Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Movies

This was a confusing list to make. It’s one I’ve been wanting to make for a while, but I just wasn’t completely sure how to go about it. I don’t actually even like the title of the list because I certainly don’t feel guilty about loving these movies, I just do. As I stated before, this was a confusing list to make. That’s because I wasn’t quite sure where to draw the line between the masterpieces I call the best and the movies I love regardless of their flaws.

Making this list helped me realize that, in terms of movies, when you like the big picture, you’ll almost always look past any slight flaws because you’re enjoying yourself and vice-versa, when you don’t like a movie you’re going to look for flaws. At the end of the day, this is simply a list of  movies I love  that don’t hold a candle artistically and thematically to the many movies I would call my favorites.

10. Saw Saga

If I were to feel guilty about enjoying a movie (or series for that matter), I would probably feel guilty about enjoying the Saw movies. Of course the first one is my favorite, but I’m actually a big fan of the entire story. For some reason I really enjoyed watching the whole complex story pan out. It is the horror series of my generation and it entertains me to no end.

9. Star Trek

Star Trek is the newest film on this list and while I love most of these movies because of nostalgic reasons, that didn’t play a part with Star Trek. I had never seen anything Star Trek before this movie and I wasn’t expecting much, but with this new Star Trek film I was blown away. It was fun, exciting and everything just worked.

8. Sin City

By essentially recreating the panels of Frank Miller’s original stories Sin City tells a fast-paced collage of intertwining tales of brutality, crime, lust, etc. Like all of the movies on this list, I could pick up and watch Sin City any second and be whole-heartedly entertained. I might just add that, visually, this may be my favorite movie.

7. The Punisher

This is the movie that inspired me to make this list. After watching it recently I realized that every once in a while I should definitely take a break from what I see as art and just watch a movie and enjoy. Watching The Punisher again was like watching a combination of Batman Begins, Gladiator and Unforgiven. It doesn’t reach the amazing levels of those movies, but it is fun as hell.

6. Hot Fuzz

I was a big fan of Edgar Wright’s latest film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and I absolutely love Shaun of the Dead, but I don’t enjoy either of those films as much as I enjoy Hot Fuzz. The give and take of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg is ridiculous and when you match that with the great satire on cliché action movies what you get is a fantastic time through and through.

5. The Matrix Trilogy

From this point on, this list was nearly impossible to make. When I came up with the idea to make a list out of my top ten favorite guilty pleasure movies, the movies from five on came almost immediately to mind. I’m obsessed with The Matrix Trilogy, and I’d like to emphasize “Trilogy”. Like everyone, I’m a huge fan of the first and how it showed what an action movie could be, but I also love both sequels and The Matrix Revolutions holds a special place in my heart. I might even call it my favorite.

4. Death Proof

Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite director’s to have ever made a movie. While Death Proof is no Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds or Pulp Fiction, I still can’t help the fact that I always feel the need to pick it up and watch it again because of how much I enjoy every single moment. No one writes dialogue as well as Tarantino and its just as good here, then there’s Kurt Russell as the awesome villain, Stuntman Mike and a fantastic two-part set up that builds to one of the greatest car chases in film.

3. Casino Royale

If I viewed all of the movies on this list the way I view most movies and take in every aspect, this could easily be called the best movie on the list. Daniel Craig fully embodies the James Bond for a new generation. This is new 007 series filled with realism and grit. This is a James Bond who can almost die, who has only his wits and strengths as a secret agent to save him, not a ridiculous array of gadgets. It manages to change almost every aspect of the series, while paying homage to the gimmicks you need from a 007 movie. In terms of execution, this is far and away the best movie on this list and it also manages to entertain from beginning to end.

2. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Before Christopher Nolan’s Batman series came into my life, I had never anticipated a movie more than I had anticipated seeing Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. I obviously didn’t enjoy The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones  that much, but this one looked appealing. This was to be the final Star Wars movie that would not only connect the two trilogies, but also essentially tell the origin story of my favorite character in the series.

