Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1991

1991 was perhaps not the strongest of years for film, but it did birth a lot of pictures that I tend to watch over and over.  


My Ten Favorite Films Of 1991:


The end of the world or a crisis of faith in this startling and eerie independent drama with a stellar lead performance by Mimi Rogers




Albert Brooks hits another one out of the park with this biting comedy-fantasy about the afterlife.  Hopefully they'll be showing this movie in heaven...




Close My Eyes is an absolutely absorbing drama about obsession with exceptional performances by it's three stars. 



Blake Edwards has always been a master of slapstick, and Switch is one of his sharpest. Ellen Barkin's performance is pure genius.



One of the very best action films of the 90's. Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break is pure adrenaline captured on film. Prepare for a lot of fun. Totally.



Steve Martin's sharply observed movie about L.A. is as funny as it is smart.




Leos Carax's Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf is the foreign film of 1991. Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant are electric here. With a wonderful supporting performance by the city of Paris.



I'd have to say this was for me the last film Ridley Scott has made that was of any real substance. Thelma & Louise is a road movie with a a lot of heart and soul. 


Soapdish is one of those movies I can watch over and over and laugh at each and every time. Great comedic performances by the entire cast.



No Secrets is on the surface a minor independent teen drama about friendship and betrayal, but it really stays with me on every viewing. There aren't that many films quite like it.



Since 1991 was not the best year for horror, I'm limiting my list to a Top 5:




Richly directed, acted, photographed, scored and just about everything else, SILENCE is a movie that is still compelling on every viewing. Some may cry overrated, but not there. 



Eric Red (screenwriter of The Hitcher) fashions a refreshingly straight-ahead horror tale about killer body parts. Very gory and very well done.


A love letter to fans of horror. Popcorn is perhaps the cheesiest film of 1991, but it's a lot of fun. 



Warlock was supposed to be released in 1989, but New World Pictures went under and it finally showed up in early 1991 to theaters. Although it's slightly silly, it's still effective and pretty inventive for it's time.




Wes Craven's original twist on the old haunted house tale might be flawed, but it's plenty creepy.


More 1991 goodness:


The Adjuster
Barton Fink
Becoming Colette
Boys N The Hood
Bugsy
City Of Hope
Crooked Hearts
The Dark Backward
Daughters Of The Dust
Days Of Being Wild
Dead Again
Delicatessen
Delirious
Doc Hollywood
Dogfight
Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead
The Double Life Of Veronique
Edward II
Europa Europa
Grand Canyon
Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
High Heels
Highway 61
Impromptu
The Indian Runner
The Man In The Moon
My Own Private Idaho
Night On Earth
Other People's Money
Poison
Proof
Raise The Red Lantern
Rambling Rose
Rich Girl
Rush
Shakes The Clown
Stone Cold
What About Bob?


Best worst movie: Whore
Runner up: Cool As Ice

9 comments:

Mike Lippert said...

So many good flicks in 1991. In a year where I sturggle for the first time to even find 10 I'd want to consider the years best, the leftovers you name as honourable mentions are all great movies. I like how this list doesn't go for the obvious choices. Good stuff.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks Mike. My list for 91 has changed over the years, so I went with the ones that I go back to time and time again.

Bryce Wilson said...

Nice call on Defending Your Life.

"How'd you die?"

"Onstage. Like you."

Jinx said...

Blimey, I can't believe some of those were 1991, seems like yesterday. Well impressed with Popcorn. I actually just bought a DVD copy of it for husband for Christmas (ok, for me for Christmas), can't wait to see it again. Damn fine stuff.

J.D. said...

This was a good year if only for L.A. STORY, POINT BREAK and my fave of the year MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO - still Gus Van Sant's best film, IMO.

Ty said...

You are totally right about Close your Eyes and The Rapture! Amazing performances.

Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf has an interesting poster.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Bryce-- I love that exchange.

Jinx-- It's still a fun movie after all of these years.

J.D.-- My Own ALMOST made the list. My favorite of his as well.

Ty-- I think that poster was redone after The English Patient. I think I prefer the old artwork which actually shows, uh, a bridge.

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

The big standout for me is Point Break in the top 10. I'd put it in mine too. Bigelow is such a great director, and I'm glad she got her due at the most recent Oscars.

Cinema Du Meep said...

DTV Con-- It took the academy long enough to realize female directors can possibly kick more ass than men. Bigelow has been wiping the floor with them for years now with her particular style.

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