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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/9/2012 3:55:51 AM   
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Cool. Cool cool cool.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/9/2012 3:57:16 AM   
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59. Green Fish



Director: Lee Chang-dong
Year: 1997

Mak-dong is on his way home from military service, just looking to find a way to support his family. He finds himself falling into the life of organised crime, working for gang boss, Bae, and drawn to Bae's girlfriend, Mi-ae. Despite Mak-dong's loyalty to his boss, he finds he doesn't really understand the corruption of the gang system. Like all of Lee's work so far, it paints a depressing picture of Korea, with the society as corrupt as the gang life. It's true that Green Fish isn't as strong a film as his later work, and the jump between this and Peppermint Candy is mind-blowing, but taken on its own terms it's an important piece of Korean cinema, and the film that brought the world a truly great director.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/9/2012 4:14:42 AM   
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58. Grosse Pointe Blank



Director: George Armitage
Year: 1997

John Cusack is Martin Blank, a depressed man returning to his suburban home-town for his 10 year high school reunion. The difference is that while his friends and his ex have found them stuck in ordinary lives, he's become a hitman. It's the kind of high concept film that could easily have been a disaster, but it's smart, funny, with a killer script and a brilliant lead performance, the film also gave Dan Aykroyd his best role since Ghostbusters and helped make Minnie Driver one of the hottest actresses of the late 90s.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/9/2012 7:42:07 AM   
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I quite liked Grosse Point Blank, but I've only seen it the one time. I don't like the poster though.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/9/2012 10:55:20 AM   
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Grosse point blank was great. Again i've not seen it since it first came out though.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/9/2012 2:27:21 PM   
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Grosse Pointe Blank is great. I won the VHS in an Empire competition - bastards lied about sending me the soundtrack CD though.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/9/2012 3:22:27 PM   
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I wrote one my highest graded papers about Grosse Pointe Blank, It's a good film.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/9/2012 3:29:45 PM   
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I won the VHS in an Empire competition - bastards lied about sending me the soundtrack CD though.


Do that what guy did about the Lara Croft cup and report them to the authorities or something.

Remember that thread about the cup? lolz.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 16/9/2012 10:58:11 PM   
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So nobody likes Green Fish then? MC, was the cup thread the guy with the unlimited refills who had them stopped or something?

Impy, what was your paper about?

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 16/9/2012 10:59:11 PM   
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57. Maborosi



Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Year: 1995

Following the suicide of her husband, Yumiko remarries and moves with her son to a small village to get a fresh start, but finds herself unable to escape her grief over her lost love. Maborosi is a slow-paced and elegant modern masterpiece. The mood is created through the exceptional cinematography and the atmosphere of the piece as much as the dialogue, the haunting beauty of the film combined with the moving lead performance from Makiko Esumi takes the film to emotionally overwhelming levels. Maborosi is a film where the influence of the Japanese greats is obvious, but one that also managed to find a grace and voice of its own.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 16/9/2012 11:02:22 PM   
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MC, was the cup thread the guy with the unlimited refills who had them stopped or something?



Something like that, yes.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 16/9/2012 11:04:53 PM   
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Yeah, I remember that. The whackjobs are the most interesting part of Empire.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 16/9/2012 11:48:06 PM   
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56. The Muppet Christmas Carol



Director: Brian Henson
Year: 1992

It should be acknowledged that there are better takes on the story. Alastair Sim was the best Scrooge, and my personal favourite film of the tale alternates between that 50s classic and the haunting 70s Richard Williams animated short, with Cash on Demand, a film that took heavy inspiration from the story, possibly topping them both. But that's not to take anything away from The Muppets. The film manages to be both faithful to the novel and uniquely Muppets, with the characters bending to the story rather than the other way around. It also gives Michael Caine one of his finest five roles of the last two decades (see also Last Orders, Quills, The Quiet American and Little Voice) throw in some genuinely brilliant songs and you have one of the few modern Christmas classics.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 16/9/2012 11:51:42 PM   
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What's your fave Sayles, Dev?


Sadly Lone Star remains the only one of his I've seen. I'm very looking forward for Matawan (because I've heard it's great) and Amigo (because the topic demands a watch).

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 16/9/2012 11:56:56 PM   
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Yeah, Matewan is brilliant, as is Secret of Roan Inish, Baby It's You, Secaucus Seven and Eight Men Out. He wrote a couple of good horror scripts too - The Howling and Piranha especially.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 12:00:18 AM   
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Muppets should be higher!


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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 12:01:32 AM   
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Muppets should be higher!



Mod candidate in drugs and puppets shocker.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 12:24:48 AM   
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Didn't know I was still a candidate

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 12:33:57 AM   
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You're the frontrunner!

