There are a few movies I love to watch that the critics and everyone else has blasted. Some have received little or no recognition, but I watch them every time they come on. A few are recognized as noteworthy.
So here goes.
Beloved Oprah Winfrey, I know everyone loves to hate her, but her acting in this movie is so good you forget she's Oprah. The movie is haunting, beautiful, and every time I watch it, I take away something new.
Best In Show Christopher Guest is a comic genius, and all of his 'mockumentaries' are noteworthy. This one particularly steals my heart. His unique take on how we interact, and the idiosyncrasies of the average person, makes for hilarious and accurate portraits. If you liked This is Spinal Tap, you'll like this one too.
Orange County Wonderful cast and totally absurd plot line, which makes it worth watching for me. Catherine O'Hara is in it, so that means you have to watch it.
Bad Santa Billy Bob Thornton at his best. I know its raunchy, I know the dialogue is peppered with obscenities, but Billy Bob makes this character so believable, and somehow likable. Makes me laugh like a crazy person. Tony Cox, a truly gifted actor, also paints a colorful and memorable character. And Bernie Mac and John Ritter....who could ask for more.
The Usual Suspects I love this movie. I love Kevin Spacey. Every time this movie comes on I watch it, and always seem to pick up something new. The cast is fabulous, the story is intricate, and the ending is phenomenal.
The Suicide Kings Don't watch it if you're looking for that typical and uplifting ending. This is one of those movies that takes 'What if?' to whole new level. Christopher Walken, as always, is the character you want to watch. Enough twists and turns to satisfy the most ardent mystery buff, the first time viewer will appreciate it. But what makes it watchable over and over is the insanity of it, and characters. Dennis Leary is a hoot in this film, and the humor comes from the simplest things.
Be Cool A sequel of sorts to Get Shorty brings a wealth of characters, and is a wonderful satire of the music business. Poking fun at all aspects. Damn, it a funny movie.
Immortal Beloved If you like Beethoven, if you like romance, and mystery, you'll love this movie. Gary Oldman turns Ludwig into a tempestuous sex-symbol. A very, very romantic movie.
I could sit here and do this all day. I usually watch any movie with Christopher Walken in it, because I have loved him since the The Deer Hunter, and he just improves with age. That hair...!
Ok, now its your turn. Tell me your favorite off-the-wall movie. And, don't be ashamed if it's Bring it on. Its about what makes you intrigued or happy, and it stands up to time, where you want to watch it over and over again.