Next up in my Listography series is the 21st list from Lisa Nola's book.
This list asks for my most embarrassing guilty pleasures, but as there aren't that many that I'm actually embarrassed by I just went for films that a generally not considered that great but which I have a soft spot for. This list was a lot of fun to come up with and as I don't exactly seek out films that I'll be embarrassed to enjoy I think I'll be able to put together another 10 pretty soon.
But for now, here are the first 10 entries for my biggest guilty pleasures.
High School Musical
Here we have an entire trilogy getting a spot on the list. Disney Channel movies have never been particularly good, but Disney Channel was one of the only channels I was aware of when I was younger and so their films were a huge percentage of my film viewing. I'll admit that by the time the first High School Musical made its debut on TV I wasn't a child anymore, I was 15, but that doesn't change the fact that I got sucked into the teen musical phenomenon like so many others. The acting is nothing special and the central romance is pretty dull, with the same plot points shamelessly being recycled in each film but the songs are too catchy and fun for me to not enjoy these films. The second is my personal favourite but the higher production values of the third make it the better film of the three. The third also lays claim to being one of my favourite cinema experiences, as me and my friend were one of only two small groups in the screening and so were able to enjoy it more vocally than you usually can in a crowded cinema.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Bridget Jones's Diary
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Phantom of the Opera
Bring It On
Sucker Punch is a difficult beast. I was surprised by how excited I was for this film in the lead up to it's release, and I came out of the cinema feeling happy that it had met my expectations, and then I read the reviews. Boy do people hate this film! I've seen some really hateful, scathing reviews and it has featured on a number of 'Worst Film' lists that I've seen. I understand that the story is pretty simple and many see it as Zack Snyder realising some pervy fantasy, but I actually really enjoy this. The action sequences are mindless fun, and the soundtrack is complete perfection. It probably helps that I adore Emily Browning and Abbie Cornish and have a bizarre fascination mental asylums, but I can even tolerate Vanessa Hudgens in this, something not even High School Musical could achieve. I've read a lot of theories about the multi-layered plot and opinions about what actually happens and I find it all actually very interesting. The extended version also has a great scene between Browning and Jon Hamm that makes the plot slightly more understandable. This was the first film that I ever saw in IMAX, so I may well have been wooed by the booming speakers, gigantic screen and shaking seats. I know that I'll not change anybodies opinion on this one, but I don't care much.
So there are 10 of my biggest guilty pleasures. Be sure to let me know which you would agree or disagree with, and let me know which would make your lists.