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2022-08-16 4:09:38 AM  
Of everything else that was awesome about the 90s, it's movies are #1.
 
2022-08-16 5:17:31 AM  
I actually saw one of the obscure foreign films on this list.

/HERO
 
2022-08-16 5:45:53 AM  
I forgot how far into Eyes Wide Shut I got before I wandered off to do something else.
 
2022-08-16 7:10:42 AM  
That's... actually a pretty damned good list. Even is some of the movies weren't to my liking, I can't argue they weren't influential.
 
2022-08-16 7:17:19 AM  
That's a lot of shiat in for one list.
 
2022-08-16 7:19:03 AM  
I've seen a few of them.  I thought the Blair Witch Project was one of the worst movies I've ever seen though.  Wildly overhyped when it came out.

"Dead Alive" and "Pi" would be on my list of top 90's movies.
 
2022-08-16 7:24:24 AM  
Eyes Wide Shut for #1? No f*cking way.

I don't care how the author tries to justify it-it has the pacing of a snail on quaaludes and isn't nearly as deep as it thinks it is.
 
2022-08-16 7:28:48 AM  
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I posted this in a wrong thread, but it still needs to be said here that Terrence Malick f'ing sucks.
 
2022-08-16 7:34:40 AM  
List fails without.

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2022-08-16 7:35:26 AM  
Living in Oblivion always overlooked
 
2022-08-16 7:39:43 AM  
The Thin Red Line?  If you can't sleep, it will put you out in about 10 minutes.
 
2022-08-16 7:44:56 AM  
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels isn't there so list doesn't count.

/Casino really does belong on the list
 
2022-08-16 7:47:51 AM  

bostonguy: List fails without.

[Empire Records]


Fun fact: Maxwell Caulfield, the actor who played Rex Manning - the washed-up has-been unable to grasp that his time had long passed, and who should go off and die quietly to make way for the younger generation - would have been 35 when he played that role.
 
2022-08-16 7:54:07 AM  
Empire Records is a fun movie, but it just fails in execution.  I don't know what it is.  The pacing?  The editing?  Too many storylines?  Liv Tyler overacting her ass off?
 
2022-08-16 8:04:26 AM  
List would have hold had they put Shawshank #1 instead of Eyes Wide Shut.

Its #1 position could be discussed but, Eyes Wild Shut and no Shawshank?
 
2022-08-16 8:09:21 AM  

Glitchwerks: I've seen a few of them.  I thought the Blair Witch Project was one of the worst movies I've ever seen though.  Wildly overhyped when it came out.

"Dead Alive" and "Pi" would be on my list of top 90's movies.


Pi was fantastic.

"Smoke" is another film that should have made the list. As should have Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures".
 
2022-08-16 8:21:13 AM  

Exluddite: I forgot how far into Eyes Wide Shut I got before I wandered off to do something else.


It's trying so hard to be a metaphor but can't because everything from the acting to the cinematography is flat and dull.
 
2022-08-16 8:27:05 AM  
This list blows goats. It blows goats to completion.
 
2022-08-16 8:31:42 AM  
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2022-08-16 8:32:45 AM  

Glitchwerks: I've seen a few of them.  I thought the Blair Witch Project was one of the worst movies I've ever seen though.  Wildly overhyped when it came out.

"Dead Alive" and "Pi" would be on my list of top 90's movies.


I was lucky enough to see Blair Witch before it was released, so I wasn't affected by the hype.  I thought it was interesting, but if I had been exposed to the hype before I saw it, I probably would have hated it.
 
2022-08-16 8:36:16 AM  
The Iron Giant is where I learned that as an adult, a frickin' cartoon can make me cry.

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2022-08-16 8:41:52 AM  
Blair Witch was a psychological thriller with no gore, no violence and no reveal of the monster.  It slowly instills feelings of dread and hopelessness because no matter what they do, none of them are getting out of those woods alive.

