Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Movies and Fun for Ghetto Nerds

One of the fun things about the immediacy offered by a blog is that one can chase a random idea and see where it goes. I was watching television and stumbled upon Flash Gordon, which as I mentioned in my Cloverfield review, is one of my favorite "bad movies" of all time:

This got me thinking, am I the only ghetto nerd (as Zora has christened me) who thinks that Flash Gordon is one of the greatest movies of all time. I know I am not the only brown person who loves some Queen. I know I was not the only young man who had amazing masturbatory fantasies about Ming's daughter Aura--that racially ambiguous goddess was a queen among queens who I dare say looked better than any of the women that pygmy, Prince, had on his arm during the 1980's:

Plus, I know for a fact that I am not the only respectable negro who can quote Flash Gordon at length.

We have the classic conundrum: if Flash Gordon was ohh so amazing, where does that leave my other perennial bad movie favorite, They Live? Remember its classic line, "I am here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum."

And am I the only ghetto nerd who has fond memories of Zardoz?

What are some other "bad movies" that should be added to our We are Respectable Negroes Bad Movie Hall of Fame?


The Obenson Report said...

Nah, you're not the only one who digs Flash Gordon. It was a childhood favorite, and was fun to see it again a couple of weeks ago I think it was, when it aired several times on one of the premium cable tv channels. I remember having a mild crush on Princess Aura (Ornella Muti). As for other good "bad movies"... hmmm... a toughie... TNT/TBS recently hosted a Steven Segal marathon which I consumed while home sick that weekend. I laughed a lot, even when I wasn't supposed to be laughing. But I certainly had a good time watching. So, maybe you can throw some so-bad-they-are-good Segal movies on your list.

Invisible Woman said...

I do think, however, you and I might be the only black fans of "Zardoz" tho, haha :-)

Werner Herzog's Bear said...

Glad to see I have company with this one, even if the guy who plays Flash is less animated than Timothy Dalton's mustache. I also just love seeing respectable actors like Max Von Snydow and Brian Blessed hamming it up.