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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/8/2012 9:10:08 PM   
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Toy Story is amazing - it's one of those films when every character is perfect and no one annoys me (Hamm is by far my favourite).

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/8/2012 9:17:36 PM   
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I'd been planning to write something about those kind of rural horror films a while back, never got round to it though.


You should do it.


I might. Have to wait until I'm back in Wales though.

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Toy Story is amazing - it's one of those films when every character is perfect and no one annoys me (Hamm is by far my favourite).


I like Rex.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/8/2012 9:20:52 PM   
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I'd been planning to write something about those kind of rural horror films a while back, never got round to it though.


You should do it.


I might. Have to wait until I'm back in Wales though.


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Toy Story is amazing - it's one of those films when every character is perfect and no one annoys me (Hamm is by far my favourite).


I like Rex.


Is that so you'll be in the right, depressed, endlessly bleak frame of mind?

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/8/2012 9:22:31 PM   
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I'd been planning to write something about those kind of rural horror films a while back, never got round to it though.


You should do it.


I might. Have to wait until I'm back in Wales though.


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Toy Story is amazing - it's one of those films when every character is perfect and no one annoys me (Hamm is by far my favourite).


I like Rex.


Is that so you'll be in the right, depressed, endlessly bleak frame of mind?


More so that I'd have access to the films, but also that.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/8/2012 9:35:45 PM   
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86. Kids Return



Director: Takeshi Kitano
Year: 1996

This was the director's comeback film following a scooter accident that nearly killed him. Kitano has said he did a lot of reflection on his own life and this contemplative quality bleeds through into Kids Return. There's a distance to Kitano's approach, but that doesn't affect the poignancy of the piece. It's said to have several semi-autobiographical elements, notably the attempts to move into stand-up. There's also the fact that it all seems set in a not too distant past, despite it being supposedly set in the modern day.

The film focuses on Masaru and Shinji, a pair of aimless school bullies. These are kids without prospects, they're bullies, they're lazy, yet you like them without Kitano ever pulling at your sympathy. In fact, you like them even though you probably shouldn't. They spend their days trying to find any way they can to avoid going to class. They mock the teachers, ride their bike around the playground, steal money from other kids and practice their stand-up routine. One of the kids they steal from hires another bully to take revenge. Shamed at being beaten by the other bully, Masaru decides to take up boxing in order to seek revenge. Shinji eventually tags along and discovers he's a natural. They meet a group of Yakuza at a local diner and further humiliated and frustrated by his failure at boxing, Masaru falls in with them. Isolated from his friend but with a real shot at a championship, the more easily led Shinji starts taking the dubious advice of an older boxer.

The storyline could have come straight out of Classic Hollywood, but I think it would have lacked the calmness that Kitano brings to it. Even as their lives fall apart the whole film feels unhurried and leisurely, as if anything too melodramatic would be seen as somehow tacky. Even when the friends part ways, there's no big fight or betrayal, their lives just take them on different paths. There's a sadness that tinges the edges of the film, but it's a tender and funny work. Ultimately it's a film about lost youth and lost potential and a charming hymn to friendship.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 13/8/2012 11:24:07 PM   
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85. Shakes the Clown



Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Year: 1991

Once described as "The Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies", stand-up comedian's Bobcat Goldthwait's directorial debut takes place in an underworld populated by clowns. There are clown bars, rival clown gangs, and most of them despise their profession. If you only know Goldthwait from his turn as Zed in the Police Academy films, instead of his rather brilliant stand-up, this film will come as something of a surprise. Shakes hates kids, hates his job, and is an alcoholic. He's also at war with Binky (Played by Spongebob himself, Tom Kenney) an evil clown who frames Shakes for murder. The plot isn't really very important, what is important is how Bobcat immerses us in this odd little world and how everyone (even a pre-fame Adam Sandler) takes the idea very seriously. Shakes the Clown is a warped film from a warped mind, but beneath the oddity lies a brilliant comedy.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 6:12:33 AM   
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Toy Story's too low!!!!!!!!!!

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 6:14:29 AM   
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Toy Story's too low!!!!!!!!!!


So are your standards.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 6:20:05 AM   
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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 7:12:08 PM   
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84. Glengarry Glen Ross



Director: James Foley
Year: 1992

A drama about a group of real estate agents who are told to sell or risk losing their jobs doesn't sound like the most interesting film ever made, but Glengarry Glen Ross shows how a great writer can not only make you care about unpleasant characters, but can make you thrilled by the most sleep-inducing sounding scenarios. This is drama that's powered by the characters, by their egos, by their desperation, by what any person can be reduced to in order to survive. Glengarry also manages to explore a very male world, you would never think salesman could show the same level of macho bullshit as a Peckinpah film until you see Glengarry. Of course much of the credit belongs to one of the best ensemble casts in living memory (Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Jonathan Pryce and (surprisingly) Alec Baldwin) but they wouldn't be able to pull it off without Mamet's sizzling dialogue.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 7:14:59 PM   
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Great film.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 8:12:41 PM   
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83. Mr. Death



