Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1990

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1990... I can't believe it's been 20 years!

My Favorite Coen Brothers movie.

Scorsese's super energized and entertaining crime saga.

Verhoeven+Schwarzenegger=Genre Movie heaven. Get your ass to mars!

David Lynch's beautifully twisted love story by way of The Wizard Of Oz. 
Unlike anything else.

Recent Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow has been making great films for years. 
Blue Steel is one of 'em.

The second film by Hal Hartley, and the one I'm most in love with.

Pedro Almodovar's super sexy and entertaining Spanish import.
Teen angst gets totally 90's in this surprisingly moving and entertaining teenage picture.

Watch Christopher Walken and Helen Mirren at their most strange in this mostly forgotten Paul Schrader gem.

Writer/Director Peter Weir's unlikely romance actually really works. It may be in the dreaded Rom-Com genre, but it's really smart and fun.

Top 10 Horror:

It took 4 years to get a release, but once you caught Henry for the first time, 
you'll never forget him. A masterpiece in stark cold creepy.

Better than it has any right to be. The Exorcist III has a lot of good, memorable chills.

The Horror-Comedy sequel that ups the comedy and the smarts. 
A load of zany post-modern fun.

Adrian Lyne's chilling movie stays with you. 
I'd watch it over the Sixth Sense any day.

The secret of Lisa is that it's a fun hybrid of horror and teenage shenanigans. 
Director Gary Sherman brings it as always.

Clive Barker hasn't stepped in the director's chair all that much, but when he does, he makes some really effective and wonderfully twisted pictures like this.

William Friedkin's return to the horror genre after the first Exorcist. As long as you don't expect the next horror masterpiece, you'll have good fun with this nutty druid horror tale.

Remember way back when Rob Reiner made good films? Misery was one of his last. It's still pretty gosh darn good.

The crazy sequel to the equally nutty Stuart Gordon film from 1985 lacks some of the punch, but actually is quite fun. And hilarious commentary track by the actors on the DVD to boot.

In between Evil Dead 2 and Army Of Darkness Sam Raimi made this fun, really inventive superhero-horror mash up.

More 1990 love:

After Dark, My Sweet
All The Vermeers In New York
Alligator Eyes
The Ambulance
Bad Influence
Betsy's Wedding
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Cyrano De Bergerac
Edward Scissorhands
La Femme Nikita
The Freshman
The Grifters
Henry & June
The Hot Spot
Internal Affairs
King Of New York
Life Is Sweet
Longtime Companion
Miami Blues
Midnight Ride
Narrow Margin
Night Of The Living Dead 
Paris Is Burning
Postcards From The Edge
Pretty Woman
Quick Change
The Reflecting Skin
Reversal Of Fortune
Speaking Parts
A Tale Of Springtime
Too Beautiful For You
Truly, Madly, Deeply
Vincent & Theo
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
White Palace
Without You, I'm Nothing

Best worst movie: Troll 2

Coming Soon: 1991


TheGirlWhoLovesHorror said...

I'm still very angry that Kevin Costner... KEVIN FUCKING COSTNER... won the Oscar over Scorsese. GoodFellas is such a ridiculously good movie and that should have been Martin's statue!

Darkman! Love it! Need to watch it again!

Cinema Du Meep said...

Tell me about it. Dances with wolves is Okay I suppose, but is it a better film? Hells no!

Darkman is the kind of film that you either hate or love... I have grown more fond of it over the years. Raimi's movie may be cartoon-y, but it's always fun and alive.

Ty said...

Happy you mentioned these great crime films: Miami Blues, Q&A, Internal Affairs and Reversal Of Fortune. All of them very underrated. How is the Ambulance? Always wanted to see that. Big Eric Roberts fan.

The Movie Snob said...

Nice shoutout to Blue Steel. Underrated Bigelow flick.

I would have to agree with Ty on Internal Affairs and Q&A though.

Tom said...

Ahh, Lisa. I never saw it, but remember when it came out. All the girls in our class named Lisa got teased.

Maynard Morrissey said...

hell yeah, 1990 really was a damn great year!

J.D. said...

I love DARKMAN as well. Watching it again recently it reminded me how restrained Raimi was making the SPIDER-MAN films. In DARKMAN, he really cuts loose with the EVIL DEAD-style Gonzo camerawork for such a fun film.

MILLER'S CROSSING used to be my fave Coen bros. film for a long, long time but I think that THE BIG LEBOWSKI has finally eclipsed it. Hard though. They have so many great films. BARTON FINK is right up there.

Ah, WILD AT HEART - in some ways a very underrated film. It got hyped to the sky when it came out but really failed to catch on with Lynch fans who felt that it was too extreme but I love it. I think it's Lynch's most romantic film.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Ty-- The Ambulance is a solid B movie with a great sense of humor and a hilariously over-the-top performance by Eric Roberts.

Movie Snob-- Both excellent crime films. 1990 was a banner year for them.

Tom-- That's pretty funny. I remember a girl named Lisa who would get ribbed about it as well!

Maynard-- It started off the decade right!

J.D.-- I'm glad Raimi loosened up with Drag Me To Hell. It's the place where he seems most comfortable. Wild At Heart is TOTALLY romantic.

Colonel Mortimer said...

Great list, Miller's Crossing is still my favorite Coens brothers too (with about 6 films tied for second). And nice to see Miami Blues, Darkman, Gremlins 2 and Wild at Heart on your list.

Tremors is really the only film from that year that I am surprised to see missing here.

Cinema Du Meep said...

I remember liking Tremors enough when it came out, but I literally haven't seen it since 1990!

Yum-Yum said...

Damn, you pretty much listed everything that was awesome, movie-wise, from 1990. Oh, and kudos for including Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks, Yum-Yum.
Roxy's a pretty odd duck of a movie for a studio film. I love movies like that.

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

Ditto on the props to your Blue Steel inclusion, and I loved that you had Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, great Almodovar film. I noticed you kept Dances With Wolves completely off your list, including the honorable mentions. That might be as big a statement as the films you included.

Cinema Du Meep said...

DTV Con-- Yeah, it's well made and all of that, but it just doesn't do it for me. There were far superior and most importantly, more enjoyable films in 199O for me.

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