The Mighty Nineties in Film
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Now here’s a decade I’m oh so familiar with. Yes the mighty nineties as I like to call it. It was like the 80s on steroids. More advances in technology, more disturbing films, more sweet, saccharine plots. Let us skip down the yellow brick road that was the nineties and remember the hits and the misses of that glorious time.
- The Sixth Sense (1999) – this film rocketed M. Night Shyamalan into the mainstream. He is the king of the twist and this film delivered.
- Pretty Woman (1990) – Hello Julia Roberts, come and be a superstar why don’t you. I still love this movie. I’m such a girl. Prostitute or no prostitute this was a great love story.
- Liar Liar (1997) – Very mainstream but funny and a cheeky comment on liars… I mean lawyers. Jim Carrey at this best.
- There’s Something About Mary (1998) – One of the first modern day gross out movies. Remember the hair?
- A Few Good Men (1992) – Must I say it? No, I won’t because I can’t handle the truth. Oh darn, did it anyway. Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, say no more.
- Titanic (1997) – Long, sad, romantic and, spoiler alert, the boat sinks. Pretty emotional really.
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) – George Lucas sure does love his long titles. This was a brilliant move by Lucas, introducing a new generation to a new generation of Star Wars characters. Not everyone was pleased though.
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) – Mike Myers in his best role to date. This became a cult classic with many a party entertained by Austin Powers quote-offs.
- The Jurassic Park-s (1993/1997) – Frightening stuff. What if… Great special effects and frightening sequences. The cup of water, the T-Rex, the small yellow car… thump, thump, thump.
- Dances With Wolves (1990) – The golden boy of the nineties, Kevin Costner, gets friendly with some Native American Indians on the prairies. Long, very long, but it’s an epic, what do we expect?
- Armageddon (1998) – Space, the final frontier. Liv Tyler and buffy Bruce Willis – exciting, sad and heroic.
- Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Get out your box of tissues, you’re going to need them with this one. I have never before sobbed in a film. I did in this one. Spectacular!
- The Matrix (1999) – A love letter to Sydney in my mind. Oh yeah, then there were those special effects, Keanu Reeves and strange old story line.
- Then there were the animation hits: The Lion King (1994), Aladdin (1992), Toy Story 1 & 2 (1995/1999), Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Pocahontas (1995), just to name a few!
There were many more impressive films of the decade but listing them all is simply impossible. Now to the misses. And remember, this is merely my opinion, you may think differently.
- Analyze This (1999) – Don’t mess with the Mob genre. It’s not funny people.
- The Avengers (1998) -Uma, Uma, Uma. Ba-bow.
- Babe: Pig in the City (1998) – At least the first one was kinda believable. This one was just silly.
- Bio-Dome (1996) – This heralded the end of Pauly Shore’s career. It was downhill from Encino Man on.
- City of Angels (1998) – Did anyone else find this movie dull and weird? Good soundtrack though.
- For Richer or Poorer (1997) – Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley move to an Amish community to flee the IRS and save their marriage. Zany things ensue, but not enough to save this film.
- Groundhog Day (1993) – I’ve said it many a time but, sorry, I just found this film annoying.
- Happy Gilmore (1996) – Silly Sandler slosh.
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) – Nup. Nothing to say here. Really disappointing.
- Killer Tomatoes Strike Back (1990) – Haven’t seen it but sounds promising doesn’t it (insert sarcasm here).
- Look Who’s Talking Now (1993) – Yep it’s a dog. Whoopee.
- Memphis Belle (1990) – Another boring war movie. C’mon, war was far from dull.
- The Postman (1997) – Don’t do it Kevin Costner, don’t do it!
- Waiting to Exhale (1995) -As we all were…
Oh dear. So many movies, so many flops. Did I miss any? What are your fav and not so fav films of the 90s?