Friday Five: Guilty Pleasures

I’m a bit late with this today but figured we can use the mental health break as we close in on the election. Today’s five is movies that are guilty pleasures.

By “guilty pleasure” I mean a movie you know is not a classic or enriching or a “feeelm”. You might even go so far as to say you would be mildly embarrassed to be caught watching it. But it will be warming your DVD player more often than, say, Citizen Kane. Or if you’re channel surfing and find it, you’ll stop. It’s something you put on when you want to turn the brain off.

My five?

Kick-ass: This may not quote fit the category but, to quote me:

I have this rated 7/10 and that’s probably my ego insisting that I can’t like it as much as I do. This was just so much fun to watch. I know Roger Ebert and others were appalled by a young girl spewing profanities and murdering roomfuls of bad guys. And if I took it seriously, I would be too. But the movie is so ridiculously over the top, so obviously satirical, I was able to enjoy it on its own terms. I hope we see a lot more of Chloe Moretz, who is utterly charming.

Moretz was also excellent in Hugo.

The Mummy: Roger Ebert famously said of this: “Look, art this isn’t. Great trash, it isn’t. Good trash, it is.” It’s ridiculous and silly and bit impossible. I’ll watch just about anything with Rachel Weisz in it, but this is one of my favorites. It’s absurdly fun. Brendan Frasier has probably been in more guilty pleasure movies than anyone in Hollywood.

There’s Something About Mary: My dad sent this to me out of the blue for Christmas one year. It’s not art by any means. But it’s the Ferrelly Brother’s best so far. It understand the principle rule of gross-out comedy: having a basic sweetness about the characters.

Commando: I debated putting Predator here but that movie has too much going for it. Commando, by contrast, is just dumb. Arnold blows away about six hundred guys because they kidnapped his daughter. Dumb dumb dumb. And totally unashamed. And I probably watch it about once a year with a grin.

Young Sherlock Holmes: As a Holmes fan, I should be outrageously outraged about this. But it has a great sense of fun. My brother and I loved this as kids and used to re-enact the mummy sacrifice scene with my sister’s dolls (she didn’t think was such a hot idea).

Honorable Mentions: A host of 80’s films: War Games, Real Genius, the Last Starfighter, Goonies. If it was made in the 80’s and has cheese spilling out of the camera reels, I probably like it.

What are your five?

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  1. Thrill

    Kick-ass:

    You have to see Super with Rainn Wilson. It’s a similar plot, superficially, but extremely deep.

    Midnight Run

    Really? That’s a genuinely good movie. No reason to feel guilty.

    My five:

    1. Cannibal: The Musical–Jesus, it’s stupid as all get-out but I love seeing the South Park guys get their start

    2. JFK–Wrong on so many historical facts, but so many great performances by so many of my favorite actors

    3. 1941–Themost disliked Spielberg movie? I don’t know why. John Belushi as Wild Bill Kelso…enough said

    4. Transformers the Movie (1986)–Incredibly bad, even for a 90 minute toy commercial. But Transformers was my life as a kid. My life! Do you hear me? Still watch it for the memories.

    5. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome–Unquestionably the worst of the trilogy, but oh so quotable. I mean: “Thunderdome”. Where would WE be without it?

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  2. HARLEY

    The Road Warrior………… I love post end of the world shit! . just introduced my son to that movie today…ha!

    Flash Gordon…… big Cheese fun!… and princess Aura. mmmm

    Big Trouble in Little China … you got to love this, the big Hero is really just the side kick. crazy action.

    RED DAWN … Wolverines!

    Revenge of the Nerds……..

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  3. HARLEY

    Ugh. I bought that on pay-per-view and couldn’t finish it.

