JMG's Guilty Pleasures Galore!

by JMG_Films | created - 16 Apr 2012 | updated - 03 Jun 2013 | Public

Filmmaker & film curator, Jeff M. Giordano's picks for purely entertaining films that transcend space and time to bring the party and blow your socks off! In no particular order.

Not all of these films are necessarily bad; some are just more funny than others. All are truly entertaining from start to finish. If you're feeling blue, watch them for a real-life trip!

Check out his other lists: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur14886407/lists

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1. Bratz (2007)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Music

2.9
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21 Metascore

During their first year of high school, four best girlfriends face off against the domineering student body president who wants to split them up into different social cliques.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish, Logan Browning, Nathalia Ramos

Votes: 15,719 | Gross: $10.01M

On one stormy night this movie was watched by 3 grown men. On a whim, Jeff rented it from a local library in Douglasville, Georgia. Much joy was had! The rest is history.

2. Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999 Video)

R | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.0
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The evil Djinn is awakened once more, and must collect 1001 souls to begin the Apocalypse.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Holly Fields, Chris Weber, Al Foster, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 6,215

Before you shake your head, watch this film.

It's worth viewing for the way wishes are converted into hilarious results.

3. Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002 Video)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

4.0
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This time, the Djinn unleashes his undying love for a beautiful woman in his final attempt to unleashe his brethren from hell.

Director: Chris Angel | Stars: Tara Spencer-Nairn, Michael Trucco, Jason Thompson, John Novak

Votes: 2,772

Yes, "Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled." Skip #3.

The sword fighting scene is a hoot. In short, more gory fun that is extremely watchable.

4. Die Another Day (2002)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.1
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56 Metascore

James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens

Votes: 181,693 | Gross: $160.94M

After watching all of the James Bond films, "Die Another Day" is one of those unintentionally funny flicks that's so bad it redeems itself to be a roller coaster of laughter.

5. Barbarella (1968)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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51 Metascore

Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 27,100

Sexy and fun to the umpteenth!

6. Takeshis' (2005)

108 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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Beat Takeshi, a prominent actor, meets a lookalike named Kitano, who is a struggling actor, but after the meeting, Kitano's dreams take a violent, surreal turn.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kotomi Kyôno, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi

Votes: 3,138

Having watched all of Kitano's films, this is far from his best...yet it's very charming and probably his most entertaining film!

7. Orgazmo (1997)

NC-17 | 94 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.2
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48 Metascore

Naive young Mormon Joe Young is recruited to act in porn movies.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Robyn Lynne Raab, Michael Dean Jacobs

Votes: 31,750 | Gross: $0.58M

No explanation necessary. Just see it.

8. Meet the Feebles (1989)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

6.7
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Multiple animals and insects experience the sleazier side of show business while working on a variety show.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Danny Mulheron, Donna Akersten, Stuart Devenie, Mark Hadlow

Votes: 16,820

Although it could've been edited down to 70 - 80 minutes, this film will blow your mind...especially when you realize it came from the same brain that brought you the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (director Peter Jackson).

9. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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46 Metascore

The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison

Votes: 36,373 | Gross: $19.00M

Most people forget Charlton Heston also starred in this film.

Not necessarily bad outright, this sequel to the original "Planet of the Apes" offers an engrossing story about underground aliens with weapons of mass destruction.

Sit back; it's very enjoyable.

10. Sexy Timetrip Ninjas (1984)

65 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.4
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1615. Ninja Sarutobi Sasuke is assigned the task of finding a hidden treasure that will restore his clan to their full power. However, sexy ninja warrior Kagero stands in Sasuke's way. ... See full summary »

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Yûka Takemura, Arisa Shindo, Yûko Aoki, Yutaka Ikejima

Votes: 56

Directed by the Oscar-winning director of the Japanese film "Departures," Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008.

In short, a hysterical gem of world cinema.

11. L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve (2001)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Action

3.6
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Two cops, a rookie and his partner, a veteran, are increasingly troubled by wild and illegal behavior of some of their colleagues. At first they try to ignore it, but it soon proves to be impossible to ignore.

Director: Ed Anders | Stars: Michael Madsen, Marc Singer, Dennis Hopper, Wayne Crawford

Votes: 427

Not necessarily bad, but very funny.

12. The Convent (2000)

R | 79 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.1
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A group of college students break into an abandoned convent and become possessed by demonic spirits.

Director: Mike Mendez | Stars: Joanna Canton, Richard Trapp, Dax Miller, Renée Graham

Votes: 2,163

At a brisk 79 minutes, this low-budget flick brings back memories of high school -- when I first viewed it in 2000.

13. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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This installment of Chan's Police Story series has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jackson Lou, Annie Wu, Bill Tung

Votes: 16,341 | Gross: $15.32M

Jackie Chan's best film!

14. Shogun Assassin (1980)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure

7.4
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When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.

Directors: Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Shôgen Nitta

Votes: 8,428

Believe the hype, this film delivers! Gigantic influence on the "Kill Bill" films and American popular culture.

15. 13: Fear Is Real (2009)

Horror, Reality-TV

5.5
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A new reality series that incorporates aspects from the horror movie genre.