At the time, I was not disappointed. I loved every single moment. I couldn’t get enough. I had built this idea up in my mind of how amazing this film would be and some how it turned out to be just that. As I matured it became clear that this wasn’t the masterpiece I had made it out to be in my mind, but it still means so much to me and I can say with out a doubt that it entertains me more than any other Star Wars movie.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

This is it, there is no other film that has ever been made that comes close to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. There are many films that reach a level of perfection and I would call them my favorites for many different reasons. With Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, like no other film I can look past its flaws and be completely taken away by the swashbuckling adventure at hand.

One of the reasons it stands apart as my favorite guilty pleasure movie is because of the incredibly memorable characters. I have an unconditional love for what Geoffrey Rush did with the character Hector Barbossa, even Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley play some what of an important part to the epic that is At World’s End, Bill Nighy is fantastic as villain, Davy Jones, and every secondary character has something different to offer. Let us not also forget that Johnny Depp manages to offer one of the greatest characters in history with the now iconic, Captain Jack Sparrow.

I love the whole series, I really do. But I just wanted to emphasize how much I care for this single film in particular. Artistically and thematically this film pales in comparison to films I’d call my favorite films. However, for lack of a better phrase, this is the ultimate guilty pleasure movie in my mind. Sometimes you need some mindless fun. It’s nice that not every film is trying to say something broader, but merely trying to entertain. It’s nice to just have some escapism and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is one of my favorite forms of escape.

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Top Ten Movie Gun Fights

Bullets, hand guns, shotguns, machine guns, snipers, shootouts, showdowns and more bullets: add these things in film and what you get are sometimes the best action scenes ever created. Whether the battle involves many people or just two, this is my list of my favorite gun fights in film. I found when making this list that, while a lot gun fights are extremely entertaining, there are many films that used violence and gun fights to emphasize or establish the morals of the story at hand. I like to think I found a good balance between the entertaining gun fights and the powerful ones when I made this list.

10. The Good, the Bad, the Weird

Of the gun fights on this list, this one is the least meaningful for me. I just couldn’t help putting it on this list because it’s so insanely fun. Even more fantastic than the showdown at the end that pays homage to Sergio Leone’s masterpiece is the ridiculous bullet fest through the desert that leads to the climax. The music and the added bonus of it being a chase scene makes it unforgettable.

9. Hot Fuzz

In a brilliant attempt to satirize buddy cop films and action movies in general, Hot Fuzz ends up having one of the greatest action scenes ever filmed in it’s finale. Throughout the film, laughs are had, blood is splattered and the idea that being a cop isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in the movies is established. Then that idea is turned on its head and Hot Fuzz becomes a balls-to-the-wall shootout.

8. The Matrix

I don’t think anything really needs to be said here. I can’t think of the idea of gun fights in cinema with out thinking of the lobby shootout in The Matrix. It was probably the first truly great movie gun fight I ever saw and I love it still. I’ve always had an attachment to The Matrix as movie. I will watch it any time I get the chance and enjoy it every time. The lobby shootout is just one of the many reasons the film is awesome.

7. Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver is a Martin Scorsese masterpiece that is brilliantly punctuated by a bullet-filled and blood-soaked gun fight. Taxi Driver is one of the greatest character studies ever created. Travis Bickle is an incredibly dark and layered character and the examination of this complex character and the hell that surrounds him eventually leads to his baring arms and one of the most disturbing and yet glorious gun fights ever filmed.

6. L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential is simply an incredible movie all around filled with rich characters and memorable moments. The most memorable of which is the end of the film and the shootout that takes place. The greatest moment in L.A. Confidential though is the end of the shootout where Dudley says “Hold up your badge, so they know you’re a policeman.” Then protagonist Edmund Exley does the most honorable thing he’s done in the entire film.

5. Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is brutal, it’s honest, it’s epic, it’s inspiring and it’s one of the greatest war movies ever created. The D-Day scene in the beginning is nothing short of perfect, however my favorite sequence in the film and the one that makes my list is the finale. While exemplifying the idea that war is hell, Saving Private Ryan manages to tell an excellent story of honor and duty. This story reaches it’s peak when it’s realized what our protagonists will do to actually save Private Ryan.

4. Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the most phenomenally epic westerns ever created and one I would easily call the greatest western ever made had it not been for the creation of a couple other masterpieces. Some might say the best scene in the film is the tense opening scene, which is amazing, but for me the greatest scene of the film is the showdown between protagonist “Harmonica”  and antagonist Frank. Truthfully, the scene speaks for itself.

3. Inglourious Basterds

It is simply common knowledge at this point that Quentin Tarantino loves cinema and always shows his love for his favorite movies in the movies that he makes. Inglourious Basterds drew many allusions from the films of Sergio Leone and like a great Sergio Leone movie Inglourious Basterds has one hell of a showdown. In the La Louisiane  scene, Quentin Tarantino crafts an extraordinary gun fight by building tension not with the music, editing and cinematography that Sergio Leone would use, but with dialogue. Then he ends his showdown in an instant, not with a single bullet, but with a quick and bloody shootout.

2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This is it. This is the showdown that epitomizes the idea of showdown and there was never a doubt in my mind that it would be right here as my second favorite gun fight in film. No film on this list is as beautifully epic as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It’s a dramatic, fun and enthralling adventure through the west and it all culminates into one of the greatest gun fights in film.

It’s almost indescribable how incredible this scene actually is. The film was already amazing, but it’s this showdown that makes it a masterpiece. We get to know these characters throughout this adventure and when the inevitable occurs, it’s nothing short of breathtaking. The dialogue is had, the music swells, the characters move and stare strategically, the shots change spastically and BAM!

1. Unforgiven

Unforgiven is the western masterpiece. It’s Clint Eastwood’s best film, it’s the greatest western in existence and it’s one of the greatest movies ever made. Unforgiven tells a simple tale of a ruthless murderer who has long since retired but ends up taking one last job. Unforgiven shows the violent west for what it is and establishes profound ideas of violence and what makes us who we are. What you find in the finale of Unforgiven isn’t just the greatest gun fight, but also one of the greatest scenes in film.

Little Bill Dagget makes for a deliciously ruthless antagonist where as William Munny is simply one of the greatest characters in film. When Little Bill Dagget and the well-known and feared William Munny finally meet what results is with out a doubt one of the most flawless pieces of filmmaking ever. “I’ll see you in hell William Munny,” Little Bill says with as much dignity as he has left and what Munny replies with a cock of his gun and a simple, powerful, and shameful “yeah”. Unforgiven offers a lot of things one which is the greatest gun fight cinematic history.

 

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#39 Danny Butterman (Hot Fuzz)

He’s pudgy, fun, funny, and an action hero.

  • Actor: Nick Frost
  • Quote: “Yeah Mother Fucker”
  • Action: Empties his gun clip into the air because he can’t kill his father.
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Top Ten Quotes of 2007

These are the best lines in my mind to come out of this year.

