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Ian Jane
09-23-2011, 11:50 AM
So Mike and I copped to digging the Fast And Furious movies in the 'what'd you get thread' and that got me thinking about other big dumb explosive stupid movies that you kind of don't want to like but can't help but enjoy regardless. The Fast And The Furious movies are good examples of these, perfect really, but there have got to be others.

Off the top of my head, I also enjoy the Resident Evil series. The first one played it fairly straight but they did seem to get progressively goofier - bigger and dumber if you will - as they went on. Also, yeah, Milla, so there's that.

I also enjoyed DOOM, which I realize was really bad, but I don't care. The Rock ran around in the dark and shot things and that was more or less all I wanted out of it. I bought it on DVD and upgraded to it on Blu-ray when it got released on that format.

Mike T
09-23-2011, 11:55 AM
Resident Evil series = :up:

Ian Jane
09-23-2011, 12:03 PM
Have you seen DOOM?

Mike T
09-23-2011, 12:46 PM
I have had the director's cut here on DVD for some years now...and never watched it! I will get onto it as soon as I can, after I've attended to "business"... ;)

Robin Bougie
09-23-2011, 06:40 PM
The american GODZILLA movie that everyone universally hates. The one where they literally lose a 30 story upright lizard in Manhattan, and can't find him.

It's big, and it's VERY dumb.

Alex K.
09-23-2011, 07:26 PM
I really liked Crank 2. I thought Transformers 3 was the best even though I hate Michael Bay movies and the 2 previous movies. The last 45 minutes in Transformers 3 is just nothing but robots killing robots and humans. For that I kinda' dug it.

Terry C
09-23-2011, 09:35 PM
There are no guilty pleasures!

Newt Cox
09-24-2011, 04:12 AM
Road House

I have loved this film since I saw it opening night. Pure dumb fun.

Stone Cold

Another brain dead action film. Plus my cousin has a small part in it as a biker.

Robin Bougie
09-24-2011, 07:42 AM
I love STONE COLD sooooooo much! ^_^

Ian Jane
09-24-2011, 09:30 AM
Some good choices. Transformers is exactly what I was thinking - I have only seen the first one, but yeah, I enjoyed it and do intend to catch up with the sequels.

Stone Cold and Roud House are awesome too. Not necessarily big but definitely dumb.

Mike T
09-25-2011, 04:59 AM
You know what's big and dumb (and realistically a cinematic disaster) that I really enjoy as a guilty pleasure? Barb Wire. Afterall, it's a post-apocalyptic remake of Casablanca with Pam Anderson and Udo Kier - what's not to like about that? And the opening credits sequence is awesome! Not because you see Pam's boobs (and who hasn't, barring perhaps the inhabitants of some remote islands in the Pacific Ocean?) but because it's basically just a stripshow that introduces the film by saying "This is the part where you should've left your brain at the door..."

Mike T
09-25-2011, 05:04 AM
And the, of course, there's Citizen Kane -- so much angst and drama over a wooden sled... :biggrin:

Ian Jane
09-25-2011, 09:52 AM
You know what's big and dumb (and realistically a cinematic disaster) that I really enjoy as a guilty pleasure? Barb Wire. Afterall, it's a post-apocalyptic remake of Casablanca with Pam Anderson and Udo Kier - what's not to like about that? And the opening credits sequence is awesome! Not because you see Pam's boobs (and who hasn't, barring perhaps the inhabitants of some remote islands in the Pacific Ocean?) but because it's basically just a stripshow that introduces the film by saying "This is the part where you should've left your brain at the door..."

Good choice. I've only ever seen it on TV so it was heavily cut.

Todd Jordan
09-25-2011, 10:44 AM
I can't think of any that I feel fall into the category. Most of my dumb guilty pleasures are stupid comedies like Dude Where's My Car? and Detroit Rock City. I can't think of any dumb blow 'em up Michael Bay type movies that I enjoy past one viewing.

Robin Bougie
09-25-2011, 11:15 AM
Oh, I just remembered a couple of other ones. I like those end-of-the-world summer blockbusters like 2012 and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW way more than I should. I usually end up having to go see them alone, since no one else I know gets as much of a kick out of them as I do. I very rarely see movies in the theater alone, but those ones are the ones I end up peeping solo.

Mike T
09-25-2011, 02:07 PM
I like those end-of-the-world summer blockbusters like 2012 and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW way more than I should.