Of course high art in American horror is Jason or Michael Myers murdering bare breasted women, or high end torture porn like Saw or The Hostel, I can see how sophisticated American audiences didn't respond well to Blair Witch.
 
2022-08-16 8:44:35 AM  

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Office Space is the most 1990s movie there is.
 
2022-08-16 8:47:28 AM  

Ragin' Asian: That's... actually a pretty damned good list. Even is some of the movies weren't to my liking, I can't argue they weren't influential.


Would have liked to see Clerks and Slacker in there which were solid GenX movies.
The inclusion of foreign films was a nice touch, I have actually seen a few of those recently.
 
2022-08-16 9:00:34 AM  

Jake Havechek: Blair Witch was a psychological thriller with no gore, no violence and no reveal of the monster.  It slowly instills feelings of dread and hopelessness because no matter what they do, none of them are getting out of those woods alive.

Of course high art in American horror is Jason or Michael Myers murdering bare breasted women, or high end torture porn like Saw or The Hostel, I can see how sophisticated American audiences didn't respond well to Blair Witch.


High art in American horror is Hitchcock (yes, the man himself was British, but his most influential movies were made in Hollywood). No serious film student regards slashers and torture porn as anything other than lowbrow popcorn entertainment. Hell, their own creators know they're not high art.

Hopefully you're still around to read this, and you haven't already been ironically disemboweled by the enraged spirits of Siskel and Ebert, who hated slasher movies with more passion than Jason hates camp counselors.
 
2022-08-16 9:13:16 AM  
It insists upon itself.
 
2022-08-16 9:20:01 AM  
Using this thread to tag farker's whose movie recommendations I trust.

/thank you for your service
 
2022-08-16 9:20:39 AM  
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2022-08-16 9:23:53 AM  
I've seen 20 of the movies on the list. I don't watch many movies.
 
2022-08-16 9:28:40 AM  

Exluddite: I forgot how far into Eyes Wide Shut I got before I wandered off to do something else.


I've always thought Eyes Wide Shut was a great movie to look at but a slog to watch.
 
2022-08-16 9:30:00 AM  
How the hell do you have The Matrix on the list but leave off the far superior Dark City?
 
2022-08-16 9:35:00 AM  
That's as shiatty of a list as I've ever seen.
 
2022-08-16 9:36:48 AM  

Jake Havechek: Blair Witch was a psychological thriller with no gore, no violence and no reveal of the monster. It slowly instills feelings of dread and hopelessness because no matter what they do, none of them are getting out of those woods alive.


I thought it was annoying college kids getting lost in the woods.
 
2022-08-16 9:41:23 AM  

Flappyhead: Exluddite: I forgot how far into Eyes Wide Shut I got before I wandered off to do something else.

It's trying so hard to be a metaphor but can't because everything from the acting to the cinematography is flat and dull.


At first I was all like "Temba, his arms wide", then I was like " Shaka, when the walls fell".
 
2022-08-16 9:41:50 AM  

Jake Havechek: Blair Witch was a psychological thriller with no gore, no violence and no reveal of the monster.  It slowly instills feelings of dread and hopelessness because no matter what they do, none of them are getting out of those woods alive.

Of course high art in American horror is Jason or Michael Myers murdering bare breasted women, or high end torture porn like Saw or The Hostel, I can see how sophisticated American audiences didn't respond well to Blair Witch.


I appreciated the effort and what the filmmakers were trying to do.  The "actors" were the weak point for me.   I think it would have done better either with better improv performers or with a script.
 
2022-08-16 9:48:39 AM  
I hated this list...with a vengeance.

/Subby
 
2022-08-16 9:49:45 AM  
Schindler's List at number 3 but Eyes Wide Shut at number 1? GTFO

/this list was obviously designed by Millenials... obviously
 
2022-08-16 9:54:44 AM  

Snapper Carr: How the hell do you have The Matrix on the list but leave off the far superior Dark City?


