Favorite Guilty Pleasure Of 2008

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Of 2008

Australia
1
4%
Cloverfield
3
12%
Mamma Mia
7
27%
Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist
1
4%
Pineapple Express
3
12%
Rocknrolla
0
No votes
Sex And The City
5
19%
Tropic Thunder
4
15%
Twilight
2
8%
Zack And Miri Make A Porno
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 26

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Postby dreaMaker » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:41 pm

Well, i liked Cloverfield, Mamma Mia, Sex n the City, Tropic Thunder; even Rocknrolla and Twilight weren't that bad.
I didn't see (but want to) Australia and Pineapple Express.
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Postby criddic3 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:59 pm

jack wrote:I voted for Pineapple Express. Not because it's a guilty pleasure, but because I thought it was the best movie on the list, and thought it was one of the funniest movies I saw last year.

I agree with most of you about the guilty pleasure thing. I for one don't care if other's didn't like a movie that I enjoyed. A movie that I could watch again and again is The Day After Tomorrow. I know it's a load of nonsence, but I still enjoy it. For two hours I can sit back and escape. That's what movies are for. Is it wrong that I enjoy The Day After Tomorrow? Who cares...

And rolo I kinda understand what you're getting at, but tell me if a film is well made, does that make it a better film in your book? I didn't like Ben Button either. I thought it was too long and boring, and I frankly didn't care how well made it was.

The Day After Tomorrow is actually a pretty decent movie. I would consider a guilty pleasure to be something like Mars Attacks!, where the fun of watching it derives almost solely from those crazy little aliens running around killing everybody.
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Postby Reza » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:25 am

What a lousy year....no guilty pleasures in sight.

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Postby rolotomasi99 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:51 am

abcinyvr wrote:Of these I am proud to say that I have only seen RocknRolla and my guilty pleasure was JCVD.

you know, i was impressed with ROCKNROLLA. i have never found guy ritchie movies to be enjoyable, even on the guilty pleasure level. the plots are always stupid and the acting is atrocious. the editing and cinematography, which people usually love about ritchie films, are just annoying and give me a headache.

however, ROCKNROLLA was, dare i say it, acutally pretty good. obviously it is still in the guilty pleasure arena, but the acting, editing, cinematography, and story were all better than any guy ritchie movie has the right to be. i even enjoyed the little gay inclusive part of the movie. i hope glaad remembers ROCKNROLLA when they hand out nominations for their awards -- though breaking up with madonna may have prejudiced some of the gays against him.
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Postby abcinyvr » Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:15 am

Of these I am proud to say that I have only seen RocknRolla and my guilty pleasure was JCVD.

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Postby rolotomasi99 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:52 am

jack wrote:And rolo I kinda understand what you're getting at, but tell me if a film is well made, does that make it a better film in your book? I didn't like Ben Button either. I thought it was too long and boring, and I frankly didn't care how well made it was.

yeah, i do my best to be objective when judging a film. i appreciate a movie that takes the time to be well put together. however, that does not guarantee i will enjoy it.

GONE WITH THE WIND, OUT OF AFRICA, THE LAST EMPEROR, DANCES WITH WOLVES, BRAVEHEART, et al are films i can appreciate and admire from a strictly cinematic viewpoint, but i would still rather watch spartan soldiers fight the persian army in 300. what i enjoy and what is well made often overlap, but not always. those are the guilty pleasures.

nothing annoys me more than when people will be talking about their favorite movie and they will keep calling it the best movie. you can like whatever you want to like, but at least have the decency to not confusing your entertainment with the quality of the film. i would do the same with books. i may love the harry potter series, but i would never say they are the best books written.




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Postby jack » Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:20 am

I voted for Pineapple Express. Not because it's a guilty pleasure, but because I thought it was the best movie on the list, and thought it was one of the funniest movies I saw last year.

