Guilty pleasures: top 5 in film
1. "Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975): Considered a financial failure when it came out in 1975, "Rocky Horror" is now the ultimate guilty pleasure classic with midnight showings all around the country, where the philosophy of the film, "don't dream it, be it," is taken literally. With its plot – a mixture of science fiction (aliens from Transsexual, Transylvania) with horror – Frankenstein allusions, sex, and glam rock song numbers, "Rocky" is one of those bizarre films you can't help but watch again.
2. "Showgirls" (1995): The ultimate rags to riches story. A girl wants to make it big and through backstabbing and sabotage becomes the headliner in a topless show in Vegas. The dialogue is laughable as writer Joe Esterhaz tries to imagine what girls talk about when boys aren't around and the results are so incredibly bad it's laugh-out-loud funny. A huge bomb when it came out in 1995, this now camp classic has made more than $100 million dollars in DVD sales and midnight showings. If you want to hear the mispronunciation of "Versace," watch catfights and have a shot every time someone says, "thrust," this movie is for you.
3. "The Labyrinth" (1986): So incredibly bad, and yet so incredibly good, this tale of Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) who must find her baby brother or marry the goblin king (David Bowie) is all over the place with pissing puppets, masquerade balls, interesting song and dance numbers, and an outrageous nonsensical ending. If you want to see David Bowie in interestingly tight clothing, Connelly's wooden acting and a slew of interesting puppet creations, you will relish this film.
4. "The Room" (2003): One of the worst films ever made, giving the plot away would ruin your comedic experience. Two years after its original release date in 2003, this "dramatic" film has gained such a following all around the world, there are still midnight showings of this film. The best way to catch this film is in a theater, to experience the inconsistencies, the dialogue ("You're tearing me apart, Lisa!") and the "superb" acting by director, writer, and producer, Tommy Wiseau.
5. "Zoolander" (2001): Watching a "walk off" judged by David Bowie, Will Ferrell in a poodle haircut, and models not understanding that gasoline is flammable makes this film a modern guilty pleasure. The film follows the misadventures of male model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), famous for his looks like, "Blue Steel" and "Ferrari." Unpopular when it came out, it has gained a great following, so much that there will be a sequel. So catch this film if you want to see the seedy, fashionable world of male modeling. Just don't blink or you'll miss some cameos.