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:
Boys N The Hood
City Of Hope
The Dark Backward
Daughters Of The Dust
Days Of Being Wild
Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead
The Double Life Of Veronique
Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
The Indian Runner
The Man In The Moon
My Own Private Idaho
Night On Earth
Other People's Money
Raise The Red Lantern
Shakes The Clown
What About Bob?
Best worst movie: Whore
Runner up: Cool As Ice