I agree with most of you about the guilty pleasure thing. I for one don't care if other's didn't like a movie that I enjoyed. A movie that I could watch again and again is The Day After Tomorrow. I know it's a load of nonsence, but I still enjoy it. For two hours I can sit back and escape. That's what movies are for. Is it wrong that I enjoy The Day After Tomorrow? Who cares...

And rolo I kinda understand what you're getting at, but tell me if a film is well made, does that make it a better film in your book? I didn't like Ben Button either. I thought it was too long and boring, and I frankly didn't care how well made it was.

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Postby Zahveed » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:42 pm

I'm waiting for the Most Overrated Favorite Guilty Pleasure of 2008 thread. I'd like to vote for Mamma Mia(!).

Note: I admit, I haven't seen it though.
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Postby Damien » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:21 pm

OscarGuy wrote:That's the problem with the term Guilty Pleasures. I think it refers more to what other people feel about the film than what you yourself feel. For instance, I love The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but a lot of people don't like it. It would be considered guilty because others don't like it.

But, if the definition truly is "I feel guilty about liking this", then I know I would never have a Guilty Pleasure because I don't feel guilty about liking the movies I like. It's my opinion and people can live with it even if they don't like it.

A Guilty Pleasure is a movie which you realize in every reasonable objective sense is bad, but you have great affection for it anyway. It;s basically akin to camp. For me The Bad Seed, The Love Machine, The Miracle Of The Bells and the recently-discussed The Oscar are Guilty Pleasures of the highest order.
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Postby MovieWes » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:02 pm

There's some movies that I know I should hate, like Old School, Road Trip, or the Harold and Kumar movies, for instance, but still enjoy nonetheless.
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Postby rolotomasi99 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:24 pm

Eric wrote:Honestly, I'm getting past the point of guilty pleasures because I still attempt (and, yes, often fail) to differentiate between affection and appraisal. Plus, I think there's much value to parse from the cinema of ill repute.

bad movies help me appreciate good movies. :)
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Postby Eric » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:53 pm

Honestly, I'm getting past the point of guilty pleasures because I still attempt (and, yes, often fail) to differentiate between affection and appraisal. Plus, I think there's much value to parse from the cinema of ill repute.

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Postby rolotomasi99 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:46 pm

OscarGuy wrote:That's the problem with the term Guilty Pleasures. I think it refers more to what other people feel about the film than what you yourself feel. For instance, I love The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but a lot of people don't like it. It would be considered guilty because others don't like it.

But, if the definition truly is "I feel guilty about liking this", then I know I would never have a Guilty Pleasure because I don't feel guilty about liking the movies I like. It's my opinion and people can live with it even if they don't like it.

for me the guilty part comes from the fact that i think movies should be well made -- intelligent story; well acted, written, and directed; the way it is shot should not only be competent but cinematically interesting. these must be hard standards to meet because every year out of the more than 200 films made and released in the u.s., only about 10% seem to accomplish being well made.

however, these films i listed (an incomplete list since i was allowed only ten options) just seemed like movies none of us would really consider award worthy yet were enjoyed by some of us. like oscarguy said, your opinion is your opinion, but i like to be objective in my opinion of cinema. i may not enjoy a movie like THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, but i can still point out how well made it is.

in that same way, i can say i loved TWILIGHT while still admitting it was not the most well made film out there (though also not poorly made). that is why it is guilty to me. i still think movies should strive to be as well made as possible, but every so often i fall in love with a movie that just does not meet the standard i hold movies to in general.




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Postby OscarGuy » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:12 pm

That's the problem with the term Guilty Pleasures. I think it refers more to what other people feel about the film than what you yourself feel. For instance, I love The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but a lot of people don't like it. It would be considered guilty because others don't like it.

But, if the definition truly is "I feel guilty about liking this", then I know I would never have a Guilty Pleasure because I don't feel guilty about liking the movies I like. It's my opinion and people can live with it even if they don't like it.
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Postby Eric » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:08 pm

Doesn't sound like you're deriving much "guilt" in taking pleasure from it, Pen.


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