You’re sitting there watching a movie and you think to yourself, this is fantastic! The plot and action is gluing you to your seat, eyes fixated on the 21” mass of curved glass in front of you. A decade passes by, the internet is in full flow and you’ve just watched that same movie for the hundredth time. You find an article headlined ’The 10 Worst Movies of the 90’s” on this great internet and find the movie you loved so much is listed. The acting ripped to shreds, the plot left in a stinking heap on the floor and the production quality laughed at like a giggling school girl. It must be a mistake right? Two hours of trawling through the internet proves that it’s not a mistake or a joke, every Tom, Dick and Jitterbug out there has bashed one of your favourite movies and so it’s confirmed, this is now your guilty pleasure.
Now I’m not here to list all of my guilty pleasures as there are too many and I don’t think I have terrible taste in movies. I like the classics such as ‘The Godfather’, ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘ V for Vendetta’ and love some questionable film such as ‘Tank Girl’, ‘Sphere’, ‘Dogma’, ‘Mars Attacks’ and ‘Full Metal Jacket’. ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ is probably one of my biggest guilty pleasures and I’m sure I’ll get some stick for admitting that. So how do we deal with it? I accept that the majority find these movies are below par and move on. I won’t stop loving these gems and if I could be bothered I’d go out onto the internet and defend them until my fingers bled. Some people do go to extremes to defend their favourite movies in podcasts and it’s fun to listen to, you know they are having fun, winding up the film critics and getting them so angry that they can plug a plot-hole so questionably that the critic wants to reach through the monitor and strangle Yoshifett (SG Flix FTW). So for those that like to debate, please continue to do so, if not for your sake, do it for the people reading and listening out there, it’s good entertainment.
Now what about those glorious films from your childhood? I don’t get embarrassed about movies I liked from way back when. Why should I? I was a kid and didn’t know better. I am however reluctant to watch some of these 1980’s movies for one reason; I want the happy memories to stay as they are and to not be destroyed by my now adult pessimism. ‘The Flight of the Navigator’ and ‘D.A.R.Y.L’ which I watched repeatedly when I was growing up are going to stay as good memories and ‘Superman II’ can safely be played again and again for many years to come knowing it’s still a great movie.
Of course guilty pleasures are not restricted to movies. They can surface anywhere and anytime. So if it means dusting off the PlayStation and replaying ‘Pa Rappa The Rapper’ or secretly watching Japanese tentacle rape porn, go ahead, be proud of it and never let it go. Share it with the internet, argue with the internet and enjoy the fun knowing that you’re probably pissing off some 12 year old know-it-all. Or just let us know in the comments below, we won’t laugh at you…….much.