Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1997

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1997:

My favorite film of the decade.

Another truly great film in '97! Establishes Paul Thomas Anderson as the next great director. And deservedly so.

Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi/satire... And yes, the cheese and comedy is intentional. Pure, absolute entertainment!

Agnieszka Holland's marvelous take on the Henry James novel. Excellent and overlooked performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

One of the funniest films of the year. And it's actually smart, too. 

Mike Leigh's portrait of two friends shuttles between the 1980's and present day. One of my favorite films of his. Funny and insightful.

Ang Lee's look into the lives of a family in 1970's Connecticut. Excellent performances and writing are among the highlights here. 

Gregg Araki takes the teen film to another level entirely here.

Depressing yet totally absorbing look into the aftermath of an accident from director Atom Egoyan.

Kevin Smith's funny, unpredicatable look at relationships.

Top 6 Horror:

Al Pacino as the devil... And Keanu Reeves as a lawyer who gets sucked into his world of sin. Woah! A well directed hoot of a movie, actually.

Peter Hyams directs this slicky made look at a creature let loose in a museum. Very Atmospheric.

The Vampire movie gets an indie makeover in Larry Fessenden's well done analogy to drug addiction.

Scream 2 could have sucked, but it's a mostly fun ride... Especially all the homages to slasher film's past.

Following on the heel's of Scream's success, I KNOW is a slickly made slasher that has a pretty good amount of suspense.

This movie mash-up of Alien, Hellraiser and The Shining is really fun.

More 1997 goodness:

All Over Me
As Good As It Gets
Austin Powers
Deconstructing Harry
Donnie Brasco
Dream With The Fishes
Eight Days A Week
Eye Of God
Fast, Cheap & Out Of Control
Grosse Pointe Blank
The Hanging Garden
Happy Together
The House Of Yes
Hugo Pool
The Ice Storm
In The Company Of Men
Kiss Me, Guido
L.A. Confidential
Live Flesh
Lost Highway
Ma Vie En Rose
The Matchmaker
My Best Friend's Wedding
The Myth Of Fingerprints
Open Your Eyes
Private Parts
La Promesse
The Rainmaker
The Real Blonde
The Swindle
The Tango Lesson
This World, Then The Fireworks
Ulee's Gold
The Wings Of The Dove

Best Worst Movie: The Saint (it's actually nowhere near as bad as most make it out to be)


Gore-Gore Girl said...

Starship Troopers and Boogie Nights: check! My own personal addition would be Buffalo 66. That film rocked my world in 1997.

TheGirlWhoLovesHorror said...

Yes! Starship Troopers! And Event Horizon! YES YES YES!

Lee Russell said...

I really like Event Horizon, despite all of its faults. Jackie Brown, in my opinion, is still QT's best work.

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

Loved your inclusion of Starship Troopers. Also Live Flesh (you can't ever go wrong with Almodovar) and the two Henry James novel adaptations. The two interesting omissions to me are Eve's Bayou, which I liked; and Titanic, not so much because I liked it, but because it was so huge.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Gore Gore-- Buffalo is on my '98 list.

The Girl-- I'm actually not a sci-fi fan... but you wouldn't know it with these listed!

Lee-- I totally agree.

DTV Con-- I was kind of so-so on Eve's Bayou. I should give it another try sometime. And Titanic... It'll make my list... The worst list that is!

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