Top 6: Guilty Pleasures

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

In Episode 26, our Top 6 list is about our guilty pleasures. Our selections are distinct from those we pick for Controversial Take segments, which are movies one of us genuinely thinks is good even though maybe nobody else does. They’re distinct, too, from Good Bad Movies, which are movies we enjoy as bad movies. The titles we’ve chosen for these Top 6 lists are movies we know, deep down, are bad, but that we enjoy as good movies.

Everybody has guilty pleasures, but it takes courage to admit what they are. What are yours?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. Any 80s High School Movies
  2. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
  3. Army of Darkness (1992)
  4. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
  5. Rounders (1998)
  6. The Fifth Element (1997)
  1. Casino Royale (1967)
  2. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
  3. Hercules In the Haunted World (1961)
  4. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1998)
  5. The Scorpion King (2002)
  6. Critters (1986)


  1. Stephen (221) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 5:01 am

    I would like to note that I object to Sam’s charge that I was choosing only “safe picks.” I tried to pick the movies that I liked the most that were also not good movies — except for Rounders, which I think I explained — and it turns out that the movies I really like are not that bad.

    I think maybe we just have different definitions of guilty pleasure. I certainly feel a little twinge when I tell people that I love Bogus Journey, but then again it’s still probably better than The Scorpion King.

  2. Sam (405) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 5:02 am

    You picked fair choices. I was just disappointed I couldn’t rake you over the coals a little more.

  3. Grishny (156) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 9:22 am

    You want to rake someone over some coals? You can rake me for liking Hulk.

  4. wintermute (157) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 9:54 am

    The Ang Lee one? Man that sucked. Go see The Trial of the Incredible Hulk instead ;)

  5. Jeffrey (84) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 10:19 am

    I love Critters too, I still remember during a parent-teacher meeting my mum told my teacher that I enjoyed watching it, much to my embarassment.

    Here’s my list, a few of which are childhood favourites:

    Mannequin (1987) – 80s remake of One Touch Of Venus (originally starring Ava Gardner), this is a rom-com retelling of the Pygmalion myth starring Andrew McCarthy who discovers a mannequin that comes to life (played by Kim Cattrall) with whom he falls in love with. Incredible camp value and I love “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship.

    Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977) – A plot that bears a suspicious resemblance to Toy Story, this animation is about singing and dancing toys that come to life. Aided by a trippy blue camel, the duo attempts to rescue a new doll that’s been kidnapped by another toy pirate.

    Big Trouble in Little China (1986) –Fun, action-packed John Carpenter film with martial arts fighting set in Chicago’s Chinatown. Kurt Russell plays the incompetent Jack Burton caught up in a fight to rescue the girl (Kim Cattrall) and get his truck back from the sorcerer Lo Pan. Best. Movie. Ever.

    Escape to Victory (1981) – The Great Escape with football/soccer in this unusual prisoner-of-war film. Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone team up with Pele, Bobby Moore and Ossie Ardiles to take on the Nazis in a game of football whilst trying to escape captivity. One of John Huston’s stranger directorial choices.

    Howard the Duck (1986) – Subversive LucasFilm comic-book adaptation about a quack-fu fighting anthropomorphic duck from DuckWorld that has to save planet Earth. Surprisingly adult in tone that completely defies expectations (in a good way). Notable for an early appearance by Tim Robbins.

    True Lies (1994) – I had to include an Arnie movie. Remake of a French film where Arnie is leading a double life as a secret agent that has to save the world from terrorists whilst attempting to keep his family together who think he’s just a salesman. Brilliant comedic turn from Bill Paxton as the sleazy car salesman and did I mention Jamie Lee Curtis dances in her underwear?

  6. Grishny (156) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    wintermute: I know it sucked. That’s why it’s a guilty pleasure. At least I have enough sense to keep forcing myself not to buy the DVD when I see it on the $7.50 rack at Wal*Mart.

    Jeffrey: speaking of cheap movies at Wal*Mart; I just picked up Big Trouble in Little China out of their $5.50 bin. But see, I don’t think of BTiLC as a guilty pleasure… I enjoy it as what I believe it is: a good, fun action movie.

    And I liked Howard the Duck when I saw it years and years ago. I was awed by Jeffrey Jones’ powers when he had the demon or whatever it was inside him. I wished I could shoot lightening out of my hands.

    Hey! Howard the Duck and BTiLC have something in common…

  7. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Where else can you watch a remake of Hamlet lead by two inebriated Canadians? Why in my #1 guilty pleasure: “Strange Brew. The Adventures of Doug and Bob MacKenzie”!