I'm backing Robin on these. Emmerich loads up his pictures with waaaaay too many characters, but he sure knows how to destroy the world and make a spectacle of it.

The first two Mummy remakes were awesome, and personal favourites (I've never seen the third one with Jet Li). Pretty much anything Renny Harlin makes usually automatically qualifies for me as well -- afterall, he gave the world The Adventures of Ford Fairlaine!

@ Todd: I think those would most certainly qualify. The thread is "big, dumb guilty pleasures", not pigeonholed to "big, dumb action" movies. Of which, I love me some American Pie!

Mike T
09-25-2011, 02:55 PM
Of course, THIS is one of the nuttiest mainstream pictures of recent years that I loved...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16dJ3dEdP-k

PS: Did I mention that the Transporter films are great fun? No? Well, they are... :)

Ian Jane
09-25-2011, 03:42 PM
I bought Shoot'em Up on Blu-ray on release date, so good call there. I also like the first two Mummy movies, though I tried hard not to. The third one, with Li (AND with Anthony Wong!) is pretty awful though.

Mike T
09-25-2011, 03:55 PM
I will also admit to being someone who greatly enjoyed the two live-action Scooby Doo movies. :p

And while I'm at it, I will also cast my vote for the Banderas Zorro films, Desperado and Woo's Broken Arrow.

Oh...and Ghost Rider too...

The Silly Swede
09-25-2011, 05:28 PM
Mike knows his shit. Resident Evil and Transporter are two of the finest series of films out there!

Mike T
09-25-2011, 06:27 PM
Speaking of Citizen Kane, stick with this one 'til the end... ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3ENQT3le7k

Roderick
09-25-2011, 11:16 PM
I bought Shoot'em Up on Blu-ray on release date, so good call there.

Shoot'em Up is fully self aware and revels in it’s own ridiculousness. I find it hard to feel guilty about enjoying that.

Ian Jane
09-26-2011, 09:04 AM
Shoot'em Up is fully self aware and revels in it’s own ridiculousness. I find it hard to feel guilty about enjoying that.

Fair enough but it's still big and dumb.

I'm going to throw Chronicles of Riddick into the mix too.

Mike T
09-26-2011, 11:25 AM
Speaking of Mr. Harlin -- I missed this, anyone see it? And if so, how was it?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CuJ1T3QrtM

The Silly Swede
09-26-2011, 06:15 PM
IF they had put a proper actor in it I probably would have liked it. But wrestlers/UFC-dudes etc are just so fucking homo.

Mike T
09-27-2011, 09:22 AM
I must admit, I don't know John Cena from a bar of soap, but he reminds me of a boofhead version of Mark Wahlberg...

Ian Jane
09-27-2011, 09:24 AM
You're not far off. He comes across as a nice guy and all, but he's not a great actor.

Robin Bougie
09-27-2011, 09:39 AM
Oh yeah, I just thought of another one: CLIFFHANGER! Love that movie. Mega-baddass trailer, too. :up:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IydM8H49MuA

Ian Jane
09-27-2011, 09:53 AM
I fucking LOVE Cliffhanger! I can watch that one over and over again. So good.

You know what else needs some love in this thread? Fucking CON AIR!

YEAH!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWq-S1_1vnc

Mike T
09-27-2011, 09:54 AM
Oh yeah, I just thought of another one: CLIFFHANGER! Love that movie. Mega-baddass trailer, too. :up:

When I have some cashola, I think I shall import this one on BD from the US; being that it's region-free AND has subs :)

Talking of big dumb comedies, has anyone seen this? It looks fairly amusing from the trailer...and I have a soft spot for Seth Green...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xOUCZH14Is

Ian Jane
09-27-2011, 10:04 AM
Sex Drive is actually pretty funny. Better than it had any right to be.

Mike T
09-27-2011, 10:05 AM
Excellent! I add that one to the shopping cart with Amazon UK next payday, as they're throwing out the BD for a fiver! :up:

Mike T
09-28-2011, 04:52 AM
All of these films mentioned, though, I must say -- I've been over the whole "superhero movie" thing for some time now. A handful were okay, but now it's just overkill.

The Silly Swede
09-28-2011, 06:23 AM
I couldnt agree more. And what is worse, they take up all the fucking slots in the cinema, so that normal films go direct to video. Also, wtf is up with rebooting every film series before the previous installment has even reached non-cable TV?

Newt Cox
09-28-2011, 08:39 AM
All of these films mentioned, though, I must say -- I've been over the whole "superhero movie" thing for some time now. A handful were okay, but now it's just overkill.

