I was flipping through the channels last weekend and came across one of my guilty pleasure movies. You know the ones. The ones which aren’t necessarily great movies, but when ever you find it on TV, you stop what you’re doing and watch. Even though you’ve seen it dozens of times. Those movies.
My top three would have to start with Armageddon. The movie stars Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Billy Bob Thornton, among others. It’s the classic disaster movie premis: An asteroid is hurtling towards the Earth, bringing with it certain planet wide destruction. I love this movie for the one liners, the humor and the action. Bruce Willis plays this like Die Hard in space. Love it. Check out the trailer here.
My second favorite guilty pleasure movie is Independence Day. The movie stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Randy Quaid (who plays a man who may be nuts, which kind of fits how he is acting these days). The movie is another classic theme: Aliens invade Earth, Earth faces annihilation and humans must band together to save the day. Which you know they will. When Pullman, as President Whitmore, gives his speech just before launching a planet wide counter attack, it makes me want to jump out of my recliner, put down the popcorn and go kick some alien derriere, Once again, great humor and action. Love it. Don’t remember the movie? Then watch the trailer.
Now when it comes to my third guilty pleasure movie, you have to make me a promise. You can’t tell anyone about this one. If word gets out, they’ll revoke my man card and I can’t have that happen. So keep this one to yourself. The movie is The Lake House. It stars Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Christopher Plummer. The movie is about two people who spend time in the same Lake House, on the same day, but separated by two years. They find out they can communicate with each other via letters in the mailbox. I just LOVE Sandra Bullock and several of her movies could have made this list. Yet it’s Reeves performance which makes this the guilty pleasure. He’s not bad in this one. Throw in they both have the same dog and then the heart wrenching ending (which then turns out O.K., as all of these type movies do) and I find it a must watch. See for yourself.
There you have it, my top three guilty pleasure movies. Which ones do you stop for?