The 90's. The decade before the millemium where many religious cults believed that the end of the world was nigh and that the devil would walk the earth. Well, the world did'nt end and it appears that the devil was already abroad, and had been for years if the decline of British movies was anything to go by.
For, Lo! The abomination of the manufactured band had come to pass and throughout the land there was much wailing, until studio mixers and advanced electronics turned tone-deaf pretty boys and girls into something passable and their masters spake, saying that thou shalt not sing live, but wilt mime instead so that the gullible do not catch on.
Now, manfactured bands were nothing new - take The Monkees for example. The 80s brought vocal disasters such as New Kids on The Block in the US, but nothing quite like it in the UK. That was to change, however, with the 90s came a new accelerated era of crass commercialism at the cloven feet of people such as Louie Walsh and Simon Cowell. Bands were assembled according to looks rather than any form of musical talent, their clothes were chosen for them, their hairstyles were chosen for them and their "songs" were chosen for them.
The most successful examples of this foul practise of the filthy lucre principle were Take That, The Spice Girls, Boyzone, Steps and Westlife. Horrid, insipid lyrics, whiny voices, boring harmonies and laughable dance routines became the order of the day. Many decent musicians and songwriters never got the chance to shine thanks to this excremental process and yet, and yet - despite the odds, the nineties saw some fantastic bands and some songs destined to become classics. As a result, here are my top ten singles of the 90's by UK bands.
1) Parklife - Blur - (Parklife) - 1994
Displaying clever insightful lyrics, innovative sound effects and a member of the soap "Eastenders" talking throughout, Parklife dealt with little more than a slice of life in London. Blur in the personage of Damon Albarn was never afraid to take a chance, and as far as Britpop was concerned, the band deserved its accolades far more than the horribly derivative and vastly overrated Oasis.
2) Firestarter - The Prodigy - (Fat of the Land) - 1997
Electronic punk on acid is probably the best description of The Prodigy that I can think of, and this song is undoubtedly their best known. With a frenetic thumping beat and Keith Flint's snapped, snarling delivery it never failed to make my pulse race. Add to that a video worthy of the Pirelli "Venus in Furs" advert, and you have a classic. With one exception, they've never done better.
3) Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve - (Uran Hymns) - 1997
Using as a base the Orchestra recording of The Rolling Stones' 1965 song, "The Last Time", Bitter Sweet Symphony was a showcase for Richard Ashcroft's vocals and a source for legal action from the Stone's production company. It also featured a video done in one long, sweeping take with Richard walking towards the camera that was nothing less than memorable.
4) Sleeping Satillite - Tasmin Archer - (Great Expectations) - 1992
Tasmin who? Might be the reaction of many. Rightly or wrongly a one-hit wonder, Sleeping satellite has a silly video but is a fantastic song, pop meets R&B with a silky smooth voice. Still love it.
5) Common People - Pulp - (Different Class) - 1995
One of the few songs concerning "Class Tourism" where someone abscribes glamour to povery. (Are you listening, James Cameron?), some of the lyrics are very biting and all the more enjoyable for that. Jarvis Cocker's penniless nerd look has served the band well. Shaking his backside at Michael Jackson pretending to be Jesus has served the human race well.
6) A Design for Life - Manic Street Preachers - (Everything must Go) - 1996
One of the Manic's top sellers, A design for Life deals with working class poverty and hopelessless, yet hints that knowledge can set you free. The song is almost a ballad in nature, but a very dark one at heart.
7) Zombie - The Cranberries - (No Need to Argue) - 1994
One of my personal candidates for record of the decade, Zombie is an incredibly powerful song criticising perpetrators of violence on both sides of the troubles, prodestant and catholic for feeding off an endless cycle of loss and revenge.
8) Walking on Broken Glass - Annie Lennox - (Diva) - 1992
One of the least recognised vocalists we have, Annie efforlessly sings her way through this song about dysfunctional love in a disintegrating relationship even if the Dangerous Liaisons style video has a happy ending.
9) Driftwood - Travis - (The Man Who) - 1999
Hailing from a lot further than north of Watford, Travis brought mostly-happy-rockpop down south with them, suprising when you consider that The Bluebells who always made you want to slit your wrists came shortly before them. Driftwood is a calming melody of the type that causes feet to tap and is a great help when sitting in heavy traffic.
10) The Bartender and the Thief - (Performance and Cocktails) - 1999
Another welsh band on the list, this song is all fast, pumping fury even if the lyrics make little sense. If there is a more painful sound than Kelly Jones' gravelly throat seeming to fill up with blood when he's singing, I don't want to hear it!
Okay, so I'm a self-admitted violence girl...So take a peek into my mind with my 90's movies top ten review.. (in no order). 1. The Usual Suspects (1995) This movie was just brilliant. I pretty good about figuring movies out in the first 15 minutes. But this one had me going. On the edge of my seat, biting my nail. And Kevin Spacey, well I think he is the most under appreciated actor in hollyworld. 2. Reservoir Dogs (1992) I rented this movie and brought it over on my first date with my now husband...surprised he didn't take off running. Quentin Tarrentino is mad psycho, but there is not a single word of a single film that I haven't enjoyed by this man. This movie is very fast paced and violent, doen't really stop long enough to get into an elaborate plot point. So it you want a good, bloody shoot em up night, this flick is for you. 3. 12 monkeys (1996) Brad Pitt amazed me in this movie. I never laughed so hard in my life than at this character. He was magnificent. And the twists in it, very well played out. Another movie that didn't drop kick the ending in your lap during the first 15 minutes. And can you ever go wrong with Bruce Willis? well, hudson hawk so I guess so....but you know what I mean. 4. Strangedays (1995) Great cast for one. Not a very well known movie I don't think. I love the virtual reality/snuff storyline they had going on. 5. Where the Day Takes You (1992) Also a little known movie, also a really GREAT cast. Not really violent per se, but its all about drugs, homelessness, crime, prostitution and the situation you will put yourself in just to claim the next fix. Great movie...very sad 6. Trainspotting (1996) Ewan McGregor before he was known....the only thing I DIDN"T like about this movie was the baby scene, and I sometimes had a hard time understanding
the lingo. Other than that, very funny yet very disturbing. 7. Pulp Fiction (1994) Well, who hasn't seen this movie? Not much to say other than its mad brilliant. 8. Basketball Diaries (1995) Jim Carroll is beautiful. What a life to have gone through. And leonardo dicaprio's performance is flawless. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me want to get REALLY drunk 9. Natural Born Killers (1995) If I had to pick one of these to be number one, I think this would be it. In fact, this is my favorite movie of all time probably. This movie is remarkable. The story line is classic Bonnie and Clyde, but the way it was filmed, and the music, and oh just EVERYTHING about it. I actually wanted to be IN the movie. 10. Foxfire (1996) Not entirely violent, but very much a girl power show. Angelina Jolie in her first role ( I believe). And a lot of lesbian undertones. But all in all I fell in love with this movie the first time I watched it. Now, if I could have a top 20, these would have made my list: The Crow, 4 Rooms, Mallrats, Empire Records, Dazed and Confused, American History X, Blade, Disturbing Behavior ( I LOVE Nick Stahl), Gladiator (the boxing movie, not russell crowe), And Interview with a vampire
Bit stuck for things to write about(in case you hadn't guessed) so I'm afraid it's one top ten after another for a while... 1) Seven (or "Se7en" if you simply must be anoraky) These are in no particular order of course but if they were then Seven would be up there near the very top. This is David Fincher at the very peak of his talents, bringing two of Hollywood?s hottest properties (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) together to track down a serial killer who tortures and kills his victims to the tune of the seven deadly sins. It?s dark, brooding, menacing and enormously atmospheric and I love it. 2) The Matrix (this was 90s right? lol) For some reason I?m not looking forward to the release of the two sequels to this movie - probably because it has that kind of ?unfollowable? feeling and the movie did actually END quite conclusively which makes things difficult! However, the first of these three was an absolute masterpiece and one of the few times I?ve stepped outside of the cinema and actually felt like I?d seen the future of cinema. a few months down the line I was of course wishing it had never happened as every other movie seemed to be incorporating the ideas here in some way or other, even the likes of the horror spoof Scary Movie felt the need to parody it. Arrgh! The Matrix is a movie which makes you think. What if everything you know is a lie programmed in to your mind to keep you under control? That?s the premise of The Matrix as computer hacker Neo finds himself ripped out of his cosy little fantasy into a nightmarish world in which machines rule, harvesting the biological energy of cocooned humans to maintain their artificial life. The small band of people who have escaped the lie are looking for a saviour who can deprogram the Matrix which keeps everyone else as slaves and are hoping he is it, but the Matrix isn?t about to die without a fight. Umm yeah, it?s difficult to explain and deeper than that o
