Acquired Tastes: My Guilty Pleasures

by ifilmstuf24 | created - 03 Jan 2013 | updated - 18 Sep 2013 | Public

I love movies that are straight-up good but I also like movies that are arguably good and bad. These are the "Bad" movies that I can't help but enjoy, along with their strands of cinematic DNA. Warning, I'm a Michael Bay apologist.

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1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel

Votes: 369,495 | Gross: $352.39M

Most Michael Bay movies should be treated like two movies. 'Bad Boys II' felt like two Bad Boys sequels in one package. 'The Island' was a dystopian sci-fi mystery for the first half and then halfway through it turned into an all-out action thriller. 'Transformers' was simply, part Spielberg film, part Bay film. 'Dark of the Moon' follows this tradition, but more so. It feels like a conspiracy movie, a teen dramedy/romance, a bizarre-surrealist comedy, and an all-out action fest.

This is a Michael Bay movie, liking or hating a Bay film is based on a matter of taste. These movies definitely don't work for everyone.The first movie is positively surreal. It starts off as a bit of a conspiracy thriller, as the prologue recounts the discovery of the Autobots with the moon landing. Then it shifts to an awkward teen-coming of age storyThe plot is in service to the action and thats ok by me. Shia Labeouf's, Sam does a lot less in this than he did in the last two movies. But his character's evolution and along with his real-life switch from Blockbuster star to Indie-Actor is interesting. There are probably near a dozen comic relief characters. For me Bay's bizarre comedy works in doses. This movie overdoses. I can never fight it, it sends the viewer in an almost sugar-coma of comic relief. I will admit that the comic relief doesn't get as annoying as its predecessor. The highlight of this portion is John Malkovich as Sam's Boss. His weird cameo is hilarious and he owns every scene he's in with his bizarre goofiness. His scenes add an air of surrealism that just elevates this film somewhere else. The Robot action we get is fantastic, I can get through all the *beep* as long as the robots are good.

The second movie is the the entire movie it was made for. This part is reminiscent to the Cuba-Climax in 'Bad Boys 2' but with robots. The action is visually stunning and some of the best action Bay has done. I remember when this came out and I saw an Ad on TV, and a critic quote called it a "Game Changer". Many critics and hardcore cinephiles may scoff, but Hollywood must've noticed, because the whole "City-Under Siege" concept really blew up with this movie. Just look at 'The Avengers' and 'The Dark Knight Rises'. City invasions aren't necessarily new in action cinema, but 'Dark of the Moon' transcended the possibilites within that concept. The Avengers took it from a (blatant) visual level (come on, just look at the giant flying thing in the city battle), while The Dark Knight Rises took it from a more conceptual level (a city completely cut-off from military personnel). Not a knock, just an observation.

I honestly think this may be Bay's Best film, and it cements his triumph in Cinema for elevating guilty pleasures to the realm of art.

And that building sequence!...

Cinematic DNA: Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, every single Michael Bay movie, Jurassic Park, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, War of the Worlds (2005), Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Cloverfield, Avatar, Super 8, Battleship, and lets not deny it, Marvel's The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

2. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 83,242 | Gross: $70.31M

Bond in Space brings out the inner-child in me with its stunning imagery and non-stop fun. Sure its silly, but its a wonderous piece of escapism. That is all.

Cinematic DNA: You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, Flash Gordon, Return of the Jedi, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford) is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

Votes: 398,224 | Gross: $317.10M

I really enjoyed this movie when I first saw it, and I still like it to this day. That's it really. It definitely has its problems (I won't go into them, you all know what is wrong with this movie), but it is thoroughly entertaining, and I actually like it a bit more than 'Last Crusade'. Yeah, you read correctly.

Cinematic DNA: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars Prequels, Octopussy, The Mummy, Die Another Day, National Treasure, Spider-Man 3, Live Free or Die Hard.

4. Armageddon (1998)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler

Votes: 374,974 | Gross: $201.57M

An asteroid "The size of texas" is gonna hit earth so NASA must send Bruce Willis, Affleck, Chick, Mr. Pink, Owen Wilson, William Fichtner and Michael Clarke Duncan to the rock (pun intended) to blow it up. As awesome as it sounds. And Charlton Heston narrates the opening.

Cinematic DNA: Meteor, Top Gun, Deep Impact, The Rock, Con-Air, Pearl Harbor, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

5. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 350,885 | Gross: $238.68M

Like a James Bond movie on roids with fast cars and ridiculousness, "Furious 6" is a masterfully done guilty pleasure. With a script that has a fun self-awareness and is attuned to character, the film is a huge bundle of joy. I couldn't remember the main plot or the villains objective, but I still had a good time hanging out with these characters and that is the sign of a good guilty pleasure.

