Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1994

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1994:

Pulp Fiction is a film that still blows me away after all of these years. Highly stylized and original all the same.

John Dahl (Red Rock West) delivers another great Film Noir. This one is even more spellbinding... Linda Fiorentino is on fire here.

Remember when Tim Burton made films that didn't really safely color inside someone else's lines? Ed Wood is the most loving and entertaining portrait of a bad filmmaker you'll ever see.

John Waters' utterly hilarious send-up of suburban life. Kathleen Turner has never been better.

The Action movie of the 90's. Speed, for lack of a better word, rocks.

Hal Hartley's quirky comedy about a nun who writes for adult magazines and the porno filmmaker who loses his memory. Strange, yet totally fun. Isabelle Huppert is great as always.

Woody Allen's look at a play gone haywire is one of his funniest films. An excellent cast all around. Especially Dianne Wiest and Jennifer Tilly.

Whit Stillman's excellent and funny second film after his debut, Metropolitan. Barcelona follows a Felix & Oscar-like duo of Yuppies as they bicker and find romance in Spain.

Toni Collette shines in this Australian import about a shy young woman trying to find herself with the help of a friend and no support from her awful family in this very funny and charming film.

Roman Polanski's look at a woman who confronts her possible captor is one really intense showdown. Sigourney Weaver really had me captivated.

I couldn't find enough horror films I loved in '94, so here's a few of 'em:

Top 6 Horror:

Wes Craven's first stab at post-modern horror follows Freddy Krueger wreaking havoc on the life of the actress from the first Elm Street movie. Very smart and very fun.

A slickly made Sci-Fi/Horror film about Alien invasion. Very well paced and super entertaining.

Silly for sure, Brainscan still maintains an appropriate amount of menace and bloody horror throughout in this entertaining chronicle of a young man who literally gets into his gaming.

A pretty underrated horror film about a murder on a film set has oodles of suspense.

Director Michael Almereyda's inventive post-modern take on the vampire/dracula saga follows good old Count Dracula's kids and their need for blood against the backdrop of downtown Manhattan.

Come on, a paperboy who kills. Hilarious!

More 1994 goodness:

The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
Before The Rain
Blue Chips
The Boys Of St. Vincent
Chungking Express
Double Happiness
Eat Drink Man Woman
Four Weddings And A Funeral 
Go Fish
Leon: The Professional
Little Odessa
Mother's Boys
Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle
The New Age
Nina Takes A Lover
Queen Margot
Quiz Show
Radio Inside
Reality Bites
Red (Three Colors Trilogy)
The Ref
The River Wild
The Secret Of Roan Inish
Sister My Sister
Sleep With Me
Spanking The Monkey
The Sum Of Us
To Live
Vanya On 42nd Street
What Happened Was...
Wild Reeds

Best Worst Movie: Color Of Night


Atroxion said...

Woah, never seen that Pulp Fiction poster before. Cool stuff, man.

Pretty interesting list, you definitely got a lot of variety in there.

Andrew Green said...

Dude, you include both Ed Wood AND a Hal Hartley film in your list?
You truly have good taste.

J.D. said...

ED WOOD... yes! Love that film. Definitely Tim Burton's masterpiece. His films haven't been the same since that one failed at the box office.

And SPEED! Thank you for listing this. I love this film too. It is really solid, meat & potatoes action film and the chemistry between Keanu and Sandra Bullock is fantastic. Not to mention, you've got Dennis Hopper vamping it up as the deformed baddie. Probably the best of the DIE HARD wannabes.

Tom said...

You didn't like Shawshank? Also, I thought I saw Usual Suspects in the bottom list, but that was a 1995 release, I'm pretty sure

Cinema Du Meep said...

Atrox-- Thanks! It's nice alternative artwork.

Andrew-- Same to you, bud. I'd love to see your lists sometime as well.

J.D.-- I love Speed. It's the perfect action movie. Well made, and non-stop fun.

Tom-- I was never a fan of Shawshank. I know that's almost sacrilegious to some folk... But whatev! Thanks for the heads up on TUS... It somehow snuck in there!

Ty said...

Nice to see Mute Witness gets some recognition!

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

I'm in total agreement on the Shawshank exclusion. Your list is great without it. I had Hoop Dreams right behind Pulp Fiction for that year (and for my 10 of the decade), so that was the one missing that I was most surprised about.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Ty-- I'm surprised it doesn't get mentioned much anymore. Good film, though the ending could have been slightly better.

DTV Con-- I debated Hoop Dreams, but I really haven't seen it since 1994... I'll have to give it another go soon.

LitaMalibu said...

Nice lists! I would have to add "The Chase" with Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson. And yes, I am serious. Happy New Year Meep!

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks LitaMalibu!

I remember enjoying the chase when I saw it back in the cinema. I like that director's movies. Especially THE DARK BACKWARD and NEVER ON TUESDAY. And Detroit Rock City was a lot of fun, too.

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