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Transformers the Movieby Rob Markman

Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. These are some of ours.

What an amazingly cruel way to leave an impression on a child: take their most invincible hero, put him on the grandest stage possible and murder him before your young eyes. It wasn’t even an hour into the film when he met his demise, but when the closing credits rolled 84 minutes later, reality sunk in: Optimus Prime was dead and “Transformers: The Movie” was the greatest animated experience for ’80’s babies everywhere.

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"Seinfeld" is the easy pop culture moment to talk about in relation to George Steinbrenner, New York Yankees owner who died earlier today after suffering a massive heart attack. He only appeared on the show once, but series co-creator Larry David frequently appeared -- the back of his head anyway -- as the baseball mogul while Jason Alexander's George Costanza held a dream job working for the Yanks. It's great stuff and I don't mean to take anything away from it.

As I was browsing around the Internet this morning after the news broke, I stumbled across a cameo he had in a fun little '90s sports comedy starring Brendan Fraser and Albert Brooks.

I'm talking of course about "The Scout." Read More...

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Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

Last night on "American Idol," finalist Crystal Bowersox sang her heart out on a cover of Kenny Loggins' "I'm Alright." I'll admit that I don't follow the show very closely, but when I heard the news of what song Bowersox chose to sing, my response was immediate. "She wins. She's the new American Idol." For you see, "I'm Alright" is the song that opens one of the greatest sports comedies in the long history of movies: "Caddyshack." Read More...

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Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

April 20, known among the pot-smoking nation (and among people who write the date numerically) as 4/20, is the unofficial holiday celebrating the usage of marijuana. And while MTV does not in any way endorse breaking the law, we certainly acknowledge that a sizable population of people are out there who simply disregard that law. And since you're out there, I figured I'd take a moment to run through some of my favorite flicks to zone out to.

Not that I engage in such activities. If I did though, the following five movies would be pretty badass... Read More...

Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

Jaime Escalante, 79, passed away yesterday afternoon at his son's home in Roseville, CA. The legendary schoolteacher is notable for his accomplishments at East LA's Garfield High School, a story which was related in the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver," starring Edward James Olmos in the Escalante role. It's a movie that has long been a staple in middle school and high school classrooms, the sort of thing that math teachers love to have substitutes screen when they're out. Read More...

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CliffordMartin Short, one of the great comedians of our generation, turns 60 years old today. Today, I'll pay tribute to the actor by honoring a movie of his that's not just my favorite Short performance, but one of my personal favorite comedies of all time. No, it's not "Father of the Bride." Sorry, not "The Three Amigos," either. No can do on "Mars Attacks," though you're getting a little bit warmer.

"Clifford." My favorite Short movie is "Clifford," and it's also one of my favorite comedies of all time. Deal with it. Read More...

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Alice in WonderlandCall them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

Few people will argue that when it comes to grim, eerie and flat-out bizarre film fare, director Tim Burton is a hard act to match. But even without having seen his take on "Alice in Wonderland," I can guarantee you without a shadow of a doubt that it's nowhere near as weirdly terrifying as the "Alice in Wonderland" two-part television special released in 1985. Read More...

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Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

One of the big news items getting my fanboy heart a-pounding this month is the long-awaited return of Vin Diesel and David Twohy to the "Riddick" franchise. The news broke last week that they are going back for a third helping and then we learned just this morning the first few story details and plans for a "back-to-basics" approach. In this case, "basics" refers to "Pitch Black," the thoroughly enjoyable first movie in the series which celebrates its 10th anniversary tomorrow. Read More...

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Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

This week's Sick Day Stash comes early for obvious reasons. Today is Groundhog Day. That also happens to be the title of one of the best comedies of the '90s. Hell, one of the best comedies, period. The problem with writing about "Groundhog Day" at this point is there's so little left to be said about it that hasn't already. Read More...

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Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

"Josie and the Pussycats" is one smart teen flick. It's funny and hip and sherbet-colored and all at the same time finds a way to mock the music industry. Plus, it has Parker Posey in it— which by many accounts tends to be a winning casting decision. Read More...

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