An interesting thought occurred to me this week. You see, a fellow blogger on the Fandango Groovers Movie Blog site (great blog… if you have the time, check it out) asked me recently to be part of a blog in April (details coming soon), featuring several other bloggers, where we all get together and pick our favorite Desert Island DVD’s. This was a very interesting list to compose. The theory is you’re trapped on a desert island and you can only bring 8 DVD’s… what do you bring?
Now, you don’t bring the best films ever made. I truly believe Gone With the Wind is one of the greatest films ever made. The story is fantastic and the script still proves entertaining and smart 7 decades later. That doesn’t mean you want to watch it over and over again. Do you bring your favorite films? Not in my case. I have films that I love and deem as “favorites”, but some of them prove a little heavy for frequent repeat viewings. That leaves movies you can watch over and over again. Exactly!
Well, when putting together that list, I realized that there was a whole other sub-section of these types of movies. Not the films I would take with me to an island, but bad films that I utterly love watching over and over again. As a film fan, I’m not exactly proud of them, but they are what they are… horribly awesome and cheesy films that I LOVE! I don’t expect anyone to agree with me. None-the-less, here they are in this week’s list: MY GUILTY PLEASURES:
5. POLICE ACADEMY 2: THEIR FIRST ASSIGNMENT.
Who would’ve thought someone could write a movie that could so successfully showcase the voice stylings of both Bobcat Goldthwait and Michael Winslow?
Essentially, Police Academy 2 is great for the same reason comic book sequels are so great. The origin story is out of the way and now we can dive into the fun stuff… just kidding. The fact is, all the Police Academy movies are written exactly the same. I don’t know why #2 is so awesome. I’m guessing it’s the tour de force turned in by one Steve Guttenberg as Sergeant Kerry Mahoney. Steve is at his Rootin’-Gutten-finest in this film and that’s the reason I can watch this film ’til the cows come home… which is a really long time… because I don’t own any cows!
4. MAJOR LEAGUE.
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes, the guy from the All-State insurance commercials… I know! How did Hollywood get so many stars of this calliber on one stage? What can I say? Sometimes the stars just allign.
This movie features a comedically ridiculous motley crew of ball players brought together on a baseball team to win a pennant against all odds. The jokes are silly but I can’t help but get sucked in every time as each member of the team overcomes their short comings to achieve their individual and team goals. The scene at the end where Berrenger points to the fence, a la Babe Ruth, in the ninth gets a tear from me every time. And I dare you to not sing “Wild Thing” as Charlie Sheen takes to the mound to close out the inning. Great stuff!
3.STEP UP 2: STEP UP 2 THE STREETS.
That’s right… I like the sequel. I saw this flick and loved it so much that I went back and watched the first one. I’m of the opinion that this one is far superior. You don’t really have to watch the whole thing. The pay off is in the prank dance at the mid-point and the final dance routine. The latter of which can be seen here:
2. SUMMER SCHOOL.
This classic comes on the heels of Mark Harmon’s 1986 win for People’s Sexiest Man Alive. It follows a teacher, Freddie Shoop, who gets forced into teaching a bunch of juvenile delinquents remedial English in Summer School. It also features a skinny Kirstie Alley and a pre-Saw Shawnee Smith. However, the best part is the homage to horror delivered by Francis “Chainsaw” Grimp and his side kick Dave. Directed by Carl Reiner… if you haven’t seen this film, do so now!!!
1. ROAD HOUSE.
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE HORRIBLE MOVIE… PERIOD!!!
The premise of this film is that Swayze plays a bouncer, or “cooler”, named Dalton who is brought in to seedy bars to clean them up and help turn them in to fine drinking establishments. When Swayze is brought in to work at the “Double Deuce” he finds love and maybe more trouble than he can handle when the man who runs the town’s seedy underbelly becomes hell-bent on bringing Dalton down. I know… great stuff.
I was going to say more about this film but I just thought of another list: THE REASONS ROAD HOUSE RULES… stay tuned!!!
That’s it, Greasers & Sosh’s. Please feel free to leave your Guilty Pleasures below. I never edit any of the comments. Remember, this was meant to be an interactive site, as much as I love the sound of my own voice.
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