David Cronenberg's film on the surface reads "Sex and car crashes" but there's so much going on beneath. Truly Brave filmmaking and performances by the entire cast.
Freeway is one trip of a movie! With it's off-kilter style and humor, there's nothing quite like it. And Reese Witherspoon... She'll never be as good as she is here.
One really hilarious road trip into family dysfunction! David O. Russell's film is equal parts laughs and smarts.
Albert Brooks bats another one of the park in this very funny look at a middle-aged writer who tries to solve his problems by temporarily moving in with his mother. Albert Brooks and his humor has a great foil with Debbie Reynolds. She's pretty great here.
A definite original. A young woman has a fascination with death, and finds herself attracted to the bodies at the funeral home she works for. The film is never as morbid as it sounds, but instead is consistently intriguing. Molly Parker is great in the leading role.
1996 was definitely the year of dysfunctional families! Greg Mottola's film is always smart and very funny... and even unexpectedly moving.
Nicole Holofcener's first film is a very funny and quirky look at friendship. Very well written and acted by an excellent cast.
Joel and Ethan Coen's darkly funny crime film is one of their best.
Christopher Guest and his great cast mine comedy gold in this look at a small town putting on a big show.
(tie) Brian De Palma's very well made spy thriller is one of the most entertaining films of the year.
(tie) The Farrelly Brother's hysterical riff on The Color Of Money... with bowling balls. With a hilarious supporting role by Bill Murray.
Top 4 Horror:
The slasher film gets it's due with a post-modern spin in this very well made horror flick from The Wes Craven fun factory.
Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's mix of horror and sleaze in this entertaining, over-the-top vampire movie.
The Craft is a better than average teen horror film about a band of outcasts who misuse their occult powers and turn on each other.
A surprisingly well made werewolf movie from Eric Red (The Hitcher, Body Parts)
More 1996 goodness:
Box Of Moon Light
Breaking The Waves
The Cable Guy
Ed's Next Move
Escape From L.A.
Everyone Says I Love You
If Lucy Fell
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Love And Other Catastrophes
Paradise Lost (Docu)
The People Vs. Larry Flynt
The Portrait Of A Lady
Secrets & Lies
Shall We Dance?
The Trigger Effect
The Truth About Cats & Dogs
A Very Brady Sequel
Welcome To The Dollhouse
When We Were Kings
Best Worst Movie: Mr. Wrong