trashy movies that are fun, clever — with good screenwriting

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14 Feb 2022, 5:19 pm

On the theory that trashy movies need love, too! :P For example, here’s director Robert Rodriguez’s The Faculty from 1998:

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Mary Beth: So you borrow all this stuff from the school? [chemicals and equipment]

Zeke: Actually, I prefer to think of it as stealing.

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PS Some types of movies and art almost need to be transgressive and rule-breaking to work.



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14 Feb 2022, 5:31 pm

Great topic! I used to love watching Roger Corman movies. Guess I'll nominate these two:

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Also a fan of:

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Hammer Films did some great stuff along these lines too, like:

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14 Feb 2022, 5:35 pm

And the person who might really need some love is the film’s editor. For example, which of a dozen takes to use to either play up or play down a scene, and all the way through the film, hopefully finding and following a narrative thread.

And this has to be at least as difficult as writing a really good short story or putting together a music album.



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14 Feb 2022, 5:38 pm

HighLlama wrote:
Great topic! I used to love watching Roger Corman movies. Guess I'll nominate these two:

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Love your suggestions! :heart:

Roger Corman, who made a lot of movies “back in the day.” All of them low budget, and I think most of them made money.



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14 Feb 2022, 5:45 pm

He was the man. I haven't watched them in ages, but they were often quality ideas with pretty good executions...especially for the budget.

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His Poe adaptions had some great visuals.

I also love:

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14 Feb 2022, 5:51 pm

Have seen Last man on Earth, and it's successor "Omega Man." Both i think based on same story. Will smith later did another incarnation...I Am Legend.


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15 Feb 2022, 5:41 pm

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from 2010

I was just going to watch the beginning of this. And it actually turned out pretty good.

Be warned, there’s a huge, protracted kill scene toward the end — of course there is! — when the piranhas gobble up a bunch of spring breakers. And a couple of others die in interesting ways. It’s gruesome.



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15 Feb 2022, 6:19 pm

Videodrome by David Cronenberg

The Room by Tommy Wiseau


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15 Feb 2022, 6:22 pm

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Videodrome by David Cronenberg

The Room by Tommy Wiseau


In what way do you think Videodrome is trashy? It deals with that kind of material as a subject, but I don't consider the film itself that.



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15 Feb 2022, 6:35 pm

Everything is so bad about The Room that IMO,
makes it worthy of its "so-bad-it's-good" cult movie status.


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18 Feb 2022, 3:33 pm

Probably an obvious choice, but can't ignore it:

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Of course, John Waters celebrated his work as "trash."

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Creepy, but fun:

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18 Feb 2022, 3:39 pm

Dead by dawn!

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Guess these should count, if we count older Cronenberg.



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18 Feb 2022, 8:27 pm

AnonymousAnonymous wrote:
Everything is so bad about The Room that IMO,
makes it worthy of its "so-bad-it's-good" cult movie status.

And often it’s hard to directly and intentionally pull off “so bad it’s good”! :P

Maybe one example of pulling it off is the mockumentary?



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18 Feb 2022, 8:34 pm

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from 1975

Although big budget, the James Bond movies have always been over-the-top, formula (with some variations), and genre.

And in truth . . .

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maybe not all that different from the Austin Powers movies!

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PS And I’ll admit it, I’ve basically been a fan of the James Bond movies since age 14.



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18 Feb 2022, 11:10 pm

Fabulous topic!

For myself, I absolutely must nominate the following:

-A Fish Called Wanda
(Why? Because anything with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and TWO members of Monty Python is pure gold!) :-D

-Last Action Hero
(Made in 1993, I think--features Schwartzenegger just after he did the second Terminator movie, makes fun of the 1990s-era action flick, and has a whole slew of hidden cameos and movie references. Wasn't appreciated for its metafictional genius at the time but is pure nostalgic gold at this point: a time capsule of sorts, to paraphrase a recent critique of it.)



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19 Feb 2022, 1:27 am

AardvarkGoodSwimmer wrote:
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from 1975

Although big budget, the James Bond movies have always been over-the-top, formula (with some variations), and genre.

And in truth . . .

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maybe not all that different from the Austin Powers movies!

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PS And I’ll admit it, I’ve basically been a fan of the James Bond movies since age 14.


Hey, Aardvark, did you ever see this? It was where they got the Fembots in Austin Powers from:

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