Director: Errol Morris
Year: 1999

Another fascinating documentary from Morris, this time looking at the life of Fred Leuchter. Leuchter was an execution expert. His father worked for the prison system and he was able to see executions as a child, something that led to his work in later life where he made "safer" methods of execution. He soon began inspecting prisons, making sure their electric chairs were in working condition. When Ernst Zundel was put on trial for Holocaust denial, Leuchter was asked by the defence to inspect the gas chambers at Auschwitz to see if there was evidence they were used for executions. And that's when everything went to hell. Leuchter determined he could find no evidence that the gas chambers actually were gas chambers. Trouble was, Leuchter wasn't actually an expert in the field. He had taught himself about the electric chair and various other forms of execution, but he didn't understand the process of the gas chamber, making serious flaws in how he carried out his research in the camp. His basic lack of understanding of the science of a gas chamber, combined with the evidence collection failures, meant that Leuchter became one of the faces of Holocaust denial. I don't believe he was an evil man, just one desperate for attention who got in deeper than expected and then embraced his new role. Whatever you believe about the man, the film is enthralling.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 8:26:41 PM   
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Toy Story and Glengarry Glen Ross are both brilliant.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 8:29:07 PM   
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Glengarry is fantastic with it's stupidly awesome cast. Iíve got copies of both Shakes and Mr Death (which I didnít realise I had).

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 8:39:48 PM   
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You would be one of the few people here I'd recommend should watch Shakes.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 8:43:22 PM   
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Serial Mom - Camp craziness from John Waters and a role I can never get out of my head anytime I see Kathleen Turner in a film.

Being John Malkovich - Brilliant! So weird, I love it.

Toy Story - Still amazing. And I'm with MovieAddict on Hamm being the best character in the series (Rex close second)

Glengarry Glen Ross - Outstanding work from the ensemble.




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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 8:53:25 PM   
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Serial Mom - Camp craziness from John Waters and a role I can never get out of my head anytime I see Kathleen Turner in a film.



It does kind of take over everything else, doesn't it? Especially when she's flashing the perv' in court.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 8:55:57 PM   
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82. Much Ado About Nothing



Director: Kenneth Branagh
Year: 1993

Let's get it out of the way. Keanu is terrible, there doesn't seem to be any real acting going on, more like he's just trying to get the words out before he forgets them. There's also numerous silent scenes where you don't have a clue what the character is meant to be thinking. Reeves just glowers at the camera like he's advertising aftershave. Other than Keanu, the film is pretty bloody wonderful. It's most alive when Ken and Emma are on screen together (Aren't we glad they split before the media had a chance to dub them Kemma?) as the pair have a natural, easy chemistry that the camera absolutely adores. The Americans fare the worst in general, it's not so much that RSL or Denzel give bad performances, more that they're outperformed by the Brits, who are pretty much flawless down the line, with Richard Briers standing out (His reaction after the aborted wedding should have earned him an Oscar nom). The best of the American actors cast (Why exactly? To sell it to American audiences?) is undoubtedly Michael Keaton. He brings a bizarre energy to the film that just works, even when you think it shouldn't. The film looks gorgeous and Branagh brings Shakespeare to life in a way few directors manage, probably because he realises that the magic of Shakespeare is not only in the language, but the way that language is delivered. They say that people can appreciate Shakespeare more if they see it performed rather than just reading the words on the page, show them this film.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 9:00:02 PM   
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Ditto on Keaton - his Dogberry just works beautifully. I'm wondering if Fillion will take this as a lead.

This film really only suffers in my mind because I saw an outstanding producing with Mark Rylance and Janet McTeer at the same time and, great though Branagh/Thompson were, they just weren't a match.


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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 10:08:08 PM   
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Glengarry is amazing.

Much Ado is pretty good, though I haven't seen it for a while.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 10:11:43 PM   
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Yeah Much Ado is a wonderful Shakespeare adaptation, one of my favourites. Thompson and Keaton are exceptionally good.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 10:22:29 PM   
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I think I've seen Much Ado at some point. All I remember is getting excited every time Keanu came on as the ensuing scene would be pure comedy gold .

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 10:24:27 PM   
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I think I've seen Much Ado at some point. All I remember is getting excited every time Keanu came on as the ensuing scene would be pure comedy gold .


Same with Bram Stoker's Dracula, he was really on a role around this point in his career.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 10:32:55 PM   
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I think I've seen Much Ado at some point. All I remember is getting excited every time Keanu came on as the ensuing scene would be pure comedy gold .


Same with Bram Stoker's Dracula, he was really on a role around this point in his career.


I hated Bram Stoker's, but at least when he was onscreen it was enjoyably bad.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 11:45:54 PM   
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I really, really, really want to see Mr. Death.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 14/8/2012 11:55:15 PM   
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Much Ado is excellent. Incredibly fun and Kemma are fantastic on screen together.

Glengarry contains some amazing acting but it's always left me a bit cold.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 15/8/2012 12:01:47 AM   
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I still love how Keunu evilly and angrily shakes his fists in Much Ado. It was as fun as Branagh in every single wonderful shot he appeared in.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 15/8/2012 12:12:49 AM   
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Glengarry and Much Ado are both great. The latter's probably my favourite Shakespeare film.


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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 15/8/2012 12:15:15 AM   
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Much Ado is absolutely amazing. Any MAAN lives and dies on its lead couple, and Kemma are amazing.

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RE: 1990s Top 100 - 15/8/2012 2:51:25 AM   
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Ditto on Keaton - his Dogberry just works beautifully. I'm wondering if Fillion will take this as a lead.

This film really only suffers in my mind because I saw an outstanding producing with Mark Rylance and Janet McTeer at the same time and, great though Branagh/Thompson were, they just weren't a match.



It's difficult to imagine the chemistry there for some reason, would be interesting though.

Really pleased to see so much praise for the film, I knew Rinc and 'barb liked it, no idea it was so popular though (Makes plans to nominate it in the next HoF)

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