have been properly trained for their mission, but hey we only live once right? Try to tell me that every time you hear “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver that you don’t picture Ben Affleck, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Steve Buscemi singing completely out of tune as they board the ship to take them to their death. Most people cry when the main character dies, but the part that gets me every single time is when Will Patton’s Chick character meets his son again. So touching.

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
Metascore: 42/100
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 39% critics 73% audience
Roger Ebert: 1/4

Do I Own It? DVD


Is there a movie, no matter how bad it is, that you still love?

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