Stars: Erica Renee Davis, Ted Kirner, Melyssa Nocar, Adam Wood

Votes: 293

No...not a film but it must be included here because this reality TV show was so ridiculous that it redeemed itself because it was so utterly incredible in trying to present the situations as real.

16. Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

6.6
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"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "... See full summary »

Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Tracey Cherelle Jones

Votes: 41,533 | Gross: $20.11M

Before the "Scary Movie" franchise, the Wayans brothers struck comedic gold with this parody of African-American films from the 90's.

17. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.6
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A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.

Director: Robert Longo | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Dina Meyer, Ice-T

Votes: 59,511 | Gross: $19.08M

Perhaps one day they'll release the longer version...seriously. The action never stops here. One of the most underrated films of all-time!

18. Black Dynamite (2009)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy

7.4
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65 Metascore

Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice.

Director: Scott Sanders | Stars: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Phyllis Applegate

Votes: 39,080 | Gross: $0.23M

Believe the hype, this is one of the most funniest films ever conceived! Very well-made.

19. Men at Work (1990)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.9
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Two garbage men uncover a conspiracy involving illegal toxic waste dumping and decide to bring the whole operation down.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Leslie Hope, Keith David

Votes: 19,660 | Gross: $16.25M

The real-life brothers as trashmen -- and it works!

20. Bowfinger (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

6.4
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71 Metascore

When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski

Votes: 60,110 | Gross: $66.38M

Features a very offbeat performance by Eddie Murphy.

21. Tropic Thunder (2008)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy

7.0
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71 Metascore

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Kahn

Votes: 332,113 | Gross: $110.52M

At once pure entertainment, and satire of Hollywood. Features an outstanding cast!

22. Team America: World Police (2004)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy

7.2
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64 Metascore

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ, Kristen Miller

Votes: 144,415 | Gross: $32.77M

Puppets protect the world from evil, courtesy of Matt Stone & Trey Parker (creators of "South Park"). Making a film that's innovative and funny is hard to do, but these guys achieved that rare feat.

23. Batman: The Movie (1966)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero

Votes: 25,808

More fun watching with the audio commentary track by Adam West and Burt Ward. But either way, you can't go wrong -- this is one entertaining experience.

24. Burn After Reading (2008)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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63 Metascore

A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Votes: 268,608 | Gross: $60.36M

While not the Coen Brothers' best, this is an outrageous good time -- with high profile actors in very offbeat roles.

25. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 229,544 | Gross: $10.68M

The Criterion version enhances the experience, due to Hunter S. Thompson's audio commentary and the meaty supplemental materials. Don't do drugs. If you feel like having your mind altered, just watch this film

26. The Killer (1989)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu

Votes: 41,151

More gun fights and bullet ballet than any other film in existence!

27. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 40,877 | Gross: $46.91M

What a tagteam! They don't make comedies (or films) like this anymore.

28. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 104,741 | Gross: $12.73M

Oh what a joy to behold! The memories that this film conjures are plentiful.

29. Liar Liar (1997)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.8
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70 Metascore

A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he turns his son down for the last time.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly

Votes: 242,230 | Gross: $181.41M

See it again!

Jim Carey's more dramatic work started here, one year before "The Truman Show."

30. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)

PG-13 | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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64 Metascore

The dim-witted teen duo of Beavis and Butt-Head travel across America in search of their stolen television set.

Directors: Mike Judge, Mike de Seve, Brian Mulroney, Yvette Kaplan | Stars: Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 45,973 | Gross: $63.07M

A sequel needs to be made!

31. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.9
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A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 6,217 | Gross: $2.73M

After the original "Godzilla," one of the best in the "Godzilla" series.

32. Police Academy (1984)

R | 96 min | Comedy

6.7
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41 Metascore

A group of good-hearted, but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.

Director: Hugh Wilson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith

Votes: 96,918 | Gross: $81.20M

A laugh riot.

33. White Men Can't Jump (1992)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

6.7
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Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell

Votes: 63,958 | Gross: $76.25M

Brings back so many memories of youth -- when first viewed.

34. Bulworth (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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75 Metascore

A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Kimberly Deauna Adams, Vinny Argiro

Votes: 23,051 | Gross: $26.53M

Unexpected and delightfully wild.

35. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy

7.3
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73 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 69,014 | Gross: $1.11M

Offbeat fun with Winona Ryder and Christian Slater! One of the best endings in motion picture history.

36. Planet Terror (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

7.1
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After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton

Votes: 179,636

Fun fun fun. Perhaps one day they'll release the original theatrical version. Any ideas why they haven't?

37. Angelfist (1993)

R | 80 min | Action, Thriller

4.8
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An assassination in the Philippines is caught on film by kickboxer Christy, which leads to her death at the hands of radicals intent on disrupting peace talks. Her sister Kat, a Los Angeles... See full summary »

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Archi Adamos, Catya Sassoon, Ronald Asinas, Sibel Birzag

Votes: 276

Oh youth! Haven't seen this one in years but it conjures fuzzy, late-night VHS memories. Ideally, the best method for viewing "Angelfist" would be VHS.