n a conceptual level anyway, if you haven?t seen it then do so even if you aren?t ?into? sci-fi because it?s something special. 3) The Shawshank Redemption This was a movie which was given a luke warm reception at the time of its release apparently but which now makes regular appearances on people?s top ten lists and rightly so as well. If there?s one thing Stephen King seems to be really successful at then it?s making prison movies as both this and The Green Mile are super movies whilst all his others are at best mediocre(The Shining aside). The Shawshank Redemption is a triumph of effortless audience manipulation, tugging on the heartstrings with invisible wire it?s a tale of friendship, hope and triumph over the strongest adversity. It?s rare that I?m left with grin to rival the Cheshire cat?s when the credits start a-rolling but this movie manages it every time. Criminally it ws never given a sniff at the Oscars...shows what they know eh? :oP 4) Groundhog Day Bill Murray wakes up to find he is destined to live the same day over and over again...and faced with this prospect decides it?s the perfect opportunity to win Andi MacDowell?s favours. It?s the very simplest of ideas but the execution is near perfect. You can buy into every part of Murray journey through different emotions and never once doubt that were this ?real? that things would pan out any differently. Groundhog day is a movie you can watch over and over and never get bored and it?s one of those endlessly quotable affairs all of which and more makes it the best comedy to come out of the 90s...in my opinion. 5) Goodfellas This is the second best comedy. Oh I know it?s not really a comedy but I laugh so hard at Pesci?s lunacy every time I see it that for me, it?s as much a comedy as it is Scorcese?s brutal answer to The Godfather. The story is superb, it?s another which is endlessly quotable and the performances of De Niro, Pesci and Liotta are fault
less. Maybe not to everyone?s taste because it is packed with some really brutal displays of violence but an excellent movie. 6) Twelve Monkeys Terry Gilliam should make more movies. Twelve Monkeys isn?t as brilliant as Brazil but it?s his best from the 90?s and despite the cries of dissent I usually get when I say how much I love it, I?m going to say it again. I love it. It?s one of those post-apocalyptic type affairs where a terrorist group has released a deadly virus above ground and small pockets of humanity eek out an existence below ground where it is safe. Bruce Willis is ?sent back? in time to get a sample of the virus in return for reducing his prison sentence in modern times whilst we get to see how all the events piece together. Possibly the best parts of the movie come in the opening 20 minutes when we see bears and tigers roaming around the streets of a snowy Philadelphia, the animals having reclaimed the Earth for their own now the human scourge has been banished below ground but I found the whole thing fascinating and enormously enjoyable. It was nice to see all the parodox pseudo-science mumbo-jumbo pretty much dropped as well for a change. 7) Jacob?s Ladder Adrian Lyne comes from the trashy but successful Fatal Attraction to a work of pure head fuck genius which audiences deemed fit to flock away from. More fool you if you missed it, Jacob?s Ladder is a trip. Tim Robins returns home from Vietnam to a job as a postal worker, but all is not well. He begins to have horrific flashbacks and visions of demons and bizarre happenings around him which escalates right up to an absolutely corking conclusion. Jacob?s Ladder isn?t ?easy? viewing, it?s something of a mentally draining harrowing experience but it is a movie which I would recommend to absolutely anyone to see. 8) Hard Boiled If you like action movies then you can?t go far wrong with John Woo movies. Hard Boiled is arguably his best, released bac
k in the days before Hollywood sunk its claws into him and his style went out the window a little, Hard Boiled is fast, action packed and incredibly violent. Ignore the naffly dubbed version and go straight for the Hong Kong original and revel in the hyper-stylised way Chow Yun-Fat kicks some serious butt for two hours. 9) The Usual Suspects I haven?t reviewed this elsewhere because it seems to say anything at all about the movie is to unavoidably throw in plot spoilers...so I?ll keep it brief. It?s basically one of the finest thrillers of modern times with a great cast (Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne et al.), an absolutely fantastic story and is one of those movies you can watch more than once and enjoy it again for different reasons. In fact, it demands a second viewing because second time around it?s almost like watching a whole different movie. 10) Terminator 2: Judgement Day Back in the days when the Austrian treetrunk used to make the odd good movie and James Cameron hadn?t inexplicably won Oscars for sinking a ship(for the second time) and drowning Leonardo(hurrah!) there came the sequel to one of the best action movies ever made. Terminator 2 was probably the movie I had most anticipated in the 90s and when it arrived it fullfilled all those expectations...baring in mind I was younger and less cynical at the time of course :oP. Effectively you have the same scenario as the first movie. A Terminator(cyborg killing machine) comes back to kill John Conor although this time John is outta the womb and has a little help from his friend - i.e. one of the original Terminators which tried to kill his mother in the first film. Two Terminators for the price of one then on a chase across the US, and the new one built with liquid metal technology meaning it can shape-shift at will...the stage is set for mayhem, topped off with a pumping heavy metal soundtrack and a nice line in merchandising. Umm, shame they dumbed it down to suit a teen
audience but you can?t have everything. I wonder what other top tens they have on here...
Hello there. Hope you're in the mood for one of the classic formatted "Top 10" opinions because unfortunately/fortunately (ignore where appropriate) for you this is indeed a Smarky Top 10 opinion. On the 90s too. Not the decade as a whole, oh no, that would be stupid and require hours of writing probably. As it is, I am just writing about my favourite movies of the decade that was..the 90s. So, not really stupid, and while it will still consume around an hour+ of my time, it certainly won't steal my Wednesday night. Anyway, this is mindless babble, and I don't want to put you off...so I guess I'll just get straight on topic. How's that? Just to confirm, these films are in no order of priority, so they will not have a number next to them announcing their position. Because there is no position. So there Mr. Order...how's that? (I said that a minute ago didn't I? Oh well, it's a movie opinion, nobody cares.) Toy Story This was a must. When the spontaneous decision of writing my Top 10- 90s opinion came into my head, this was the very first film to go down on the list. Not necessarily because Toy Story is my favourite film of all time, because that isn't true, but somehow this film is always the one that comes into my head when writing such a list. Some of you will know that I love this film as it has been in one of my previous movie lists and I have wrote an opinion on it. I love it, yeah I do, I really do. I watched in the cinema when it first reared it's cute little head in 1995, and I was itching for it to come out on Video, I really adored it. As soon as it was available for rent I rented it...and watched it more than once. Weeks before it became available to buy I reserved it at Woolies, and then watched it considerably more than once over a period of three or four days. Call me sad, I deserve it. Wait...no, you take that back all those who jumped in to call me sad (I know you did John yo
u fiend!), I'm not sad...it's Toy Story!! There is something magical about Disney films, and this is undoubtedly the most magical of the lot. It is just so wholesomely (that is a word, so ner) funny, and so touching, and so true, and so loveable, and so brilliant and..hang on, I'm running out of ands! Made using the latest animation at the time, after six years it still looks absolutely gorgeous and makes normal Disney animation look somewhat amateur. I love this film, what more can I say? It is just one of those films I feel every household should have, to watch on Christmas Eve, don't ask me why, there is just something special about watching it on Christmas Eve. Hey, it's on BBC1 on Christmas Day this year, so although it is a day late, you have no excuses! Grab your glass of wholesome milk and watch this wholesome film. Why? Well, apart from everything I have just wrote, because Smarky says so. (I know, I know, I haven't said much about the film's plot etc. but if you want to know about that, then you can read my opinion on it!) The Green Mile I didn't see this film immediately. I had been advised to do so many times, strongly urged to do so many times, but I either forgot or couldn't be bothered. Deep down, I really wanted to watch it...but on my own. Y'see, I had been informed by my friends that it made them cry like a baby, and fearing the same would happen to me, I eventually decided that the only way I would watch it would be on my own. The perfect opportunity arose when it was shown on SkyPremier and I was home alone. Did I cry? Yes, like a baby. Nothing to be ashamed of, as this is the most moving and touching film I have ever seen in my life. It is a tale about a huge man, played by Michael Clarke Duncan, who is sentenced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. As the film progresses, we discover that he is an extremely emotional man, and a very touching and innocent one too. Surely he
would never harm a soul, as during the course of the film he shows what a compassionate human he can be. I haven't spoke to anyone who has criticised this film, and I don't think I will. A true masterpiece, it is without a shadow of doubt the best performance of Tom Hanks' career, and I love Forest Gump. The Edge Don't be surprised if you've never heard of this film, not too many people have. It is one of those films that manages to slip through the net, making it seem so much better when you discover it on the shelf of your local rental. Starring Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins, it is about a billionaire and his "friends" who are involved in a accident whilst flying in a helicopter, and find themselves stranded in a huge forest. Just three men survive, and they are faced with the prospect of never getting out alive. They are miles and miles away from anywhere civilised, and genuinely believe that they are going to die. One particular scene sticks in my mind. They had been trying for days to find some means of escape, and then they realise that they had just gone around in a circle. It really was sad, and you could feel for the characters as they began to go over "the edge". By those who have seen it, it has been criticised for not having enough action, and while I may agree that most of the film is just one on one talking, the quality of acting is superb, so I am not complaining. A rare gem, try and find it, you won't be disappointed. Independence Day Go on, laugh. You know you want to, because you are amazed at how I can include such a turkey in my list. ........... Laugh over? Good, because I happen to really like this film. When I saw this at the cinema, I was blown away. The amazing visual of the alien craft blasting the White House was an image that stayed in my mind for weeks after. Yes, it is true, this film is essentially all about the special effects. But that is not to say th
