RANKING THE YEAR’S BEST: FROM OSCAR MOVIES TO BLOCKBUSTERS
TOP 10 Lists are always tons of fun. You can debate my choices, while getting a better idea of how I review newer movies. With looking back on years past, you can also stroll down memory lane. You never know, you may uncover a hidden gem or two.
Let’s REWIND to the year 1990.
These are personal TOP 10s that combine Oscar-nominated movies right alongside popcorn munching blockbusters, indie films, and cult classics.
1990 had a good mix of art and popcorn. The #1 movie at the box office was GHOST, raking in $505.7 million. However, there was still plenty of room for some shining turds like LOOKS WHO’S TALKING TOO and NAVY SEALS.
My TOP 10 is followed by HONORABLE MENTIONS and the BEST OF ART vs POPCORN.
Let’s dig in…
Future editions will hop around the decades.
THE TOP 10
10. PRETTY WOMAN
Julia Roberts became a star with her role as an escort charmed by a gentleman (Richard Gere). The romance avoided melodrama and provided a few laughs. Well-written with impressive performances for the genre.
Another fantastic romance. This one resonated emotionally. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze play lovers who connect from beyond the grave. Whoopi Goldberg balances the drama with some comedy in this memorable and satisfying story.
8. DANCES WITH WOLVES
Kevin Costner stars and directs this historical drama. He became a superstar after the incredible reception from audiences and critics alike. Purposefully paced, this sprawling tale focuses on Native American culture as much as character.
This Stephen King chiller works so well because of the focus on character. An isolated setting milks the tension even further. Incredible performances from both James Caan as a best-selling author and Kathie Bates as his #1 Fan.
6. JACOB’S LADDER
Interpretive and hallucinatory. Stylish and haunting. Descent into madness. Truly disturbing and unsettling without any cheap thrills. Focused on character, this slow-brew military conspiracy thriller works its way under your skin.
5. HOME ALONE
Undeniably fun. Charming and playful. Full of boobytraps and physical comedy. A holiday movie done right. It has a nice message underneath all of the mischievous hijinx. Laugh out loud Holiday fun.
4. TOTAL RECALL
One of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best movies. Full of head-scratching twists and intense mystery. Paul Verhoven (STARSHIP TROOPERS, ROBOCOP) delivers on the R-rated action as much as the sci-fi intrigue. Provocative in all the best ways, especially for the supposed low-brow genre.
A b-movie done right. One of the best cult classics ever. Filled with laughs, scares, and intense thrills. There is never a dull moment. Campy on purpose, the dialogue crackles, complimented perfectly by the hammy performances from Kevin Bacon and the supporting cast. Monster movie meets guilty pleasure brilliance.
The best movie of the year, when it comes to cinema. This gangster story works so well because we want to know more about these characters. Oddly compelling and violently disturbing. Fascinating exploration of the underworld with masterful direction, brilliant writing, and incredible performances.
1. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
My favourite films connect deeply, usually with strong themes and deep emotions (like E.T.). My bond is strong with this movie. I felt every moment. This is a dark, yet satirical fairy tale told with an emphasis on stunning Gothic visuals. Every note is perfect: the Danny Elfman score, nuanced balance of goofiness and innocent charm from Johnny Depp’s amazing performance, the mesmerizing Winona Ryder, and Tim Burton’s utterly astounding direction and design. EDWARDS SCISSORHANDS is one of my favourite films of the decade.
ANOTHER 48 HRS. / AWAKENINGS / BACK TO THE FUTURE 3 / DIE HARD 2 / HARD TO KILL / THE HUNT FOR THE RED OCTOBER / KINDERGARTEN COP / THE LORD OF THE FLIES / PUMP UP THE VOLUME / TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
THE BEST OF ART vs POPCORN
ARACHNOPHOBIA / CHILD’S PLAY 2 / DARKMAN / FLATLINERS / GREMLINS 2 / HOUSE PARTY / JOE VS THE VOLCANO
MO’ BETTER BLUES / PREDATOR 2 / PROBLEM CHILD / ROBOT JOX / ROCKY V / 3 MEN & A LITTLE LADY / WILD AT HEART
Stay tuned for more REWIND & RANK.
Next up… 1980.