It’s about time we absolve ourselves of the guilt we feel when enjoying our personal favourites! Writer Basje Boer joins us again to discuss why we should be liberated from the stigma of loving overtly shlocky action films, non-sensical comedies, and schmaltzy teen dramas and romcoms. We question what exactly we are suppose to feel guilty of and how this can limit your own unique love of cinema.

Our guest

Basje Boer (1980, Amsterdam) is an author and film critic. She has published various novels, including Nulversie (2019, Nijgh & Van Ditmar) and Bermuda (2016, Nijgh & Van Ditmar), and writes about film, pop culture, art and literature for Dutch magazines De Groene Amsterdammer and De Filmkrant, among others.

She has written at length about topics like the female (and male) gaze, female representation in film and her novels are riddled with references to films and plays on the cliches of cinema.

Film Club

We want to know what your supposed “guilty pleasures”! Send them in to [email protected] with a brief description of why you love your selected film and what makes you feel “guilty” about loving it.

On our next episode

The festive season is on the horizon and the whole team are back together to discuss the films they watch during the Christmas holidays. Luckily it is not just Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) and Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990) on repeat!

Films mentioned

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  • The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003)
  • The Naked Gun franchise (David Zucker, Peter Segal, 1988-1994)
  • Twins (Ivan Reitman, 1988)
  • Miami Vice (Michael Mann, 2006)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (Jon Watts, 2021)
  • Howard The Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986)
  • Eternals (Chloé Zhao, 2021)
  • Kindergarten Cop (Ivan Reitman, 1990)
  • Jingle All The Way (Brian Levant, 1996)
  • The 6th Day (Roger Spottiswoode, 2000)
  • Hard Target (John Woo, 1993)
  • Benedetta (Paul Verhoeven, 2021)
  • Double Impact (Sheldon Lettich, 1991)
  • Rambo III (Peter MacDonald, 1988)
  • Rambo (Sylverster Stallone, 2008)
  • Blade: Trinity (David S. Goyer, 2004)
  • Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
  • Pain & Glory (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019)
  • To The Wonder (Terrence Malick, 2012)
  • Knight Of Cups (Terrence Malick, 2015)
  • Song To Song (Terrence Malick, 2017)
  • Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino, 1987)
  • Sex And The City (Darren Star, 1998–2004)
  • The Sopranos (David Chase, 1999-2007)
  • Fifty Shades Of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2015)
  • Sex And The City 2 (Michael Patrick King, 2010)
  • The Many Saints Of Newark (Alan Taylor, 2021)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 19991)
  • The Tree Of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
  • Drag Me To Hell (Sam Raimi, 2009)
  • The Ice Road (Jonathan Hensleigh, 2021)
  • Old (M. Night Shyamalan, 2021)
  • Signs (M. Night Shyamalan, 2002)
  • Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008)
  • Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

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