These films aren’t Casablanca or Citizen Kane. They aren’t Star Wars or Blade Runner. But I own them all just the same. And I think I watch them even more than those other “better” films. These are the movies people love to make fun of, while I meekly retort, “You know I really like that movie.” hoping no one has heard me.
These are the movies that I’ve seen 5, 6, 17 times apiece but I don’t brag about it. These are the movies I quote when no one knows I’m quoting a movie.
These are the movies I’m ashamed of liking… but I don’t just like them.
I love them.
These are the 9 movies that I’m (a little) ashamed to admit how much I like.
To the list…
Point Break (1991, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros)
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Written by Rick King & W. Peter Iliff
“I am an F, B, I, Agent!”
“Yeah, I know man. Ain’t it wild?”
The first time I saw Point Break I thought it was called 100% Pure Adrenaline. It introduced me to Kathryn Bigelow and how much she kicked serious action movie ass. Point Break is about an FBI agent who goes undercover as a surfer to try to break up a ring of surfing, skydiving bank robbers. This is a catch your breath adrenaline thrill ride.
I love this movie. I can quote almost every line and often do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve yelled “whose ball is this? Who works here?” in the middle of a store.
Point Break is probably my favorite of the movies I’m ashamed to admit that I like. Point Break gets a bad rap but it is good. It is very fucking good.
“Last time you had a feeling, I had to kill a guy, and I hate that… It looks bad on my report.”
Next… a western.
Silverado (1985, Columbia Pictures)
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Written by Lawrence Kasdan & Mark Kasdan
“It ain’t right. And I had enough of what ain’t right.”
The only western on the list is one surprisingly well-written, star-studded, cool as hell action movie. Silverado is cool as all hell. The cast alone is amazing with some of my favorite actors and some awesome cameo appearances. Silverado has some of the coolest western shootouts ever filmed where every minor character (there are many) gets to have their own amazing fight scene, witty dialogue and gorgeous costumes. This is one of the best and most stylish westerns ever made.
Silverado is about four different gunfighters who, for different reasons, have given up that life only to be reluctantly pulled back in when a gang of well-financed baddies take over the town of Silverado. Or something like that. I forget the plot. Silverado, to me, is just a collection of really cool shootouts and very cool characters and infinitely quotable lines.
“I don’t want to kill you and you don’t want to be dead.”
Love this movie. Rent it.
Singles (1992, Warner Bros)
Written and Directed by Cameron Crowe
“I’m probably sterile. It runs in my family.”
Okay… first of all the Singles soundtrack is one of my favorite albums of all time… no joke. But… we’re here to talk about the movie. I really loved this movie.
Singles is the story of a group of friends who all live in the same apartment complex and are looking for love in 1990’s Seattle. Director Cameron Crowe knows how to mix music and movies together to make magic. Singles is amazing in that regard.
Alice in Chains and Soundgarden both perform in the film while Pearl Jam appear as Matt Dillon’s band Citizen Dick. And I’ll tell you the truth. I had no idea who any of these bands were before seeing the movie. Now they are three of my favorite bands of all time. Throw in Mother Love Bone, Screaming Trees and Smashing Pumpkins for good measure and you have a killer soundtrack.
The story is boy meets girl. Boy loses girl and yada yada yada… It’s funny… but the music-
Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon are both amazing and funny. And the movie is very sweet. Cameron Crowe is good at his job. And there are some cool cameos throughout.
“Well at least I don’t have to CHASE the popcorn!”
I love this film. Rent it.
St. Elmos Fire (1985, Columbia Pictures)
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Written by Joel Schumacher & Carl Kurlander
“Marriage is a concept invented by people who were lucky to make it to 20 without being eaten by dinosaurs.”
St. Elmos Fire was the crown jewel of the Brat Pack era. All of your favorites are here. Lowe, Estevez, Sheedy… Demi. It’s a movie about a group of friends becoming adults and dealing with the baggage of their romantic pasts and the unsurety of their futures..
