What, exactly, defines a b movie? In the past it was defined as a low-budget film. But there have been some very good low-budget films. Clerks is an example, and there have been even lower budget films that were great movies. So, in my view, budget alone is not a consideration. Also, some movies that had decent budgets count as b-movies. Super Mario Bros. for example. One thing I think that makes a movie neccessarily a b movie is rubber monster costumes. Even if the "monsters" are clowns or something. Rubber costume = b movie. But there have been b-movies without rubber costumes.
B movies are usually shorter than average or blockbuster movies, too. About 90 minutes average I'd say. Some films were made to be bad b-movies, like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Some movies *should* be b-movies, based on content, but are not because they are executed so well. Naked Gun is an example. B doesn't mean bad, either. Gozilla (1998 Matthew Broderick remake) wasn't a b movie, and it was painful to watch. Whereas Godzilla 2000 *was* a b-movie, and it was fun as hell to watch.
So far we've come to no real conclusions on what, exactly, defines a b movie. Unintentionally funny movies are neccessarily b movies, but there have been b movies that were not unintentionally funny, and ones that were intentionally funny. Strange Brew = b movie. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure = not b movie. Most movies based on a tv show should probably be considered b movies. I know the Charlie's Angels movie was b in my view. But most tv series that have a movie as the starting point are good series.
I think the one thing that ties b movies together is an intangible metaphor which I like to call "cheese". If a movie has no cheese, it cannot be considered a b movie. So at this point I would like to define exactly what cheese is. Unfortunately, I really need to post this and do some real life stuff, so you'll have to wait for the next installment for the definition of movie cheese. I'm all :
mmm..... sex...... Jammin' with :
Squeeze - Tempted by the fruit of a monkey