Starting a new series in which I list my favorite Guilty Pleasures of the Decade, starting with the Aughts and the year 2000.
I argue (with no proof) that “Billy Madison” is Donald Trump Jr.’s favorite movie and has shaped him into the “good boy” that he is today — and all the other man-children of the world. But I won’t let that stop me from enjoying this movie like I did when I was ten.Read more "Why Donald Trump Jr. Won’t Stop Me From Loving This Man-Child Movie"
Only a little over halfway through the year but Sofia Coppola’s Southern Gothic is so juicy and fun and masterfully tense, it has distanced itself from the rest of the pack.Read more "Non-Guilty Pleasure Post: My Favorite Movie of the Year (So Far)"
You know that scene in (500) Days of Summer, when they show young Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character misreading The Graduate and thinking it’s about true love? And as a result, it landed him in in a lot of trouble, love-wise? Well these are the movies that have made my life more difficult, in the same way, by painting a idealized version of love in my head. But I hold no grudges against them…Read more "My Top 5 Hopeless Romantic Guilty Pleasures"
You have to admire a $300 million movie that didn’t give a shit. Nearing its tenth anniversary (which seems crazy), here’s an appreciation of all the ways this movie did whatever it wanted to do, Hollywood business rules be damned.Read more "Pirates of the Caribbean 3 A.K.A. “Fuck It, We Have Nothing To Lose”"
A movie of nothing but sex, drugs, and boobs and thongs? Pubescent me loved it. Watching it again recently, thinking it’d be a no brainer for this list… I wound up with a stomachache, not pleasure. I also needed to find a woman’s take on this male gaze-y film to help me sort through it all.Read more "Showgirls: When Guilty Pleasures Stop Being Pleasurable And Start Getting Real"
I’m aware that this was a fairly well received movie and calling it a guilty pleasure feels weird. But a 51% Rotten Tomatoes average says it could use some defending. And it deserves it — there’s a depth to this movie that’s taken for granted.Read more "This Is 40: An astute memoir of sadness and longing from the eyes of a nine-year-old"