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I was feeling down in the dumps earlier today. I’ve been feeling kind of homesick for my girlfriends lately. My best friends all live 4-6 hours away and I’ve just been missing them. I really want to celebrate my engagement with them. I know we will next time I see them and we will have a blast but its times like these that I miss them the most. I think most people would agree that the best times to be together are when someone you love has something to celebrate.

Anyways, I was feeling sorry for myself for a while and then I was mad at myself for feeling sorry for myself because I have an awful lot to be happy about. I was just in a funk. But then JW put The Hangover on. I haven’t seen that movie since I saw it in the theater. So funny. And just what I needed to cheer up a little. And also to remind me to let JW know that a bachelor party within a couple of days of our wedding will be unacceptable. Haha. Seriously though, I’m not having that.

On Sunday, I had a glorious rainy day. It consisted of staying in pajamas, drinking coffee, eating bagels and cream cheese, and watching movies all day. All of the Twitter and Facebook updates about the marathon going on locally that day made me feel a little lazy (and jealous) but it was a nice relaxing day. I watched a couple of movies but neither even came close to making their way into my top five all time favorite movies. Here they are, in no particular order:

The Royal Tennenbaums
The Big Lebowski
The Princess Bride
Sixteen Candles
High Fidelity

I’ve seen these movies more times than I can count. And although it pains me to not include The Departed, alas, the list only fits five movies. So, what are your top five all time favorite movies? Let me know in the comments!

I think everyone has some favorite movies that, deep down, they know are terrible but still just unabashedly adore. I have several. I was reminded of this because we were listening to the Eagles tonight and the music made me think of one of my movie guilty pleasures. No, not The Big Lebowski. I love that movie but it is not a guilty pleasure. That movie is legitimately good and everyone likes it. No, I’m talking about a terrible movie that I will watch every time I find it on tv. I own it on DVD. It’s number one on my list of favorite rotten movies:

1. Urban Cowboy. Oh man, it’s so bad but so good. Starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. It’s a whole lot of white trash with a good soundtrack. Predictable and dramatic complete with a happy ending all taking place either in a trailer or a country western bar with a mechanical bull. I can’t not watch it if it’s on.
2. Any Troma film. Now, I don’t know if you have heard of these. If you have, you’ve probably watched at least several of them. One of the more famous titles is probably Class of Nukem High. These are just really low-budget horror movies. They aren’t scary. They are so cheap they are funny. I don’t think that they were meant to be spoofs (at least not the earlier ones) but they come off that way. They are chock full of campy amazingness. I want to go see if I can find any online right now.
3. Little Monsters. It’s a kids movie about a kid (Fred Savage) who befriends the monster under his bed (Howie Mandell) and gets to go to the secret under-the-bed monster world. It’s truly awful. I’ll watch every minute.
4. Grease. Yes, another John Travolta movie. This time, a musical. I will sing right along with the entire thing too. I can’t help myself. This goes for a lot of musicals.
5. Terms of Endearment. Debra Winger again. It’s just so so so sad. So. Sad. And the kid Teddy at the end? He’s so damn cute and heartbreaking. I will watch it over and over and over and cry even though I know what’s coming.
6. Any and all Carebears movie from the 80s. My mom used to take my cousin and I to the theater to see them. I love.
7. Glory Daze. This is a movie from the early 90s starring Ben Affleck and French Stewart in their very early days. It’s godawful. It really is. It has a sweet punk soundtrack though, so I’ll happily watch it every chance I get.
8. Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’m torn on this one. My heart keeps telling me that this is a truly good movie. I love everything about it. But I don’t necessarily think the general public feels the same way about it. So on the list it goes.

I keep thinking of other movies that I’m not sure are actually bad movies and that I just like them because they are really good. Like Heathers, Pump Up the Volume, a lot of musicals and sci fi, and that one about dragons with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughy. I know that there are more. I’m having trouble coming up with them right now though. What movies are your shameful guilty pleasures? You know, the ones you prefer to watch alone. Multiple times. This is not the same as the awesome movies that you watch over and over. That’s for another post. I’m talking about the ones that you don’t tell people about. Spill it.