ere is poor acting on show, as Will Smith puts in a stellar performance, among many others. Sure, they won't win an Oscar for their amazing acting skill for this movie, but they do complement the movie perfectly, making sure that the effects are the main selling point of the movie. I am not really a fan of sci-fi, but while this is about an alien attack on earth, I wouldn't really class it as a sci-fi movie, and have never seen it as such. It's pure unadulterated action, and I love it! Beyond The Mat Hmm, probably another movie that you haven't heard of, almost certainly in this case. I have included this for two simple reasons, it is about wrestling, and I love wrestling. Now, personally, as much as I like this, I wouldn't really class it as a film, but I has been pigeonholed as such by shops and guides alike, so who am I to argue? I see it as a documentary, which it is. Barry Blaustein, the director of Beyond The Mat, classes it as a documentary, anyone who has ever seen it has classed it as a documentary, but yet it still seems to be generally classed as a film. So, sensing an easy addition to my list, I've included it. Hehe. It follows the lives of wrestlers, and their constant struggle in the business, be it at a regional or national level. It provides a fascinating insight into the lives of wrestlers, and also to the backstage systems employed by company's. This isn't for your average Joe Bloggs, and I wouldn't even recommend it to the average fan (sorry Mrs. Murphy, maybe when you get to know it a tad better!), it is purely for the serious fan. But if you're a serious fan..well, you've probably seen this actually...oh. Goldeneye C'mon, no list is complete without a Bond film! Thankfully for me and my time, this was made in the 90s, and just happens to be the best Bond film ever. Oops, have I said a rude word? No, I just don't agree to the common thought that Goldfinger is
the best, because it isn't. Pussy Galore can only account for so much y'know. Not that this is a whole lot different, all Bond films are generally the same. Someone plans to take over/destroy the world, Bond saves the world/stops the plan, Bond beds girl. A simple, yet amazingly effective formula that doesn't seem to get tiresome. This one does seem a little better though, whether it is because of the advantage of technology when it was made, or because a superb game was made of it..possibly enhancing my love for the film. Either way, it rocks, so you have no reason not to watch Bond snog Natalya. Oh, and save the world too..obviously. The Truman Show Oh, my fingers are hurting. Please just take my word for it and watch this excellent piece of film making, else I'll feel lazy. BASEketball No, in my tired ways I haven't made a typing error, that is the title of this film. And yes, it says BASE ket ball. Not basketball, not baseball. But BASEketball. Hmm, come to think of it this is probably another film that you haven't heard of. Unlucky. This comedy had me laughing more than any other film I have ever watched. Whether it was because I watched it with a group of friends I'm not sure, but all I know is that this had me in tears of laughter...many times. Brought to us by those weird geniuses behind South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (who also take the leading acting roles) it is the simple story of two friends who create their own backyard game, a cross between basketball and baseball. It soon takes off, and the two geeky geniuses make lots of money, and get a few nice looking girls too. Ah, everyone's happy. Nothing beats a good gross out comedy... The Matrix Best film of all time? That is what I have heard many, many people say about this instant classic. I do find it hard to disagree, but I do all the same. However, it does have about every element and emotion you could ever wa
nt from a movie. It is quite complicated, essentially, but once you get into it, you will find it hard getting out. Neo, the lead character played by Keanu Reeves (this movie single-handedly saved his flagging career) he is given a reality pill and is taken into the "real" world, a really advanced and dark vision of the future. The world that we all live in is apparently just an illusion. Stirring stuff, I can tell you. Anyway, the eventual battle of good vs. evil arrives, although their are several complications with this ever so easy scenario made wonderfully complex by The Matrix. 1- as nothing is really clear, you are not totally sure who is good and who is bad. We just tend to guess that the good guy is Keanu Reeves, but really..I don't think there is one. It's not a black and white film..just many shades of grey. 2- the supposed bad guys are really cool..so you don't really want to see them die! Often mocked, often replicated, never equalled, The Matrix is the future of films. The Shawshank Redemption Undoubtedly the greatest film ever made. Really, it is. It reached the dizzy heights of number three in the recent "100 Greatest Movies of all Time" show on Channel 4, and even that was too low! This really is THE film (to be said in the thee way, not the dur way you understand), that every other film pales in comparison to. The script is out of this world, it is truly exceptional. Such is the brilliance of both the script and the actors, that I really felt as if I was there with them when I watched this film. The two main characters, Red and Andy are inmates of the infamous Shawshank prison in America. The film starts with Andy [Defraine] being sent to jail for murdering his wife and, as the film put it "the man she was banging", a crime he didn't commit. It tells the story of his life in the jail, and how he results in spending 17 years planning his escape. It is a story, above all else,
about hope and friendship, and what they mean. I don't really want to write too much more about this for the same reason I haven't wrote an opinion on it, because I simply wouldn't do it justice. Just watch it, please. It will be the best thing you have done today. My favourite film of all time, by a country mile. Well, there you have it. My favourite 10 films of the hectic decade that was the 90s. How the hell did I manage to leave out Waterworld?!
Ah those 'I Love 1994' programmes that creep up on Saturday nights on BBC2. Don't ya just hate em? Anyone would think that the events talked about were decades ago and not a few years back. Still I couldn't afford any D-list celebrities to come an comment on the top ten films of the nineties so I'll have to do it myself. (They're probably to busy opening village fates or something) Anyway this top ten has no particular order, it's just ten of the best. 10 - SCREAM ------------ Scream is released and soon Horror films are back in fashion. This is one of the rare times I have come out of a film incredibly entertained. It works because right from the opening scene it grabs you and doesn't let go. It's more than just a horror film, it's an elaborate whodunnit as everyone is made out to be a suspect which makes the ending much more punchier. 9 - HEAT --------- Nobody does Crime quite like Micheal Mann. Everything about this film is spot on. I only have two words to sell this film to you - De Niro and Pacino. Two actors who are the heavyweights of their generation. It's an epic sprawling look into the minds of two men and I could gladly watch the classic coffee shop showdown over and over again. 8 - OUT OF SIGHT ----------------- The film that brought Soderburgh back out into the mainstream and also established Clooney as a great actor. Everything about this film just oozes class and to be honest there isn't any film on earth sexier than this one. Clooney and Lopez are hot throughout and nothing is more sublime than a meeting in a bar or that first meeting together in the boot of a car. 7 - SILENCE OF THE LAMBS ------------------------- Some may say that this is very over-rated and on my first viewing i would have to agree with you. But then you take a step back and think. You then watch it again and realize how much goes on in this film. H
opkins performance is amazing, refined and scary. It's all about character and the pyschological conversations between Starling and Lecter display some of the best writing of the decade. 6 - TERMINATOR 2 ------------------ Really the beginning of a new era of cinema. Who can not say that at the time they were'nt blown away by a liquid metal figure walking out of the burning wreck of a truck. This film hasn't really dated that much and the effects still hold some degree of weight. Compare it to say The Mummy Returns and I know which films effects will still hold up in ten years time. not only that it has a strong heroine and of course what is cooler than Arnie firing of shots and reloading with one hand while riding a motorcycle? 5 - JURASSIC PARK ------------------ If T2 was the start of the advancement in special effects then Jurassic Park heralded the breakthrough. It was hard not to believe that in 1994 dinosaurs had been brought back to life. The first appearance of the T-Rex still stand up as one major piece of suspense to this day and it's popularity is easily justified. 4 - JFK -------- Oliver Stone is one of the few film-makers whose work always has something to say. the first time saw this was at a young age, I didn't really have any knowledge of the whole assasination but this film raised so many questions and gripped me throughout it's entire 3 hour length. America never look so insecure until now. 3 - THE MATRIX --------------- One of the few times I have ever come out of the theatre with a feeling of euphoria. I know I had seen something special, something cool, something different. The Matrix took everything people had seen in comic books and put it up there on the screen. It also had an interesting story and only the wooden performance of Mr Reeves puts a slight downer on proceedings. 2 - CARLITOS WAY ----------------- One of the most under-ra
ted films of the nineties. De Palma's film could be seen as an alternate take on Scarface with Carlito being what Tony would have become if he had done the time for the crime. Pacino is outstanding as is Penn. This is all about a man trying to go straight in a world that won't let him. De Palma shows he's master of the camera with a thrilling chase through a train station. 1 - GOODFELLAS ---------------- Frankly Scorcese is god and there is not one person I know who doesn't rate this film as one of the best. Everything about is amazing. the film passes through the decades with ease through music and performance. The steadicam shot through the restaurant is simply stunning and every performance, every freeze frame out of this world. Of course the highlight is Pesci and his "Funny" speech. Quite rightly the man won an Oscar for this film and the fact that it didn't win any others is a crime against cinema. So there you have it, I'm sure there's some I've missed out that should be in there but you opinions are like.....well you know!
