There has been a lot of talk recently about the idea of “good” movies vs. “rewatchable” films. This, I suppose, is meant to explain why The Lone Ranger is on Quentin Tarantino’s list of Top Ten Movies Of 2013. And that’s fine. Even through the fog of my film snobbery, I can understand the need for fun, low-stakes comedies. But The Lone Ranger?!?! Oh we can do better. The following is a list from the past decade of films I love to watch. Films that haven’t provided any insight into humanity or unforgettable shot compositions, but, man, if they’re airing on cable on a Saturday morning? I’m in. There are other comedies of the past decade that I loved more. Bridesmaids or The 40 Year Old Virgin spring to mind. But those movies are too important. They stir up too many feelings. These movies? They’re just pure fun. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The School Of Rock (2003)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The Hangover (2009)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) The first one is still good. Blow me.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Shanghai Noon (2003)
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Tropic Thunder (2008)