Thursday, December 07, 2006

Film of infamy?

To commemorate this historic day, I'm going to come out of the closet and admit that I rather liked the near-universally panned Pearl Harbor. Indeed, the more I go back and review Hollywood war dramas that were produced just before and during WWII, the more I appreciate what director Michael Bay (and, yes, producer Jerry Bruckheimer) accomplished with what I described in 2001 as "an unabashedly old-fashioned and irony-free wartime romance infused with gee-whiz pyrotechnics and rah-rah patriotism." (A random thought: I wonder how much more -- or less – Pearl Harbor might have scored at the box-office had it opened a few months later, after 9/11.)

In the spirit of openness and honesty, I ask readers and fellow bloggers: Do you have a similarly guilty pleasure in your closet? Do you secretly (or not-so-secretly) embrace a movie scorned by all but you?

6 comments:

verbal said...

Every single Jim Carrey film is a landmark in American comedy. But no one will believe me...

Josh said...

"Pearl Harbor" was a fantastic 45-minute movie sandwiched by an hour of crap on each side.

I love "Varsity Blues." There, I said it.

Blackcloud said...

The first two "Star Wars" prequels. Except I don't feel guilty about liking them. And there are others who like them.

Joe Leydon said...

But Blackcloud: Not the third prequel?

Blackcloud said...

Joe, I only left out Sith because for the most part it doesn't get the bad rap the first two do. But yeah, I definitely like it, too. I rank it second after the original, so there's no doubt about that.

Mike said...

I firmly believe that Batman Returns is one of the greatest films ever made. I will fight this to the death!