Monday, December 20, 2010

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1996

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1996:

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:

Beautiful Girls
Beautiful Thing
Big Night
Bottle Rocket
Box Of Moon Light
Breaking The Waves
The Cable Guy
Citizen Ruth
Dead Man
Ed's Next Move
Escape From L.A.
Everyone Says I Love You
Hard Eight
If Lucy Fell
Lone Star
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Love And Other Catastrophes
Normal Life
Original Gangstas
Paradise Lost (Docu)
The People Vs. Larry Flynt
The Portrait Of A Lady
Primal Fear
Secrets & Lies
Shall We Dance?
Sling Blade
Trees Lounge
The Trigger Effect
The Truth About Cats & Dogs
Twelfth Night
A Very Brady Sequel
Welcome To The Dollhouse
When We Were Kings

Best Worst Movie: Mr. Wrong


J.D. said...

I always liked De Palma's take on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. He imparts a lot of attractive style to this film which is easily the best of the series. For a paycheck film, it is pretty good.

Nice to see you include FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, Rodriguez and Tarantino's Grindhouse film before GRINDHOUSE. I love the editing in this film, esp. the opening bit where the Clooney and QT take out the gas station.

davidfullam said...

My brother used to work in local theatre (actor, stage lighting, etc.). I can tell you there is a LOT of truth in that movie.

Tom said...

The scene in A Very Brady Sequel where Alice opens the fridge and walks in had me cracking up in the theater.

TheGirlWhoLovesHorror said...

Welcome to the Dollhouse is so great! I haven't watched it in years... and Primal Fear is simply killer - Edward Norton showing us his awesomeness before American HIstory X.

Sadly, I haven't even heard of most of the films from your top list! You're obviously way cooler than me.

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

1996 was such as killer year-- Crash, Fargo, Breaking the Waves, Bound-- I better stop or I'll just be rewriting your list! That being said, I really liked your inclusion of A Very Brady Sequel among those names, very cool. Also, I noticed you went with The Twelfth Night over another Shakespeare film that got a lot of buzz that year, Hamlet.

Ty said...

From Dusk Till Dawn is such an awesome action flick! So many great quotes:

"If you try to run, I've got six little friends and they can all run faster than you can."

and: Seth: do you have any food here?
Bartender: Best in Mexico!

Seth: I highly doubt that!

Cinema Du Meep said...

I'm glad you all enjoyed '96. Some really good films.

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