Saturday, August 22, 2009

Year in Film Retrospective: the 1990s

So, I've realized that I can't really play along any more with Filmspotting's "Top Films of such-and-such year" because before the year 2000, I wasn't even 18, and was barely watching enough current movies to fill up a Top 5, let alone a Top 10. However, I do have a certain appreciation for the '90s as they comprise my formative years (age 7 at the start of 1990 and barely 17 by the end of 1999, all though my first viewing of many of these films occurred years later)...so to finish up this feature, I present my top 50 for the entire decade...

All About My Mother - Almodovar (1999)

Audition - Miike (1999)

Babe - Noonan (1995)

Barton Fink - Coen (1991)

Beauty and the Beast - Trousdale (1991)

Being John Malkovich - Jonze (1999)

the Big Lebowski - Coen (1998)

Blue - Kielslowski (1993)

Bottle Rocket - Anderson (1994)

Boyz N the Hood - Singleton (1991)

Breaking the Waves - von Trier (1996)

Buffalo '66 - Gallo (1998) 

the Celebration - Vinterberg (1998)

the City of Lost Children - Jeunet (1995)

Clueless - Heckerling (1995)

Dark City - Proyas (1998)

Dead Man - Jarmusch (1995)

Delicatessen - Jeunet (1991)

Fargo - Coen (1996)

Fight Club - Fincher (1999)

Funny Games - Haneke (1997)

Gattaca - Niccol (1997)

Ghost Dog - Jarmusch (1999)

Glengarry Glen Ross - Foley (1992)

la Haine - Kassovitz (1995)

Hoop Dreams - James (1994)

the Iron Giant - Bird (1999)

Jackie Brown - Tarantino (1997)

Jurassic Park - Spielberg (1993)

Live Flesh - Almodovar (1997)

Magnolia - Anderson (1999)

the Matrix - Wachowski (1999)

Night on Earth - Jarmusch (1991)

Pi - Aronofsky (1998)

the Piano - Campion (1993)

Pulp Fiction - Tarantino (1994)

Red - Kielslowski (1994)

Reservoir Dogs - Tarantino (1992)

Rushmore - Anderson (1998)

the Sandlot - Evans (1993)

the Shawshank Redemption - Darabont (1994)

Slacker - Linklater (1991)

Total Recall - Verhoeven (1990)

Toy Story - Lasseter (1995)

12 Monkeys - Gilliam (1995)

Underground - Kusturica (1995)

the Virgin Suicides - Coppola (1999)

White - Kielslowski (1994)

Wild at Heart - Lynch (1990)

Honorable Mentions to Kids (1995) and Gummo (1997)...both of which I find to be memorable, and to be appreciated on some level. However, both films also make me want to vomit.

1 comment:

nora said...

Gummo! I don't puke a little in my mouth so much as end up slackjaw for about an hour or two after watching it.
I love Babe... sigh. And Babe in the City. So. So. Much.