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The Best Movie of the 90's

The Best Movie of the 90's  

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  1. 1. What was the Best Movie of the 90's?

    • Unforgiven
      1
    • American Beauty
      0
    • Heat
      3
    • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
      0
    • The Shawshank Redemption
      10
    • L.A. Confidential
      3
    • Trainspotting
      5
    • Fargo
      0
    • Pulp Fiction
      16
    • Goodfellas
      6
    • The Usual Suspects
      2
    • The Matrix
      3
    • The Silence of the Lambs
      0
    • Boogie Nights
      1
    • Other
      12


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I don't know a lot about films, but one I like from the 90s (just) is "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai". Ever since i first saw it yonks ago, I've looked out for films directed by Jim Jarmusch. There's a sort of calm about them, somehow.

Anyway, good film, great soundtrack.

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6 minutes ago, blandy said:

Jim Jarmusch.

I like a lot of his work.

Only Lovers Left Alive is a particular favourite.

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1 minute ago, Ingram85 said:

Audition

best foreign film maybe. 

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Just now, PaulC said:

best foreign film maybe. 

Not even the best Takashi Miike film.

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3 minutes ago, Designer1 said:

Not even the best Takashi Miike film.

From the 90s? 

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7 minutes ago, PaulC said:

From the 90s? 

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Audition is a great film btw.

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9 minutes ago, PaulC said:

From the 90s? 

It's my favourite of his from the 90's for sure.

I'd add Ghost in the Shell and Princess Mononoke to the 90's list as well.

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Hard Boiled and Bullet to the Head

Loved those John Woo flicks.

Was about to add The Killer but that was apparently from 89...

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Shawshank Redemption and The Usual Suspects because of the twists.  I love a film with a good plot twist that I don't see coming.  The only thing with The Usual Suspects is I wonder how long it would have taken them to actually catch up with Keyser Soze after the detective worked out who he was.  He wasn't exactly in a rush to get away.

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My favourite film of the 90s is the Thin Red Line.

I haven't watched it for a few years, and I have a horrible feeling it will be a letdown when I try it again, but I watched it as a teenager when it first came out and was transfixed by it. I watched it again a few times in my 20s and it still stood up. Best watched when you've got plenty of time to kill and a very loud soundsystem which you can comfortably turn up to full volume without the neighbours complaining.

The soundtrack with the Melanesian gospel choir and Hans Zimmer orchestral score is unreal. Ludicrous ensemble cast of most of the A-list male actors of the period (George Clooney, Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, John Cusack, etc.).

It's just so lush and hypnotic, and it has that quality of a modern boxset, where you have no idea who's going to survive, or even who the main characters are.

It had the misfortune of coming out at the same time as Saving Private Ryan, which overshadowed it a bit. And being a bit slower and more ponderous, it didn't do as well at the box office. Both films were nominated for best picture at the Oscars, but somehow lost out to Shakespeare in Love!?

Anyway, according to Wikipedia, the Thin Red Line is Martin Scorsese's "second favourite film of the 90s" (no idea what number 1 was...). Give it a watch if you haven't seen it.

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My favourite era of films. Some fantastic ones mentioned in just the last few posts - Seven, Trainspotting, Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction and Shawshank. 

Add in Goodfellas, Casino, Saving Private Ryan and Matrix.

Maybe rose tinted specs, but a golden era for cinema. 

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3 minutes ago, KentVillan said:

My favourite film of the 90s is the Thin Red Line.

I haven't watched it for a few years, and I have a horrible feeling it will be a letdown when I try it again, but I watched it as a teenager when it first came out and was transfixed by it. I watched it again a few times in my 20s and it still stood up. Best watched when you've got plenty of time to kill and a very loud soundsystem which you can comfortably turn up to full volume without the neighbours complaining.

The soundtrack with the Melanesian gospel choir and Hans Zimmer orchestral score is unreal. Ludicrous ensemble cast of most of the A-list male actors of the period (George Clooney, Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, John Cusack, etc.).

It's just so lush and hypnotic, and it has that quality of a modern boxset, where you have no idea who's going to survive, or even who the main characters are.

It had the misfortune of coming out at the same time as Saving Private Ryan, which overshadowed it a bit. And being a bit slower and more ponderous, it didn't do as well at the box office. Both films were nominated for best picture at the Oscars, but somehow lost out to Shakespeare in Love!?

Anyway, according to Wikipedia, the Thin Red Line is Martin Scorsese's "second favourite film of the 90s" (no idea what number 1 was...). Give it a watch if you haven't seen it.

I think a lot of other A-listers also had their cameos left on the cutting room floor. 

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Two that haven't been mentioned that I like are 'Wild at Heart' and 'Perfect Blue'. I especially like the ending of Wild at Heart.

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1 hour ago, Xela said:

My favourite era of films. Some fantastic ones mentioned in just the last few posts - Seven, Trainspotting, Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction and Shawshank. 

Add in Goodfellas, Casino, Saving Private Ryan and Matrix.

Maybe rose tinted specs, but a golden era for cinema. 

Can’t agree more with you about it being a golden era.   Big blockbuster films like T2, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, where the special effects seemed to just blow us away at the cinema. 

I also have a real soft spot for all the murder/mystery, psychological thrillers of that decade, some of which I still enjoy now:  Seven, Misery, Arlington Road, Pacific Heights, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Cape Fear, Unlawful Entry, Single White Female, Sleeping With The Enemy, Double Jeopardy, Copycat, Basic Instinct, Kiss The Girls, etc.  

Also, the one that everyone remembers to this day - The Silence of the Lambs.

Just loads of these type of films were made and all quite enjoyable for me. 

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18 minutes ago, Ingram85 said:

The Cube, The Game, Carlito's Way

Yep, yep and yep.

Loved The Game. 

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