Personally I think that the 90's was the best decade for films. There was everything from Titanic to Home Alone 2. Film directors were at their best and they managed to come up with some of the best films around. Thousands of films went through the box office in the 90's and a lot will not be remembered. I will now list my favourite ten movies of the nineties. 10. Jumanji; This hit managed to be huge with the crowds. Thousands of people watched Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst strut their stuff in this great film about a board game. Alan Parish finds a board game back in the 70's and decides to play it with one of his friends. He ends up getting sucked into the board game and being forced to live in the jungle. Then in 1995 a brother called Peter and a sister called Judy find the game in their attic and begin playing it. As they go through the game everything comes out of it, from gunmen to giant spiders. Even monkeys and giant mosquitoes. They have to finish the game to get rid of everything. As they battle their way through monsoons and stampedes they struggle to finish. This is a great film for all the family. 9. Home Alone 2; McCauley Caulkin once again stars as Kevin, a boy in a very large family. This time instead of getting on the plane to Paris with his family he accidentally gets on the one to New York. There, with his dads credit cards, books himself into the most expensive hotel in New York. He then meets up with the burglars that tried to rob his house back at home. As they chase him around New York he has to think of more ways to catch them and put them away where they belong. This, again, is a great film for all the family especially at Christmas. 8. My Girl; With it's star actors this was always guaranteed to be a hit. This was released at the very start of the nineties and stars Anna Chlumsky, McCauley Caulkin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Ackroyd. Veda is an 11-year-old girl who lives with
her father in a funeral parlour. Her mum died when she was born. Veda and her best friend Thomas J, do everything together. Then when a new woman enters her father's life she begins to get jealous and does everything she can to split them up. One day Veda looses her ring in the woods and when Thomas J goes back to find it something happens to him that will devastatingly change Veda's life forever. A great film about two best friends. 7. Practical Magic I bought this film a long time ago when it came out on video. I like it because it is an intriguing film that keeps you guessing the whole way through. It stars Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. The Owens sisters, Sally and Jillian, grew up with their aunts and were accused of being witches all their lives. The thing is they are, but they have a curse hanging over them, every man they truly love will come to an untimely death. Then when one of Jillian’s boyfriends turns evil and kidnaps them in c car they accidentally kill him. Then they bring him back to life with a spell. When that doesn't work and they kill him again he starts to get back at them in a weird way. Then a policeman comes sniffing around looking for the dead guy (Jimmy). The girls get themselves into a bit of a tangle with their lies. Will they get out of it and will it cost anyone their lives? You'll have to watch the film to find out... 6. Beethoven; This is yet another great film and has some great acting in it. After some kidnappers steal a load of dogs, the dogs manage to escape and a little St Bernard puppy is left by itself. That is, until he finds a home with a family keen to keep him. They end up calling him Beethoven and they care for him. When an evil man tries to pretend that Beethoven bit him and that he has to be put down the family are devastated. But the youngest child sees through him and convinces the others that Beethoven didn’t bite the man. They go to rescue him but will
they get there in time? Another excellent family film. 5. Never Been Kissed; I bought this on video a little while ago after I had hired it. I like it because it goes into a lot of depth about what a reporter has to go through if they are sent undercover. It also is quite a funny film, which makes it better. It stars Drew Barrymore and David Arquette. Wannabe reporter Josie works in a newspaper office, she is very shy and doesn’t take much care in her appearance, and her nickname at school was Josie Grosey. Then when she is sent to do a report undercover about high schools she fears that she will be reliving those horrible days at school. But she takes the job and things go from bad to worse, nobody likes her and she sees history repeating itself that is until her brother goes back to school to help her out. He soon becomes popular and helps Josie to become popular as well. Soon she is hanging around with the popular people and is living the dream she had all that time ago. But she falls in love with her English teacher and it looks like he falls in love with her too. Then at the prom after she is elected prom queen, but her dream is shattered when the popular girls decide to play a trick on a friend she had before she became popular. This forces her to confess her secret and blow her cover. Will this be the end of her career as a journalist and will the teacher never want to see her again? 4. Girl, Interrupted; I bought this on video with my dooyoo miles, I love watching it. I like it because it is a touching story and shows you what life was really like then. It stars Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. When troubled 19-year-old Susannah Kaysen is sent to a psychiatric hospital for a 'rest' her life changes dramatically. Whilst there she meets a girl called Lisa who has been there for years. She makes life more fun and then when they stay up all night in the corridor Lisa is moved to a different ward and Susannah beco
mes depressed. This is in 1967 and one night Lisa and Susannah decide to run away. Whilst running they stay at a girl who used to be in the hospital, Lisa taunts her and the morning after they find that she has hung herself. Lisa takes her money and runs while Susannah is left devastated and goes back to the home. It shows what life was really like then and it is definitely a heart-warming true story of a troubled girl. 3. American Pie; I love this film because it is hilarious, apart from Road Trip this is the funniest film around, and like road trip this one also stars Sean William Scott. Four high school guys make a pact with each other to all get laid before their prom. As they each battle to get a girl to go out with them they struggle to find any that are actually interested in them. One of the four finds a choirgirl that he likes and joins the choir in order to impress her. But this fails when she over hears him bragging to his mates about her. Another guy gets a girl to spread a rumour that he is great in bed, this works very well until someone reveals that it isn’t true and he ends up going out with someone he wouldn’t usually look at let alone go out with. Will they fulfil their pact or go to college a virgin? Watch and find out. 2. 10 things I hate about you; This is a teenage comedy about a very complicated romance story. It is full of funny bits and although it isn’t the best comedy it is still one of my favourites. It stars Julia Stiles. This film is based on Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the shrew’. Bianca and Cat are both sisters and have a very strict and uptight father. He has a rule, Bianca can’t date until Cat does, but this will probably never happen because Cat is the school shrew. A guy named Cameron really wants to date Bianca and he has no money to pay anyone to date Cat. So he decides to use model Joey who also wants to date Bianca as a pawn so that whilst he pays
someone to date Cat he can make a move on Bianca. It all sounds very complicated but it does get worse. Joey pays a tough guy to go out with Cat. This proves to be very difficult so as he tries harder he gets paid more and more. After spending time with Cat he begins to fall for her and realises that she is worth more than money. It is a very complicated but funny tale, worth watching. 1.Titanic; I got this for Christmas a few years ago and have watched it about 8 times so far. It is a good film and portrays really well the true horror that was the Titanic. It stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. You would have probably seen or heard of this film as it is very well known. This has to be the biggest blockbuster of the decade. Rose, her mother and her fiancé Cal are on the Titanic, they are on a journey to New York. The Titanic is a newly built ship that is said to be unsinkable. Meanwhile Jack has just won a ticket on the Titanic in a game of poker. Whilst on the ship Jack sees Rose and falls in love with her, the problem is that Rose is rich and Jack isn’t. One night Rose is so upset that she tries to jump off the back of the ship in order to kill herself, but Jack saves her from this and they begin to fall in love with each other. Jack ends up taking Rose dancing below deck and they have a great time. But disaster strikes when the Titanic hits an iceberg, which rips the boat, leaving it to gradually sink. This sends everyone into a panic, as there are only enough lifeboats for less than half the people on board. Will Jack and Rose survive? Watch the film and find out. There are my favourite 10 films of the 90’s. They are all great films and I hope you like them. I love watching them and do so all the time.
Well, this is going to be very difficult. I am a fan of most film genres but really enjoy a film that will either make me laugh or think about it. Ok, so here I go and in traditional Top of the Pops fashion I will kick things off at number ten. 10 - Groundhog Day. Quite possibly one of the most under rated romantic comedies ever made. It has a great story and Bill Murray is fantastic as always, and Groundhog Day only just edged out an Murray gem, Rushmore. Believe me it was a difficult choice but Groundhog day gets it for originality and for Murray lamping that annoying salesman, absolutly classic. 9 - Casino. I am huge De Niro fan and I think his performance in this is superb but it is a cracking storyline and better support cast that steal this film. James Woods only has a small part but makes it his own as well as Joe Peschi who plays his typical aggresive mafia character superbly. 8 - Theres Something About Mary. I remember going to see this at the cinema during my first year at university and falling in love with Cameron Diaz's big blue eyes. But aside from that it made laugh from start to finish. I still enjoy it today but that It is something about seeing films at the cinema that makes films that bit funnier than on the small screen. 7 - Boyz N The Hood. John Singleton's film about three young adults growing up in South Central LA is probably the film I have watched the most. As a young teenager me and a friend decided to learn the entire script off by heart, which meant us watching the film a ridiculous amount of times. Our plan worked but only served to annoy our other friends as whenever we watched we repeated the entire film to ourselves. Needless to say we were forcefully shut up, but the film itself is a moving portrayal of life in the hood and happily now I can once again watch without saying every line seconds before the characters did. 6 - The Trueman Show. I am not usually a fan of Jim Carrey, as
Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber both anoyed me deeply, however I did quite enjoy Me, Myself and Irene so maybe I am softening in my old age...anyway, I deliberate. It is a great film with a very original storyline and by Carrey's standards, a likeable hero in Truman Burbank. 5 - Goodfellas. In my mention of Casino I touched upon both De Niro and Peschi. However they both excell themselves in Goodfellas, accompanied by Ray Liotta who is in sparkling form in this film about ganster life in New Jersey, that is the original Sopranos. 4 - LA Confidential. Now, this is where my selections get very difficult as my top four could almost be in any order. LA Confidential is a fantastic film with a few great twists and a cracking cast that includes a pre-gladiator Russell Crowe, Neighbours's very own Guy Pearce and the excellent Kevin Spacey. A super film that I would recommend to anyone. 3 - The Usual Suspects. Another Kevin Spacey gem that sees a collective of criminals brought together for a line up that allows them to team up to complete one big heist. From then on spurs a series of twists and turns that makes this film so good. 2 - The Big Lebowski. The Coen brothers, who write and direct The Big Lebowski, apparently wrote this film with Jeff Bridges in mind for the role of The Dude. He plays it superbly and John Goodman and Steve Buscemi support him in the greatest comedy of the nineties. 1 - The Shawshank Redemption. I can say nothing about this film that can it any justice at all. If you haven't seen it I really envy you, because it means you have that feeling of watching it for the first time all over again. It is terrificly filmed, acted and directed and I love it. No matter how many times I see it there is always something new to pick up on. Fantastic. Sorry this has been a bit long to all those who persevered.
