Plus, sometimes, the masses are wrong about film. Sometimes bad films are interesting. A Very Brady Sequel 5. It picks up perfectly from the similarly fun The Brady Bunch Movie, but adds a dose of incest, plenty of very funny jokes, and a really quite inspired drug sequence. Along Came Polly 5. A good, fun movie for a light evening. And worth a bit more than 5. Given that the most common complaint about a sequel is that it retreads the original with fewer laughs and no new ideas, why punish the ones that actually bother?
Piss off… Black Sheep 5. This New Zealand movie sees genetically engineered sheep turning into mutated killers — and the only people who can stop them running riot are a couple of environmental protesters and a sheep-phobic former farmer. The American Werewolf In London nod is well done, too. Trinity is the Ryan Reynolds Show. The Bone Snatcher 4. The characters are believable, the situation is plausible, and the idea of being so incredibly isolated is genuinely frightening.
The premise is simple: Buffy The Vampire Slayer 5. If we can deal with the many, many origin stories of characters like Spider-man and Batman, we can deal with two different versions of Buffy. There are also some seriously weird moments in this film, mostly involving pancakes. What does it all mean? The Cable Guy 5. Instead, what you get is a dark, often not very pleasant comedy, with a compelling central performance from Carrey in the title role.
Furthermore, it has a trump card, and that card is Bill Murray. Whenever the action threatens to sag, in comes a world-weary Murray to belt out a couple of lines and pump life back into the thing.
Traditionally, virgins are safe from serial killers, since serial killers are obviously very concerned with outdated morality. A Cinderella Story 5. So, for light entertainment, you could do a lot worse than A Cinderella Story. The plot is, well, Cinderella, with Hilary Duff in the starring role, being victimised by her horrible stepmother and stepsisters.
But then, it depends on the spirit in which you take it. And the film itself? It really has its moments. Competition over friends, spells and boys leads to all sorts of mean-spirited magic. High school politics never really change, do they? As a consequence of this decision, said advertising executive, played by Moore, suddenly happens upon success.
We miss Dudley Moore at his finest. If you take just one comedy of this list to track down, please make it this one. Or A Very Brady Sequel. Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles 4. Instead, it relies heavily on the charm of Paul Hogan in the title role, and his ongoing ability to generate laughs as Mick Dundee.
A Crocodile Dundee 4 would be a bad idea, though. Drop Dead Fred 5. Drop Dead Fred also has the very welcome Phoebe Cates in its corner, and was primed for a remake, too, with Russell Brand mooted.
The original, though, is well worth digging out on its own merits. Rather than focusing on the relationships between the high schoolers, F focuses on the ways teenagers can be strange and terrifying.
Final Destination 3 5. This time round, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the unfortunate teen who suffers a premonition of her own untimely and unlikely death just before everything kicks off, and she does an admirable job of fighting death back, saving several of her friends from their splattery ends — or, at least, postponing the splats. The DVD had a choose-your-own-adventure style conceit where you could change the outcomes of certain events in the film, which is fun, but ultimately the theatrical version is better.
Firstly, their paired the brilliant Brian Dennehy with Bryan Brown, but also, they had fun with their effects, made them integral to the narrative, and the end result was a pair of good, solid mainstream movies.
Movies the mainstream never really bothered to go and see. Basically, it has all the trademark insanity of a Neveldine and Taylor film combined with some quite interesting commentary on our internet-based culture.
There are two games in the film: Slayers, a kind of real-life Call Of Duty, and Society, a hyper-sexualised version of Second Life, and both are disturbing enough to make you rethink your gaming habits.
George Of The Jungle 5. This was, of course, before breaking the fourth wall started to become a cheat rather than a funny wink at the audience. The straight-to-video sequel is awful, though, so be sure to avoid that. More on George Of The Jungle, here.
Nicolas Cage gives one of his quirkier performances, sipping jellybeans and listening to the Carpenters. The bike stunts are fun and, well, the Rider is a skeleton, on fire, on a motorcycle.
Played by Nicolas Cage. The sequel is another story , but the first Hostel is pretty much the perfect horror movie. House Of Fears 5. When a group of kids break into the attraction to try it out before it officially opens, they trigger a curse that means each of them has to face his or her worst fears inside the house.
I remember seeing it on the opening day, having read nothing but scathing reviews, feeling like I was supposed to hate Hudson Hawk. But it had me early on, and Danny Aiello and Bruce Willis singing Side By Side whilst on the rob is far more fun than most of the action movies the decade spawned.
Turns out, Hudson Hawk is a film full of expensive, and a fair number of them paid off. Louis Gosset Jr takes to the skies in the first, and best, Iron Eagle movie, which sits with a paltry 4.
Jason X is set in the distant future, when Jason Voorhees is inadvertently brought out of his cryogenic stasis and let loose on a space station. The titular Jennifer is the archetypal mean girl, the kind of gorgeous popular girl that everyone secretly hates; her best friend, Needy, is a nerd.
When a touring band accidentally turn Jennifer into a demon, she wreaks her vengeance on her hometown by murdering all of its most beloved sons, using her sexuality against them. Josie And The Pussycats 5. Starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Tara Reid, it features a girl group in the middle of a plot about delivering subliminal messages through mass entertainment.
A treat of a film , with some really good music, too. Never Say Never 1. Its trick is its willingess to present its subject in a less than blinding light for the entirety of its running time something the sycophantic Michael Jackson cash-in, This Is It, could have learned lessons from.
Joe 2 director Chu packages it into a surprisingly entertaining film. Take the fantasy adventure, Krull. Leap Of Faith 5. Do check it out. A man who could live under water! Think of the possibilities! How odd, then, that the film is so unremittingly daft. Nevertheless, viewed in the right frame of mind, Leviathan is a derivative yet hugely enjoyable B-movie. Rugrats In Paris 5. The sequel, Rugrats In Paris, is much better, opening up with a really quite inspired take on The Godfather how many animated family films give you that?
Just try and bypass the music to get the most out of it. Trapped by aggressive locals, things look bad enough, considering their lack of food and water or hope of rescue — and then it turns out the poisonous plants covering the titular ruins are actually sentient and murderous. There are some incredibly creepy ideas in this movie, and some gory scenes that are very, very difficult to watch.
See No Evil 4. Some young offenders are taken to a ramshackle former hotel to do some cleaning and tidying, in exchange for a reduction in their sentences. Sexy Killer or Sexykiller: It has a wonderfully deranged anti-heroine at its heart — and then piles on a twisted love story, zombies, and mad science. It basically has everything a horror fan could want from a horror movie.
Alec Baldwin takes the title role, bringing to the screen a character previously best known for radio serials. We've defended the film at more length, here. The Specialist is a pretty bad piece of filmmaking and yet, conversely, a massively entertaining movie. The Quest For Peace, Supergirl is a genuinely interesting piece of work.
The first half in particular, when everything is being randomly pieced together, remains fascinating. Throw in Helen Slater, perfectly cast as the title character, and Faye Dunaway being thuddingly evil, and Supergirl is a long, uneven, but engaging adventure. This was a film that landed in the days when the buddy cop era was slowly coming to an end. Firmly rated in the UK, it was, and is, a very good action movie.