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 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

In retrospect, kind of a sad year. While it saw the breakout films of some major talents (Wong and Tarantino), we also saw a breakout from Tamahori who would then go to Hollywood and produce nothing but crap, the peak of Besson's career, from whence he would direct some more decent movies but no more great ones yet, (not to mention producing roughly a billion mediocre Eurothrillers), Tim Burton's last great or even particularly good movie, Kieslowski's final film before his death, the culmination of the brilliant Three Colors trilogy (although other directors have directed at least 2/3 of another trilogy written by him (IMDB and Wikipedia disagree as to whether Nadzieja is the third film or not. I suspect not, since Kieslowski is not named on the DVD cover -- but then, the movie is written by frequent Kieslowski collaborator Krzysztof Piesiewicz, so who knows?)), and Peter Jackson's artistic peak to date, although in terms of scale and ambition it would certainly be trumped by The Lord of the Rings a few years later. Notably absent from my top 10 is The Shawshank Redemption -- I've never cared much for Darabont's work and while I find this film watchable it just doesn't ring true for me, and what's an epic drama like that without a core of truth? Anyway, here are my top 10 of the year:

Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai)

To Live (Zhang Yimou)

Before the Rain (Milcho Manchevski)

Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)

Ed Wood (Tim Burton)

Léon: The Professional (Luc Besson)

Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)

Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori)

Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee)

Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson)

Also notable: Hoop Dreams, Fresh, The Shawshank Redemption, Drunken Master II, Burnt By the Sun, The Hudsucker Proxy, Lamerica, Quiz Show, The Secret of Roan Inish, The Madness of King George, Il Postino, Three Colors: White, Vanya on 42nd Street, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Priscilla, Queen fo the Desert, Death and the Maiden, Exotica, Shallow Grave, Bullets Over Broadway, Black Beauty, Queen Margot, The Lion King, Speed, The Lion King, Forrest Gump

What are your favorites of the year? What have I missed? What should I check out?

Previous years:
1983 & 1984: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98398
1985: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98451
1986: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98490
1987: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98554
1988: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98660
1989: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98706
1990: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98793
1991: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98888
1992: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98950
1993: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98978

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

I went though the list of films in 1994 and there were a startling number of really crappy pictures.

These are the good ones.

Clear and Present Danger
Star Trek Generations
Quiz Show
IQ
Maverick
Blown Away
Guarding Tess
Lion King - agree

Speed is really an extremely overrated picture to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

My 5 favourite films from 1994, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for
Eric Rochant's LES PATRIOTES are :


HEAVENLY CREATURES
SWIMMING WITH SHARKS
THE HUDSUCKER PROXY
IL POSTINO
THREE COLORS : RED



Edit : I had included DREAM LOVER first and then I realized I had it mixed up with another movie with same title. Never seen that DREAM LOVER with James Spader.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

What have I missed? What should I check out?





 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)



1# - BLOWN AWAY - 10/10
Two of my favourite actors collide Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones with superb direction by Stephen Hopkins (Ghost and the Darkness, Judgement Night) + love how he incorporates the U2 songs.

2# - John Carpenter's IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS - 10/10
Sam Neil is a blast in this Carpenter favourite.

3# - ED WOOD - 10/10

4# - THE CROW - 8/10

5# - LEON - 8/10

6# - TERMINAL VELOCITY - 8/10

7# - CLERKS - 8/10

8# - WOLF - 7/10

9# - PULP FICTION - 7/10

10# - TIME COP - 7/10

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Dumb and Dumber
In The Mouth of Madness
Interview with the Vampire
Léon: The Professional
Natural Born Killers
Naked Gun 33 1/3
New Nightmare
No Escape
Stargate
ST Generations
The Crow
The Puppet Masters
The Stand (tv)
Wolf

the movie that tops all

The Shawshank Redemption

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

  • Bullets Over Broadway
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • Ed Wood
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • The Madness of King George
  • Three Colors: Red

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     Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 9:56 AM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    1. The Hudsucker Proxy (the Coens)

    2. Three Colors: Red (Kieslowski)

    2. Three Colors: White (Kieslowski)

    4. Barcelona (Stillman)

    5. Burnt by the Sun (Mikhalkov)

    6. Vanya on 42nd Street (Malle - his final film)

    7. The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont)

    8. Eat Drink Man Woman (A. Lee)

    9. Quiz Show (Redford)

    10. The Shadow (Mulcahy)


    also good - Black Beauty, Forrest Gump, Maverick, Bullets Over Broadway, Pulp Fiction, Shallow Grave

    still need to see - Chungking Express (I see you have this listed first, Mastage. How is it? The only Wong Kar-wai film I've seen is "In the Mood for Love," which I like very much.), Queen Margot, To Live, Legends of the Fall, Crooklyn, Exotica, Before the Rain.

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 28, 2013 - 3:28 AM   
     By:   Angelillo   (Member)



    4. Barcelona (Stillman)


    Interesting because for me this movie was a major disappointment after his outstanding METROPOLITAN. I found it uninspired, artificial. This would need another viewing but after having suffered DAMSELS IN DISTRESS all long I'll wait a little bit, though.

     
     Posted:   Sep 28, 2013 - 9:02 AM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)



    4. Barcelona (Stillman)


    Interesting because for me this movie was a major disappointment after his outstanding METROPOLITAN. I found it uninspired, artificial. This would need another viewing but after having suffered DAMSELS IN DISTRESS all long I'll wait a little bit, though.


    I have a fondness for Stillman's "doomed bourgeois in love" (to quote the title of a book about him) whimsy, even for Damsels which made my top 10 for 2011. smile

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 11:43 AM   
     By:   Ado   (Member)



    4. Barcelona (Stillman)


    Interesting because for me this movie was a major disappointment after his outstanding METROPOLITAN. I found it uninspired, artificial. This would need another viewing but after having suffered DAMSELS IN DISTRESS all long I'll wait a little bit, though.


    I agree that his best picture was Metropolitan.

    There is something about it, because the culture portrayed is hardly anything like my own. It is a good picture.

     
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