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"
Tone-wise, it’s a mess. But it’s gorgeous to look at, and if we’re going by what the movie preaches, that’s all that matters. But more importantly, it was a movie I very much needed at the time it was released. Would it hold up?Read more "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’s Messy Beauty"
Probably not a surprising choice for a guilty pleasure, perhaps even old hat. But hear me out… What should be just another testosterone-y, dick-measuring-contest action movie accidentally becomes something a little more: the American Dream itself.Read more "Con Air: An Ode To American Earnestness (And Bad Hair)"
A plot that doesn’t matter, a serious amount of cheese, a weird love story with a (technically) dead woman who wears some surprisingly sexy breeches — it all adds up to something wonderful: a (not shitty) improv show for your kids.Read more "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Is Funnier Than You Think"