    Its bad, but weird and wild.. mecha, hot lil jail baits, trench warfare, dragons, B-25’s // / Giant Samurai…

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  4. Kimpost

    - Roadhouse (Patrick Swayze is the better door man, but Sam Elliot should have had an Oscar for this)
    – The last dragon (Sho’nuff is a bad mf)
    – Face/off (Seriously, what’s not to like?)
    – Rocky IV (I will break you)
    – Cocktail (Tom Cruise at his very best)

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  5. Mississippi Yankee

    Reefer Madness – the original is creepy now but the remake with Kristen Bell is hilarious

    Casablanca – just because

    The House of Flying Daggers – the music and scenery devastate me as does Crouching Tiger…

    Ice Age – all of them

    Edward Scissorhands – my favorite Tim Burton film

    Honorable mention – Red Dawn, Blazing Saddles, Grease, Flash Gordon, Idiocracy (cause it scares the crap out of me), The GB&U, and Once Upon a Time in the West

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  6. Thrill

    Reefer Madness

    That’s perfect for this thread. Wish I’d thought of it.

    The House of Flying Daggers

    Great visuals, yes, but I saw that one after Hero. Was disappointed.

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  7. CM

    Some more:
    Sahara
    Scent of a Woman
    Dumb and Dumber
    Con Air
    Point Break
    Starship Troopers
    From Dusk Till Dawn
    Hot Shots! Part Deux
    Daylight

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  8. Thrill

    It’s also now impossible for me to think of Point Break without laughing about the main characters in Hot Fuzz watching it. Shit, I need to see if HF is on Netflix.

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  9. Thrill

    That really is the saddest thing about Keanu Reeves. No actor on Earth is more unintentionally hilarious just because of his facial expressions.

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  10. Santino

    American Pie
    Caddyshack
    The Little Mermaid
    Bad Boys
    Any Marx Brothers movie (not necessarily a guilty pleasure, but you certainly don’t need the brain on to enjoy them)

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  11. Thrill

    The Little Mermaid

    AAAHHH YESSSSSSS! THAT is the kind of thing I was looking for.

    Now that the shame wall has been cracked, I can let it all out:

    I watched Love Actually with my wife when we first met. I enjoyed it and never admitted it to her.

    Oh, God, it feels good to get that off my chest.

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  12. salinger

    Evil Dead in all it’s incarnations
    Bollywood musicals
    Mars Needs Women
    The Forbidden Zone (find it – watch it – be amazed – wash your eyes with bleach)
    Rubber (a serial killing spare tie)

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  13. Mississippi Yankee

    I watched Love Actually with my wife when we first met.

    About 8 years ago an ex-girlfriend pointed out how much I was enjoying “chick flix”. As it turns out prolly a lot more than a grown manly man should.

    Another guilty pleasure is film noir, any film noir. And if you dislike black and while movies but have a sense of humor try “Real Men Don’t Wear Plaid”

    CM “Scent of a Woman is my favorite Pacino movie, even more than Scarface.

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  14. CM

    And if you dislike black and while movies but have a sense of humor try “Real Men Don’t Wear Plaid”

    Oh. My. God. I LOVE that film (I’m assuming you mean “DEAD Men Don’t Wear Plaid”. It’s my favourite Steve Martin alongside The Man With Two Brains.
    When he gets shot in the same place – “Arrrrgh, it’ll never heal”. I use that line often, even when it’s extremely tenuous.

    CM “Scent of a Woman is my favorite Pacino movie, even more than Scarface.

    WHAT?! Not Gigli??! ;-)
    Yep, alongside ‘Heat’ for me. Gabrielle Anwar with the assist.
    Although Dog Day Afternoon is also pretty good.

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  15. CM

    2nd clip should have been this one (I don’t think you can embed 2 YouTube clips into a single post, the second always turns into the same as the first)

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  16. CM

    What about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?

    Oklahoma… Oklahoma… Oklahoma..!!!!

    Yeah, also quality.
    Martin had a great run. I know most people say The Jerk is their favourite.
    Even L.A. Story had its moments.

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  17. CM

    Well, we know MY likes My Blue Heaven… I think that’s a good guilty pleasure movie. Not well known, mostly forgotten.

    Another winner. Martin had some magic ingredients back then. He’ll have a permanent place in a lot of people’s hearts/minds for many decades to come. (Jeez, CM, he’s not dead, calm down)

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  18. Hal_10000 *

    Flash Gordon…… big Cheese fun!… and princess Aura. mmmm

    Ah, I was thinking of including Flash Gordon. So bad but so good. :)

    What about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?

