They are films I should dislike, even loathe yet my dark secret is, I watch them, I like them. Some of them are terribly written yet the director overcomes that, filling the screen with awe and wonder, while others are downright terrible, but like a car wreck, you cannot look away. You watch in wonder and bewilderment, asking yourself over and over…how did this get made? ‘Howard the Duck’ is a great example; what told them this would make a good movie? We watch poor Lea Thompson act opposite a little person in a duck suit? Painful, because she must have had dreams of doing good work, most actors do. To her credit, she went on to do much better work, and had a wonderful TV sitcom in the nineties for a time, but this film is forever on her resume.
To be clear, if these films are on TV, I watch them. Every so often I will pull one of them out of my collection and watch them, just for fun. My wife taught me, not everything has to be brilliant, sometimes movies need to be fun, and we need them to be fun. So here is the list of top guilty pleasure movies ever. You can watch some of these best guilty pleasure movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. King Kong (1976)
When they announced that they were remaking the classic film I was intrigued. When I saw the film on opening night, I was transfixed, not by Kong, but by the actress Jessica Lange. In the thankless role as the woman Kong falls in love with (is that even possible?), she is wonderful, whether lashing out at the ape, or being held under a waterfall to wash or finally begging him to pick her up as the choppers rain bullets on him. Kong should be the film, but he is clearly a guy in a suit sometimes, and mechanical other times. Lange is funny, erotic, sexy, interesting and fun. Peter Jackson’s remake in 2005 is a masterpiece, genius, and this work is often forgotten. If not for Lange it would be.
9. A Star is Born (1976)