I was very surprised when I went to see Thor and actually enjoyed it. I have never been a fan of the comic. And don't like Natalie Portman's acting very often. But the movie was a big dumb summer action movie. Plus it had Kat Dennings.

Captain America was a film I have been wanting since I was 4 years old discovered Cap. I saw both of the 70s made for tv movies. But even as a young kid I realized they sucked. Then when the Pylun film was announced I got super excited. And the day it came out I paid close to $80 for the VHS. And again I was seriously disappointed. So when this new Cap film was announced I tried not to get my hopes up to high. But I did,and I finally got a great Cap movie. I went opening night,which is sometime I rarely if ever do,Saw it in 2d with my cousin and her family. Then walked out and bought a ticket to see it in 3d.

Horace Cordier
09-30-2011, 10:22 PM
The FINAL DESTINATION series. They just make me laugh and I get a huge kick out of watching vapid modern brain-dead 20-somethings get killed gruesomely. Actually, the first one is my least favorite because it has slight pretensions towards being a bits serious. After that they just get dumber and more funny for me. I also have a soft spot for dumb-ass Gerard Butler flicks like LAW ABIDING CITIZEN. Butler cracks me up because he seems to understand just how stupid and superficial Hollywood stardom is acts accordingly - party hard, screw every hot chick you can and don't work too hard.

Mike T
10-01-2011, 05:16 AM
I'll concur with the Final Destination films! We even had a thread going about them...

http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/showthread.php?2073-The-Final-Destination-Films-Big-Dumb-Fun-OR-Just-Dumb&highlight=final+destination

...until I bombed it and it withered up and died. Just call me the topic/thread killer. ;)

The Silly Swede
10-09-2011, 05:23 PM
Then when the Pylun film was announced I got super excited. And the day it came out I paid close to $80 for the VHS. And again I was seriously disappointed. So when this new Cap film was announced I tried not to get my hopes up to high.

Are you implying that Albert Pyun has made a bad film? Are you high? He is the best goddamn director whom ever lived. He can do no wrong! I feel his Captain Amerca is way better then this new film with "acting" and "special effects" and other such nonsense!

Ian Jane
10-10-2011, 09:14 AM
I haven't seen the new Captain America yet but the Pyun film is fun. Goofy but fun.

Ian Jane
10-11-2011, 02:07 PM
So Whedon's The Avengers looks like it could have big dumb fun written all over it. The trailer came out today, see it here (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34844) if you haven't.

The Silly Swede
02-24-2014, 08:34 PM
I hate being an asshole resurrecting such an old thread, but I have come to realize that I watch the film DOA way more often then is to be considered sane. Yes, the Corey Yuen directed, video game based, fighting film from 2006 starring 3 more or less good looking women who cannot act and Eric Roberts in a mullet. Maybe I need to seek out a shrink or something.

Tom Clark
02-24-2014, 08:49 PM
I have an unhealthy love for the Witchcraft series. Back in the 90's there were 4 video stores in my hometown and one in the next town over and every one carried this franchise and with each new year a new sequel would magically appear and I would get more and more curious. Perhaps against my better judgment I rented all of the ones that were out at the time and had an absolute blast. Obviously they're far from masterpieces (lets be honest most are total misfires) but they're entertaining as hell and really there's no pretense when it comes to this series, everyone involved with all 13 films knew exactly the type of movies they were making. Sex 'n Satan baby!

Alex K.
02-24-2014, 09:08 PM
I enjoy AVP Requiem. It's a shit film (equally as bad as the first AVP) but the gore and seeing a Predator fight a PredAlien Queen cranks it up a notch.

Chris Kewley
02-26-2014, 06:34 PM
I know there are many who love this film & I'm one, WATERWORLD just awesome!! Another is 3000 Miles to Graceland, dumb for sure just don't know about big. The most recent film that piles on the cheese but is endlessly watchable is Olympus Has Fallen :up:

The Silly Swede
02-26-2014, 06:47 PM
Another is 3000 Miles to Graceland, dumb for sure just don't know about big. The most recent film that piles on the cheese but is endlessly watchable is Olympus Has Fallen :up:

I agree. 300 miles is brilliant. Olympus has Fallen was better then White House Down, but had so horrid CGI I wanted to puke. It somehow Olympus just had gotten the budget of White house down to get the CGI done right, it would have been a great B-Movie gone A.