My friends hate asking me for movie recommendations. It’s not that the movies I suggest are bad, it’s because they are SO bad that they’re entertaining! My guilty pleasure is finding films that make me cringe so hard that I can’t help but laugh. Some of these are ‘B movies’, others are just poorly made, but all of them leave me wanting more! So, for your viewing mispleasure, here are my top five “Good Bad Movies!”
This one is bound to ruffle a few feathers, but I have to be the bearer of bad news, guys: Twilight is not a good movie. Search your feelings, you know it to be true. The acting is bad, the script is bad, the fights are bad, and the dialogue can be cringe inducing (“hold on tight spider monkey!”). Aside from the red- hot soundtrack, nothing about this movie works, and yet every time I’m scrolling mindlessly through Netflix, I wind up in a Twilight marathon. It’s a disaster that I can’t look away from!
Described by multiple publications as one of the worst films ever made, The Room now lives in infamy, beloved for its terrible screenplay, acting, production, cinematography, and direction. Plot points go nowhere, dialogue makes no sense, and the story is nonexistent. It’s truly a film that needs to be seen to be believed. Writer, director, producer and lead actor Tommy Wiseau was a man that had too much money, and tried to make a movie for himself when no one else would cast him. You’ve got to admire his dedication!
If you can’t stand to watch bad movies, at least check out The Disaster Artist, a James Franco production outlining the behind-the-scenes story that explains how the film was made (or even better, read the superior book of the same name!)
Jingle All The Way
My absolute go-to Christmas movie, Jingle All The Way, is far from perfect. Austrian bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger starring in a Christmas movie thinly disguising a message about the dangers of American capitalism? Pretty ridiculous, right, but there’s a certain charm to it. I’m not going to lie to you, Arnie was in quite a few stinkers in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but this tale of a dad trying to find a sold out Christmas gift for his son still holds a place in my heart. “POOT DA COOKIE DOWN!”
Ahh, the ultimate B Movie. The 2007 animated movie aptly named Bee Movie is about a bee who is sick of his assigned lot in life, falls in love with a human woman, and sues the human race. Wait, what? Who was this movie even made for? It’s an animated children’s movie about exploitation, wage theft, a dystopian future, career anxiety, and existentialism (not to mention the fact that there’s a relationship between a bee and a human, which is all kinds of weird). Regardless, the film is well written (by the world’s richest comedian Jerry Seinfeld, no less), well animated, has top notch voice acting, and is just funny enough to keep me watching, even if the plot is absolutely ‘bee-zare’.
Okay, so you’ve definitely heard of Sharknado, but have you ever actually seen it? The film is absolutely ridiculous! I wasn’t originally going to include this movie because unlike the other films, Sharknado was obviously never trying to be a good movie. The people making it clearly knew how ridiculous it was, but I’ll give it a pass only because it’s wild ride nonetheless!
Any Movie With Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage is an enigma. Is he a good actor or is he a bad actor? I’m not sure.
The man won an Oscar back in the 90’s, so he must be doing something right, but the last 20 years of his career have been fairly confusing. One year he’s in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, the next he’s in a Five Nights at Freddy’s ripoff. From Wickerman to Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage has made millions of dollars by starring in low budget stinkers, but even some of his best reviewed movies have outlandish premises (remember Face/Off, the movie about him literally swapping faces with John Travolta?) Regardless of how ridiculous his movies can be, I find myself thinking one thing; I just can’t get enough Nicolas Cage.