Monday, December 13, 2010

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1993

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1993:

One of the best films of the 90's is actually about the 70's! Richard Linklater's love letter to the last day of school is well done on just about every level.

The return of the Film Noir. Red Rock West gets it all right, and adds a lot of fun and dimension to the up until then mostly forgotten about sub-genre.

Bill Murray mines comedy gold in this smart, fun and endlessly watchable tale about a man who keeps repeating the same day.

Ashley Judd's soaring performance is one of the highlights of this heartfelt independent film about a young woman's search for identity. 

A highly unlikely but very entertaining New York set romantic comedy about a man who's hired to help win back another woman's love by breaking her exes heart. 

The first of Kieslowsi's Three Colors Trilogy is a somber but compelling study of grief.  Another great performance by Juliette Binoche. 

Brian De Palma's gangster tale might not be considered on the level of Scarface or The Untouchables, but there's no denying the formidable level of craftsmanship on display here. 

Robert Altman takes on Raymond Carver. Altman gives it all a unique spin in this collage of Los Angeles life. Excellent performances by a great cast.

I'm generally not a fan of biopics, but What's Love is an entertaining and extremely well acted look into the life and struggle of Tina Turner. Angela Bassett was robbed of the oscar that year.

Call me a sentimental fool, but another New York set romantic comedy makes the list this year. Directed by the late Anthony Minghella, Mr. Wonderful sparkles with surprising wit and a great cast.

Top 10 Horror:

Director Bob Balaban's horror-comedy is a funny spoof of both teenage pictures and zombie movies, with a nutty sensibility that I just adore. A movie I can watch over and over.

Joe Dante's loving and entertaining look back at a William Castle-esque director and the early 1960's fear of the looming Cuban Missile crisis threat.

Jack be Nimble is a compelling and inventive film about a brother and sister who have been abused and the horror that keeps following them as they escape. 

George Romeo's adaptation of Stephen King's novel may have sat on a shelf for quite some time due to Orion's bankruptcy, but it's rather lively and well directed. Romero needs to give up the zombie ghost and return to making these kinds of films.

Speaking of ghosts, Ghost In The Machine is a lot of fun. Cheesy in that early 90's kind of way, but it never fails to keep me entertained.

The story of an evil genetic/robotic enhanced Tibetan Mastiff and the lady who tries to bring out his inner doggy goodness. Love ensues. Hilarious and good fun.

South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone's super silly musical-horror-comedy about Alfred Packer is a love or hate it kind of affair. It always makes me laugh.

I'm actually voting for the longer version which aired on TBS some time later. That version of Needful Things was fairly epic in a Salem's Lot sort of way, and a better than usual Stephen King Adaptation.

Body Snatchers has a great pedigree: Directed by Abel Ferrara, Co-written by Stuart Gordon with a story by Larry Cohen. Excellent visuals and a fairly entertaining pace.

Oh, Leprechaun. Without you there wouldn't be so many Leprechaun jokes in my life. This silly yet fun movie co-stars Jennifer Aniston's old nose.
More 1993 goodness:

The Age Of Innocence
Bad Boy Bubby
Blue (Derek Jarman)
The Bride With White Hair
A Bronx Tale
The Cement Garden
Clean, Shaven
The Crush
Dirty Weekend
Dream Lover
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Falling Down
Farewell My Concubine
The Firm
Flesh And Bone
Household Saints
In The Line Of Fire
Indecent Proposal
Indian Summer
Joey Breaker
King Of The Hill
Love & Human Remains
Manhattan Murder Mystery
A Perfect World
The Piano
The Remains Of The Day
Schindler's List
Short Cuts
Six Degrees Of Separation
So I Married An Axe Murderer
The Thing Called Love
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Twenty Bucks
The Wedding Banquet

And a special nod to the totally awesome and most entertaining bad movie of 1993:


J.D. said...

This was actually a pretty strong year for films with DAZED and RED ROCK... Glad you mentioned RUBY IN PARADISE, which is a film that doesn't get enough love, IMO. Such a wonderfully understated slice-of-life movie that introduced us to the brilliance of Ashley Judd.

Andrew Green said...

1993 was an excellent year for movies....
Your list is a strong one, with a few surprises. I'm glad to see Blue on there. That was an intriguing and downright sexy film.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks gentlemen!

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

Great list again, my highlights were Blue in your top ten-- I loved the entire trilogy-- and then Farewell My Concubine and The Wedding Banquet in your honorable mention. I actually had Schindler's List as my favorite of the decade.

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