Cinematic DNA: The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Transformers, Skyfall

6. Bad Boys II (2003)

R | 147 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

38 Metascore

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida from a Cuban drug cartel.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 209,068 | Gross: $138.61M

7. Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

45 Metascore

The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis

Votes: 241,110 | Gross: $131.92M

8. Batman Forever (1995)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman

Votes: 222,904 | Gross: $184.03M

9. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 368,171 | Gross: $402.11M

I didn't like 'ROTF' the first time I saw it at a midnight showing back in the summer of 2009. I was a Huge fan of the 2007 original and I expected 'ROTF' to be even better. But instead of walking away from 'ROTF' with a sense of innocent glee that I had felt two years before, it made me feel like I had been through a two and a half hour binge of every drug and alcoholic beverage imaginable. The day after was bizarre for some reason, I truly felt out of myself. The day just didn't seem normal and not in a good way. It wasn't until a few viewings (and a few years) that I was able to appreciate it. Most of you don't blaze it though, so you probably won't understand that and I don't blame you, because this movie is enough to make one's head spin, shake, get thrown around a bit and then finally get blown-up, only to be taken to a robot heaven that's gonna get you The Matrix of Leadership before zapping you back to life so you can tell Megan Fox you love her before bringing Optimus back to life so he can defeat the Fallen and end the movie abruptly and listen to Linkin Park before the next sequel.

But other than that, it taught me an important lesson in cinematic expectations, and that you should always keep an open mind, especially when dealing with Michael Bay.

Cinematic DNA: Transformers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Steven Spielberg's 1941, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Bad Boys II, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, along with every film ever made in the history of film put into an editing blender.

10. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 202,992 | Gross: $180.01M

11. Backdraft (1991)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

38 Metascore

Two Chicago firefighter brothers, who don't get along, have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 67,218 | Gross: $77.87M

12. Fear (1996)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

51 Metascore

When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 37,662 | Gross: $20.75M

13. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 351,101 | Gross: $229.09M

14. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

40 Metascore

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 147,743 | Gross: $144.73M

15. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 295,856 | Gross: $198.54M

Pearl Harbor; or How Michael Bay managed to fit every movie cliche imaginable into a 3 hour movie. Damn! Bay really did it with this one. This movie has the audacity to spell out its own cliches. And take those cliches and mutate into even more cliches. All one needs to do is watch the scene where Affleck waits at the train station for Beckinsale. In that scene Affleck describes the cliche the audience is about to witness to best-bud Josh Hartnett, "I told her not to come see me off, but I want her to come so I know she loves me". Becks arrives just too late so she can have her own cliche of standing alone and crying while the music whales because she was just seconds late. Pearl Harbor is Bay's most Epic Soap Opera.

Cinematic DNA: Armageddon, Battleship, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, along with every WWII movie.

16. Van Helsing (2004)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

35 Metascore

The notorious monster hunter is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula who is using Dr. Frankenstein's research and a werewolf for some sinister purpose.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley

Votes: 231,825 | Gross: $120.18M

I am convinced that Stephen Sommers only directs cartoons. The novelty of 'Van Helsing' is that its a Monster-Mash. Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Wolf Man! Its 'Flash Gordon' for the 2000s.

Cinematic DNA: Universal Monster movies, Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein, Flash Gordon, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Blade, The Mummy (1999), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel's The Avengers.

17. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

47 Metascore

John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 141,157 | Gross: $150.42M

1982's 'First Blood' should be considered a standalone film. Telling a compelling story of post-vietnam angst, encapsulated in the character of John Rambo. The reason it should be considered a standalone is that its' sequels are cartoons, and that's a good thing because they're great cartoons. 'First Blood Part II' may be a ridiculous vietnam-revenge driven fantasy, it is a fast-paced and slick action film.

Cinematic DNA: First Blood, Rambo III, Rambo, Rocky IV, Cobra, Commando, Predator, True Lies.

18. Street Fighter (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.

Director: Steven E. de Souza | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen, Damian Chapa

Votes: 61,855 | Gross: $33.42M

19. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 87,868 | Gross: $43.82M

20. Batman: The Movie (1966)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

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: 27,868

21. This Means War (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

31 Metascore

A pair of C.I.A. operatives wage an epic battle against one another when they discover they are dating the same woman.