  •  10. Live Free of Die Hard
  • John McClane: “How ’bout Yippie Ki Ay Mother Fucker”
  • 9. Superbad
  • Fogal: “I am Mclovin”
  • 8. Fracture
  • Ted: “If you look closely enough, you’ll find that everything has a weak point where it can break”
  • 7. Sweeney Todd
  • Sweeney: “At last, my arm is complete again”
  • 6. Michael Clayton
  • Michael: “Doe it look like I’m negotiating?”
  • 5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Jesse: “Boy, don’t that picture look dusty”
  • 4. Hot Fuzz
  • Angel: “Your a doctor, deal with it” Butterman: “Yeah mother fucker”
  • 3. Death Proof
  • Mike: Ah, ha, ha, ah, hahey, ladies, THAT!! Was Fun!!
  • 2. No Country For Old Men
  • Chigurh: (I’ve decided to put my three favorite lines from this movie) 3. “What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?” 2. “If the road you followed brought you to this, then for what use was the road” 1. “That depends, do you see me?”
  • 1. There Will Be Blood
  • Plainview: ” That land has been had, there’s nothing you can do about it, its gone, its had. You lose. DRAINAGE!!!! DRAINAGE!!!! Eli you boy. Drained dry, I’m so sorry. Hey, if you have a milkshake and I have a milkshake and I have a straw there it is that’s a straw, you watching? My straw reaches acrrroooosss the room and starts to drink your milkshake, I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!! (slurp) I DRINK IT UP!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!! Did you think your song and dance and your superstition would help you Eli?!?!?! I am the third revalation, I am who the lord has chosen. Because I’m smarter then you!!!! I’m older. Your nothing but a false prophet!!!! Stupid Boy!!! I AM THE THIRD REVALATION!!!! I AM THE THIRD REVALATION!!!!! I tooold you I would eat you!!!  “

Top Ten Movies of 2007

Keep in mind, that when reading this list, I have not seen every movie to come out this year, including ones that I here are pretty good. Jesse James in particular. When and if I see this movie and more I will change my list accordingly, but for right now, this is how it stands:

  • 10. American Gangster
  • I enjoyed this movie for its acting and some of its memorable scenes. Such as the one with Ruby Dee. Denzel is an amazing actor and Crowe wasn’t bad, which is saying something because I don’t usually like him.
  • 9. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Ok so sue me, I put Pirates of the Caribbean on my list. I loved it. It was an entertaining movie.
  • 8. Michael Clayton
  • Good movie that really presented good dialogue/lines with great acting.  
  • 7. Zodiac
  • Dark, intense, entertaining. It was made intelligently and it was fun to watch.
  • 6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Well made, interesting to watch, made you feel like you were there feeling the same anxieties of every character.
  • 5. Hot Fuzz
  • Pure entertainment. Period.
  • 4. There Will Be Blood
  • Daniel-Day Lewis, nough said. This movie would not be as amazing as it was and it was, without him.
  • 3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Entertainment at its full-blown best. You can’t look away. Amazing music, amazing movie.
  • 2. Death Proof
  • Yes Death Proof. I know a lot of people will disagree with this, but I’m sorry, I love this movie. Every last dialogue filled second. Oh No god forbid a movie thats supposed to just have action have realistic dialogue. I love this movie and it is my #2.
  • 1. No Country For Old Men
  • This movie is amazing. The tension just builds and builds and builds eventually making its way to one of the best endings I’ve ever seen. Huh good ending, nah. That is what dumb people will think after reading that last statement. This movie had a great symbolic ending. When I saw this movie some annoying girl behind me got up and yelled quote on quote, “Worst Movie I’ve Ever Seen!” I wanted to stand up and punch her in the face. First of all, no one cares what you think, second of all that movie is amazing, third of all, god forbid you have to think at the end of a movie that has guns and violence in it. This movie is amazing. go see it. 

Top Ten Movies of 2007 (So Far)

#10 Fracture

Two great actors, one great plot. What could go wrong, not much.

#9 1408

One of the greatest horror movies I’ve seen since The Shining.

#8 Spider-Man 3

A lot of people are gonna disagree with me here, but c’mon, that sun rise gets me every time.

#7 Live Free Or Die Hard

Bruce Willis, nough said.

#6 American Gangster

Great Movie, I love Denzel. “My Man”

#5 Zodiac

Dark and Mezmerising.

#4 Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End

The best Pirates yet, and the first two were hard to beat.

#3 Hot Fuzz

Comedy, Action, and Gore, what more could there possibly be.

#2 Death Proof

Quentin’s best since Pulp, I loved Russel in this movie.

#1 No Country For Old Men

One of the most incredible movies I’ve ever seen, only being surpassed by Fight Club and Pulp Fiction.