    Ah, yes. Excellent movie. Not just Martin, but Michael Caine is hilarious. And Glenne Headley plays her role to perfection.

    My Blue Heaven is one of my dad’s favorite movies and I’ll admit I like it quite a bit myself. One reason is that I’m big fan of Rick Moranis and it was nice to see him in a role where he was heroic.

    one movie I just remembered that no on else has seen is Real Men with James Belushi and John Ritter. It’s bad in many ways but there are parts that are hilarious. We used to watch that about once a year.

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  19. Thrill

    Ah, I was thinking of including Flash Gordon

    Queen probably saved that movie. I can’t imagine it without the rock.

    Real Men with James Belushi and John Ritter.

    Oh, my God, I do remember that one. With the dominatrix librarian and Clown Squad. Yes, that was one of HBO’s finest daytime crapola movies. How about A Fine Mess? I think Ted Danson, Howie Mandel, and Richard Mulligan were in it.

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  20. Shiftuser

    I’m going for the top 10 in my library:

    Super Fly

    The Rocketeer

    The Secret of NIMH

    Water World

    Spaceballs

    Throw Mama from the Train,

    The fifth Element

    Salems Lot

    Crocodile Dundee

    Chicken Run

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  21. Thrill

    Water World

    That’s a fine specimen. It should have been a well-acclaimed movie. Big budget, popular actors, great sets, Even Dennis Hopper’s evil performance couldn’t save it though. I’d watch it again.

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  22. Santino

    Best Little Whorehouse in Texas would have been more courageous, but yes: All Burt Reynolds. Yes.

    Two of my favourite things, show tunes and big boobs!!

    Oh, I missed Kangaroo Jack, otherwise it could have been called Dumb and Dumber, Down Under.

    That reminds me, Crocodile Dundee (Linda Kozlowski was hot in that movie).

    One more. From the brilliant Mel Brooks, History of the World Part I

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  23. Mississippi Yankee

    Scott Pilgrim vs The World is on MTV now.

    Own it
    Sucker Punch – own it too
    My Blue Heaven – owned it and lent it out :(
    Dumbo – not really surprising tho
    The Greatest Show on Earth
    Kill Bill vol. 1 (had better music than vol. 2)

    How about “Chicago” – have it on my DVR
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW3MIixEps4

    I’ll record and watch (late at night) any and all kung-fu/martial arts movie in ANY language

    But for just the Pomp and Spectical of it all – “Cleopatra” and “Curse of the Golden Flower”

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  24. Mississippi Yankee

    If for nothing else, for introducing us to Jennifer Connely.

    Have you seen ” The Hot Spot”?

    The Hot Spot is a 1990 American drama film directed by Dennis Hopper and based on the 1952 book Hell Hath No Fury by Charles Williams. It stars Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, and Jennifer Connelly, and features a score by Jack Nitzsche played by John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Roy Rogers and drummer Earl Palmer.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmWLUAsas60

    This is a guilty pleasure that will make you touch yourself

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  25. CM

    LMAO @ MY re: JC

    Just back from The Black Keys. Fucking superb. Hoping the hearing loss isn’t permanent. If it is, it was worth it. Found a purse with $50, US credit cards, and a New Hampshire driver’s licence. Am trying to track her down…..poor thing, it’s her birthday today too.

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  26. HARLEY

    Jennifer Connely.

    Have you seen ” The Hot Spot”?

    Hmmmmmmmm Jennifer connely and Hot spot… oh sorry what was that you were saying?

    Any one Remember Labyrinth>?

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  27. Thrill

    I thought Labyrinth introduced us to Jennifer Connelly? Granted, it would have been inappropriate to lust after her since she was portraying a 14 year old, but the whole thing with David Bowie doing exactly that was a bit weird to begin with.

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  28. HARLEY

    I thought Labyrinth introduced us to Jennifer Connelly? Granted, it would have been inappropriate to lust after her since she was portraying a 14 year old,

    NOT ME! we were the same age!

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  29. ilovecress

    Any Paul vehoven film. He really doesn’t give a shit. Robocop, basic instinct, total recall…..