So many great movies, many great stories with the special effects to pull them off with great ease. When you think about how did we get by without ever having seen movies like Jurassic Park or Matrix. These movies could of been good in the 80's but it took 90's technology to bring them to life. But these aren't even my favorites. Here is my top 10 movies of the 1990's. 10. Tie between AMERICAN BEAUTY and BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Both were unique and well acted. American Beauty is on here because of it's hilarious and interesting look at suburban america. Kevin Spacey is the man here. Blair Witch is here because it provided a experience that I have never gotten at any other movie. The most dreadful pit of fear and anticipation hit me in waves during that movie. Not to mention that it did it without the most basic principals of fear.. superstition and the dark. NO guy in a hocky mask or a drooling monster. This is what really scares people. THE UNKNOWN. 9. THE BIG LEBOWSKI - All I can about this movie is it's hilariously entertaining. but it's got a great plot and it's not just a dumb comedy. Many memorable characters and a main character(THE DUDE) that I just love to watch get himself in a rut. 8. BRAVEHEART - Mel Gibson's epic story of William Wallace. Fantastic directing and has some of the most intense and realistic sword and shield battles ever. Excellent story, action, and drama makes for a flawless tale. 7. CLERKS - Best comedy of the 90's. It is a movie for anyone who has worked in a store, at the mall, or just has to deal with the public. Great dialogue scenes that leave me quoting it constantly. Randal is my hero. 6. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN - Is the essential 90's war movie. World War II never looked so real on screen. The battles are intense and Tom Hanks is great. How this lost for best picture I will never know. Perfect and gripping. 5. AMERICAN HISTO
RY X - Edward Norton is the focus here. The transformation of his nice guy persona to the hateful skinhead is amazing as the movie is equally amazing. Important and well executed. This movie made me think twice about how I look at others and is a movie everyone should see. 4. SCHINDLER'S LIST - I saw this movie when it first hit the video stores and I was still in Middle school. I had no idea what it was about and I was blown away. Truely haunting and realistic it is as sad as I imagined it would of been back then. Great story of redemption and the evolution of a man who did what he could to help. 3. SHAWSHANK REDEPTION - I have a confession to make, I have never seen this movie uncut and without commercials. Yet I have seen it over 20 times. This is the most heartwarming tale of hope and friendship that I had ever seen. I feel so great after watching it and it's has many great underlying points. 2. FACE/OFF - John Woo's best movie. John Travolta and Nicholas Cage are terrific. It's wildly entertaining and unique. Some of the best gun fights ever filmed and the ironic plot is great. I never get tired of this movie. I saw it 8 times in the theatre. 1. FIGHT CLUB - BEST MOVIE OF THE LAST 25 YEARS. I left the theatre feeling different. Not exactly changed but I felt like it reaffirmed what I have felt inside for a long time. Edward Norton is terrific and Brad Pitt's character of Tyler Durden is probably the one of the most memorable character's in movie history. David Fincher's directing is dark and great. Extremely funny and smart. IT DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. a few honorable mentions: PULP FICTION - smart OFFICE SPACE - hilarious FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS - weird SCREAM - fun
Ok, no fussy intro just my worst films of the 90's: 10:Rancid Aluminium. It made me convulse in a bad way. Unbelievably awful. 9:The Catcher. Its a slasher film about a baseball player who kills people in ways connected to the game. I rented it cos it bore the slogan 'welcome to the field of screams'. Actually, the bit where someone gets a bat up their <ahem> is funny. Hmmm... OK, i might take this off. 8:Lost in space. I forget why this was bad, i just remember feeling nauseous. Maybe i was ill that day, i dunno. 7:Patch Adams. I can't even bring myself to write about it. Horrific. Bicentennial man and Jacob the liar nearly made the list. 6:Forrest Gump. Hmmm... maybe this is the most patronising piece of film-making i've ever seen. It would insult a childs intelligence. Hanks is terrible. Bring back the days of Batchelor party and Big. 5:Batman and Robin. Actually, this may be the worst film of all time, but thinking about it now is bringing a smile to my face. The script beggars belief. How did it get made? Arnie is shocking even by his own standards. Overall, i file it under 'so bad its good'. I wanna watch it again. 4:Philadelphia. I'm not trying to be contraversial, i just found this film simplistic to the point of absurdity. Its a sanitised middle-class white male portrayl of a serious issue. Would they have made this film about a black drug-addict with AIDS? No. Its just a Tom Hanks vehicle. 3:The Beach. Not just because its a great book, but also cos it sucks as a movie in its own right. The pop-culture influences are entirely inappropriate for the subject matter. The worst thing about it, though, has to be the script which is a subtle as a brick. 2:Chocolat. I went to the trouble to write a review for this elsewhere on the site. Avoid like the plague. 1: Human Traffic. The most arrogant piece of film making i have ever come acros
s (Apart from Chocolat maybe). I reckon that 9/10 of the visual/scriptual gimmicks used here fail miserably. I'm thinking here of the news reporter on the dance floor, Howard Marx and especially the cringeworthy scene where they sing the 'new national anthemn'. Its the equivalent of sitting on public transport listening to two yoofs talking about how wasted they got last night.
1)PULP FICTION=The first time I saw it was in the cinema on a date and I had just returned from L.A so I know most of the locations and the feel of the movie didn’t think much of it. I reckon its one of those movies that just get better and better every viewing. Now I’m totally blown away by it and god bless Quentin Tarrantino for moving films on radically. The soundtrack is unreal and the quirky script and unusual casting and the way the plot hops around just gel perfecto. The ultimate cool movie. 2) Twelve Monkeys…Bruce Willis finally got one of the 12 monkeys of his back after this interesting SCI-FI tale of a time travelling criminal seeking repentance if he can atone for his sins. Willis forever typecast as John Maclaine from Die Hard fame is pretty good in this as he is used well by Terry Gilliam excellent direction of genius in these realms of weirdness. Brad Pitt also pops up as a nutter feeding Willis coded stories and omens of the pain to come for our bewildered time bandit. The story is clever and the mood music is awesome. You must see this film guys and girls if you haven’t already. It has the visual style of Brazil and courage of Bladerunner.Great film. 3) BAD BOYS…I saw this film in Africa when I was working at a youth hostel and every Monday night as we had movie night for our cosmopolitan guests. This and Spaceballs always got the biggest cheer. John Woos brilliant ballatec violence demands nothing from the viewer’s brain and you can settle in with the girlfriend and popcorn for some serious explosions and fast cars. Will Smith is so harmless as a black actor you just have to love the guy for totally living up to his middle class roots instead of a being typecast villain. Great metal crunching, big bang pyrotechnic extravaganza of a no brainier. The king of special FXs. 4) THE MATRIX…Perhaps the only decent action movie of the late 90s in what has been a poor two years in Ho
llywood.The special effects have moved on in leaps and bounds since its release and it should get a mention if just for those cool fight scenes in mid air. Keanu Reeves is still the worlds worst actor just ahead of Charlie Sheen and this is as far as his acting career can go. Guns lots of guns. The story makes you think about the way we are controlled by TV and advertising. Product with out a label and advertising is pretty much the same as the next one.I bet there are societies out there in the Galaxies that do exist like that in a dream world.Probibility and the infinity of the Universe demand it.Great sci-fi time jumping classic. 5) RESOVOIR DOGS…Tarrantino has to be the most influential director of the 1990s and this is my favorite cult movie of the period. Theres never been a director since Spielberg to use the music to make a film really click. I bet you had never heard any of those tunes from this and Pulp Fiction, even Jacky Brown was on top there although a far less superior film sadly. It has to be one of the coolest movies ever made and probably the best cast for a long time with the mesmerizing Steve Buscemi and Harvey Kietel reading their cool dialogue to a tee. One draw back was that abysmal a**** Tim Roth who is incredibly annoying to chat to if you happen to run into him at the Miami film festival and he wants to get off with your girl friend. 6) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER…Daniel Day Lewis is breathtaking in this film from the opening sequence as he races through the back alleys of Belfast to Jimmy Hendrix Voodoo Child. It’s painful watching as the Brits torture innocent paddies into confessions at the height of the troubles in London and N.Ireland. Emma Thompson is good as the lawyer that fights for the boys over their long prison sentence to a thrilling and climatic end. Extraordinary atmospheric classic film. 7) CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER…I’m a big Tom Clancy fan who had a lot of books
to film deals with the long running Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) series doing very well in the 90s. This is probably the best one as Ryan as head of the CIA intelligence show down there takes on the drug barons of Columbia .His own president stitches him up causing all sort of ruptions driving to his grinning smoldering best that only Ford can do. It’s a good film and its in my list to cover all of the films in the excellent Clancy series. 8) BULLETS OVER BROADWAY…I’m a big Woody Allen fan and would have to say this is the best of his 1990s movies even though he doesn’t appear in it. It helps to have the excellent John Cusak in your movie and a superb story line that to my knowledge is unique. Cusak is a struggling play write who who is given an offer he can’t refuse by the local Mafia to get funding for his Broadway show. One of the conditions is that the big Boss wife can act in the play. The excellent twist comes when the bodyguard for her begins to re-write Cusaks play and take over the production and eventually the Family.Very funny and well worth a look even if you are not a Woody fan. 9) ARMAGEDDON…Its preposterous but the best fun, and as long as you enjoy it what does it matter how un realistic it Is. mean so what if Bruce Willis is firing of his shotgun on a highly inflammable oil platform in the middle of the Atlantic, with help eons away. So what if they launch two shuttles at the same time and try to land on a comet at the back through all the rushing debris rather than a smooth front entrance. Brilliantly over the top and action fantastic fun. Great Aerosmith song to. 10) SEVEN…. Morgan Friedman at his best since Shawshank as a n aging detective on the trail of a serial killer who teases his junior partner Brad Pitt in through a climatic twist and turning spooky atmospheric thriller set perfectly in the humid Smokey southern south. Its one of those movies that keep you watchin
g rather listening for trendy dialogue and big guns and stunts.If you like an intelligent crime flick,then welcome to Seven.