Director: McG | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Til Schweiger

Votes: 168,915 | Gross: $54.76M

22. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)

PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Family

40 Metascore

A giant egg is unearthed at a construction site and soon opened, releasing the terrible Ivan Ooze, who wreaks vengeance on Zordon for imprisoning him millennia ago. With Zordon dying and their powers lost, the Rangers head to a distant planet to find the mystic warrior Dulcea.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank

Votes: 23,744 | Gross: $38.19M

23. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

38 Metascore

The wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a planet called Helion Prime, and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton

Votes: 205,771 | Gross: $57.76M

24. Savages (2012)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 116,580 | Gross: $47.38M

25. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 675,804 | Gross: $45.60M

26. The Informers (2008)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

20 Metascore

One week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Jon Foster

Votes: 15,469 | Gross: $0.30M

This is like if Bret Easton Ellis' material was adapted by Tommy Wiseau into a hard R lifetime movie. It has drugs, boobs, horrible acting (seriously, everyone reads their lines so awkwardly; Mickey Rourke and Billy Bob get a pass, because lets face it they aren't really acting). The reason that i like this movie is because of what a fail it is. The multiple storylines just sort of happen and they were trying to emulate a "Magnolia"-type narrative but they never come together in any way and in the end it really tries to shove some sort of moral message down your throat (I still don't know what kind of message) and again it comes out of nowhere. The most positive things I can say about it is that the cinematography looks nice at times (as good as a soap-opera in others) and it has a good 80s soundtrack (not the score, it sounds so generic). It kind of sucks that this was Ellis' chance to adapt his own material and he was let down by whoever butchered his script. But a train-wreck is what we have and what a great wreck it is.

Cinematic DNA: The Room, The Wedding Singer, Short Cuts (if directed by Tommy Wiseau), Boogie Nights (if directed by Tommy Wiseau), Magnolia (if directed by Tommy Wiseau) , Less Than Zero (if directed by Tommy Wiseau) , American Psycho (if directed by Tommy Wiseau)

27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

45 Metascore

The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden

Votes: 48,338 | Gross: $78.66M

28. Flash Gordon (1980)

PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol

Votes: 46,551

Flash!... Ahhhhhhhhh!!!

That is all.

Cinematic DNA: Flash Gordon Serials, Batman: The Movie (1966), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars (1977), The Wizard of Oz.

29. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

44 Metascore

Edward leaves Bella after an attack that nearly claimed her life, and in her depression she falls into yet another paranormal relationship - this time with werewolf Jacob Black.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Christina Jastrzembska

Votes: 251,201 | Gross: $296.62M

30. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)

PG-13 | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

52 Metascore

After the birth of Renesmee/Nessie, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli

Votes: 217,486 | Gross: $292.30M

31. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok

Votes: 391,199 | Gross: $186.74M

32. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 331,897 | Gross: $166.11M

33. Speed Racer (2008)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Nicholas Elia

Votes: 65,798 | Gross: $43.95M

34. Land of the Lost (2009)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

32 Metascore

On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant and a redneck survivalist. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone

Votes: 61,198 | Gross: $49.44M

35. Drew Peterson: Untouchable (2012 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Drama

Following the mysterious disappearance of his fourth wife, a man is accused of the murder of his third.

Director: Mikael Salomon | Stars: Rob Lowe, Kaley Cuoco, Catherine Dent, Cara Buono

Votes: 1,489

36. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

PG | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock's long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy.

Director: William Shatner | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 52,492 | Gross: $52.21M

Caught this on cable a while back, and it was pretty entertaing. I didn't mind tha campfire scenes with Shat, Bones, and Spock, I thought it was a nice little touch. The story is pretty invovlving, if nothing that special. Its funny to think that William Shatner directed this. With that knowledge you really shouldn't take this entry too seriously, but it is good fun.

Cinematic DNA: All Star Trek movies, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

37. Billy Madison (1995)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy

16 Metascore

In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 122,779 | Gross: $25.59M

38. Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

31 Metascore

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay

Votes: 182,820 | Gross: $38.62M

39. The Room (2003)

R | 99 min | Drama

9 Metascore

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Director: Tommy Wiseau | Stars: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman

Votes: 73,980 | Gross: $0.56M

40. Laserblast (1978)

PG | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A teenager stumbles upon an alien weapon, which transforms him into a grotesque killer.

Director: Michael Rae | Stars: Kim Milford, Cheryl Smith, Gianni Russo, Ron Masak

Votes: 5,311

41. U Turn (1997)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton

Votes: 46,915 | Gross: $6.63M

42. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

33 Metascore

After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton, Kimberly Beck

Votes: 39,962 | Gross: $32.98M

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