RANKING THE YEAR’S BEST: FROM OSCAR MOVIES TO BLOCKBUSTERS
Walk down memory lane… And let the movie nerd debate begin.
Let’s REWIND to the year 1992.
These are personal TOP 10s ranking Oscar-nominated movies right alongside popcorn-munching blockbusters, indie films, b-movies, and cult classics. You never know, you might even uncover a hidden gem or two.
1992 had a good mix of blockbusters and award-winning dramas. The #1 movie at the box office was ALADDIN with $504 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation). Aside from the noteworthy films there were also some box office duds like Brad Pitt’s COOL WORLD and the disappointing FAR & AWAY starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman with Ron Howard directing.
My TOP 10 is followed by HONORABLE MENTIONS and the Best of ART VS POPCORN.
Let’s dig in…
THE TOP 10
10. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
Good mixture of fun and drama. Solid message. Avoids melodrama. Tom Hank’s last big comedy. Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna provide some extra laughs. Geena Davis co-stars.
9. BASIC INSTINCT
Super sexy. Super stylish. Super twisted adult thriller. Made a star out of Sharon Stone. Michael Douglas stars in this Paul Verhoven cult classic.
8. WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP
A fantastic blend of sports and comedy. Rivalry and competition form strong bonds. Stars Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, and Rosie Perez.
7. BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA
Incredible cinematography. Francis Ford Coppola directs, dripping this Gothic horror movie with style. Over-the-top in all the best ways. Stars Gary Oldman as Dracula, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves (with one of the worst accents ever put to film).
6. MALCOLM X
Spike Lee’s biopic. Moving performances. Important commentary. Denzel Washington stars alongside Angela Bassett.
Pure fun adventure. Filled with comedy, action, and spectacle. With songs that aren’t totally annoying. Robin Williams steals the show as the genie.
4. A FEW GOOD MEN
Helped solidify Tom Cruise’s rise to super stardom. Compelling court room drama co-starring Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. Written by Aaron Sorkin (STEVE JOBS, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, NEWSROOM).
3. WAYNE’S WORLD
One of the best SNL movies. Hilarious. Amazing joke per minute counter. Helped make Mike Myers a star.
Eastwood directs his final Western. Brutal. Hard-hitting. Cinematic. Strong storytelling. Co-starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman.
1. RESERVOIR DOGS
Quentin Tarantino burst onto the scene with this twisting thriller about a heist gone wrong. Dialogue drips with flavour. Writing crackles. Phenomenal debut feature. Broke Steve Buscemi into independent cinema. Stars Harvey Kietel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, and Michael Madsen. One the best movies of the decade!
AMERICAN ME / BATMAN RETURNS / ENCINO MAN / GLENGARRY GLENROSS / THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS / MY COUSIN VINNY / PATRIOT GAMES / THE PLAYER / SCENT OF A WOMAN / SISTER ACT
THE BEST OF ART VS POPCORN
3 NINJAS / ALIEN 3 / BAD LIEUTENANT / BEETHOVEN / BOOMERANG / BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER / CANDYMAN / THE CRYING GAME / DEATH BECOMES HER / FERNGULLY / FREEJACK / HOME ALONE 2 / INNOCENT BLOOD / JUICE / LETHAL WEAPON 3 / MEDICINE MAN / THE MIGHTY DUCKS / MR. SATURDAY NIGHT / OF MICE & MEN / PASSENGER 57 / RADIO FLYER / RAPID FIRE / A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT / SCHOOL TIES / SINGLES / SINGLE WHITE FEMALE / STAY TUNED / UNDER SIEGE / UNIVERSAL SOLDIER
MY MUST-WATCH LIST
THE BODYGUARD / CHAPLIN / CONSENTING ADULTS / DAMAGE / FINAL ANALYSIS / HOFFA / HOWARD’S END / HUSBANDS & WIVES / INDOCHINE / THE MAMBO KINGS / RAISE THE RED LANTERN / WHISPERS IN THE DARK
What do you think?
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