Friday, December 27, 2013

A Generation To Think About It

Jesse Walker's top ten film list now goes back to 1993.  Here's his top ten:

1. Short Cuts
2. Groundhog Day
3. A Perfect World
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
5. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
6. Latcho Drom
7. Fearless
8. Manhattan Murder Mystery
9. Dottie Gets Spanked
10. True Romance

Short Cuts and Groundhog Day would definitely make my top ten.  I consider A Perfect World overlong but boring at any length.  The Nightmare Before Christmas is okay, but I keep wanting it to be better.  Thirty Two Short Films would also make my top ten.

Never got around to seeing Latcho Drom, and though I've caught parts of Fearless on TV, I haven't really seen it all the way through. Jesse thinks MMM proves Woody still had it, while I think it shows how much he lost it.  (Though I haven't watched it in 20 years--maybe I should give it another chance).  Didn't see Dottie Gets Spanked. True Romance should at least be top twenty.

11. The Bed You Sleep In
12. Red Rock West
13. Mad Dog and Glory
14. The Scent of Green Papaya
15. The Wrong Trousers
16. The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
17. Body Snatchers
18. The Junky's Christmas
19. The Hour of the Pig
20. Blue

Haven't seen 11.  12 is a lot of fun.  13 I don't think works.  14 is pretty good. 15 is excellent, though I'd call it a lengthy short (which would keep it off my lost).  16 should probably be top ten.  Haven't seen 17, 18 or 19. 20 is good, if a bit overrated.


Here are some other films that might have made my top ten:

A Bronx Tale (though the first part is better than the second)

The Fugitive (one of the best action films of the past quarter century)

King Of The Hill

Naked

The Remains Of The Day (I don't always go for Merchant-Ivory, but this is their best)

Ruby In Paradise

Schindler’s List (the most-honored film of the year is pretty good)


Other films I enjoyed:

The Bride With White Hair, City Hunter, City On Fire, Crime Story, Dazed And Confused, Farewell My Concubine, Grumpy Old Men, Matinee, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Six Degrees Of Separation, Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey, What’s Love Got To Do With It


Other films of interest:

 

Addams Family Values, The Age Of Innocence, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer, Alive, American Heart, Amongst Friends, Amos & Andrew, Another Stakeout, Arizona Dream, The Ballad Of Little Jo, Benny & Joon,  The Beverly Hillbillies, Blue, Bodies Rest & Motion, Boxing Helena, Bruce Lee: The Curse Of The Dragon, Cannibal! The Musical, Carlito’s Way, CB4, The Cemetery Club, Cliffhanger, Coneheads, Cool Runnings, Cronos, The Crush, The Dark Half, Dave, Demolition Man, Dennis The Menace, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, Faraway So Close!, Fatal Instinct, The Firm, Flesh And Bone, For Love Or Money, Free Willy, Geronimo: An American Legend, Gettysburg, The Good Son, Gross Misconduct, Guilty As Sin, Hard Target, Heart And Souls, Heart Of Darkness, Hear No Evil, Heaven & Earth, Hexed, Hocus Pocus, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Hot Shots! Part Deux, House Of Cards, The House Of The Spirits, Household Saints, In The Line Of Fire, Indecent Proposal, Indian Summer, Jack The Bear, The Joy Luck Club, Judgment Night, Jurassic Park, Kallifornia, Last Action Hero, Leprechaun, Life With Mikey, Little Buddha, Loaded Weapon 1, Lost In Yonkers, Love Bites, M. Butterfly, Made In America, Malice, Map Of The Human Heart, Menace II Society, The Meteor Man, Mi Vida Loca, Moving, Mr. Jones, Mr. Wonderful, Mrs. Doubtfire, Much Ado About Nothing, My Life, Nowhere To Run, Once A Cop, The Pelican Brief, Philadelphia, The Piano, The Pickle, Poetic Justice, Posse, The Program, Rising Sun, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Romeo Is Bleeding, Rookie Of The Year, Rudy, The Sandlot, Searching For Bobby Fischer, The Secret Garden, Shadowlands, Sleepless In Seattle, So I Married An Axe Murderer, Sommersby, Son In Law, Son Of The Pink Panther, Sonatine, Sparrow, Splitting Heirs, Striking Distance, Super Mario Bros., Surf Ninjas, Swing Kids, The Thing Called Love, This Boy’s Life, The Three Musketeers, Tombstone, Undercover Blues, The Vanishing, The War Room, Wayne’s World 2, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Wide Sargasso Sea, Wilder Napalm

5 Comments:

Anonymous Denver Guy said...

Lots of good movies that year. How does Jurassic Park not make either of your top tens? It really launched the CGI era with graphics that still work very well today (imho). And the story is pretty good, the music terrific, and the acting mostly passable, with comendable humor from Jeff Goldblum.

8:38 AM, December 27, 2013  
Blogger Jesse said...

I got into a debate about Jurassic Park on Facebook after my list went up, DenverGuy. Suffice to say that (a) I didn't care for it, and (b) I have friends who disagree...

11:04 AM, December 27, 2013  
Blogger Jesse said...

As for Steve's suggested additions...

A Bronx Tale: Haven't seen it.

The Fugitive: Fun stuff, though the conspiracy doesn't make any sense.

King Of The Hill: A very good movie. Just missed my top 20.

Naked: Good but overpraised.

The Remains Of The Day: Haven't seen it. Not a Mechant-Ivory fan.

Ruby In Paradise: Haven't seen it.

Schindler’s List: As I said on my blog, I think there are better movies on this subject.

11:10 AM, December 27, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Dazed And Confused has become the American Graffiti of the 1970s.

11:34 AM, December 27, 2013  
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