A few suprise additions in my top ten i'm sure some of you movie lovers would think. Although not a fan of drama films a couple get i my top ten through sheer enjoyment and pleasure that they have given me. 1. THREE KINGS- without doubt the best film that i have seen, before purchasing for some reason i did not think i was going to like this, but with great acting, a superb storyline and dazzling special effects this one deservedly sits on top of my tree. 2. SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER AND UNCUT- never have i laughed so much whilst watching a movie. As a big south park, i admit i was expecting something good, but this was extraordinary. There are so many lines that you would repeat to your mates to get a laugh, and would keep you laughing for ages and ages. It could be classed as a musical, what with all the songs being sang almost all the way through the film. Some absolute classics. 3. GLADIATOR- This film must be on everyones top ten list surely. An absolutely superb film that was given so many good reviews that i felt that i had to watch it even though its particular genre does not always appeal to me . It flows along at a constant rate superbly for the full 2 and a half hours, i did not get bored once. the action scenes looked dazzling with excellent special effects. A must for all movie fans. 4. AMERICAN BEAUTY- As with Gladiator its particular genre does not usually appeal to me, but again what with all of the hype around this film i felt there must be something worth watching in it. The whole thing is worth watching. It is an absolutely superb film, not what i was expecting at all. Maybe it should be higher up on my list. 5. ROAD TRIP- one of the christmas pressies i received this year. An on the road edition of American Pie that i feel is a lot better than the latter. An incedibly humerous film that takes teen films another step along the way. I really enjoyed this film, it is not out here yet but when
it does i suggest you buy it straight away. I've got on region 1 DVD. 6. SCARY MOVIE- i had incredibly high hopes for this film after enjoying most of the horror/slasher films that engulfed us movie lovers in the 90's. I enjoyed it alot and found it incredibly funny. I feel that it worked very well even though sometimes it went a litle too over the top. Lookout out for the little game of hide and seek, as that was my favourite part of the movie. 7. BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE- i enjoy watching Martin LAwrence in his films no matter what the critics say, as i seem to find his films incredibly funny, enjoyable and most certainly watchable. This one is no exception, i would even go as far as saying that it is the best film that he has been in for along, long time. It works very well and has laugh a minute gags and action sequences. 8. TALENTED MR. RIPLEY- One of my suprise favourites of last year. A dark disturbing thriller that really is absolutely superb. Deserved all of the praise it got on release. I have to admit that i bought this not knowing what to expect, i didn't know what the film was about. I just bought it because of all of the rave reviews that it got. I was disturbingly suprised when Matt Damon's character took a rather suprised turn for the worst. Absolutely superb stuff. 9. SHAFT 2000- An all out action movie, with the incredibly cool Samuel L. Jackson taking the lead role in the remake of the seventy's classic. Thoroughly enjoyable film that flows along nicely without any major twists. 10. BOILER ROOM- Vin Diesel, Ben Affleck and Giovani Ribishi star in an incredibly exciting film that keeps on going from beginning to end. All put in brilliant performances in an incredibly fast paced movie. A suprise addition in my top ten but i feel it deserves it, as i feel that it is one of the best films of last year.
The 90s films like the music scene here have got progressively worse so heres some good ones. 1) Goodfellas……Joe Pecsi seems to be totally at home playing gangsters as yet again he turns in a brilliant performance along with Ray Lolata who’s another at home playing Italian American characters in a cracking three hours of whacking, gambling, mistresses and made men as the Wise guys enjoy the 80s to the full. Although very violent its still well acted and very authentic in its mission to be up there with The Godfather trilogy, Sals, Vinnies, Vitoes, Tony’s, if you haven’t seen it, see it. Bedaubing. 2) Good Will hunting…Robin Williams is so good at the caring teacher bit yet he just keeps churning out crap comedies. Mat Damon two seems to excel at the one role and in this film they both hit the mark bigtime. Damon is the blue-collar genius who works as a janitor at a high brow college in Boston where Williams is a math teacher. Damon cracks the complex math solution up on the board and falls in love with the gorgeous Minnie Driver whilst getting to grips with the complex psyche of Williams bringing them both out of their shells. High brow, complex and a real moral boaster. First class education in filmmaking. 3) Contact…The last decent sci-fi based on Carl Sagan’s prizewinning book starring Jodie Foster as the young scientist who scans the stars for an .E.T signal from outer space. Then suddenly she hears it, an eirie repetitive drone, after some decoding the mystery deepens as the film becomes very complex and a touch silly as they and others build the machine that the droning noise is telling them to. Its very exciting and the ending is a touch of a let down although probably the most plausible if there was someone out there. See this film now. 4) Groundhog day…Bill Murrays best movie since Ghostbusters as he gets trapped in a time loop having to relive everyday in a sma
ll town where he comes every year to report on Groundhog day.As the days loop obnoxious Murray learns new skills to impress Andi McDowell his trainee reporter who arrives every day but leaves the town to which Murray of course cant,so by remembering little things to impress her the next day he makes his move to win her heart. After a month of this he tries to kill himself to break the loop as the depression sets in of never escaping the day. The moral of the story is that he must stop being obnoxious and be nice to escape the paradox…. Very warm and funny. 5) Forest Gump…. Love it or loathe it this film at worse, gives you a history lesson on America, personally I’m a bigTom Hanks fan and he’s always a winner when the script is there as he gives it all and you end up liking the guy so much. When he won his Oscar for it he phoned his sister in Bournemouth first believe it or not direct from back stage, surreal man. Hanks definitely came of age in the 90s and I believe this his best film ever as he avoids the prentencious stuff and just does the business. 6) Glengarry Glenross…Based on a famous stage play and book it’s the story of fading Salesman Jack Lemon and his cohorts in a down town real estate agency. Al Pacino is hot bringing in the numbers but Ed Harris to is struggling along. The boss calls in handsome brash William Baldwin to shake em up perming three from four at the end of the year. Lemon is brilliant as the nervy sales man, once golden boy as it all seems to slip away. Fantastic script, the use of the c** word and a masterly performance all round this little seen film will really grab you if you avoid the hype of American Beauty and see this instead over Christmas. 7) Do the Right Thing…By far Spike Lees best movie as he sticks to subject matter he’s good .Set in the Bronx of 80s New York it’s a day in the life of the eclectic mix of people who live in the ne
ighborhood. Danny Aielio (you will know him when you see him) runs the local Pizza shop where Spike Lee plays the delivery boy and tries to quell the tensions that’s rising like the summer heat. Sadly its beyond him and all hell breaks lose when “Radio Raquims biggg ghetto blaster gets busted and Sal (Aielo) wont put pictures of famous brothers on his shop walls along with famous Italian Americans. It’s an interesting look at racial tensions that arise when low-income people need someone or thing to hate as their pointless days drag on. Energetic, funny and a solid message Very good cinema from a brilliant director, hard to believe he bombed out with the tedious Summer of Sam this year. 8) Falling Down…Micheal Douglas was king of the 1980s with some solid movies, none more so than this a tale of a man who cant go on and needs an out from his deteriorating life and career. He eventually cracks as he’s hunted down by a dective just before his retirement from the force after a trail of destruction and Douglas’s personal meltdown. Set in the chaotic sprawl of L.A you kinda feel a bit of sympathy for him losing his rag when they went give him a breakfast meal at one minute past the 11-30am cut off time even though the meal is sitting there on the grill in a famous American fast food franchise. It’s true that they dig up the roads just to waste money. Great midlife crisis stuff. 9) Reservoir Dogs.No 90s list is complete with out the brilliant work of Quentin Tarrantino and even though Pulp Fiction grabbed the honors this ultra violent stylish film about 60s L.A hoods grabs it for me with Tarantinos trade mark dialect and awesome soundtrack from obscure sources .Ok its not everyone’s taste but it if your going to glamorize violence then make it unbelievable as the film does beautifully. Harvey Kietel who seems to have done a thousand movies is one of the hoods along with Mr. brown, gree
n, blue, and white. Thespian Tim Roth and Tarrantino and Masden are the other major villains as the plot centers around a bungled Jewelry store heist. The dialect is repeated in a thousand 6th form common rooms whilst the tunes are pumped into personal hi-fi earphones as people strut down the road. The ultimate cool man. Stylish, violent, entertaining, original breath of fresh hair. 10) Crimson Tide..I cant ignore Americas finest black actor since Sidney Poitier as he battles with Gene Hackman underwater in an American sub to give the orders to launch the neuclar warheads on the back of an interrupted scrambled satellite message from HQ. If the wrong launch decision is made then the third world war will be under way. Is there a war out there, he who stays cool longest will win the day. As the mutinies begin the tension rises in a very enjoyable film although sadly the end drags on to a meaningless Politically friendly ending killing the suspense of an excellent film although I presume it was added to please certain groups. Hold your nerve and enjoy the ride.