I've decided to cheat a little, I rewatched a film thanks to a certain mod posting about it the other day and I finally got why it's so loved and it's now in the list, so I'm going to combine two into one entry in the top 10.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 12:48:11 AM   
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I love The Muppets Christmas Carol I watched it religiously when I was about 5.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 3:59:56 AM   
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Makes me feel so old, I was 13 when it was released.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 4:00:48 AM   
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55. The Big Lebowski



Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Year: 1998

I always knew this was a good film, but I never really connected to the extreme love affair a lot of film fans have with it. I thought it was one of Bridges' best performances, but the film itself sat outside my top five Coens. Some recent comments about it being one of the funniest films ever made finally prompted a rewatch, and those people were right, it's hilarious. The Coens take stories of L.A. noir and subvert them, making their dick for hire the stoner's stoner in the form of The Dude (Bridges). Bridges' work here is nothing short of miraculous. Imagine how one-note The Dude would have been with the wrong actor in the role, Bridges brings not just stoner cool to the role, but he perfectly sells the idea that he was just a happy guy dragged out of his cozy bowler's life to solve a mystery. Supported by a superb cast, including John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bridges should probably have got his Oscar here. The film itself is happy to allow small moments to become more important than the central mystery, and the real pleasures here lie in those minor scenes of absurdity. And it really is one of the funniest films ever made.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 4:18:02 AM   
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54. Short Cuts



Director: Robert Altman
Year: 1993

Altman had made his comeback the year before with The Player, but it was really Short Cuts, with its ambitious creation, massive cast and overlapping stories that really showed that Altman was still the same genius who made films like MASH, Nashville, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, and 3 Women. Taking nine short stories and a poem from Raymond Carver, Altman weaves the tales together to form a picture of L.A. society in all its forms. With a cast that includes Julianne Moore, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Robert Downey Jr, Tim Robbins and Frances McDormand, Altman created a sprawling, but never messy, emotional, but never sentimental, film that not only does justice to Carver's stories, but is strong enough to stand on its own away from that great writer's name.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 4:51:31 AM   
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53. Dead Man



Director: Jim Jarmusch
Year: 1995

Remember when Johnny Depp was one of America's most interesting actors? In these days of endless Pirates sequals, the increasingly shitty collaborations with Tim Burton and just a general air of phoning in his performances for the pay cheques, it can be easy to forget just how good he once was. Dead Man is a good reminder. A black and white entry in the small sub-genre of psychedelic westerns, Depp plays William Blake, an accountant traveling to a frontier town to take a new job. He finds the town doesn't hold the job he dreamed of, and he's soon wanted for murder and mortally wounded, a bullet slowly travelling towards his heart. Aided by a Native American called Nobody (Gary Farmer) who believes Blake is a reincarnation of the poet, as the two make their way across the land, the bounty hunters on their trail edge closer. A cast of cult favourites, from Robert Mitchum to Crispin Glover, populate Jarmusch's western, and give the already subversive film an even more off-kilter feel.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 4:53:31 AM   
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Makes me feel so old, I was 13 when it was released.


I guess I won't reveal what year it was when I was 5 then! And The Big Lebowski is brilliant.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 5:38:15 AM   
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Too many kids on this forum.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 5:39:25 AM   
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52. The Double Life of Veronique



Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Year: 1991

Kieslowski's enigmatic and dreamy picture isn't an easy film to write about. It's a film that connects with its viewers through emotion more than intellect, which isn't to say it's a stupid or manipulative film, it's just that it's interested in capturing an aspect of the soul, specifically that of Irene Jacob's two characters, a Polish singer named Weronika and a French music teacher named Veronique. Each woman is the double for the other and share a deep spiritual connection, one that neither the women nor the audience can ever truly understand. Jacob's performance is a thing of wonder, exposing her inner self to the camera in a way that reminds Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc, or Anna Karina in My Life to Live. Kieslowski uses his actress and the extraordinary tactile beauty of the film itself to create a film that you can almost reach out and feel. A truly captivating work.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 5:41:25 AM   
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I quite like Lebowski, Short Cuts and Dead Man, but having any of them above Muppets is wrong.


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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 5:42:15 AM   
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This is going to be your fixation, isn't it?

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 17/9/2012 5:44:01 AM   
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51. The Arcane Enchanter



Director: Pupi Avati
Year: 1996

A late masterpiece from Pupi Avati that was allegedly based on an ancient Italian legend, also seems to be one of the director's most little seen films. Set in 18th century Italy, a seminary student, Giacomo, flees his school after being accused of seducing a girl and then forcing her to have an abortion. Looking to lay low for a while, he signs a blood oath with a mysterious woman and then he moves to the countryside where he takes a job working at a remote castle, helping a priest who was excommunicated due to his interest in black magic. His work for the 'Arcane Enchanter' will soon see Giacomo dragged deeper into darkness and danger.

The Arcane Enchanter is a slow-burning gothic horror that in many ways reminds me of the BBC's Ghost Story for Christmas series. It's not something that's scary in the jump-shock sense, but it is a chilling and eerie film, one that creeps under your skin and stays there. It's an old-fashioned fairy-tale horror, packed with exquisitely shot landscapes, gothic buildings and a crumbling castle. It combines the atmosphere of Italian masters like Bava and Argento with an old-fashioned approach to telling a spooky tale of M.R. James or E.F. Benson. The slow pacing and subtle nature of the film probably means it's not a film for all audiences, you have to be willing to invest in the story to best appreciate it. There's also a distinct lack of sympathetic characters in the film, everyone is corrupt in some way, but look beyond the repellent lead characters and allow the atmosphere and the story to slowly seduce you and you'll find much to appreciate here. It's certainly one of the most atmospheric horror films of the last twenty years or so. Guillermo del Toro is a big fan of the film, it's an obvious influence on his own work, and he's called it one of the greatest horror films ever made. I think if the film received better distribution in the UK and the US, The Arcane Enchanter would be regarded as a horror masterpiece. Certainly in the UK, where it should appeal to fans of old-fashioned ghost stories.

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