The 10 best films of the 1990s + (as advised by William)Aug 19, 2004 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in MoviesThe Bottom Line Yo. I'm 14, so my best topic is films of the last decade. And if I said films were always getting better, forget that, I was probably hyperactive.
10) FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL
Easily the most charming and clever comedy of modern times, this 1994 masterpiece can be watched time and time again, with some of the most memorable and original situations possible. There is nothing stereotypical about this film as many people are falsely led to believe, thanks to the countless number of samey scripts that have been regurgitated from the lazy bowels of the Curtis (I have no idea how to spell that man's name) industry that have had much lesser affects. However, on a more positive note, FWAAF is one of those films that has the ability to do everything to us, even without intending to (all shall be explained). It can make us snort out loud with laughter, it can make us sympathize with Grant, it can make us weep, and it can make us frustrated as hell(here we go) with the pathetic Andie Macdowell who does nothing but grin and ramble on in a monotonous voice about how many men shes fu..... Anyway, that said, a remarkable achievement that should be in every sensible persons film collection. Perhaps not on the same level as "Some like it Hot" for laughs, but definitely THE comedy of the nineties.
9) THE LION KING
Who says animated films are not proper films? Hang him up by the balls and leave him there, for "The Lion King" is really the best animated feature EVER. Hands down. The story alone is so familiar, and, ironically the characters are so damn real. The music is somewhat awesome, and definitely in my top 5 music scores (along with LOTR, Schindlers List, Gladiator, and Road to Perdition), and you will be singing the songs to yourself for weeks to come. But perhaps the reason that it is the King of all Disney films is probably the fact that it has managed to do what only one other Disney film (Bambi) has managed to do......to shock us with a single scene. I will say no more, but if you do not cry during this film, then you are not human. Watch it. NOW.
8) MYSTIC RIVER
Acting at it best. Some may say that Penn is melodramatic, but if their 19 year old daughter was brutally murdered I think they might just react a little bit. Tim Robbins really is incredible as a victim of child abuse....his blank yet deep facial expressions are quite haunting, and even things like his walk and stance indicate thorough thinking and rehearsal of the part. The other incredible thing about the film is how involving it is, and how much you get to feel towards each character. The moody cinematography and mournful score add to the already heavy atmosphere, and Eastwood directs with sensitivity and respect to each character. This whodunit doesnt make you want to find out whodunit, but actually who each of the three "friends" actually are themselves, and how they will conduct themselves during the course of the film. Plenty of depth and mood created here.....very much a success.
7) THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
The chemistry between two people in this 1990's cult psychological thriller is probably the main reason it got where it is today. He is a convicted psychopath with a taste for people, whose intellect and knowledge outruns everybody and everything. He loves art, analyzing people, and liver. She is an FBI trainee trying to escape her past on and on the hunt for a serial killer. She is vulnerable, and penitratable. It is no surprise that they both won lead acting Oscars. You will be oblivious to the fact that hen watching Hopkins as Lectere, you will actually feel sympathy for him, as you do for a caged wonder at London Zoo, and even start to like his character. But, my friends, that is the product of the art of Acting.
6) THE PIANIST
The success of this film is that YOU are the lead role. YOU are put in his shoes. The superb directing of Polanski successfully arranges the situation so that you are so very close to our hero, and that you feel almost everything he does, and that you almost know him like a friend, and want to help him.... but you can't. You are so close yet so far. You can only watch as his family are deported to a concentration camp, never to return. You can only watch as he makes his way around a rubbled city, knowing the enemy is close. You never want to be in that situation...but you have no choice but to be in it. That, my friends, is the product of the art of directing, and feeling for the audience.
5) AMERICAN BEAUTY
The ammount of options available for people watching this film are numerous. Who is the American Beauty? What is it? Is it Janie? Or Angela? Or Catherine? Or Lester? Or even the sodding plastic bag, and its crateful of metaphors? The real beauty here is the script. It has to be one of the most original ever, and is the reason for such freedom of choice. Allan Ball, writer of "Six feet under" delivers such a subtle yet in - your - face suggestion of life at
different stages, and the confusion and situations that a lot of people go through whether they're teenagers or married men in their forties, or even strict homophobics with a secret...Any one who wants to see a film like no other and is themself worried or unsecure in any way about their own life, watch this, whether you're young or old.
Beleive it or not, this is a black comedy that enterains enormously. The plot in this is fantastic, and really keeps the viewer awake all the time. Every character in this you will grow to adore, good or bad. The situations are hilarious and the interactions between characters very interesting. The haunting theme adds a lot of mystery, and the settings and cinematography are extremely powerful. Francis McDormand is absolute bliss as the pregnant police woman, and the two hit men are just comic. The Coen brothers have really produced filming gold with this. Miss it at your peril.
3) PULP FICTION
Again, black comedy. But instead of one focussed plot, this Tarantino masterpiece is just a collection of jumbled up short stories, each told at different stages of the film, and eaach brushing against each other now and again. This really is pure entertainment that will ensnare anyone's interest, even through the blood, drugs and oral pleasure. I realised a few days ago that the main reason this is such a great film is because it doesnt make you concentrate hard on one plot. It relaxes your concentration on lots of different ones, so that each plot is carrying only a small portion of your originaly whole concentration. This is naturally much appriciated my many audiences.
2) THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY (I know it is cheating using three as one, but they don't work without each other.)
"Oh no, not LOTR...its so long and only a fantasy for kids. There is no real story to it, and it does not mean anything to the outside world." If you ever come across someone who says this, shoot 'em. Quite apart from the best authentic design I have seen (costumes, art direction, make - up), and technicalities (editing, sound, visual effects) of which I run out of superlatives (in other words the most jaw dropping), superb acting and scripts, as well as the most amazing music score, this trilogy which collected 30 oscar nominations between it is directed with such precision to show audiences young and old through a brilliantly adapted script (J.R.R Tolkein wrote Britain's most popular book) how de - forestation, genoside, tyranny, war, AND its consequences (refugess etc.) have scarred, are scarring, and will scar our world for centuaries to come unless something is done. And that something is fellowship with our fellow man. Well done Peter Jackson.
1) SCHINDLERS LIST
This is a film, where not only historical accuaracy propells it, not just a magnificent score, not just an all time cast, not just the brilliant and considerate directing of Stephen Spielberg that won him his first oscar after almost 20 years of waiting, and is quite frankly the best directing that there has ever been to date. These are all subordinate to the fact that through this film we actually realise how the human race are responsible to what happens to the world in which we live, and how if mistakes are made as like during the Holocaust, our existence is numbered. Everybodby should see this film. No exceptions.
Well done Jackson
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