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The Top 100 Films of the 1990s

02/03/2016

THIS – a work in progress.  In reverse order.  For posterity.

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100. The Thin Red Line (1998, Malick)

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99. Girl, Interrupted (1999, Mangold)

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98. Pi (1998, Aronofsky)

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97. American Beauty (1999, Mendes)

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96. Zero Effect (1998, Kasdan)

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95. The Cutting Edge (1992, Glaser)

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94. Ruby in Paradise (1993, Nunez)

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93. Deconstructing Harry (1997, Allen)

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92. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998, Gilliam)

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91. Starship Troopers (1997, Verhoeven)

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90. Following (1998, Nolan)

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89. Before Sunrise (1995, Linklater)

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88. Go (1999, Liman)

Oh, Katie Holmes, how you were so ruined by the xenophobic Tom Cruise.  This is an exciting film that highlights the great Sarah Polley and William Fichtner as a triangular sales rep extraordinaire.

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87. Clueless (1995, Heckerling)

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86. Audition (1999, Miike)

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85. The Straight Story (1999, Lynch)

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84. Everyone Says I Love You (1996, Allen)

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83. A River Runs Through It (1992, Redford)

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82. Leaving Las Vegas (1995, Figgis)

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81. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993, Allen)

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80. I Stand Alone (1998, Noe)

79. Misery (1990, Reiner)

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78. Slacker (1991, Linklater)

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77. Hideous Kinky (1998, MacKinnon)

Post Titanic Kate Winslet took risks including this film and Holy Smoke – an honorable mention in this list – and good for her.  I’ve had a crush on Kate for years, unrequited.  A sweet film with Julia (Winslet) and her two young daughters as expatriate Brits in 1972 Morocco struggling against a wayward father/spouse.

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76. To Die For (1995, Van Sant)

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75. Cape Fear (1991, Scorsese)

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74. Chungking Express (1994, Kar-wai)

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73. Crumb (1994, Zwigoff)

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72. JFK (1991, Stone)

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71. Rushmore (1998, Anderson)

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70. Saving Private Ryan (1997, Speilberg)

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69. Twelve Monkeys (1995, Gilliam)

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68. Waiting for Guffman (1996, Guest)

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67. Buffalo ’66 (1998, Gallo)

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66. The Remains of the Day (1993, Ivory)

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65. Lorenzo’s Oil (1992, Miller)

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64. Dumb and Dumber (1994, Farrelly Brothers)

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63. Mighty Aphrodite (1995, Allen)

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62. Ringu (1998, Nakata)

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61. Carlito’s Way (1993, De Palma)

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60. The Fisher King (1991, Gilliam)

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59. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991, Cameron)

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58. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992, Coppola)

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57. Magnolia (1999, Anderson)

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56. Three Colors: Red (1994, Kieslowski)

55. Schindler’s List (1993, Speilberg)

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54. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Demme)

53. Six Degrees of Separation (1993, Schepisi)

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52. Out of Sight (1998, Soderbergh)

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51. Internal Affairs (1990, Figgis)

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50. Death and the Maiden (1994, Polanski)

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49. Boogie Nights (1997, Anderson)

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48. Felicia’s Journey (1999, Egoyan)

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47. My Own Private Idaho (1991, Van Sant)

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46. Flirting With Disaster (1996, O’Russell)

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45. The Insider (1999, Mann)

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44. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995, Solondz)

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43. The Ice Storm (1997, Lee)

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42. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997, Armitage)

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41. Affliction (1997, Schrader)

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40. Three Colors: Blue (1993, Kieslowski)

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39. The Cable Cuy (1996, Stiller)

This is ranked way lower than it should be.  I am sure the French love Jim Carrey and that is enough proof for me of his brilliance – which might be gone.

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38. Miami Blues (1990, Armitage)

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37. Fly Away Home (1996, Ballard)

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36. Fight Club (1999, Fincher)

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35. Exotica (1994, Egoyan)

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34. Kids (1995, Clark)

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33. Reservoir Dogs (1992, Tarantino)

32. The Big Lebowski (1998, Coen Bothers)

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31. The Pillow Book (1996, Greenaway)

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30. Wild at Heart (1990, Lynch)

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29. Bottle Rocket (1996, Anderson)

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28. Election (1999, Payne)

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27. The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999, Figgis)

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26. Husbands and Wives (1992, Allen)

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25. The Player (1992, Altman)

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24. Goodfellows (1990, Scorsese)

23. The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Egoyan)

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22. Heat (1995, Mann)

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21. The Grifters (1990, Frears)

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20. Fearless (1993, Weir)

19. Crash (1996, Cronenberg)

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18. Lost Highway (1997, Lynch)

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17. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992, Mamet)

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16. Jackie Brown (1997, Tarantino)

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15. In the Company of Men (1997, LaBute)

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14. Until the End of the World (1991, Wenders)

This is where it gets to hallowed ground.  This amazing, expansive film by Wim Wenders was originally cut to 18 hours or so.  William Hurt, although an apparent asshole in real life, is great in this role of post apocalyptic 2000s.  Decidedly off tract the film shows a visual flair unseen in other Wenders’ films.

