I have a crap addiction. And for the first time, I’m wondering if this is a problem. There’s been a recent string of come-to-Jesus moments involving my insanely strong appreciation of “bad” movies, television, and music. Some were mildly amusing: One of my bosses, known for his love of old movies, told me he’d just seen a film that I’d love — then handed me the Let’s Go to Prison unrated DVD. (He insisted he genuinely enjoyed it.) Others were actually alarming: Someone asked me to name the best movie of the last 10 years, and I couldn’t. That’s an opinion question. Shouldn’t I have had one?
After much self-reflection — and a call to colleague Dan Snierson, whose love of any art form involving a mullet kinda makes me view him as sort of a sponsor — I realized why the “bad” things (see: Gymkata, the first season of The Surreal Life, Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like the Wind“) stick with me longer than the “good” ones: I have no idea how they got made. How do you first dream up, then sell a movie starring Olympian Kurt Thomas that creates a new martial art by combining gymnastics and karate? Who could have imagined that Gabrielle Carteris and Vince Neil would actually get along? And Mr. Swayze (pictured), what does the line “She’s like the wind through my tree” even mean?
So here’s this week’s question, PopWatchers: What are the bad ideas that continue to fascinate you to this day? One of my favorite bad ideas ever, after the jump!
I’m willing to go on the record and say that I still get chills watching young Corey Haim’s video diary, Me, Myself, and I. Check out a clip here and see why. Corey on his career path: “The direction in my life right now that I’m trying to, I guess, proceed with in the business is graduate from being the younger brother, tryin’ to get to be the older brother or the only brother.” Corey on his future plans: “I think maybe 10 years from now I’m hopefully gonna be in Tahiti or something, kickin’ back like in my huge mansion — if everything goes right, it’s all up to me — just watching the dolphins, and the porpoises, and the sharks and the little sea horses and all that fun stuff go by in a whole different country while things are happening back here.” Corey on kissing: “What does kissing really mean to me? To me, if you feel when you kiss a girl that certain feeling of all those dolphins like swimming through your bloodstream, and you get those good tingles inside your stomach. I don’t think there’s anything better than kissing because it basically comes to, um, I guess the word ‘love.’ I guess that’s what it’s all about.” I couldn’t have said it better, Corey.