Wow. I can't believe it's been a month since my last post! I'm really slacking. What brings me back today is that on Friday I finally saw Inception and I really really wanted to write a blog on it. But I told myself I could not write it until I finished the post I started a month ago about two movies on the polar opposite end of the spectrum than the masterpiece Inception.
Sometimes there's nothing I'm more in the mood for than a bad movie. Last month I had the pleasure (haha I think so at least) to see two particularly awful, yet entertaining films (but mostly only entertaining because of their absurdities)
The Last Song in the dollar theater. Actually, she didn't really go willingly, I dragged her in insisting that making fun sometimes is half the entertainment. Sometimes I just want to snicker at the movie and there's no better place than the dollar theater. There's still an audience, but I don't have to waste 9 bucks. As with all Nicolas Sparks adaptations, this film was highly melodramatic, manipulative and cheeseriffic (p.s. I love that when writing this, cheeseriffic was not something that had a red underline for a misspelled word, but Miley was. heh heh.) However, to add Miley Cyrus' first dramatic role and you have a truly entertaining bad movie. And I gotta say, watching her character and the love story in which she was involved was like watching "Beauty and the Beast"...with her in the beast role. She was completely unlikable and that such a sweet, attractive, perfect boy would fall for that cranky, scraggly mess was completely unbelievable. The whole time I kept thinking "Who could ever learn to love that beast?" IMDB rating: 3.2/10. Ouch.
Right after seeing The Last Song, I followed it up with a film that came out last summer called Orphan. Clayton, Sean and I rented it for a laugh based on the previews from last year. While I got some, they were pretty disturbed! For me, Orphan was an extremely preposterous entertaining piece of trash. It was definitely more well made than The Last Song as it featured some fine performances, nice cinematography, and good direction. But the content at the core, was pretty trashy. And the twist at the end is so simultaneously ridiculous and brilliant that it's all kind of laughable. To distinguish I would say that The Last Song was poorly made, entertaining trash, while Orphan is well made, entertaining trash. I honestly could not recommend it to anyone, which is funny since my friend Michael immediately rented it after I was telling him about it! Coincidentally, when reading the reviews of Orphan one reviewer had a quote that totally got what I'm talking about, and which leads me to discuss my all time favorite awful movie!
"Orphan will likely put off more people than it will envelop in its seemingly unintended hilarity. You just have to figure out what camp you are in and go with it. If you’re in the one that endlessly watches the Nicolas Cage Wicker Man compilation on YouTube than Orphan is definitely the movie for you"
That's right that's me! My favorite bad movie ever is 2006's The Wicker Man starring Nicolas Cage. This was one of my favorite movie experiences ever. Me and my dad were trying to go along with it for (surprisingly now that I look back on it! haha) the majority of the film. It was stupid, and there was so much overacting, but we were willing to go with it. And then it happened...Nicolas Cage punched the butchest woman I've ever seen in my life in the face and me and my Dad just lost it. We laughed for the rest of the entire movie as he punched two other women, stole one of their bikes, and finally paraded around in a bear suit. A BEAR SUIT. So fantastic. I still love to watch it for laughs. But remembering how me and my dad lost it in the theater is one of my favorite movie memories. I bought the movie for 1 buck at a going out of business video store. One time my friends and I had a drinking party...but more to see who could pee their pants since the beverages were apple beer and root beer. IMDB rating: 3.6/10
And, of course, when talking about terrible, yet entertaining movies, you have to mention the work of the late Ed Wood. A few years back Anna and I rented Glen or Glenda and Plan 9 From Outerspace. So terrible, bizarre, and hilarious. IMDB ratings 3.5/10 and 3.6/10
So what are some of your favorite bad ones?
P.S. Here's the youtube video for The Wicker Man that I love!
Wicker Man Recut Trailer