Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:
As regular readers probably know, every now and then I like to put on my Movie Geek hat and make a semi-inane list of movies. I’m not sure why I do this. Perhaps it’s because I like to evaluate my aesthetic responses. Perhaps it’s because list making appeals to the organizer-historian side of my personality. Not only does pushing the titles of these movies up against each other generate a certain frisson, it helps me take stock of my tastes and preferences. What does it mean that I’ve chosen these particular movies? What do my choices say about me? What would have I have chosen 10 years ago? A week ago? Tomorrow?
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about the ’90s, which probably means I’ve clicked on one too many Buzzfeed links. But whatever. I think most would agree that the ’90s were not a great time for movies. And yet one could make a decent argument that they were better than — or at least fundamentally different from — the ’00s. Think about it: We were still getting sexy, adult-oriented pictures in the ’90s, and the meanings of those pictures seemed neither freeze-dried nor vetted by committee. Film had yet to be replaced by digits. CGI was still this new, only-used-here-and-there technique. And superhero films were still something of a rarity. Seems like a different time, doesn’t it? Is it fair to say the ’90s saw the close (or death rattle?) of the era of traditional filmmaking? I wrote a little — and somewhat incoherently — on this topic back here. Let’s not go there again.
Without further yammering, I give you some of my favorite films of the ’90s. As usual I make no special claims for artistic greatness or for-the-ages noteworthiness. And I won’t be offended if you disagree with my choices. On the contrary, I’m interested in learning what your favorite ’90s flicks are.
The Last Bolshevik (Marker)
Vanya on 42nd Street (Malle)
Six Degrees of Separation (Schepisi)
Where the Heart Is (Boorman)
A Confucian Confusion (Yang)
A Brighter Summer Day (Yang)
Carlito’s Way (De Palma)
Before Sunrise (Linklater)
The Matrix (Wachowski/Wachowski)
Irma Vep (Assayas)
Bitter Moon (Polanski)
All About My Mother (Almodovar)
Three Kings (Russell)
Mon Homme (Blier)
An Autumn Tale (Rohmer)
Un, Deux, Trois, Soleil (Blier)
Babe: Pig In the City (Miller)
Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (Girard)