The following are what I would consider to be the top ten films of the 1990s. I am an action/thriller person myself, so don't expect this to be an intellectual's list. --------------------------------------------------- 10. Austin Powers: The Spy Who S****ed Me (1999) --------------------------------------------- If you're considering buying this and have never seen either film, you may want to rent the video to make sure this is your taste in comedy. If you have already seen either movie, then you should know if you like it or not. That being said, this film is hilarious, and I have watched it more once. This movie tends to focus on Dr Evil and his continued pitiful attempts to take over the world, get along with his son, and just function as the head of an 'evil' corporation. There are many 'classic' scenes that you will be tempted to rewind and watch again during the playing of the movie. Mike Myers has the ability to be funny on several levels: From dry sarcasm, to parody, to downright banal toilet humor. Comedy shouldn't be restricted to being 'tasteful', and Myers definitely doesn't feel any limitations here. Myers reprises his role as Austin and Dr Evil, while creating a new character: the gargantuan scottish henchman, aptly named 'fat b*****d' who handles the majority of the Farrelly brother type toilet gags. Frau Farbissina, Scott, and Number Two (played by both Robert Conrad in the future and Rob Lowe in the past) are all back. The most prominent new addition is Verne Troyer as ‘Mini-Me’, a genetically produced version of Dr. Evil who is a 'completely accurate' reproduction of power's nemesis, except only 1/8th the size. His father-son relationship with Dr Evil and the resulting sibling rivalry with Scott create some of the funniest moments in the movie. The supplements are substantial and are often as funny as the movie itself. The mov
ie and supplements will all warrant repeat viewings and prove that this disc is a steal from new line. Highly recommended. --------------------------------------------- 9. Fight Club (1999) --------------------------------------------- First off, I'd like to acknowledge that prior to seeing this movie, I'd never call anything having to do with Brad Pitt a 'classic' of any sort. After seeing Fight Club, however, I've changed my opinion about him. He and Edward Norton performed beautifully in this film, gradually and insidiously changing and shifting depending on the scene. Visually enjoyable to watch, beautifully shot with wonderful lighting and cinematography, this film transcends the celluloid it's on. At once an insightful and merciless commentary on human psychology, male identity, and anarcho-socialism, this is undoubtedly one of the most intelligent and undeniably true films ever to grace the screen. Stanley Kubrick would be proud. Many people I know decided not to see this movie because they assumed it was an action movie, a stock Hollywood crap-film about guys beating each other up for no particular reason. No wonder; the trailers for this film were awful. If you're reading this review, deciding whether or not to see this movie, I'll just say that this movie is probably the best movie of the past few years, and arguably one of the best ever. On so many levels, Fight Club is a brilliant film which will challenge and torture your mind for days after you see it. --------------------------------------------- 8. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) --------------------------------------------- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a movie that is funny only because of the actor playing the lead role: Jim Carrey. Carrey makes this movie like no other comedian could. While most of his recent movies since Ace Ventura have not been very good (Liar Liar and the Grinch), Carrey earned his
money with this one. Carrey plays Ace Ventura, an oddball detective who tracks down missing pets. He is called out by the Miami Dolphins to find their kidnapped mascot, Snowflake, who is obviously a dolphin. Snowflake has been stolen right before the Super Bowl. It's Ventura's job to get the dolphin back so it can do it's halftime trick of kicking a field goal. And by the way, Dan Marino has been kidnapped too. This is the rare movie where every role has been perfectly cast. Courtney Cox as Carrey's love interest and Sean Young as his nemesis do well but understand that this is a vehicle for Jim Carrey to do his thing. Granted it's not the most intelligent humour that you'll ever see. But, even so, it does the job by making you laugh hysterically at things that otherwise wouldn't be very funny if Jim Carrey wasn't so funny. --------------------------------------------- 7. Mission Impossible (1996) --------------------------------------------- Yes, this is an excellent film. And although M:I-2 is has heated up the cinemas this year, I will say that the first film is superior to the second. No, it doesn't have the amazing John Woo running the action, which I have to admit is better in 2, but the overall package is better. Tom Cruise actually looks like a spy/government agent; he's got the crew cut, he's professional and not too flashy, unlike in the sequel where it's difficult to take him seriously. There's an actual plot, and an incredibly involving one at that. No, you can't just try to absorb the plot, you have to think about it. It's not hard to follow if you just pay attention. The supporting cast is excellent, and they are actually used to good effect, unlike in M:I-2 where Ving Rhames and Anthony Hopkins are merely props to propel Cruise along his merry way. DePalma keeps the tension high almost the entire way through with very few laps
es. And as a huge Bond fan, I will say that this movie surpasses many of the Bond films in spy entertainment. This movie will not disappoint, unless you want to sit in front of a screen and be spoon-fed the movie. --------------------------------------------- 6. The Mummy (1999) --------------------------------------------- Director/Screenwriter Stephen Sommers delivers this new take on the mummy legend. His mix of humour and horror is terrific! The casting was very, very worthy, and the plot was really exciting! This film begins with a scene in ancient Egypt, where the priest Imhotep and the Pharoah's mistress Anck-Su-Namun murder pharoah Seti the 1st. He is condemed to be buried alive with flesh eating scarab beetles, and an eternity as one of the undead. Flash forward to 1926, were librarian Evelyn (Rachel Wiesz) and her brother Jonathan (John Hannah) recruit prisoner Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) to lead them to the ancient city of Hamunaptra. In route they meet up with a group of American cowboys out to plunder the same site. The general bickering ends when they accidentally revive Imhotep's corpse, who needs the flesh of his desecrators in order to regenerate! More over, he unleashes the biblical ten plauges of Egypt. Before you can scream ‘Mummy!’, Rick and everyone else are fighting for their lives and trying to save the world! Harrowing thrills and spectacular visual effects make ‘The Mummy’, one of the most draw droppingly spectacular movies I’ve ever seen. See this film, you won't regret it! --------------------------------------------- 5. Naked Gun 33 1/3 (1994) --------------------------------------------- The 'Naked Guns' all have a kind of humour about them that I have grown to love and respect. No matter how silly a scene is there is always a seriousness about the way the jokes are being presented that to me is a more classy
style than acting entirely goofy for 90 minutes or so. For example, in the hilarious 'Sperm Bank' scene in 'Naked Gun 33 1/3' Frank (Leslie Nielsen) is told by the woman working at the desk that Frank would need to take a number. Naturally, Frank asks whether it has to be between 1 and 10. It is probably the funniest scene I have ever seen. The 'Naked Gun' style of comedy is much more subtle than other comedies like 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'. You really have to think for a second or two before you burst out laughing in some of the scenes. I'm a fan of laughing at what people say and do and not so much a fan of 'Lee Evans' type comedy where you laugh at funny people's expressions and/or body movements instead of funny writing or circumstances. That style of poker faced comedy that is typical of 'Naked Gun 33 1/3' combined with one-liners like, 'Like a midget at a urinal, I was going to have to stay on my toes,' is what makes for great entertainment. The plot seems to determine the jokes in 'Naked Gun 33 1/3' instead of the jokes determining the plot. I love 'Naked Gun 33 1/3' and highly suggest that you give this classic comedy a chance. --------------------------------------------- 4. Gladiator (2000) --------------------------------------------- First off, this is a great movie. Its not necessarily revolutionary in any way, but it is simply pulled off so well. The cinematography, majestic sceneries, excellent special effects and emotionally stirring music combine to create a very heartfelt and poetic film. Its one of those films that can just totally immerse you from start to finish. Gladiator has been accused of having a conventional storyline, but in my opinion it simply proves that the traditional formula of the hero epic can still make a great movie, as long as it is done the right way. The actors do a superb job with their
characters. Russell Crowe wins the audience's heart with a very multi-dimensional portrayal of Maximus. Maximus has the noble heart and steadfast strength of a true hero, yet his pain and quiet humility prove that he is still human. The well filmed and choreographed fights convey the cruelty and chaos of battle without overly emphasising graphic bloodshed. --------------------------------------------- 4. Jurassic Park (1993) --------------------------------------------- Wealthy entrepreneur John Hammond (an excellent Richard Attenborough) secretly builds an all new type of safari park on a remote tropical island. His scientists managed to raise dinosaurs back from the dead, and he has a park full of them when a nervous lawyer (Martin Ferrero) and two archeologists (Sam Neill and Laura Dern) come to check the place out, courtesy of Mr. Hammond, along with Hammond's grandchildren, Lex and Timmy (Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazello), and a wierd (but wonderful) mathematician (Jeff Goldblum). However, when a weak link in Hammonds work chain, represented by Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight), schemes just a little too far, all hell breaks loose. A suspense filled, action packed and charged atmosphere throughout, which continues to impress. Near perfect casting and screenplay make sure the action has a meaning, and, in this film, the division between reality and fiction becomes almost as thin as in the novel. Oustanding. The dinosaurs aren't half bad, either. --------------------------------------------- 3. Dumb and Dumber (1994) --------------------------------------------- There have been many opinions made about this film. The overall feeling is that this movie is a piece of comedic genius (which it is) with one or two people thinking it is dimwitted humour. I will agree that the Farrelly brothers can get into some pretty obvious patterns with their scripts, but this one is 'the original'. An
