I wanted to branch out a little from my other column, (Im)perfect Parenting, because occasionally, I do talk about more than toddler eating habits, my drunk child and plastic iguanas. This column is not about parenting—it’s about me. And also you. And us! Together. The concept of this column and columns to follow is pretty straightforward: It’s a list. The subject matter will change with each column. I will be sharing a list of my favorite "something"; books, actors, etc., and then I want you to do the same.
My fellow columnist Charlie Moss recently posted a great column on guilty pleasures, and it got me thinking about movies. I think everyone has a handful of movies they consider their guilty pleasure movies. Here are my top 10 guilty pleasure movies, in no particular order.
I love musicals. Spontaneous singing and dancing with coordinated dance moves? SIGN ME UP. But "Grease" is super-cheesy. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I like it. There are a lot of sexual innuendos, hip thrusts and hair gel; and at the end, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John drive off IN A FLYING CAR. What’s not to love?
When the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" came on TV in the mid-'90s, I was not allowed to watch it, buuuuuttttt I did anyway. "The Stand" has some good parts (when the credits roll), but it is mostly just awful. Molly Ringwald is particularly horrible, especially when she sings "The Star Spangled Banner" and makes me wish that I would contract Captain Trips so I didn't have to listen to her warbling.
There are timeless movie quotes that everyone knows and loves: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" ("Gone with the Wind"); "What we've got here ... is a failure to communicate" ("Cool Hand Luke"); and, of course, the beloved classic from "Twister": "I gotta go, Julia ... We got cows." This movie is the perfect storm (see what I did there?) of awesome and terrible.
Nobody puts Baby in a corner, and nobody can deny that Patrick Swayze is really hot in this film. Nevermind the fact that the plot is about a 16-year-old girl who falls in love with someone who is approximately 34 years old. IT’S ROMANTIC. How do you call your lover boy? Probably with your one phone call a day from the federal penitentiary in which you are serving time for having an affair with a 16-year-old. That’s how.
A few years after the "The Stand," another Stephen King miniseries debuted on TV: "The Langoliers." "The Langoliers" is basically about some people who fall asleep on a plane, and when they wake up, everyone is gone except for a few strategically placed characters (mystery author, blind girl, kindly old man, AIRPLANE PILOT). "The Langoliers" is complete rubbish, but it does have Balki from "Perfect Strangers" as the psychotic, paper-tearing Craig Toomy, so it’s A-OK by me. My favorite part is the Langoliers themselves, which are pretty much world-eating nightmare monsters that sound like chainsaws and look like flying blobs of meat with teeth.
This movie is actually very enjoyable, minus Nicholas Cage’s performance. John Malkovich is pretty awesome as Cyrus "The Virus," and Steve Buscemi makes any movie an automatic win. But seriously, Nicholas Cage. Just stop. PUT THE BUNNEH BAY-ACK IN THE BAWX.
OK, have you figured out by now that I’m a huge Stephen King fan? But Tim Curry is literally the only good thing about "It." The book is very scary, but the ending kind of sucks. The acting in this is just awful, but Pennywise the clown is the stuff of nightmares. If the words "we all float down here" don't give you the heebie jeebies, you have either never seen this movie, or you are a robot.
This movie stars the amazing Tom Hanks and also Daryl Hannah who, despite sharing a first name with a beloved male "Walking Dead" character, is actually a woman. Hanks plays a normal dude and—spoiler alert—Hannah plays a mermaid. Wackiness ensues.
"Repo! The Genetic Opera"
"Repo! The Genetic Opera" is a really strange movie. It is kind of awful, but also kind of awesome. It’s about a future where people’s organs are failing, so they buy new organs, but if they can’t pay for said organs, they get repossessed by a singing Anthony Stewart Head (AKA Giles from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). You should watch if for no other reason than to see Paris Hilton's face fall off.
I have to claim this one because if I were at a party and someone asked, "Hey, Natalie, let’s watch a movie; what movie do you think we should watch?" and I yelled, "'MAMMA MIA!'" I’d be ashamed of myself because NO, NATALIE. NO ONE WANTS TO WATCH THAT. But "Mamma Mia" is amazing and puts me in a good mood every time I watch it. It’s just good, upbeat, dance-y fun; and also, anything with ABBA is an automatic win for me.
So there you have it, my top 10 guilty pleasure movies. It feels good to get that off my chest. The Storify below details what the Twitter world is revealing about their guilty pleasure movies.
Now it's your turn to confess! Leave a comment and tell me what movies you are ashamed to admit that you love!
Natalie Green is a Chicago girl living in Chattanooga with her husband and their 3-year-old daughter. When she’s not working full time outside of the home, she enjoys reading, writing, singing, zombies and running. From zombies. And also beer. You can stalk her blog, Mommy Boots, or follow her on Twitter @mommyboots; or you can email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.