The same way you rate Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me over the Matrix. By constructing a really shiatty list.
 
2022-08-16 10:02:23 AM  
Shawshank Redemption didn't even make that list?

So edgy of the writer to leave it out.
 
2022-08-16 10:03:44 AM  
And no Green Mile?

Damn, that list is even shiattier than we thought
 
2022-08-16 10:05:21 AM  

Snapper Carr: Jake Havechek: Blair Witch was a psychological thriller with no gore, no violence and no reveal of the monster.  It slowly instills feelings of dread and hopelessness because no matter what they do, none of them are getting out of those woods alive.

Of course high art in American horror is Jason or Michael Myers murdering bare breasted women, or high end torture porn like Saw or The Hostel, I can see how sophisticated American audiences didn't respond well to Blair Witch.

I appreciated the effort and what the filmmakers were trying to do.  The "actors" were the weak point for me.   I think it would have done better either with better improv performers or with a script.


As an experimental film, the Blair Witch Project is very clever. As a traditional example of structured moviemaking, it falls flat. It's important to remember that it became highly influential for awhile not because it was great, but because it was made on the cheap and pulled in a ton of money. Every studio wanted in on that action. But what its imitators failed to realize (at least at first) is that the majority of its success had less to do with the movie itself, and was more the result of the early pioneering of viral Internet marketing by the filmmakers.
 
2022-08-16 10:05:53 AM  

BunkyBrewman: And no Green Mile?

Damn, that list is even shiattier than we thought


So you have a thing for prison movies. NTTAWWT.
 
2022-08-16 10:07:47 AM  

BunkyBrewman: Shawshank Redemption didn't even make that list?

So edgy of the writer to leave it out.


That because it's a good, but not great movie. It's an engaging story that's well told and has an emotional payoff that young men of a certain age in the 90s really connected with. Beyond that, it's not particularly groundbreaking, innovative, or influential. Again...solid movie that's also probably among the most overrated ever, especially among a particular demographic.
 
2022-08-16 10:07:55 AM  
Almost every film in the list was at one time in the "Alternative" section of the Blockbuster video I worked at (it was pretty much the indy , foreign, ltgbq, cult, animated, artsy section of the store) lots of great stuff and lots of fart smelling pretentious films too.
 
2022-08-16 10:13:01 AM  

Mugato: BunkyBrewman: And no Green Mile?

Damn, that list is even shiattier than we thought

So you have a thing for prison movies. NTTAWWT.


That's right.  C'mere you
 
2022-08-16 10:19:03 AM  
Christians have the Bible

Film snobs have IndieWire.
 
2022-08-16 10:25:11 AM  
This list is garbage.
 
2022-08-16 10:29:13 AM  

Hawk24: BunkyBrewman: Shawshank Redemption didn't even make that list?

So edgy of the writer to leave it out.

That because it's a good, but not great movie. It's an engaging story that's well told and has an emotional payoff that young men of a certain age in the 90s really connected with. Beyond that, it's not particularly groundbreaking, innovative, or influential. Again...solid movie that's also probably among the most overrated ever, especially among a particular demographic.


Found the article writer! Which obscure art house foreign film maybe 5 people saw did you choose over it?
 
2022-08-16 10:33:19 AM  

Jake Havechek: Blair Witch was a psychological thriller with no gore, no violence and no reveal of the monster. It slowly instills feelings of dread and hopelessness because no matter what they do, none of them are getting out of those woods alive.


I had heard some buzz about this movie when it came out, I didn't see it until it hit cable TV. When I did watch, at first I was unsure if it was real until the campers started acting so dumb about the events happening around them. I was still riveted, and the ending brought on a shock that I hadn't felt while watching a horror film in a REALLY long time. Plus I was able to convince my teenage nieces and nephews that it was absolutely real, so watching it with them was fun.
 
2022-08-16 10:34:33 AM  
That list needs to have its planet hacked.
 
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