d it does not disappoint. Secondly, I judge a great comedy movie by the amount of lines that I recite amongst my peers. As you can see from the other reviews, I am not alone in thinking that this movie is full of little morsels of comedy that you'll want to recite time and time again. For anybody that doesn't like it, try watching it again. I wasn't the biggest fan the first time I saw it, but it has gotten better and better every time I've watched it since. This is because there are two brilliant performances turned out by Carrey and Daniels. For anybody that thinks the humor is offensive and banal, I've got a suggestion for you. Try watching the movie from a different perspective. Instead of taking Lloyd and Harry at face value, try watching the movie imagining the actors behind the characters. It only makes it funnier. The jokes can only be classified as ‘toilet humour’, but there something underneath each line -the delivery or tone or something - that make them absolutely hilarious. --------------------------------------------- 2. Sleepy Hollow (2000) --------------------------------------------- After a several year absence from behind the camera, Tim Burton struck gold with his adaptation with Sleepy Hollow. Not only did it include fantastic music by master Danny Elfman, but it also provided spectacular imagery. Burton's adaptation of the Washington Irving tale is an instant haunting masterpiece. It provides suspense, a little bit of humor, and a few shocks along the way. It takes viewers into the little burg of Sleepy Hollow, where a headless horseman seems to be on the rampage. Ichabod Crane (this is where the story-line really deviates from Irving's tale) is dispatched from New York City to investigate the murders. Burton's creative mixing of science and classic American literature is phenomenal. Furthermore, Depp is astounding as Ichabod Crane. He brings a &
#39;spookiness' to the role, while still retaining the overall timidness of the character. Ricci too brings an edge to her role that is desperately needed to make the concept work on film. Not to mention a delightful appearance by horror film veteran Christopher Lee. The dark scenes, the haunting music, and the driving story line make Sleepy Hollow my second favourite movie of all time. --------------------------------------------- 1. The Matrix (1999) --------------------------------------------- This has to be the best movie I have ever seen. It has great acting, great sets, great action, great themes, great sound, and most importantly a great story. This is an outstanding masterpiece of the science fiction genre. It will definitely be a classic for a long time. The level of detail is amazing. For example, they went through the entire movie and filtered out a lot of the blue and changed it to green. Blue is too happy of a color they said. All of the sets have extreme levels of detail. The sound is incredible. I got the DVD version and got to listen to it in Dolby Digital Surround sound and it was almost as good as when I saw it at the cinema. If you have a good home theatre system then I recommend this DVD for you it through the paces. It really shows off the range and power of Dolby Digital Surround sound. Not only are the sets and audio full of great detail but the story is to. The Matrix explains why some people has special powers like being able to lift and move objects with their minds. It also has an explanation for deja vu. There are also little gems stuck in the story itself. See if you notice when Morpheus (the greek god of dreams, see...) asks the traitor to give him his phone, so he can call the operator, how he stalls until someone else gives up their phone instead, because he threw his in the trash. There are lots of these see how many you can find in the first viewing. <
br><br><br><br> I love the special effects. The ship is great. The power plants are great. The sewer city is great. The sentinels are great. The 'bugs' are great. The 'bug' extractor is great. Bullet Time is great. The agents are great. The oracle is great. It really is just a great movie... The best thing about the movie is it is very human. It really isn't about the violence, or the fancy gadgets, or the special effects. It is about the future. It is about us. It is about our will to survive and to make up for and overcome our mistakes. It is about fighting for what is right and to fight the good fight. It is about truth. It is about being real. It is about caring. You will really start to care for this group of rebels. When you take all of the violence, and fancy gadgets, and special effects away from Star Wars, you still have a great story that almost everyone loves. And this movie works the same way. I hope the above list brings back some memories and if you think any improvements can be made, then please leave a comment.
I feel that the last few years have been particularly good ones for the film industry, with many good films being released in a wide variety of genres. Here are what I feel the top ten films, in no particular order: 1. Gladiator 2. South Park Movie 3. Scream 4. Scream 2 5. The Blair Witch Project 6. The Sixth Sense 7. The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow 8. Guest House Paradiso 9. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 10. Scream 3 As you can probably tell from this top ten list, I am a big fan of horror and comedy! The reason for my first choice, Gladiator, is that it did not at all meet my expectations. At first I thought it would be a really dull and boring film set in the past but to my suprise, this film had a very interesting and intriguing plot and storyline. I liked The South Park Movie as I found it very amusing and was nearly crying with laughter from start until the finsih! I thought that each of the Scream movies were unpredictable and original, with each one having lots of plot twists and containing a facinating story line! I found the Blair Witch Project original, although the end of the film was a bit of an anticlimax! Guest House Paradiso was extremely funny, with the main characters from the hit TV show 'Bottom' featuring as the extremely good stars. The Sixth Sense has a suprising plot twist at the end and keeps you transfixed all the way through! I found the Lengend of Sleepy Hollow different from most of the other films I had seen and this film is defitnely worth a look. I think that all of the films in my list are very good ones and I hope that there are some more of this quality to be released in the future.
This was extremely tough, but I've managed to compile my top ten 90s films, hope you enjoy. In no real order: (1) Clerks (1993) - Kevin Smith's superb debut, which focuses on the nightmares of convenience store clerks. The acting is top, and Randal is probably Kevin Smith's best creation. The scene where Dante and Randal discuss what customers they hate the most is hysterical, for example when one video shop customer asks "Do you have that movie with that guy that was out last year?". The ending is great too. There should be more films like this. (2) Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) - Definately John Cusack's finest film to date, "GPB" is a slick comedy all about a hitman who must go to his ten year high school reunion and complete his final job before quitting the professional killing business. Some very witty dialogue and brilliant acting, as well as a top soundtrack of classic 80s hits. If you havent seen this film then I strongly recommend it. (3) Waynes World (1992) - Okay, so we all know and love "Austin Powers", but Wayne and Garth will always be my favourite Mike Myers creation. The film follows the pair and their cable tv show, which is set to go mainstream when a sleazy executive (played by Rob Lowe) signs them up. This film is a comedy classic, and the Scooby-Doo ending is brilliant! (4) Mallrats (1995) - Some of you may say that I am biased what with having two Kevin Smith films, but "Mallrats" is a film that I'll probably always love because it's so damn funny! It follows a day in the life of Brodie (the excellent Jason Lee) and T.S (Jeremy London) who spend all their time hanging at the local mall. Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) are particularly brilliant in this film, especially their foiled plans to sabotage the dating game show that takes place at the mall on that day. Forget the reviews and watch this film. (5) From Dusk
Till Dawn (1996) - a classic comedy/horror from director Robert Rodriguez. Two brothers in crime (George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino) take ex-priest Harvey Keital and his children hostage and drop by a Mexican bar where the staff turn out to be vicious vampires. A wickedly amusing and very gory film with loads of gripping and hilarious moments. (6) Trainspotting (1996) - One of Britain's finest movies, a cult classic which focuses on the grim world of drugs. Ewan McGregor is outstanding as heroin addict Renton, as is Robert Carlyle as psycho Begbie. Some amusing moments as well as bleak, yet the film finishes on quite a positive edge. Top soundtrack too. (7) Empire Records (1995) - A highly underrated film, which focuses on one particular day in an independent record store. Each character is different yet they all share something in common - they've all got problems. Some brilliant performances from a young cast (including Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweggar), and also a hilarious performance from Maxwell Caulfield (of "Grease 2" fame) as the cheesy washed up singer Rex Manning. Lots of comedy, great soundtrack, top film. (8) American Beauty (1999) - A wonderful satire on American family life. Kevin Spacey quite rightly deserved this year's Oscar for the film, and the other performances (Annette Bening and Thora Birch in particular) are all fantastic. A highly comic film with a deeply sad ending, this film is a must-see for everyone. (9) The Big Lebowski (1997) - A quirky comedy about a grass-smoking hippy who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Jeff Bridges is excellent as The Dude, as is John Goodman and Steve Buscemi (the latter should have been in it more though!). Watch this film and you'll immediately want to go bowling. (10) Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead (1995) - A thriller which centres on Jimmy the Saint (Andy Garcia) an ex-gangster who decides to take one last
job from an evil ganster-overlord in order to make some money for his ailing business. He gets together an old group of his cronies, and without giving too much details away the job fails, leaving the gang with deadly consequences. In parts amusing, but mostly gripping and quite sad, this is an excellent film with a great cast. Look out for Steve Buscemi's small role as a silent hit-man named Mr.Shhh. A fantastic film overall. And finally, the near misses: Go Con Air Shawshank Redemption So I Married An Axe Murderer Chasing Amy (I couldnt possibly have three Kevin Smith films on my list though!) Well, I hope you all enjoyed that, if you've yet to see any of the films listed above, then check them out sometime. I've written seperate reviews about many of the films listed above, just in case you happen to be interested.