    Hot shots part deux, and top secret

    Bill and teds bogus journey

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  30. AlexInCT

    Pulp Fiction? As a guilty pleasure?

    Well:

    Jules: There’s a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.” I been sayin’ that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, it meant your ass. I never really questioned what it meant. I thought it was just a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before you popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. Now I’m thinkin': it could mean you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. .45 here, he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could be you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.

    Any reason to bust a cap in people’s asses is a guilty pleasure…

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  31. Miguelito

    I agree with many movies listed.. things like Fifth Element get played a lot in my house. A few I haven’t seen mentioned:

    – Hackers – Totally unrealistic but always find it fun and the soundtrack is good. I just pretend that the computer stuff we see is their imagination of what it looks like. Yeah, lame, but let’s face it, a movie about hackers showing what people really do would be boring as hell.

    – Johnny Menominic – mostly ditto for Hackers. I’d love to see the purported Japanese cut that puts back some bits that makes a lot of it make more sense.

    – Long Kiss Goodnight – The dialog makes this film. Samuel Jackson is hilarious in it. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is of a similar style, not surprisingly, both by Shane Black.

    – Vibes – I thought this movie was pretty damn funny. Hardly anyone has ever heard of it. Cindy Lauper’s voice can grate some, but a lot of the dialog is hilarious.

    – Hudson Hawk – Most people seem to hate this film, I thought it was goofy fun.

    – Hot Pursuit – Early John Cusack. Probably every teenage guy’s dream adventure showing the girlfriend’s parents that you are actually awesome. Fun movie.

    Finally, someone else that likes Young Sherlock Holmes too.

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  32. hist_ed

    Battle Beyond the Stars. I think I mentioned it in an earlier 5 thread. Seven Samurai/Magnificent Seven in space. Even has Robert Vaughn playing the exact same role from Magnificent Seven. John Boy Walton, George Peppard, Sybil Danning as sexy goddess battle alien. God it’s horrible and I love it.

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  33. HARLEY

    Battle Beyond the Stars God it’s horrible and I love it…

    It is not horrible, its quiet good considering it was made by Roger Corman….
    love that flick..

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  34. Mississippi Yankee

    The mention of George Peppard reminded me of “the Blue Max” WW I in technicolor.

    But my absolute guiltiest pleasure is about the only girl I ever truly loved, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. And I was only five years old when I first saw it.

    That is why “Sonne” by Rammstein excited me so much… seriously.

    I may need therapy

    HEY, Where is repmom in all of this ‘soul bearing’ post? You know most of us have seen your “girly picks” even if we don’t admit it our loud.

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  35. Thrill

    But my absolute guiltiest pleasure is about the only girl I ever truly loved, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs.

    Like Santino and the Little Mermaid, this is the kind of Guilty Pleasure I like to see. Most of the selections we’ve been putting up are “awesomely bad” dude films, but I don’t think we really feel guilty about anyone finding out we enjoy them.

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  36. CM

    Cough, cough, um, Hope Floats…..

    Found purse update: the chick is a student, staying in some country town, up in Auckland for the weekend (for The Black Keys gig). I managed to contact the educational place and someone picking her up to take her back to the town called and then they both came and collected the purse. Unsurprisingly she was very grateful. Somewhat surprisingly she came bearing a huge box of chocolates. Nice. She’d managed to cancel one credit card but not the other, so at least she’ll still have that one to use. I assume the larger pain would have been the driver’s licence, which is also ID. Anyway, I expect good karma for the next week….

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  37. Mississippi Yankee

    Anyway, I expect good karma for the next week…

    Just more delusion from the left… oh, you didn’t mean here you mean like in general right?
    {up vote for CM}

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  38. Hal_10000 *

    Like Santino and the Little Mermaid, this is the kind of Guilty Pleasure I like to see. Most of the selections we’ve been putting up are “awesomely bad” dude films, but I don’t think we really feel guilty about anyone finding out we enjoy them.

    My 5 y/o is really into princesses and I have to admit that a lot of the movies are actually quite good. Her favorite is probably Sleeping Beauty which has some gorgeous artwork and music. The finale with the dragon is great.