It is hokey and corny and dated. And I love it so much. There was a time when I could quote St. Elmos Fire from end to end. I haven’t watched it in a while but I still love it so.
“You break my heart. Then again, you break everyone’s heart.”
Bring It On (2000, Universal Pictures)
Directed by Peyton Reed
Written by Jessica Bendinger
“Hey ladies, wanna see my spirit stick?”
Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Gabrielle Union in cheerleading outfits. (Don’t judge me) Bring It On is a fun, funny, sexy, sassy movie. It’s the story of rival cheerleading squads competing for the championship. Or something. I don’t know. But it’s important to them.
It’s a sports movie. It’s a high school comedy. It’s a music montage waiting to happen. It’s a bikini carwash on the side of the road. It’s a guilty pleasure. There were sequels (each one worse than the next) and there’s a musical. But there can be only one: Bring It On.
“Where the hell are my spanky pants?”
I love this movie. Rent it.
Streets of Fire (1984, Universal Pictures)
Directed by Walter Hill
Written by Walter Hill & Larry Gross
“Everywhere I go, there’s always an asshole.”
Streets of Fire is a rock and roll fable. It’s Walter Hill at his best. Streets of Fire is an underrated, creatively produced, long-form music video. Slick, stylish, unique. Streets of Fire was severely panned when it came out but I, for one, loved it.
The soldier boy fights the greaser for the prom queen all to a rock and roll rhythm and the songs of Jim Steinman, Ry Cooder & Dan Hartman. The Color. Editing. Atmosphere.
“The only problem with kicking the shit out of you is that it would be too easy.”
I love this movie. Rent it.
Charlie’s Angels (2000, Columbia Pictures)
Directed by McG
Written by Ryan Rowe, Ed Solomon & John August Based on Charlie’s Angels by Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts
“You know they say that in death all life’s questions are answered… Will you let me know?”
I love the Charlie’s Angels movies. Whether your Bosley of choice is Bill Murray or Bernie Mack, these movies are fun, funny, action-packed films with likable, beautiful stars.
The Charlie’s Angels movies are a lot of fun. Love the casting. Love the action. Love the fight choreography. But what I love most are; Drew, Lucy & Cameron. I wanted a third one.
“You’re very good. With your hands. I could use someone like you on my staff.”
And of course…
Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle (2003, Columbia Pictures)
Directed by McG
Written by John August, Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley Based on Charlie’s Angels by Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts
“Just once I’d like to walk out of a bar!”
Full Throttle is more of the same enjoyable action and comedy from the first Charlie’s Angels. Bernie Mack replaces Bill Murray (There were stories). But the second movie was just as good as the first. And I wanted a third.
I really wanted a third movie.
“It’s raining white women.”
Love it. Rent it. Got it.
The Big Hit (1998, TriStar Pictures)
Directed by Che-Kirk Wong
Written by Ben Ramsey
“All I wanted to do was to sail my boat, man, you know? Navigate by the stars, see dolphins race alongside, you know, maybe even kill a few of them.”
The Big Hit is an action-comedy where Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips play high-testosterone, professional assassins. The Big Hit is about a gang of hit men that are being hunted or have been betrayed. Or something. I don’t know. It’s funny. It’s exciting.
The main guy is named Melvin Smiley. He’s dating Christina Applegate and flirting with China Chow. So there’s that. And there is a lot of cool action. A lot of big explosions and shootouts. It is very funny and sexy and like all the other movies on this list… It does not take itself too seriously while it entertains. And it entertains.
Produced by Wesley Snipes and John Woo. The Big Hit gets a bad rap. But I love it.
“C’mon, Mel. You know I love you, baby!”
I love this movie. Rent it.
So to recap…
I love all of these movies, so I don’t see their flaws. And they are flawed. I love all these movies, so I forgive their lack of depth or acting or cinematic subtext. They entertain me and that’s all that matters. I love all of these movies and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
See you guys at the movies.