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13. Heavenly Creatures (1994, Jackson)

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12. Fargo (1996, Coen Bothers)

11. Casino (1995, Scorsese)

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10. Safe (1995, Haynes)

9. Short Cuts (1993, Altman)

8. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992, Lynch)

7. Pulp Fiction (1994, Tarantino)

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6. Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Kubrick)

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5. The Truman Show (1998, Weir)

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4. The Spanish Prisoner (1997, Mamet)

3. Twin Peaks (pilot) (1990, Lynch)

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2. Happiness (1998, Solondz)

1. Breaking the Waves (1996, Von Trier)

Top 100 Films of the 1990s

13/02/2016

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WIP…..

50 Essential Films from the 1970s

18/01/2016

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Grit, music, misogyny, feminist, family, mayhem, horror, disillusionment, loneliness, etc.  These are 50 essential 1970s films that I have actually seen and in random order.  Notice huge gaps like All That Jazz, Dawn of the Dead, Manhattan, or Solaris or films that I haven’t seen enough times like Apocalypse Now and The Godfather (perhaps they aren’t on the list for a reason?).

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Happy New Year!

08/01/2016

I am working on The Top 100 Films of the 1970s by Movie Poster – and they will all be films I have seen!

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Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967–2014)

18/09/2014

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A belated RIP to Philip Hoffman.  From 1991 to 1996,  Hoffmann made his way through stage and screen, completing roles in both Twister (Davis, 1996); and as Scotty in Boogie Nights (PT Anderson, 1997), in both as tension breaking teddy bears. It’s as “Allen” in Todd Solondz’ divisive Happiness (Solondz, 1998), one of the best films of the 1990s, when he lands on me and not for the faint of heart that. His death coincided with an important birthday of mine and I now realize he has a patch on the quilt (so to speak) of my conscience and on that of my generation of artists and for those to come.

Phil Parma, the faithful nurse to a dying Jason Robards in Magnolia (Anderson, 1999) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175880/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_38

Crowe shows up and Hoffmann plays Lester Bangs, the Rolling Stone writer in Almost Famous (Crowe, 2000) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181875/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_35

Wilson Joel as a paint huffer in the heartbreaking and very admired (personally) Love Liza (Louiso, 2002) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0282698/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_34

My favorite PT Anderson, Hoffman plays a mad entrepreneur in Punch Drunk Love (Anderson, 2002) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0272338/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_33

Owning Mahoney (Kwietniowski, 2003) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285861/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_30

Capote (Miller, 2005) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379725/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_24

One of the more inventive films of his career, The Savages (Jenkins, 2007) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775529/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_22

“And may ye be in Heaven 15 minutes Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (Sidney Lumet, 2007), his best role and greatest film? Certainly fortelling. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0292963/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_21

With Streep and Amy Adams in Doubt (Stanley, 2008) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918927/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_18

The Master (Anderson, 2012), his last masterpiece with PT Anderson http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560747/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_9

The Last Quartet, a great goodbye (Zilberman, 2012) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226240/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_8

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“You know the circus performer who spins the plates in the air you know, and he’ll spin six or seven plates in the air? Acting sometimes is kind of that guy spinning all those plates in the air but in your head and in your body.” —– – PSH

Top 5 Most Beautiful (and talented and youngish) Female Actor People Working Today

22/05/2012

I haven’t stopped watching movies:  I watched two last night – The Fighter (Bale, Wahlberg, Amy Adams (I’ll get to her in a second)) and Carnage, from fugitive Roman Polanski based on what must be a great play starring Winslet, J. Foster, the great John C. Reilly and Christopher Waltz.

I have nothing interesting nor original to say whatsoever.

What I can offer you is the Top 5 Most Beautiful (and talented and youngish) Female Actor People Working Today.  In no particular order:

1.  Emily Blunt

2.  Amy Adams

3.  Rose Byrne

4.  Michelle Williams

5.  Greta Gerwig

Honorable Mentions:  Keira Knightley, Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, Alison Lohman, Jenn Proske, Carey Mulligan, Kristen Wiig



35 Favorite Horror Films

24/10/2010

in no particular order…….

1.  Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)

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2.  The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)

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3.  Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999)

4.  Ringu (Takashi Miike, 1998)

5.  Cache (Michael Haneke, 2005)

6.  Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001)

7.  The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)

Mrs. Torrance, your husband inroduced you as Winifred. Now, are you a Winnie or a Freddy?

8.  Shivers (David Cronenberg, 1975)

9.  Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988)

10. Irreversible (Gaspar Noé, 2002)

11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Cooper, 1974)

12. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier, 1996) – I know, I know its not a horror film, it’s just horrifying

13. Salem’s Lot (Tobe Cooper, 1979)

The master wants you. Throw away your cross, face the master.

14. 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, 2002)

15. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

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16. Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli, 2007)

17. The Fury (Brian De Palma, 1978)

18. Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)

19. Drag Me To Hell (Sam Raimi, 2009)

20. Antichrist ((Lars von Trier, 2009)

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21. The Brood (David Cronenberg, 1979)

22. Pet Sematary (Mary Lambert, 1989)

23. I Stand Alone (Gaspar Noé, 1998)

24. Altered States (Ken Russell, 1980)

25. Jacob’s Ladder (Adrian Lyne, 1990)

26. Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)

27. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978)

28. The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)

29. Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973)

30. The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976)

31. Ted Bundy (Matthew Bright, 2002)

32. The Stepfather (Joseph Ruben, 1987)

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33. Ben (Phil Karlson, 1972)

34. Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)

35. Taxidermia (György Pálfi, 2003)