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  39. CM

    Just more delusion from the left… oh, you didn’t mean here you mean like in general right?
    {up vote for CM}

    I think this is strictly a karma-free zone ;-)

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  40. CM

    My 5 y/o is really into princesses and I have to admit that a lot of the movies are actually quite good. Her favorite is probably Sleeping Beauty which has some gorgeous artwork and music. The finale with the dragon is great.

    I’m very pleased that I can avoid the whole princess thing, having two boys (aged 6 and 4). At the moment their great love is Spongebob, which is more than fine as far as I’m concerned.

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  41. Mississippi Yankee

    repmom GSOE and Dumbo are near and dear to my heart because I spent 15 years in the circus. Those two movie are more realistic than any others I’ve ever seen. That’s what a ‘mud-show’ was all about. Disney did his homework and Cecil B DeMille was a huge circus fan.
    I remember in the late 70’s when Mattel Toys owned the RBBBC. they were indoors by then though.

    * A cautionary tale to any parents of young children old enough to work the DVD player DO NOT let them get too attached to a childs movie. It probably won’t hurt them but YOU will, at some point, go over the edge. Please believe me. If “Brave Little Toaster” ever plays within my hearing range again it will take a S.W.A.T. team to bring me down.

    One more GP, Little Shop of Horrors. both original and Rick Moranis/Steve Martin re-make (own it too)

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  42. repmom

    I’ve been reading, MY, but it seemed the discussion turned to “guy talk” early on, so I thought I would sit this one out and not get in the middle of conversation.

    I was quite impressed, I have to say, when you listed “Greatest Show on Earth”. That is one of my all time favorites. Most people I mention it to have never heard of it. Guess we’re showing our age with that one!

    Love Actually is top of the list. Con Air is a great one, as well as The Rock.

    A Knight’s Tale is one I can’t pass up. Just fun entertainment.

    Kiss Me Goodbye and Heaven Can Wait are two old ones I love.

    Beautiful Girls. Sleepless in Seattle. Romancing The Stone.

    Die Hard.

    Just to name a few.

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  43. Mississippi Yankee

    Romancing the Stone
    The Jewel of the Nile
    and the oh so sad
    War of the Roses

    Turner and Douglas had an unbeatable chemistry, much like William Powell and Myna Loy in the Thin Man movies.

    Kudos to Danny DeVito too.

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  44. Santino

    Like Santino and the Little Mermaid, this is the kind of Guilty Pleasure I like to see. Most of the selections we’ve been putting up are “awesomely bad” dude films, but I don’t think we really feel guilty about anyone finding out we enjoy them.

    My 5 y/o is really into princesses and I have to admit that a lot of the movies are actually quite good. Her favorite is probably Sleeping Beauty which has some gorgeous artwork and music. The finale with the dragon is great.

    To further expose my guilt, I fell for the Little Mermaid well before I had my girls. I believe I was still in university. The songs from that movie still warm my heart to this day.

    I got two words for you, CM: ADVENTURE TIME!!!!

    I was introduced to this last summer at the cottage by my nephews and neices. Nomally I don’t enjoy cartoons with abstract chatacters (artistically speaking) but the abstract humour is awesome. Plus the dog is Bender. Alas, we don’t get this in Canada.

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  45. Santino

    I managed to contact the educational place and someone picking her up to take her back to the town called and then they both came and collected the purse. Unsurprisingly she was very grateful. Somewhat surprisingly she came bearing a huge box of chocolates.

    Dear Penthouse Letters…

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  46. CM

    Before this thread rides merrily off into the sunset, thanks for the ‘Adventure Time’ recommendation. I’ll definitely check that out. Can’t have Spongebob on all the time, and I fear Jake and Neverland Pirates may soon lead to homicidal tendancies. Or at least a smashed tv screen.

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  47. balthazar

    The 5th Element
    Big Trouble in Little China
    Labyrinth
    Escape From NY
    Evil Dead 3: The Army Of Darkness

    Honorable Mention: Shawn Of the Dead

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