    I will also toss in Weird Al’s “UHF” as well. I guess you now know my sense of humor.

  8. bscenefilms (2) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    For me, True Lies and The 5th Element are not guilty pleasures. Any film where a robot asks the star if he is human and he replies “No, I am a meat popsicle” has to be good :)

    I think my number one guilty pleasures are Highlander (the original) and (gasp) When Harry met Sally. The latter just because I am a guy and I am guilty of loving the film.

  9. sabel4 (3) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Let’s see, my guilty pleasures.

    6. Weird Science
    5. 1941
    4. Demolition Man
    3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness
    2. Last Action Hero
    1. Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion

    Last Action Hero, Demolition Man, and 1941 are bad movies with humor I find highly amusing. The first two are a bit too self-conscious as well. Lara Croft has to do with the insane plot of the villain to kill off every stupid person on earth, which resulted in during the family viewing us rooting for him, and me yelling out “Let him go, he’s a saint”.

    NGE: End of Eva is number one because Evangelion is a personal favorite TV show, and I honestly can’t figure out if it’s a good film or Hidaki Anno just threw random scenes together, killed characters in brutal ways, tortured others, and generally made no sense. Either way I love defending it to my friends and reading too far into it. The beauty of it is that you can pretty much claim whatever and nobody can disprove you.

  10. jaime (13) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    My Top6:
    1. Silent Hill (2006)
    2. The Fifth Element (1997)
    3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
    4. Quo Vadis (1951)
    5. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
    6. Dune (1984)

  11. siochembio (82) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    I agree that The Fifth Element and True Lies are hardly guilty pleasures. Why on earth would anyone be ashamed to admit they like those movies? The Fifth Element, in particular, is full of awesome. Not critical awesome, but still. “Chicken - good!”

    Anyhoo… my list of guilty pleasures betrays my weakness for crappy girly romantic comedies. And I could only think of five really “quality” choices.

    5. Legally Blonde
    4. Miss Congeniality
    3. Laws of Attraction (the Julianne Moore/Pierce Brosnan lawyer flick)
    2. The Matchmaker (Janeane Garofolo Ireland flick)
    1. Center Stage

    The last one being so HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY crappy that I feel I am exposing my vulnerability by admitting that I like it. It’s a terrible movie, but I have a serious weakness for the ballet sequences.

    WarpNacelle - thumbs up on UHF and Strange Brew! I remember the first time I figured out that Strange Brew was Hamlet - I almost fell out of my chair!

  12. Stephen (221) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 8:32 am

    The Fifth Element is also full of some really crappy parts, especially just about everything relating to the main plot involving Mr. Shadow. The climax is also pretty lame.

  13. megsterjules (9) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 10:52 am

    I was so excited last week when you announced this as the Top 6. Unfortunately, I had a major brain cramp and could only come up with four.

    1. Down Periscope - this is a movie that holds a place in my heart because I watched it with my mom in a hotel room one night, and we were both exhausted and we just laughed and laughed and laughed. I admit it’s a really silly movie, but it makes me laugh, to the point I can’t breathe, every time I watch it.

    2. American Outlaws - there are some scenes in here that are just classic, and again, it makes me laugh, so I love it. Plus, it’s got Timothy Dalton, so who’s going to complain about that?

    3. The Sweetest Thing - here’s one of my favorite chick flicks that I think is sweet and funny, so it definitely makes my guilty pleasures list.

    4. Center Stage - great dance sequence, pure crap for plot/script. But the dance sequences outweigh the crap, so this is why it’s a guilty pleasure.

    I’m sure I have more, but right now, these are the ones that jumped immediately to my mind.

  14. Ferrick (140) said,

    March 30, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Although I haven’t seen everything on Stephen’s list, I have to say, it doesn’t seem embarrassing enough for a guilty pleasures list. Are these really the movies you are ashamed of? I think you are hiding something darker. Where is Showgirls? Any ’80s teen flick? None of the John Hughes movies really seem to fit for you in this list except maybe Pretty in Pink or Career Opportunities. You mentioned Better Off Dead which is great camp. One Crazy Summer is a better guilty pleasure movie. How about something like Weekend at Bernies 2? Leonard Part 6?

    Rounders and Fifth Element are almost cult faves. Army of Darkness definitely is. Bogus Journey is probably the best fit for this list.

    Yes, I know it is your list and if it makes you feel guilty, what can I say. I’m just so disappointed. I just have this sneaking suspicion that you own a copy of C.H.U.D.

    As for me, I think the number one movie on my list would be Midnight Madness.

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