Gail Carriger’s Guilty Pleasure Movies (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Resa Nelson, in the December 2009 Issue of Realms of Fantasy, compiled a contributors series on favorite guilty pleasure movies. I love this idea, so I thought I would do the same. I tend to think of these movies more as good flavor movies. Which is to say, Gentle Reader, if I see a movie that really upsets me I can go home and pop in one of these and it will make me feel better. They live at the very front of my DVD binder for easy access. For some reason I don’t have books that function the same way ~ perhaps books tap into a different part of the psyche.

Ever After ~ I have no idea why this Cinderella retelling featuring Drew Barrymore and Angelica Houston is so appealing, but it is. It could be that it ties back to my childhood love for the Slipper and the Rose. It also features Melanie Lynskey as one of the stepsisters, my choice of casting for Ivy Hisselpenny. The dialogue is stilted, the costuming questionable, and the accents atrocious but none of that seems to matter ~ watching this movie never fails to make me feel better.

Latter Days ~ Possibly the most romantic film ever made: party boy redeemed through the love of a good . . . Mormon? Yeah. Bring it. I can re-watch the ending scene where Christian drops the tray in surprise over and over again. Who knew the sexiest words in existence were “I hate the snow”?

Bend it Like Beckham ~ Girl power comedy featuring romantic interest Jonathan Rhys Myers in full on pouty-lipped tortured Irish mode. Who could ask for anything more? (Someday that boy with finally come out and my life will be complete, but I digress.) Not to mention in indomitable Juliet Stevenson as the white trash mother (or the British equivalent of white trash) trying to understand sports. In addition, we get: interracial difficulties, spunky girls with something to prove, gay best friend, makeover, sister bonding, victorious sports action, Bollywood dance, and beautiful saris. I find it odd anyone would not love this movie.

So those are my picks, and now, I’m dieing of curiosity. What are yours?

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
The Difference Engine on NPR.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Social Networking and the Author Mystique by Jason Pinter

CAKE in Space: Back from agent, but now I don’t have time for it.
Fellow LJer [info]lady_fellshot has some very witty things to say. “So, I had the joy of many laughs, chuckles, guffaws, giggles and one snort while reading Soulless. The writing style seemed like some weird melding of Jane Austen, Jim Butcher and Terry Pratchett. Very dry humor, scrupulous attention paid to 19th century societal mores with likable characters and pretty good action.”
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon & Powell’s have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don’t read if you haven’t read the first book!
Blameless: Edits are back, that’s what I’ll be doing all day today and tomorrow.

Quote of the Day:
“Editors also know that the people who are really readers want to read. They hunger to read. They will forgive a vast number of clumsinesses and scamped work of every sort if the author will delight them just enough to keep them able to continue.”
~ William Sloane


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  1. Donna Gambale said:

    Yes I am thoroughly in love with Ever After. Guilty as charged. But even more embarrassing… What Women Want. Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt. I don't own it, but I watch it EVERY SINGLE TIME it reruns on TV. (Bows head in shame.)

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